Frederick A. Miller Collection

This collection documents the life and career of Cleveland silversmith Frederick A. Miller. It includes two digitized films on silversmithing methods, Silversmithing: Raising a Free Form Bottle, and Contemporary Silversmithing: The Stretching Method.

Summary Information

Repository: Cleveland Museum of Art Archives
Creator - Artist: Miller, Frederick Anson, 1913-2000
Creator - Collaborator: Miller, John Paul, 1918-2013
Title: Frederick A. Miller Collection.
ID: 1111.125
Date: circa 1910 to circa 2000
Extent: 10.0 Cubic feet [23 boxes]
Language: English

Preferred Citation note

Frederick A. Miller Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.

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Frederick A. Miller, 1913-2000

Frederick Anson Miller was a nationally renowned silversmith. His objects are in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Best known for his distinctive style of hollowware characterized by its asymmetrical form, he was also an accomplished jeweler and teacher.

A self-taught silversmith he began his career during his formative years, having his mother’s souvenir silver spoons melted down (with her permission) to create jewelry. While attending Western Reserve University and later the Cleveland Institute of Art, he took minimal courses in metalworking believing they could not offer him anything he did not already know. At CIA he met his friend and life-long companion John Paul Miller who would later become a recognized goldsmith. Frederick Miller received a BS in Art Education from WRU, and a degree in Industrial Design from CIA. He applied to Potter and Mellen upon graduating, but with no position open, started teaching in his native Akron, Ohio.

Miller joined the Army in 1941 and served in the Signal Corps for nearly five years. Upon leaving the Army, Potter and Mellen offered Miller a position. After attending a six week apprenticeship at Stone Associates in Gardner, Massachusetts, he officially started work at the high-end retailer. A year later Miller began teaching at his alma mater, CIA. After nearly twenty years of working for Potter and Mellen, Miller along with John T. (Jack) Schlundt, purchased the company.

A critical point of Miller’s career was the second Silversmithing Workshop Conference held in August 1948. Sponsored by the Craft Service Department of the precious metal company Handy & Harman, the month-long conference influenced Miller’s style for decades to come. Baron Erik Fleming, court silversmith to the King of Sweden, taught the attendees the raising or stretching method. This method involved hammering the center of a thick silver disk causing the metal to thin and the edges to rise. The Baron’s tutelage inspired Miller to become a pioneer in the free form style.

Few places to exhibit contemporary silver existed at the beginning of Miller’s career. Notable exceptions were the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show and Wichita Art Association’s National Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Miller’s work was mostly confined to juried exhibitions. As his reputation grew, museums and institutes sought his pieces for comprehensive exhibitions. Miller had two solo exhibitions, "Holloware by Frederick A. Miller" at the Little Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York in 1961, and "Featured Object" at the National Museum of American Art in 1989. Locally, Miller displayed over 200 objects in the May Show over the course of thirty years

In the late 1970s, Miller divested his shares in Potter and Mellen and retired from teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He continued to make objects at the home studio he shared with John Paul Miller until his death in 2000.

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Scope and Contents note

The Collection of Frederick A. Miller came to the archives through his heirs in 2013, with a deed of gift being signed in 2015. The original organization of the collection was haphazard with no discernable order, mostly it was segregated by media type. The collection contains diverse media including papers, books, photographs, slides, negatives, reel to reel film, VHS, models made of clay or wood, and awards and medals. It is arranged by series, then by subseries, thereafter alphabetical or chronological. Spanning nearly 100 years from circa 1910 to circa 2000, the collection predates Miller’s birth and continues on posthumously. It is divided into six series, Art Objects, Personal Papers, Exhibitions, Audio Visual Materials, Ephemera, and Toshiko Takaezu.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Cleveland Museum of Art Archives

11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH, 44106
216-707-2492
archives2@clevelandart.org

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to the public. For more information or to access this collection contact archives staff at archives2@clevelandart.org.

Processing Information note

Processed by Peter Buettner, July 2015

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cleveland Institute of Art. Cleveland School of Art.
  • Potter and Mellen.

Genre(s)

  • Instructional films

Personal Name(s)

  • Takaezu, Toshiko, 1922-2011

Subject(s)

  • Artists -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
  • Jewelers -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Biography.
  • Jewelry -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History -- 20th century.
  • May Show (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Potter and Mellen
  • Silversmiths -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Biography.
  • Silversmiths -- United States.

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Cross Reference - Identified Objects

This cross reference serves to identify named objects which have representative pieces across multiple series. Items displayed in exhibitions and publications have been excluded from cross referencing. It is arranged chronologically and thereafter by type of object. The folders are interfiled amongst their perspective series.

