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Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982

Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982

Miller, Flora Whitney, 1897-1986

Art patron, Arts administrator

Representative image for Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982

The papers of Flora Whitney Miller regarding Kay Sage in the Archives of American Art were digitized in 2007. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 421 images.

The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

Collection Information

Size: 168 items

Summary: This small collection of papers of socialite, art collector, and patron Flora Whitney Miller document Miller's life-long friendship with surrealist artist Kay Sage and date from 1915 to circa 1982. Included are 79 letters written to Miller from Sage; four letters written to Miller about Sage after Sage's suicide, and one reply letter; typescripts of 63 poems written by Sage; one handwritten poem by Sage; two Sage exhibition catalogs; and 18 snapshot photographs of Sage, Miller, and their friends. Documentation of Miller's career is not found within the papers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Flora Whitney Miller (1897-1986) was born Flora Whitney, daughter of Harry Payne and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. She was a longtime friend of surrealist painter Kay Sage (1898-1963).

Provenance

Donated 1990 by Flora Miller Biddle, Miller's daughter.

Related Materials

Funding

The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

A Finding Aid to the Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage,
1915-1982
, in the Archives of American Art
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Biographical Note
Flora Whitney Miller (1897-1986) was born into two prominent New York families as the daughter of Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harry Payne Whitney. She attended the Brearley School in New York and Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, where she met and became close life-long friends with the artist Kay Sage. In 1916 Flora made her debut and, shortly after became engaged to Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Before they married, Quentin died tragically in 1918 when his plane was shot down in Germany. While attending Columbia University, she met Roderick Tower and married him in 1920. She gave birth to a daughter Pamela in 1921 and a son Whitney in 1923, and was divorced from Tower in France in 1925. In 1927 she married G. Macculloch Miller and had another two children, Flora in 1928 and Leverett in 1931.
Flora Whitney Miller grew up in New York and worked closely with her mother Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, meeting and befriending many artists, dealers, and art patrons. She helped her mother plan the founding of the Whitney Museum of Art and served on the museum's board, serving as President after her mother's death in 1941 until 1966, and as Chairman from 1966 through 1974. Miller died on July 18, 1986.
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection, the collection has been arranged as one series.
Series 1: Flora Whitney Papers Regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982 (Box 1; 9 folders)
Provenance
Donated 1990 by Flora Miller Biddle, Miller's daughter.
Processing Information
The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Erin Corley in 2006. The collection was fully digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

Additional Forms Available

The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Flora Whitney Miller papers regarding Kay Sage, 1915-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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