Paul A. Miller administrative files

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Paul A. Miller
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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Paul A. Miller administrative files
Miller, Paul A., 1917-2015
Inclusive Date(s)
Collection of records kept by Paul A. Miller during his time as president of the Rochester Institute of Technology. The collection includes subject files which contain mostly correspondence and clippings, as well as administrative files for the Rochester Urbanarium project. Also included are files on prominent university benefactors.
1.3 Linear feet (1 file box)
C.S. South, Shelf 640
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Paul Ausborn Miller (1917- ) was born March 22, 1917 in East Liverpool, Ohio to Harry Ausborn and Mamie Elizabeth (née Stewart) Miller. After graduating high school, he attended West Virginia University (WVU), where he earned his B.S. in Agriculture in 1939. Miller then accepted a position as a County Agricultural Agent with the WVU Agricultural Extension Service. During World War II, he served as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. He married Catherine Spiker on December 9, 1939 with whom he had two children.

Following the war, Miller attended Michigan State University (MSU) where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology in 1953. He had started teaching at MSU as early as 1947, serving as professor from 1947-1962. From 1959-1962, he also served as the provost for MSU. He left Michigan in 1962, when he was appointed the president of his alma mater, WVU.

After serving as WVU's president for four years, Miller was selected by President Lyndon B. Johnson to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). During his time with HEW, Miller was asked to oversee the development of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

In 1968, Miller began working as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while simultaneously teaching at the North Carolina State University as a Professor of Adult Education. He left North Carolina in 1969, when he was selected as the president of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Miller's presidency was during an important period of growth for the university. RIT had recently relocated to a new campus in the suburbs of Henrietta and plans were in the works to add new programs to the college's curriculum. In 1973, a ninth college was added, Institute College, as a place for emerging programs to properly develop. Meanwhile, the rest of the school was growing academically as well. During Miller's tenure, new degrees were added in external technology, bio-communications, and glassblowing. To face these challenges, Miller created a position for a university provost to oversee the development of RIT's academic curriculum within the confines of Miller's new balanced budget procedures. He left the presidency in 1978, though continued to serve at RIT as a professor emeritus.

Miller received several honors throughout his lifetime. In 1996, he was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. The following year, he received the Award of Distinguished Rural Sociologist of the Rural Sociological Society of America along with his second wife, Francena (née Lounsbery) Miller. He was also named a Fellow of the American Sociological Association.

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The Paul A. Miller administrative files consist of records kept by former Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) president Dr. Paul A. Miller during his time at the university. The first part of the collection contains subject files on topics such as RIT's football program, commencement exercises, and the Rochester Urbanarium project. Dr. Miller played an important role in the Urbanarium project's creation. The collection includes background information, proposals, annual reports, and other administrative records for this project. The other subject files contain correspondence, clippings, administrative materials, and other miscellaneous items.

The second half of the collection contains files on various university benefactors. These include Florence A. Wallace, Chester F. Carlson, Mary Flagler Cary, Ezra A. Hale, Edith H. Woodward, Eleanor Gleason, James E. Gleason, Caroline Werner Gannett, Arthur Ingle, and F. I. Caulkins. The files contain mostly correspondence, but also include deeds of gifts and clippings.

Although Dr. Miller was only president of the university from 1969-1979, there are several items in the collection predating his tenure. These materials were presumably given to Miller by his predecessor, Dr. Mark Ellingson.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

This collection is currently unprocessed.

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In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Paul A. Miller administrative files

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Miller, Paul A., 1917-2015
  • Carlson, Chester Floyd, 1906-1968
  • Cary, Mary Flagler
  • Caulkins, F. I.
  • Gannett, Caroline Werner, 1894-1979
  • Gleason, James E., 1868-1964
  • Hale, Ezra Andrews, 1895-
  • Ingle, Arthur H.
  • Wallace, Florence Murray
  • Woodward, Edith H., d. 1955

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Benefactors.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology-- Football .
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of the President.
  • Urbanarium (Rochester, N.Y.).


  • College administrators -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • College benefactors -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • College presidents -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Commencement ceremonies -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Rochester -- Administration


  • Administrative records
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence

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Preferred Citation

Paul A. Miller administrative files, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

Some of this collection may be closed to researchers. Contact RIT Archive Collections for further information.

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Accession Information

Accession number: 09:78

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.

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