Sterling Creamer and Sugar with Ivory Handles, 1949

•Images - Box 12 Folder 28/36/37

•Studio - Artist in his Studio - "Fred Miller Makes a Silver Bowl by the Stretching Method" Craft Horizons, December 1956 [negatives and photographs] - Box 17 Folder 14

•Studio - Artist in his Studio - "Fred Miller Makes a Silver Bowl by the Stretching Method" Craft Horizons, December 1956 [photographs mounted on tagboard] - Oversized Folder

Sterling and Ivory Sauce Boat, 1950

•Images Box 11 Folder 21

•Audio Visual Materials- Box 19 / Contemporary Silversmithing

Sterling Water Pictcher with Ebony Handle, 1952

•Images - Box 12 Folder 3

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 5

Martini Pitcher, Sterling, 14", 1953

•Images - Box 12 Folder 4

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 5

Sterling Salt and Pepper with Gold Spouts on Salt Shaker, 1956

•Images Box 12 folder 18/25

•Models and Forms - Box 5

Sterling Salt and Pepper Shaker, 1957

•Images - Box 12 Folder 19/25

•Models and Forms - Box 5

Sterling Water Pitcher with Ivory Handle, 10", 1958

•Images - Box 12 Folder 7

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 5

Sterling Salt and Pepper Shakers with Enamel Tops, 4 1/2", 1959

•Images - Box 12 Folder 20/25

•Models and Forms - Box 4

Silver Candlesticks, circa early 1960s

•Images - Box 11 Folder 2

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 2

Beverage Pitcher, 1961, Hammered Sterling Silver with Ebony [collection Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1988.71]

•Images - Box 12 Folder 9

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 5

Six Sterling and Enamel Candlesticks, 7" - 15", 1963

•Images - Box 11 Folder 4

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 2

Sterling and Ebony Nut Dish, 1964

•Images - Box 10 Folder 28

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 1

Raised Sterling Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold tapered formed Units, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1966

•Images - Box 10 Folder

•Models and Forms - Box 1 Folder 1

•Patterns - Box 6 Folder 1

Raised Free Form Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold Fragments around Neck, 7" x 5 1/2", 1967

•Images - Box 10 Folder 3/6/7

•Models and Forms - Box 1 Folder 2

•Patterns - Box 6 Folder 3

Bottle [#5], 1967

•Audio Visual - Box 19

•Images - Box 10 Folder 2/6/7

•Models and Forms - Box 2 Folder 1

•Patterns - Box 6 Folder 2

Coffee Pot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl - Sterling Silver with Ebony Handles and Finials, 1967

•Images - Box 12 Folder 34

•Patterns - Box 8 Folder 1

Bottle [#4], 1969

•Images - Box 10 Folder 4/6/7

•Patterns - Box 6 Folder 4

Bottle [#1], 1971

•Images - Box 10 Folder 5/6/7

•Models and Forms - Box 2 Folder 2

•Patterns - Box 6 Folder 5

Sterling Silver Box with 'Tsuba,' 1985

•Images - Box 11 Folder 22/30

•Patterns - Box 7 Folder 4

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Collection Inventory

Art Objects 

Scope and Contents note

The Art Object Series contains artifacts used in the fabrication of an object and the documentation of the object in its completed form. The series has been divided into five subseries. Each subseries came to the archives in a somewhat self-segregated manner in which no order existed. The first subseries processed was Images where the processor imposed a categorization by object type. A separation between Jewelry (mostly gold) and all other objects (mostly silver) already existed. From there, subdivisions were enacted to find all images of the specific art objects. Most of the documents relating to jewelry only exist in the Images subseries. The subdivisions of the silver objects: bottles, bowls, candlesticks, other, pitchers, service sets, and utensils were applied in the subsequent processing of the other subseries.

Models and Forms 

Scope and Contents note

Models and Forms contains three dimensional objects used in the preparatory process of creating primary objects. The objects are predominantly made from modeling clay, wood, and metal. The most finished models are the four bottles made of plasticine. Following these are models for salt and pepper shakers lathed out of wood. Shapes made of various materials show the precision in designing the handles and feet for objects. Less finished are wood blocks which appear to be studies for the gauge number and shape of disks used at the beginning of the raising method. Also included are two wooden bells and metal disks which seem to have a related purpose. This subseries is arranged primarily by space necessities.

Box

Raised Sterling Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold tapered formed Units, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1966 

1

Raised Free Form Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold Fragments around Neck, 7" x 5 1/2", 1967 

1

Bottle [#5], 1967 

2

Bottle [#1], 1971 

2

Wood Disc 

3

Clay Teapot Spout and Handle 

3

Small Silver Dish and Metal Discs 

3

Handles, Feet and Ladel 

3

Wooden Handles 

3

Feet for Bowls 

3

Graphite Crescents 

3

Wood Forms and Metal discs 

4

Wood Forms 

5

Patterns 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of finished drawings often on tag-board or tracing paper and cutouts derived from these drawings used to measure an object’s accuracy to a design. In a few instances, mainly the bottles, the cutouts were derived directly from the models. The subseries also includes shapes and gauge numbers for disks used at the beginning of the raising method. Material calculations and time sheets were kept with objects where found. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by object type and thereafter chronologically.

