Fredric M. Miller Papers

Collection ID: 
Acc. 899
3 linear feet
Collecting Area: 



Fredric M. Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 17, 1947. He trained as a British social historian and spent his professional career in American urban history. He received a B.A. in Social Sciences from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton in 1967; a M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin, in 1969; a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1973; and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1972.
Mr. Miller joined Temple University in 1973 as curator of the Urban Archives where he built an impressive collection documenting the social, economic, and political development of Philadelphia. In addition to building an impressive collection, as an adjunct history professor he formulated and began an archival program which was offered through the public history program at Temple University. Mr. Miller also coauthored two best-selling books both pictorially documenting the history of Philadelphia: Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940, published in 1983, and Philadelphia Stories: A Photographic History, 1920-1960, published in 1988.
In 1989, he moved to Washington D.C. to become a program officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities. He took personal pride and was very involved with many of the NEH grant funded projects. He also took an active role as an historian and once again collaborated with Professor Howard Gillete, Jr. on producing another pictorial book entitled Washington Seen: A Photographic History, 1875-1965, published in 1995.
Throughout his career he was involved with local, regional, and national archival professional organizations. He actively participated in the Delaware Valley Archivist Group (DVAG), the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference (MARAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). In memory of Mr. Miller, MARAC awarded the first Finding Aids Awards in his name. He helped shape the emerging field of archival administration, by authoring what is now a well used reference tool entitled Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts, published in 1990.
After his death, a memorial fund was established in his name, which supports an annual lecture in public history in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.
The collection contains materials related to Fredric Miller's professional involvement in various archival associations including the Society of American Archivists and the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference from 1973-1997.
The collection also includes materials related to his work in the Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives, and as Adjunct Professor in the History Department at Temple University during the 1970s-1990s.
This collection is organized into seven series:
Series I. Conferences (Box 1). This series is arranged alphabetically and includes information relating to the conferences that Mr. Miller presented papers to or worked on setting up panels or workshops.
Series II. Consultant (Box 1). Materials, arranged alphabetically, document Mr. Miller's activities as a consultant in the archival profession and as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants officer.
Series III. Correspondence (Box 1). This series is arranged alphabetically and contains correspondence to and from Mr. Miller regarding his work as an archivist, Temple instructor, and grants officer.
Series IV. Manuscripts (Box 1). Materials, arranged alphabetically, include writings in preparation almost exclusively for his work entitled Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts.
Series V. MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) (Box 1). MARAC is a regional archives professional organization in which Mr. Miller was one of the early members. He worked closely with the group by doing presentations, working on local arrangement committees and holding various offices.
Series VI. Publications (Box 2). This series is arranged alphabetically and includes brochures, flyers, pamphlets, and other published works collected and written by Mr. Miller.
Series VII. SAA (Society of American Archivists) (Box 2-4). This series is arranged alphabetically. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) is a national archives professional group that Mr. Miller was actively involved with doing presentations and serving on various committees.
Series VIII. Temple University (Box 4). This series is arranged alphabetically and includes, primarily, information relating to his work in the Urban Archives and Curator and Adjunct Professor in the history Department at temple University where he formulated and taught archival courses
Fredric M. Miller Papers, Accession 899, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.
Materials donated to the Urban Archives on November 21, 1998. For additional donor information please contact the Special Collections Research Center.
The collection was processed by Urban Archives staff.
Collection is in English.
The collection is open for research.
Personal Names
Miller, Fredric M., 1947-1998
Corporate Names
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Society of American Archivists 
Temple University. Libraries. Urban Archives
Archives and education
Archivists--Societies, etc.
Archivists--United States
Form/Genre Terms
Series I: Conferences 1981
Box 1
1 Committee for Archival Conferences, 1981
Series II: Consultant Work 1989-1991
3-5 Consultant work, 1981-1982
  6 Curriculum Vitae, undated
Series III: Correspondence, 1973-1992
7-9 Correspondence, 1973-1992
Series IV: Manuscripts, 1970-1993
Manuscripts, 1970-1973
Series V: Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) 1980-1986
  15 Correspondence, 1980-1987
  16 Custer Award Committee, 1981-1982
  17 Education Outreach Committee, 1987-1988
  18 Local Arrangements Committee, 1973
  19 Fall Presentation, 1980
  20 Programs, 1981, 1989
  21 Program Committee, 1981
  22 Steering Committee, 1986
Series VI: Publications 1970-1986
Box 2
  1 Publications, Undated
  2 Articles written by Fred Miller, 1979-1984
  3 Brochures, Flyers, Undated
  4 MARAC, 1983
  5 Pamphlets, Undated
  6-8 Photocopies, Undated
  9-10 Society of American Archivist (SAA), 1976-1986
  N/A Loose Publications, Undated
Series VII: Society of American Archivists 1973-1995
Box 4
  1 Committee on Education and Professional Development, 1987-1989
  2 Committee on Urban Archives, 1973
  3 Correspondence, 1973-1978
  4 Discovering the City Session, 1981
  5 Manuscripts, 1980-1981
  6-13 Presentations, 1975-1995
  14 Reports, 1980s
  15 Urban History Group, 1979-1982
Series VIII: Temple University 1998-1997
  16-17 Instructional Archives Course, 1979-1988
  18-19 Urban Archives, Undated
  20 Urban Archives Notes, 1982-1997