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A Guide to the G. Tyler Miller Collection, 1949-2005 
PR 2004-0217

JMU Historical Collection, Special Collections
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Processed by Jeanette Shapiro and Julia Merkel, April 2004

Updated July, 2008

Descriptive Summary

Repository: JMU Historical Collections, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: G. Tyler Miller Collection, 1949-2005

Creator: G. Tyler Miller, President of Madison College, 1949-1970

Extent: 2 Record Storage boxes

Abstract:

This collection contains materials from G. Tyler Miller’s tenure as president of Madison College, 1949-1970 documenting his involvement in Virginia and National Higher Education, the expansion of Madison College, and primary sources concerning a student demonstration in April, 1970. Also reminiscences, interviews, and memorials created during his retirement are represented.

 

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None

Use Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

 

The G. Tyler Miller Collection, 1949-2005, PR 2004-0217, James Madison University Historical Collection, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information:

 

This collection was formed from the merger of several groups of materials: PR 94-1207, PR 96-0130, materials received February, 2004 from the Chancellor’s Office (President Emeritus, Ronald Carrier), an article from Pam Brock at Montpelier in January, 2005 and sound recordings from RE 93-0427. Collection was reorganized in July, 2008.

 

Biographical Note

Dr. G. Tyler Miller, 1902-1988, was born July 25 in Washington, Virginia.  He earned a B. S. from Virginia Military Academy in 1923, and an LL. D. from Bridgewater College in 1955.  He was the third president of Madison College, serving from 1949-1970.  During his administration, enrollment increased from 1,000 students to 4,300.  Twenty-one major buildings were also constructed during his tenure.  President Miller died in 1988.


Scope and Content

This collection contains interviews, correspondence, minutes, and reports relevant to G. Tyler Miller’s tenure as president of Madison College from 1949-1970, including judiciary transcripts of the student protest in 1970.  The collection is housed in two record storage boxes and has been arranged into ten series: Inauguration and Retirement, Virginia Council of Higher Education, Virginia Presidents’ Council of State-Aided Institutions, Virginia Pupil Placement Board, Virginia Board of Education, United States office of Education, United States and Virginia Civil Defense, Student Protests, Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence, and Oversize materials.

 


Series 1: Inauguration and Retirement, 1949-2005
This series consists of two folders, the first containing President Miller’s inauguration speech, and ephemera from the event. The second folder contains reminiscences of Miller’s secretary Carolyn Caracofe Rabunsky; transcripts of a 1982 interview with faculty members, Raymond Dingledine and Martha Caldwell about Miller; correspondence to Miller congratulating him on his retirement; and memorial services that were held in 1988 after President Miller’s death. Also included here is a copy of Mr. Paul C. Cline’s article, “Madison College in the 1960s.” Sound recordings of the 1975 dedication of Miller hall and the 1982 interview with faculty members are located in the media cabinet.

Series 2: Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1956-1966
Comprised of five folders this series contains comparisons and examples of other Virginia Higher Education institutions. Some of the topics covered are: salaries, budgets, food service, coeducation, enrollment and admissions, teacher supply studies, educational television, and instructional spaces. See the contents list below for a more detailed list.

Series 3: Virginia Presidents’ Council of State-Aided Institutions of Higher Learning, 1956-1965
Divided into two folders, this series is generally a comparison of Virginia institutions presidents. Some of the issues documents are presidential roles, tactics, salaries, etc.

Series 4: Virginia Pupil Placement Board, 1958-1961
One folder containing student applications for the Anthony Seeger Elementary School. The original applications were photocopied and discarded due to their acidic nature.

Series 5: Virginia Board of Education, 1950-1969
The six folders in series five encompasses miscellaneous concerns of Madison College and the VA Board of Education. They cover issues such as the admittance of men and the naming of buildings. Also included here are reports from specific directors and coordinators from the Board of Education, such as the Coordinator of Teacher Education, Director of the Budget, and Director of Personnel.

Series 6: United States Office of Education, 1954-1964
Similar to series 5, this series consists of one folder of materials dealing with facilities, summer sessions, enrollment, testing, student loans, etc.

Series 7: United States and Virginia Civil Defense, 1950-1965
This series is comprised of three folders that demonstrate how Madison College dealt with defense strategies during the Cold War. For example, bomb shelter plans and coordination between Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Madison College if an attack should have occurred.

Series 8: Student Protests, 1964-1977
Thirty folders containing several news clippings on a protest in 1964 and a variety of materials documenting the tumultuous relationship between Madison College and student Jay Rainey. Also included are thirteen Faculty Judiciary Hearing transcripts and two Federal Court transcripts that resulted from the April, 1970 student demonstration.  See also "Events leading to strike" folder in SGA 93-0401, student demonstrator Jay G. Rainey's papers, SU 97-1007 and an oral history done by student Jeremy Turner in 1998 with Mr. Rainey, SdArch 11-2.

Series 9: Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence, 1944-1970
This series of seven folders includes material on the observance of “Madison Day” in 1951 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of James Madison’s birth; a faculty study for a general education program; a proposal for a student chapel; a fire insurance report with valuations and black and white photographs of campus buildings; and correspondence with architects J. Binford Walford and O. Pendleton Wright on local limestone and a greenhouse for the new science building. 

Series 10: Oversize
Four 33 ½, 78’s recorded by WSVA of President Miller’s 1949 inauguration speech.