BoxFolder

Raised Sterling Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold tapered formed Units, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1966 

61

Bottle [#5], 1967 

62

Raised Free Form Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold Fragments around Neck, 7" x 5 1/2", 1967 

63

Bottle [#4], 1969 

64

Bottle [#5], 1971 

65

Bowls 

71

Candlesticks 

72

Other - Unidentified Objects 

73

Other - Sterling Silver Box with 'Tsuba', 1985 

74

Pitchers 

75

Salt and Pepper Shakers 

76

Service Sets - Coffee Pot, Creamer and Sugar Bowl, Sterling Silver with Ebony Handles and Finials, 1967 

81

Service Sets - Sterling Silver Teapot 1979[?] 

82

Service Sets - Mary's Teapot, 1980 

83

Service Sets - Mrs. Meyers Coffee Pot 

84

Service Sets - General 

85
Oversize

Candlestick - Brass Candle Holders [liturgical]; Muncie, Indiana - [drawing on tagboard] 

1

Sketches / Designs 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains rough sketches made before or after the fabrication of an object. It also includes a rendering, material calculations, and students’ technical designs which show the various courses used during the raising method. The sketches on oversize paper appear to be an encyclopedic collection of objects drawn after their fabrication.

BoxFolder

Material Calculations Notebooks 

91

Material Calculations Notebooks 

92

Rendering - Spoon 

93

Sketchbook 

94

Sketches 

95

Technical Sketches - Coffee Creamer by James Mazurkewicz, Gravy Ladle, Coctail Stirrer, and Silver Spoon 

77
Oversize

Cross - Sketches with grid paper overlay and rendering on brown paper 

1

Sketches [on oversize brown paper] 

1

Images 

Scope and Contents note

Images consist of photographs, slides, and negatives taken of finished objects. This subseries is arranged by type of object thereafter chronologically. Most of the objects are categorized into six groups: jewelry, bottles, bowls, candlesticks, pitchers, and service sets. Fewer objects are grouped into additional types: liturgical, May Show, other and utensils. Aside from the jewelry, the majority of the images are of hollowware and date from the late 1940s to mid-1960s. Most of the images came to the archives without any annotation of title or date. The titles and dates given to the objects derive from cross-referencing the May Show database with May Show photographs. Most of the hollowware images were taken by John Paul Miller, and the May Show photographs are from CMA negatives. Although Frederick Miller created jewelry throughout his career, the images of jewelry were primarily taken during the 1970s and 1980s.

BoxFolder

Jewelry. Bracelets 

96

Jewelry. Other - Brooches, Ear Rings, Groups, Perfume Box, et cetera 

97

Jewelry. Pendant, Cameos 

98

Jewelry. Pendant, Signets 

99

Jewelry. Pendant, Stones 

910

Jewelry. Rings, Group of Four [two may be JP Miller] 

911

Jewelry. Rings - Cameos 

912

Jewelry. Rings - Signets 

913

Jewelry. Rings - Stones 

914

Jewelry. Slides - Brooches / Pins 

915

Jewelry. Slides - Necklaces / Pendants 

916

Jewelry. Slides - Necklaces / Pendants 

917

Jewelry. Slides - Other - Bracelets, Earrings, Groups, Perfume Boxes, et cetera 

918

Jewelry. Slides - Rings 

919

Jewelry. Negatives [mostly 35mm] 

920

Bottles. Raised Sterling Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold tapered formed Units, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2", 1966 

101

Bottles. Bottle [#5], 1967 

102

Bottles. Raised Free Form Bottle with 23K Yellow Gold Fragments around Neck, 7" x 5 1/2", 1967 

103

Bottles. Bottle [#4], 1969 

104

Bottles. Bottle [#1], 1971 

105

Bottles. Slides 

106

Bottles. Negatives 

107

Bowls. Sterling with Ebony, circa late 1940s 

108

Bowls. Dish [Freeform Nut Dish, Sterling with Ebony Feet], 8", 1949 (Collection CMA 1949.37) 

109

Bowls. Sterling Bowl, circa early 1950s 

1010

Bowls. Sterling and Ebony Celery and Olive Dish, 1950 

1011

Bowls. Sterling Bowl, 1950 (Collection CMA 1950.98) 

1012

Bowls. Sterling Bowl with Ebony Feet, 1951 

1013

Bowls. Sterling Nut Dish, 1951 

1014

Bowls. Sterling Candy Dish with Walrus Ivory Feet, 1952 

1015

Bowls. Sterling Fruit Bowl with Ebony Legs, 1952 

1016

Bowls. Free-Form Bowl with Ebony Feet, Sterling, 1953 

1017

Bowls. Low Free-Form Dish, Sterling, 1953 

1018

Bowls. Low Dish, Ebony and Sterling, 1954 

1019

Bowls. Free Form Sterling Silver Bowl with Ivory Feet, 1955 

1020

Bowls. Free Form Fruit Bowl [sterling with Ebony Feet], 1956 (Collection CMA 1956.116) 

1021

Bowls. Sterling Free Form Bowl with Ebony Legs, 12" x 5", 1958 

1022

Bowls. Sterling Free Form Bowl with Ebony Tipped Legs, 1959 

1023

Bowls. Sterling and Enamel with Ebony Tipped Feet, circa late 1950s 

1024

Bowls. Small Sterling Free Form Forged Dish with Ebony Tipped Legs, 7" x 4", circa late 1950s 

