Office of the President: G. Tyler Miller Papers, 1941-1998 *JMU Records*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Miller, G. Tyler (George Tyler), 1902 – 1988
Title:
Office of the President: G. Tyler Miller Papers
Collection No.:
UA 0025
Date:
1941-1998
Extent:
8 boxes, 3.2 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Office of the President: G. Tyler Miller Papers are comprised of interviews, correspondence, minutes, reports, court documents and judiciary transcripts created during Miller's tenure as president of Madison College from 1949-1971. The collection is comprised of three series: Professional Papers, Court Documents, and Disciplinary Papers.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item] [box #, folder #], Office of the President: G. Tyler Miller Papers, 1941-1998, UA 0025, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

George Tyler Miller was born July 25, 1902 in Washington, Virginia. He earned a B.S. from Virginia Military Academy in 1923. He was the third president of Madison College, serving from 1949-1971. During his administration, enrollment increased from 1,000 students to 4,300. The campus was enlarged by 240 acres, and twenty-one major buildings were constructed during his tenure. During his tenure, he served as director of the National Commission on Accreditation and President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. President Miller died in 1988.

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Scope and Content

The G. Tyler Miller Papers are comprised of interviews, correspondence, minutes, reports, court documents and judiciary transcripts created during Miller's tenure as president of Madison College from 1949-1971. The collection is comprised of three series: Professional Papers, Court Documents, and Disciplinary Papers.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series, and are arranged by subject matter and chronology.

Series 1: Professional Papers, 1940-1983

Series 2: Court Documents, 1969-1998 (bulk 1969-1971)

Series 3: Disciplinary Papers, 1965-1971 (Restricted)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research with the exception of Series 3: Disciplinary Papers, which is closed due to FERPA restrictions. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. Staff have taken special care to identify and remove sensitive materials, particularly those relating to students' academic records, found within this collection. However, in rare instances, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of this collection. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within this collection, and further agree not to publish or disclose such information for any purpose. Researchers agree to alert Special Collections staff if potentially privacy protected information is found within this collection. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

This collection consists of several accessions: documents from the Office of the President on January 1, 1996; files from the Chancellor's Office (President Emeritus, Ronald Carrier) February 17, 2004.

Processing Information

This collection was formerly given collection number PR 2004-0217. Sound recordings from formerly cataloged as RE 93-0427.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Events leading to strike of 1970, Box 1: Folder 10, JMU Student Government Association Records, UA 0007, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/0007sga.aspx.

Jay G. Rainey Papers, 1970-1996, bulk 1970-1977, SC 0024, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/SC0024Rainey.aspx

Rainey, Jay. Oral History Interview by Jeremy Turner, 1998. SdArch 11-2., Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. http://catalog.lib.jmu.edu/record=b1626325

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Index Terms

Corporate Name

  • JMU Office of the President

Genre and Form

  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Administrative reports
  • Legal documents
  • Newspaper clippings

Personal Name

  • Burch, Donna

Subject

  • Miller, G. Tyler (George Tyler), 1902-1988
  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- History
  • Education, Higher -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Universities and colleges -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- History
  • Madison College -- Presidents
  • Education, Higher -- Administration

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Bibliography

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

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Collection Inventory

1: Professional Papers, 1941-1998

Series 1. Professional Papers, 1941-1998, chiefly contains correspondence, reports. It is arranged by subject, which is how the files were organized at the time of reprocessing.

The Virginia Council on Higher Education files are comprised of correspondences and reports. The bulk of the correspondences are between President Miller and Paul Farrier, Executive Secretary of the State Council of Higher Education until 1957, and subsequently, with William Hugh McFarlane Director of the State Council of Higher Education. Interfiled with the correspondence are reports, studies, questionnaires, other forms that pertained to Virginia Council matters. Some topics covered are: capital outlay requests, coeducation, enrollment and admission policy, dining facilities, budgets, salaries, campus visit by members of the state Council of Higher Education, scholarships, space utilization studies and questionnaires, teacher supply studies, and educational television.

