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Alice Duer Miller Papers

 Collection
Identifier: BC20-09

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection includes bibliographies, professional and family correspondence, family scrapbooks and photo albums, clippings, typescripts, screenplays, radio broadcast transcripts, essays related to Alice Duer Miller's literary and theatrical career, in addition to notebooks and certificates related to her studies at Barnard and Columbia. Also included are files, correspondence, and a typescript related to Miller's research on Duer Family history. Of special interest is an autographed photograph of Albert Einstein. For detailed lists of published works included in the collection, please contact the archivist.

Dates

  • 1779-1949

Creator

Access

This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproduction Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.

Biography

Alice (Maude) Duer Miller served as a Trustee of Barnard from 1922-1942, collaborating with Susan Myers-on "Barnard College: the First Fifty Years" published in 1939. She graduated from Barnard in 1899 and did graduate work in Mathematics at Columbia. Miller was an author, writing short stories, novels, screenplays and poetry. She acted in the film, "Soak the Rich." Miller was member of the Algonquin Roundtable, and a charter member of Alexander Woollcott's literary colony on Neshobe Island, Lake Bomoseen, VT. Her narrative poem, "The White Cliffs," praising British resistance in World War II, became a best-seller. The film, "White Cliffs of Dover" was adapted from the poem. She was married to Henry Wise Miller, whose biography of her and their life together, All Our Lives, was published in 1945.

Extent

10.59 Linear Feet (6 document boxes, 4 bankers boxes, 2 oversize clamshell boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists of the personal papers of Barnard College alumna and trustee, Alice Duer Miller. The collection includes bibliographies, professional and family correspondence, clippings, scrapbooks, typescripts, screenplays, radio broadcast transcripts, essays related to her literary and theatrical career and notebooks and certificates related to her studies at Barnard and Columbia. It also contains numerous published works including books and essays appeared in magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Harper's.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following five series:


Series 1, Biographical and Educational Materials, 1889-1942
Series 2, Family Records, 1779-circa 1900
Series 3, Correspondence, 1870-1942
Series 4, Manuscripts, largely undated, circa 1930s-1940s
Series 5, Published Works, 1896-1949

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or archives@barnard.edu.

Acquisition Information

Some materials - including the manuscripts of Alice Duer Miller - were acquired via the Barnard College Development Office durning a major fund drive (1979-1980). The source of the remainder of the collection is unknown.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Shannon O'Neill in August 2015.
Title
Guide to Alice Duer Miller Papers
Status
In Progress
Author
Shannon O'Neill
Date
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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