1025

Bowls. Free Form Dish with Ebony Feet, 1961 

1026

Bowls. Sterling with Ebony, 1964 

1027

Bowls. Sterling and Ebony Nut Dish, 1964 

1028

Bowls. Bowls - General 

1029

Bowls. Slides 

1030

Bowls. Negatives 

1031

Candlesticks. Pair of Sterling Free Form Candleholders with Ivory Tipped Legs, 1959 

111

Candlesticks. Silver Candlesticks, circa early 1960s 

112

Candlesticks. Pair of Sterling and Enamel Candlebra, 1962 

113

Candlesticks. Six Sterling and Enamel Candlesticks, 7" - 15", 1963 

114

Candlesticks. Sterling Candleholders (soldered sheet construction), 1951 [CMA 1952.139] 

115

Candlesticks. Pair of Sterling Candleholders with Gold and Enamel Decoration, 1959 

116

Candlesticks. Four Sterling Silver Candleholders with Enamel and 24K Gold Paillons, 1966 

117

Candlesticks. Candleholders with Gold and Enamel [three butterflies], 1988 

118

Candlesticks. Candleholders, Sterling and Enamel, 1953 

119

Candlesticks. Candlesticks [mutliple] 

1110

Candlesticks. Slides 

1111

Candlesticks. Negatives 

1112

Liturgical. Chalices 

1113

Liturgical. Crosses and Monstrances 

1114

Liturgical. Group of objects, 1948 

1115

Liturgical. Slides - Potter and Mellen Monstrance, circa 1962 

1116

May Show. Groups of Objects [from CMA negatives], 1951-1959 

1117

May Show. Lists 

1118

Other. 'India' Compact Mirror and Lipstick (collaboration with John Paul Miller), circa late 1940s 

1119

Other. Cigarette Box, circa late 1940s 

1120

Other. Sterling and Ivory Sauce Boat, 1950 

1121

Other. Cleveland Institute of Art Awards, circa early 1950s 

1122

Other. Silver Cigarette Box, 5", circa early 1950s 

1123

Other. Horace G. Keller Memorial Award for Excellence in Draughtsmanship, 1954 [CMA neg #27207] 

1124

Other. Fluted Sterling and Enamel Cigarette Box and Server, 1955 

1125

Other. Serving Dish with Ivory Handle and Finial, circa middle 1960s 

1126

Other. 'Scott's Small Box,' circa 1980s 

1127

Other. Sterling Silver Box with 'Tsuba', 1985 

1128

Other. Slides - Monstrance for Potter and Mellen, circa 1962 

1129

Other. Slides 

1130

Other. Sterling Silver Box with 'Tsuba', 1985 - Slides 

1131

Other. Negatives 

1132

Other. Negatives - Objects by Ruth M. Erickson or Frederick Miller 

1133

Pitchers. Sterling Martini Pitcher, 1951 [1952 May Show] 

121

Pitchers. Sterling Martini Pitcher with Enamel, circa 1952 

122

Pitchers. Sterling Water Pitcher with Ebony Handle, 1952 

123

Pitchers. Martini Pitcher, Sterling, 14", 1953 

124

Pitchers. Water Pitcher with Ebony Handle, 1953 

125

Pitchers. Cocktail Shaker, Enamel and Sterling, 1954 

126

Pitchers. Sterling Water Pitcher, 11 1/2" x 5", 1957 

127

Pitchers. Sterling Water Pitcher with Ivory Handle, 10", 1958 

128

Pitchers. Beverage Pitcher, Hammered Sterling Silver with Ebony, 1961 [collection Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1988.71] 

129

Pitchers. Pitchers - General 

1210

Pitchers. Slides 

1211

Pitchers. Negatives 

1212

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper Shaker, 1949 [presented to Margret Craver Withers, collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston] 

1213

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper Shakers, 1950 

1214

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper, Fluted, 1951 

1215

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Salt and Pepper, Raised, 1951 

1216

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Salt and Pepper Shakers, Sterling and Enamel, 1953 

1217

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper with Gold Spouts on Salt Shaker, 1956 

1218

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper Shakers, 1957 

1219

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Salt and Pepper Shakers with Enamel Tops, 4 1/2", 1959 

1220

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling, Gold and Enamel Pepper Grinder and Salt Shaker, 1959 

1221

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sterling Silver and Enamel Salt and Pepper Set, 1962 

1222

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Salt and Pepper Shaker, circa middle 1960s 

1223

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Salt and Pepper Shakers - General 

1224

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Slides 

1225

Salt and Pepper Shakers. Negatives 

1226

Service Sets. Silver Creamer and Sugar, Carved Ivory Handles, 1948; Utensil, Silver and Ivory Sugar Spoon, 1948 

1227

Service Sets. Sterling Creamer and Sugar with Ivory Handles, 1949 

1228

Service Sets. Sterling Sugar and Creamer, 1950 

1229

Service Sets. Sterling silver Coffee Pot, Creamer, and Sugar with Ivory Handles, 1955 

