Edgar Miller papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

30 linear feet of materials consisting of sketchbooks, reference material, press clippings, correspondence, exhibit programs, and other papers of Edgar Miller, a Chicago artist, architect, and interior designer. A majority of the sketchbooks contain pencil or black ink drawings, many of which are abstract forms or faces. Reference material includes published books and loose images annotated with Miller's comments and sketches of geometric lines, circles, and arcs to explore artists' use of space. Also present are Miller's manuscripts on art appreciation and personal memoirs and a few art reference books from the 19th century that Miller owned but did not annotate.

Biographical Historical Note

Edgar Miller was a Chicago artist, architect, and interior designer. Miller attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in various mediums including drawing, sculpture, mural, mosaic, fresco, watercolor, mixed-media, ceramics, woodcuts, and stained glass. Miller was best known for his work in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood, particularly the Carl Street Studios he co-designed and established with fellow artist Sol Kogen. Much of his commissioned work was created during the 1920s-1940s.