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 10 series:

  1. Inauguration and Retirement, 1949-2005
  2. Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1956-1966
  3. Virginia Presidents’ Council of State-Aided Institutions of Higher Learning, 1956-1965
  4. Virginia Pupil Placement Board, 1958-1961
  5. Virginia Board of Education, 1950-1969
  6. United States Office of Education, 1954-1964
  7. United States and Virginia Civil Defense, 1950-1965
  8. Student Protests, 1964-1977
  9. Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence, 1944-1970
  10. Oversize

Bibliography:

Dingledine, Raymond C.  Madison College, the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958.  Harrisonburg, VA:  Madison College, 1959.

Related Material:

 

Student Government Association Records, SGA 93-0401; "Events leading to strike"
Jay G. Rainey's papers, SU 97-1007
Oral history interview with Jay Rainey; interviewed by Jeremy Turner, SdArch 11-2

Contents:

 

Box:Folder

Series 1: Inauguration and Retirement, 1949-2005

 

              Inauguration speech, invitation, and other inaugural materials, 1949-1971

1:1

              Reminiscences of Dr. Miller’s secretary Carolyn Caracofe Rabunsky, 1998;                transcripts of 1982 interview with faculty members, Raymond Dingledine               and Martha Caldwell; retirement resolution and correspondence, 1970;               memorials 1988; and Paul C. Cline's article "Madison College in the 1960s"

 

1:2

Series 2: Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1956-1966

 

              Salaries, Visitations, Budgets, Capital Outlay Requests, Food Service,

                     1956-1957

1:3

 

              Dining Facilities, Capital Outlay Requests, Instructional Space, Library               Science,  Scholarships, Campus Map, 1958

1:4

              Coeducation, 1959 Annual Report, Budget Procedures, Instructional Space,               Community Colleges, Advisory Committee, Enrollment and Admissions,               1959-1961

1:5

              Enrollment and Admissions, Teacher Supply Study, Educational Television,               Dining Facilities, 1963 Biennial Visit, 1962-1963

1:6

              Position Analysis, Enrollment and Admissions, State Coding Agencies,               Legislation, 1964-1966

 

2:23

Series 3: Virginia Presidents’ Council of State-Aided Institutions of Higher Learning, 1956-1965

 

              Salary Ranges, Admissions Processing, Legislation, Cost Studies, Revised               Budgets, 1956-[1962]

1:7

              Revenues, Special Tuition and Fees, Salaries, Minutes and Reports,

                     1963-1965

 

1:8

Series 4: Virginia Pupil Placement Board, 1958-1961

 

              Student applications for Anthony Seeger Elementary School, 1958-1961

 

1:9

Series 5: Virginia Board of Education, 1950-1969

 

              Admittance of men, naming of buildings, salaries, miscellaneous, 1950-1960

1:10

              Qualifications of students, new dining hall and dorms, miscellaneous,

                     1961-1965

1:11

              Coordinator of Teacher Education, 1952-1954

1:12

              Director of the Budget, 1952-1969/Governor’s Office, Division of the

              Budget, 1958 -1960

1:13

              Director of Personnel, 1960-1964

1:14

              Miscellaneous Members of the Department of Education, 1953-1954

 

2:24

Series 6: United States Office of Education, 1954-1964

 

              Facilities, Summer Sessions, Enrollment, Testing, Student Services, National               Defense Student Loans, Foreign Languages,1954-1964

 

1:15

Series 7: United States and Virginia Civil Defense, 1950-1965

 

              Civil defense planning at Madison College, 1950-1965

2:25

              Civil defense planning in VA, 1954-1965

1:16

              State Legislation Affecting Madison College, 1941-1954

 

1:17

Series 8: Student Protests, 1964-1977

 

              News clippings on 1964 protest and reports and correspondence on student

              Jay Rainey’s dismissal and lawsuit for re-admittance, 1965-1969

2:26

              Reports and correspondence documenting student protest, 1970

1:18

              Reports and correspondence documenting student protest, 1970

1:19

              Student Protest: Federal Court documents, Feb. 1969-Sept. 1970

2:27

              Student Protest: Federal Court documents, Feb. 1969-Sept. 1970

2:28

              Federal Court Documents (transcripts), October, 1970

2:1

              Federal Court Documents (transcripts), October, 1970

2:2

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, May 12, 1970

2:3

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, May 12, 1970

2:4

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, May 13, 1970

2:5

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 1, 1970

2:6

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 1, 1970

2:7

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 1, 1970

2:8

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 2, 1970

2:9

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 2, 1970

2:10

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 2, 1970

2:11

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 3, 1970

2:12

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 3, 1970

2:13

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 4, 1970

2:14

              Faculty Judiciary Hearing Transcripts, June 4, 1970

 

2:15

Series 9: Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence, 1944-1970

 

              Madison Day, March 16, 1951

2:16

              Report on Curriculum Studies by Faculty Leading to General Education               Program, 1950

2:29

              Chapel (Proposed), 1955-1990s

2:17

              Fire Insurance Report, 1950

2:18

              Fire Insurance Report, 1950 (photos)

2:19

              Correspondence with architects, 1949-1970

2:20

              Percy Warren, 1962-1971

2:21

              Madison College Overviews, 1944-1949

 

2:22

Series 10: Oversize

 

              Four 33 ½, 78’s recorded by WSVA of President Miller’s 1949 inauguration               speech

Oversize

 

 

 

 

  
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