1230

Service Sets. Sterling Coffee Pot with Ivory Handle and Finial, 1956; Sterling Creamer and Sugar, 1957 [pot and creamer double-spouted] 

1231

Service Sets. Sterling Pipkin with Ebony Handle and Tray, 1958 

1232

Service Sets. Sterling Creamer and Sugar Bowl with Ivory Finial and Handles, 1962 

1233

Service Sets. Coffee Pot, Creamer, and Sugar Bowl, Sterling Silver with Ebony Handles and Finials, 1967 

1234

Service Sets. Service Sets - General 

1235

Service Sets. Slides 

1236

Service Sets. Negatives 

1237

Utensils. Sterling Salad Set, circa late 1940s 

1238

Utensils. Silver and Ebony Salad Fork and Spoon, 1948 

1239

Utensils. Martini Spoon, Ebony, Enamel, and Sterling, 1954 

1240

Utensils. Ebony and Sterling Salad Set, 1956 

1241

Utensils. Sterling Salad Fork and Spoon with Rosewood Handles, 1958 

1242

Utensils. Slides 

1243

Utensils. Negatives 

1244

Silver Gelatin Photographs 

Scope and Contents note

In the mid-1930s Miller had a brief career as a professional photographer. This subseries is comprised of two photographs taken by Frederick Miller. “Care Free” depicts Mary Windsor Miller, wife of Fred, and “Flower Study” is self-epitomizing. Both prints were accessioned apart from the rest of the collection and were acquired at auction.

BoxFolder

Flower Study, Silver Gelatin Photograph 

86

"Care Free," Silver Gelatin Photograph 

86

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Personal Papers 

Scope and Contents note

Personal Papers has been divided into nine subseries, Baron Erik Fleming, Biographical Materials, Cleveland Institute of Art / Instructional, Correspondence, Film, Lectures, Potter and Mellen, Publications, and Studio.

Baron Erik Fleming 

Scope and Contents note

In August 1948 Frederick Miller attended a silversmithing conference sponsored by Handy & Harman and organized by Margaret Craver Withers. Miller would later credit the workshop conducted by Baron Erik Fleming as making “him realize the unlimited possibilities of the medium.” This subseries consists of objects collected at or shortly after the workshop as there is no evidence that Baron Fleming and Miller had any contact after 1948. This short subseries is arranged alphabetically with photographs at the end.

BoxFolder

Calling Card [signed] 

131

"Erik Fleming och Atlier Borgila" by Carl Hernmarck [book] 

132

Second Silversmithing Workshop Conference Certificate of Attendance, 1948 

133

"Svenst Silver" by Erik Andren, 1948 - signed by Erik Fleming [book] 

134

Photographs - Portraits [includes groups] 

135

Photographs - Silver Objects 

136

Photographs - Silver Objects by Students 

137

Biographical Materials 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries predates Miller’s birth and continues on posthumously. The subseries is arranged chronologically with the early focus on Miller’s maternal side of the family, the Soureks. Also included in the subseries are printouts from ancestry.com detailing Miller’s family tree. Images are at the end of the subseries.

BoxFolder

Mary F Sourek and Clark L. Miller; Marriage License and book 30 January, 1910 

138

J.S. (Joseph S) Sourek Patent Journals 1910-1923 

139

"The Ancient Mariner / The Vision of Sir Launfal" ed. Moody [copy from FAM's childhood] circa 1925 

1310

"Notebook for the Analysis of Form [for] Dr. Monroe" 

1311

Western Reserve University Transcript June, 1940 

1312

Government forms circa late 1960s 

1313

Smithsonian Interview with Elizabeth McClelland 8 June 1976 

1314

Travel Itinerary (Europe - Helsinki, Munich, Amsterdam, et cetera) 

1315

Autobiographies circa 1950-1990 

1316

A Memorial Service for Mary Windsor Miller 12 December, 1998 

1317

Will of Mary Windsor Miller 1 March, 1999 

1318

Memorial Service for Frederick A. Miller 11 January, 2000 

1319

Ancestry.com Printouts 

1320

"Tigers Toboganing from Unkle Tiger Travis" [drawing on napkin], undated undated 

1321

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Events - Costume Party circa 1950s 

141

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Events - Fishing Trips 

142

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Baby Portraits circa 1915 

143

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Military Snapshots 

144

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Miller, Frederick, John Paul and Mary Windsor circa 1970, 1990 

145

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Miller, Mary F. (Sourek) [photographs] circa 1910-1920 

146

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Miller, Mary Windsor, with children circa 1950 

147

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Sourek, Rudolf 

148

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Sourek, Ted circa 1920 

149

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Sourek Family (on a farm) circa 1910 

1410

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Family - Unknown Portraits and Snapshots circa 1910-1940 

1411

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Landscape - Yard (damage after storm?) 

1412

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Portraits - Miller, Frederick A. 