The Virginia Presidents' Council of State Aided Institutions files contain correspondence between Miller and other presidents and administrative staff of Virginia colleges and universities. Topics include a cost study of state-supported institutions of higher learning, and a committee to study admission problems of state-supported institutions of higher learning, and a budget proposal for the state. The 1963 file includes correspondences, agendas, meeting minutes, and a 1963 issue of "The School Administrator." It also contains several reports: The Council of Presidents Economic Development Report (1963), Statement of the Council of Presidents State-Aided Institutions of Higher Learning in Virginia to the Commission on State and Local Revenues and Expenditures and Related Matters (1963), Higher Education and Economic Development in Virginia" report, a report on "admission problems" (1963), and faculty salary guides. Other items include a report called "Virginia's Crisis in Higher Education," a budget and capital outlay questionnaire regarding instructional maintenance and operations budget, invoices, correspondence with L.M. Kuhn of the State Governor's budget office, and Association of University Professor report on Academic Salary data and compensation indices for 1964-1965.

The Virginia Board of Education files, 1950-1964, are largely comprised of correspondence with state officials. Topics include preparations for a visit with Virginia governor, John S. Battle, to contest state budget appropriations; the admittance of men students and coeducation; proposed graduate programs (1954); and the naming of buildings. A 1954 report of local public school divisions in Virginia; Elementary School Principals conference (1954). Also included here are reports and correspondence with J.L, Blair Buck, Coordinator of Teacher education; Nannie Mae M. Williams, Assistant Supervisor of Teacher Education; J.H. Bradford, Director of the Budget; Senator Robert Button; Thomas T. Hamilton, Associate Director of Instruction; Dowell J. Howard, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Alfred L. Wingo, Supervisor of Research; Dr. Woodrow Wilkerson, Supervisor of Secondary Education; Llyod S. Myer, State Records Administrator; Rosa H. Loving, State Supervisor Home economics Education; Percy H. Warren, Madison College Academic Dean; Leonard G. Muse; and Senator Robert Button.

The Civil Defense files contain correspondence, questionnaires and reports documenting how Madison College dealt with defense strategies during the Cold War. Files includes blueprints of many Madison College buildings on campus, and the use of other Harrisonburg buildings, such as Rockingham Memorial Hospital, as bomb shelter sites.

The folder, "Biographical sketches of Miller Presidency" contains reminiscences of Miller's secretary Carolyn Caracofe Rabunsky; memorial services that were held in 1988 after President Miller's death; and Paul C. Cline's article, "Madison College in the 1960s."

Title/Description Instances
G. Tyler Miller Inauguration Papers, 1949 box 1 folder 1
G. Tyler Miller Inauguration Recording, December 10, 1949
Original phonodisc records, December 10, 1942

4 item 4 records, 78 RPM

box OV1
Preservation master, December 10, 1942 Media Cabinet 1 CD-R UA0025-OP-002
Madison College Overviews, 1944-1949 box 1 folder 8
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1954-1957 box 1 folder 2
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1958 box 1 folder 3
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1959-1960 box 1 folder 4
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1961 box 1 folder 5
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1962 box 1 folder 6
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1963 box 1 folder 7
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1964 box 2 folder 1
Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1965-1966 box 2 folder 2
Virginia Presidents' Council of State Aided Institutions, 1956, 1962 box 2 folder 3
Virginia Presidents' Council of State Aided Institutions, 1963 box 2 folder 4
Virginia Presidents' Council of State Aided Institutions, 1964-1965 box 2 folder 5
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1950-1952 box 2 folder 6
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1953 box 2 folder 7
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1954 box 3 folder 1
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1955-1956 box 3 folder 2
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1957-1958 box 3 folder 3
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1959-1960 box 3 folder 4
Virginia Board of Higher Education, 1961-1965 box 3 folder 5
Virginia Board of Higher Education, Director of Personnel, 1960-1964 box 3 folder 6
State Legislation Affecting Madison College, 1941-1969 box 4 folder 1
US Office of Education, 1947-1964 box 4 folder 2
Fire Insurance Report on Madison College buildings, 1950 box 4 folder 3
Fire Insurance Report on Madison College buildings, 1950 box 4 folder 4
Civil Defense Planning at Madison College, 1950-1959 box 4 folder 5
Civil Defense Planning at Madison College, 1961-1965 box 4 folder 6
Madison Day, 1951 box 4 folder 7
Correspondence with Architects regarding Burruss Science Hall, 1952-1953 box 4 folder 8
General Education Program Report, 1953 box 4 folder 9
Proposed Chapel, 1954-1962, 1990 box 5 folder 1
National Education Association, 1955-1966 box 5 folder 2
Virginia Pupil Placement Board, 1958-1962 box 5 folder 3
Percy Warren, 1962-1971 box 5 folder 4
Correspondence regarding Retirement, 1970 box 5 folder 5
G. Tyler Miller interviewed by Raymond Dingledine and Martha Caldwell, July 14, 1982
Transcript and supporting documents, 1982 box 5 folder 6
Original audiocassette, July 14, 1982 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette UA0025-CS-001
Preservation master, July 14, 1982 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette UA0025-CS-002
Reflections on Miller Presidency , 1982-1998 box 5 folder 7