1413

Cleveland Institute of Art / Instructional 

Scope and Contents note

Miller graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1940 and began teaching there in 1947. He taught for 30 years before retiring. Most of the material in this brief subseries appears to be referential or instructional packets for students. The little correspondence is administrative in nature.

BoxFolder

Cleveland Institute of Art 

151

Silversmithing and Jewelry - Basic Techniques 

152

Sterling Loop-n-loop Chain 

153

Transferring a Drawing onto Metal 

154

Various 

155

Correspondence 

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of correspondence is mostly with colleagues and former students or institutions seeking to acquire an object. No order existed when the documents came to the archives. While processing, any significant or repeated correspondence was separated into its own file.

BoxFolder

American Craft Council 1993, undated 

156

American Craftsmen's Council 1955-1957 

157

Art Institute of Chicago 1987 

158

Boston University 1982 

159

Cleveland Museum of Art 1953, 1985, 1987 

1510

Hansen, Birte and Karl Gustav 1984-1990 

1511

Hansen, Hans 1968-1972 

1512

Havener, John 1975, undated 

1513

Mazurkewicz, James 1970-1989 

1514

Meyer, Mrs. Edward B. 1970 

1515

Miller, John Paul, Frederick and Mary circa 1950-1990 [scattered] 

1516

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1987-1988 

1517

Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution 1982-1993 

1518

Tramontana, Charles circa early 1990s 

1519

Withers, Margret Craver 1961, 1990 

1520

General, A-Z 

1521

Film 

Scope and Contents note

In 1967, Frederick Miller and John Paul Miller produced “Raising a Free Form Bottle,” a film on the fabrication of one of Miller’s silver bottles. This short two-folder subseries involves the addition of sound to the film. One file contains correspondence and contract with the Society of North American Goldsmiths. The second file contains copies of the script, one handwritten and one typed. Copies of the film are in the Audio Visual Materials series.

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Silversmithing: Raising a Free Form Bottle, Contract with Society of North American Goldsmiths 1984-1985 

1522

Silversmithing: Raising a Free Form Bottle, Script 

1523

Lectures 

Scope and Contents note

Most of the lectures are untitled and undated. When a date, title, or location could be ascertained the lecture was separated into its own folder. The lectures span topics from general silversmithing techniques and silversmithing throughout history, to problems in contemporary silversmithing.

BoxFolder

In Town Club undated 

1524

"The Art of the Silversmith Today" Cleveland Museum of Art 11 November 1951 

1525

[coincides with] 1962 Silversmiths Guild Competition 

1526

Untitled March 1966 

1527

General Speeches, Lectures, Conference and Juries 

1528

"The Profession of Industrial Design" by Arthur J. Pulos and "The Sterling Today Design Competition" by Meyric R. Rogers 1964 

1529

Potter and Mellen 

Scope and Contents note

Frederick Miller and John T. (Jack) Schlundt purchased Potter and Mellen in 1966. The stock purchase plan offers a detailed account of their acquisition of the company, and consequently the 1977 budget shows how Miller divested his shares when he retired. However, the rest of the subseries gives little insight into the company’s workings. The correspondence predates Miller’s presidency and most of the other documents date from just prior or right after Miller’s retirement. In his 1976 interview, Miller states that he never sold his hollowware through Potter and Mellen.

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Book "How to Make Jewelry" by George S. Overton 1914 

161

Budget 1977 

162

Budget Ledger by Object 1970s 

163

Catalogs, Artist's Brochures 1977-circa 2000 

164

Correspondence 

165

Displays[?], [location and date unknown], color prints 

166

Stock Purchase Plan 1965-1966 

167

Publications 

Scope and Contents note

Publications contain articles written about Miller and ancillary published materials unrelated to other series. The subseries consists mostly of newspaper clippings and magazine journals. Often the entire journal was kept if it contained an article on Miller. The newspaper articles which span from the 1930s to 2000s are the most encompassing, with articles not only on Miller, but also on John Paul Miller, Baron Erik Fleming, and Toshiko Takaezu. Multiple copies of articles suggest several contributors to the clippings.

Conditions Governing Access note

Original newspaper clippings too brittle to be used. Reference photocopies are available.

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Newspaper Clippings (photocopies) 1934-2000  (Bulk, 1950-1959)

168

"Frederick A. Miller" unknown publication 

169

Walter, Edward. "3 American Silversmiths." American Artist 17 no. 4 (May 1953): 30-35 

1610

Brown, Conrad. "Exhibitions: May Show Awards." Craft Horizons XV no. 5 (September/October 1955): 42 

1611

Kirkwood, Marie. "In the Superlative There's only One-of-a-Kind." The Clevelander v. 32 (October 1957) 

1612

Wixom, Nancy Coe. "Cleveland Institute of Art the First Hundred Years." Cleveland: Cleveland Institute of Art, 1983. 

1613

Ohio Designer Craftsmen 1992-93 Membership Directory 

1614

Baran-Mickle, William. "Frederick A. Miller: A Precarious Balance." Metalsmith 13 no. 2 (Spring 1993): 34-39 

1615

Fogel, Julianne. "Celebrating the Life of Fred Miller '40." Link XXXII, issue 3 (2000): 8-9 

1616

Rosenberg, Alan. "Frederick Miller, 1913-2000." Silver Magazine XXXIX no. 4 (2007): 22-26 

1617

Magazine Articles [non-Miller related] 

1618

Newspaper Clippings (originals), 1934-2000 [bulk 1950s] 

211

Studio 

Scope and Contents note

The Studio subseries contains the ancillary papers not used directly in the fabrication of objects and demonstrative images of their creation. This subseries is mainly divided into two sections; material catalogs and correspondence, and images of the artist in his studio. Catalogs for precious metals and stones make up the bulk of the material catalogs and correspondence. The artist in his studio contains images of silversmiths crafting objects either in the studio or classroom.

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Artist Mark [paper and photographs] 

172

Flux Recipes 

173

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Bernd Munsteiner Edelstein und Schmuckgestalter 1981-1993 

174

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Billanti Castings Co., Inc. 1981 

175

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Handy & Harmon 1947-1955 

176

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Handy & Harmon - The Handy Book for Manufacturers 1939 

177

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. The Eight Precious Metals: Interpretive Materials of Jewelry Craftsmen, International Nickel Company, Inc. 1951 

178

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. O'Brien Enamels for Jewelry, Carpenter & Wood Co. 

179

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Schauer and Company 1961-1963 

1710

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Stone Associates 1949-1950 

1711

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. Whip-Mix Corporation 1973 

1712

Material Catalogs and Correspondence. General, A-Z 

1713

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - "Fred Miller Makes a Silver Bowl by the Stretching Method" Craft Horizons, December 1956 [negatives and photographs] 

1714

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - In the Studio [slides] 

1715

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - Making a Bowl [negatives and photographs] 

1716

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - Making a Spoon with Hans Hansen [negatives and photographs] 

1717

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - Making a Teapot [photographs] 

1718

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - Students in Classroom [35mm negatives] 

1719

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - Workshop Event [mounted photographs on tagboard] 

1720

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Artist in his Studio - General [photographs] 

1721

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Objects - Artwork (non-Miller) [photographs] 

1722

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Objects - Circuit Diagram [photographs] 

1723

Photographs, Negatives, and Slides. Objects - Egyptian Model Stage and Pall Mall Shadow Stage [photographs] 

1724

Ledger for Frederick Miller and John Paul Miller [folio] 1960-1968 

212
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Artist in his Studio - "Fred Miller Makes a Silver Bowl by the Stretching Method" Craft Horizons, December 1956 [photographs mounted on tagboard] 

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Exhibitions 

Scope and Contents note

Few places existed to exhibit contemporary silver at the beginning of Miller’s career, notable exceptions were the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show and Wichita Art Association’s National Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Miller’s work was mostly confined to juried exhibitions. As his reputation grew, museums and institutes sought his pieces for comprehensive exhibitions. Only two of Miller’s solo exhibitions are documented in this series, "Holloware by Frederick A. Miller" at the Little Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York in 1961, and "Featured Object" at the National Museum of American Art in 1989. This series contains the correspondence, entry cards, catalogs, and other materials relating to the exhibitions which span over forty years.

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Juried Exhibitions. General 1952-1974, undated [scattered] 

181

Juried Exhibitions. Annual Exhibition of Work by Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen [May Show], Cleveland Museum of Art, 1949-1966 1949-1966 

182

Exhibitions. Silver Heirlooms of Today and Tomorrow, Rochster Museum of Arts and Science, 3 August to 15 November 1951 

183

Juried Exhibitions. Los Angeles County Fair 1952-1956 

184

Juried Exhibitions. Designer/Craftsmen Exhibition, Beaux Arts Club, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts 1953-1966 

185

Juried Exhibitions. Fiber, Clay, Metal, The Saint Paul Gallery and School of Art 1953, 1955-56, 1959 

186

Juried Exhibitions. National Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition, Wichita Art Association 1955-1966 

187

Juried Exhibitions. Brussel's World Fair (Expo '58), American Craftsmen's Council; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston 1958 

188

Juried Exhibitions. International Design Competition for Sterling Silver Flatware, American Craftsmen's Council 1959 

189

Exhibitions. Halloware by Frederick A. Miller, Little Gallery, 17 February to 12 March 1961 

1810

Exhibitions. Crafts Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Crafts 1963 

1811

Juried Exhibitions. American Craftsmen's Invitational Exhibition, Henry Gallery, University of Washington 1968 

1812

Juried Exhibitions. Goldsmith '70, Minnesota Museum of Art 1970 

1813

Exhibitions. Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio [photographs] 1972 

1814

Exhibitions. Forms in Metal: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America, Museum of Contemporary Crafts/Cranbrook Academy of Art 1975 

1815

Exhibitions. Silver in Service: The American Craftsman Series, Castle Gallery College of New Rochelle, 15 November 1987 to 10 January 1988 

1816

Exhibitions. Featured Object, Renwick Gallery & Barney Studio House, National Museum of American Art January 1989 