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2: Court Documents, 1964-1998 (bulk 1969-1971) (1969-1971)

Series 2: Court Documents, 1964-1998 (bulk 1969-1971), is comprised of documents related to a lawsuit filed by Madison College student, Jay Rainey against G. Tyler Miller and members of the Board of Visitors in 1969, as well as a lawsuit filed by Madison College student Lewis Sword against Dean of Madison College, James Fox. The series includes newspaper clippings regarding the court proceedings and protests conducted on campus from 1969-1970, memos and press releases from the administration, and correspondence.

Title/Description Instances
Jay Rainey et. al. v. G. Tyler Miller et. al (No. 69-C-H-6) Court Documents, 1969-1970 box 5 folder 8
Jay Rainey et. al. v. G. Tyler Miller et. al (No. 69-C-H-6) Depositions, October 19, 1970 box 5 folder 9
Jay Rainey et. al. v. G. Tyler Miller et. al (No. 69-C-H-6) Depositions, October 27, 1970 box 5 folder 10
Lewis Sword et. al. v. James Fox et. al. (No. 282-70-R) Court Documents, 1970 box 6 folder 1
Lewis Sword et. al. v. James Fox et. al. (No. 70-C-26-H) Court Documents, 1970-1971 box 6 folder 2
Newspaper Clipping Photocopies, 1964-1970, 1977, 1998, 1964-1998 box 6 folder 3
Correspondence and Memorandum regarding protests, 1968-1970 box 6 folder 4
Trial Procedure for Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing, 1970 box 6 folder 5

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3: Disciplinary Papers, 1964-1971

Restricted

Series 3: Disciplinary Papers, 1965-1971 is closed due to FERPA restrictions. It is comprised of documents that chronicle the disciplinary proceedings of students charged with various infractions, with the bulk of the materials related to a protest at Wilson Hall in 1969 that resulted in the arrests of students and faculty. The Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearings were conducted in a trial style and transcribed by court stenographer, Lane's Court Reporters, of Charlottesville Virginia.

Title/Description Instances
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, May 12, 1970 box 7 folder 1
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, May 12, 1970 box 7 folder 2
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, May 13, 1970 box 7 folder 3
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 1, 1970 box 7 folder 4
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 1, 1970 box 7 folder 5
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 1, 1970 box 7 folder 6
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 2, 1970 box 7 folder 7
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 2, 1970 box 7 folder 8
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 2, 1970 box 7 folder 9
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 3, 1970 box 7 folder 10
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 3, 1970 box 7 folder 11
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 4, 1970 box 7 folder 12
Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearing Transcript, June 4, 1970 box 7 folder 13
G. Tyler Miller File Labelled, "Jay Rainey", 1965-1969 box 8 folder 1
Excerpts of Minutes from Board of Visitors Meetings, 1968-1969 box 8 folder 2
Correspondence with Attorneys, 1969-1970 box 8 folder 3
Correspondence and Reports, 1970-1971 box 8 folder 4
Correspondence Re: Faculty Judiciary Committee Hearings, 1970 box 8 folder 5
Minutes of the Faculty Judiciary Committee, 1970 box 8 folder 6

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