1817

Exhibitions. Lifetime Achievements from the American Craft Council College of Fellows in Metal 1993 

1818

Exhibitions. Objects in Display Case, unknown date and location [slides] 

1819

non-Millers Exhibitions. Salve Hallqvist - Reflections of the Past and Present: Contemporary American Silver, The Society of Arts and Crafts 1990 

1820

non-Millers Exhibitions. John Marshall - John Marshall Metalsmith Selected Work from 1979-1991 

1821

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Audio Visual Materials Materials 

Scope and Contents note

The bulk of the audio visual material is copies of the two films in which Miller appeared. In one film, Contemporary Silversmithing: the Stretching Method sponsored by Handy & Harman, Miller demonstrates the making of a sauce boat. John Paul Miller collaborated with Frederick Miller to make the other film, Raising a Free Form Bottle. In 1985, the Society of North American Goldsmiths sponsored the addition of sound to this film. The subseries contains a home video of an interview and studio tour with both John Paul and Frederick. Additionally, there are artist in his studio films featuring William Bennett, John Marshall, and Toshiko Takaezu.

Craft Service Department: Handy & Harman. Contemporary Silversmithing: the Stretching Method. 1950.   4 film reels (16mm) and 1 videocassette (VHS).

Miller, Frederick A. and Miller, John Paul. Raising a Free Form Bottle, 1967.   12 film reels (16mm; 3 finished versions, 9 rough edits), 3 videocassettes (VHS), and 1 videodisc (DVD)

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Artistry in Silver, Commercial Film Samuel Kirk Co. film reel [Optical Sound 800 ft] 

3
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Graeter, Ralph, Margret Craver Withers, William E. Bennett, and Paul Killiam. 1948. Handwrought silver. Margret Craver Withers Papers, 1926-1992. [S.l.]: Science Pictures for Handy and Harman. videocassette [VHS] 

192

John Marshall: A Point of View. videocassette [VHS] 1995 

193

McNulty, Edward, Bob Barnett, Devon Guard, and Stanley Yamamoto. 1984 Artists of Hawaii: Toshiko Takaezu. Honolulu: Hawaii State Dept. of Education. videocassette [VHS] 

194

Takaezu, Toshiko, and Susan Wallner. 1993. Toshiko Takaezu portrait of an artist. Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities & Sciences. videocassette [VHS] 

199

Tramantona Tape, part 1 Fred Miller, Novemeber 1992; part 2 Fred & John Miller - Students 'Studio Tour', October 1993. videocassette [VHS] 

1910

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Ephemera 

Scope and Contents note

Throughout his career Miller won accolades for his artistic endeavors. These include the Cleveland Arts Prize presented by the Women’s City Club of Cleveland, Horace E Potter Memorial Awards, some for exhibitions, and an achievement award. Also included in this series are artists marks and a small cabinet.

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Address Engraving 

38

Artist Mark Punches [includes Potter and Mellen] 

39

Awards. Horace E. Potter Memorial Award for Excellence in Silversmithing, 1959 

310

Awards. Horace E. Potter Memorial Award for Excellence in Silversmithing, 1950 

310

Awards. Horace E. Potter Memorial Award for Excellence in Silversmithing, 1956 

311

Awards. Horace E. Potter Memorial Award for Excellence in Silversmithing, 1963 

312

Awards. United States Department of State Recognition of Public Service - Brussels Universal and International Exhibition 1958 

78

Awards. Women's City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Arts Prize, Visual Arts Prize, 1968 

78

Awards. Governor's Award for Highest Merit, Ohio Designer/Craftsmen, Exhibition '66, March 4, 1966 

201

Awards. ohio designer craftsmen achievement award 

202

Horace E. Potter Cabinet   A four-drawer cabinet once owned by Horace E. Potter containing vials of vitreous glass powders used in the production of enamels. It also contains a few tools, samples, and trinkets. Approximately 22" by 12" by 12" and made in the late 19th or early 20th century.

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Toshiko Takaezu 

Scope and Contents note

Toshiko Takaezu was a ceramicist whose works are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Born in Hawaii, Takaezu started her education at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the University of Hawaii. She continued her studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Michigan and later went abroad to learn traditional Japanese ceramic techniques. Frederick Miller probably met Toshiko Takaezu sometime between 1957 and 1967 when both were instructors at the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1967, Takaezu moved to New Jersey to teach at Princeton. This series is primarily a collection of documents from the time after Takaezu left Cleveland. It is comprised of mostly visual materials but also includes some correspondence and publications. Two VHS cassettes on Takaezu are in the Audio Visual Materials series.

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Correspondence (postcards from Takaezu) 1990-2000s 

221

Display of Objects possibly at Potter and Mellen [negatives] 

222

Exhibition - "Works by Toshiko Takaezu and Lenore Tawney" [photographs] 

223

Exhibition Catalogs 

224

Objects [photographs and negatives] 

225

Objects [polaroids] 

226

Objects [slides] 

227

Portraits [negatives] 

228

Publications 1991-2011 

229

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