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Harvey S. Shipley Miller Collection


Held at: Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives [Contact Us]Philadelphia Museum of Art, PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646

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Overview and metadata sections

Collection consists of correspondence between Harvey S. Shipley Miller and his acquaintances, his research on (and purchase of works by) photographers Peter Henry Emerson and Eva Watson-Schütze, various ephemera and exhibition materials, several photographs, and various publications.

These materials were arranged and described by Sarah Lerner in 2016.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Collection is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Collection Inventory

Postcard to Harvey from Frances E. Storey, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Postcard and photograph to Randy and Harvey from David Graham, undated.
Box 1 Folder 2
Letter to Harvey from Barbara Morgan, 1978 October 17.
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Contains booklet "Our Colombian Press" (printed November 1959).

Letter to Harvey and Randy from Sonja Flavin and Robert A. Sobieszek, 1980.
Box 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Contains polaroid.

Letter to Harvey from David Lebe, 1981 January 8.
Box 1 Folder 5
Letter to Harvey from David Lebe, 1984 April 24.
Box 1 Folder 6
Postcard to Randy from Susan Herzig, 1988.
Box 1 Folder 7
Invitation to Harvey and Randy from Martha Madigan, 1991 January 25.
Box 1 Folder 8
Scope and Contents

Letter inviting recipients to gala held at Tyler School of Art Photo Department; contains poster for exhbition sponsored by students on February 1, 1991.

Scope and Contents

Series consists of annotated photocopies of publications and auction catalogues; it also contains original documents pertaining to the purchase of various works.

General Files, undated.
Box 1 Folder 9
Invoice for "Birds, Beasts and Fishes of the Norfolk Broadland", 1975 March 1.
Box 1 Folder 10
"Pictures of East Anglian Life", 1983 November 7.
Box 1 Folder 11
Christie's/Sotheby's, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 12
"The Compleat Angler", 1984.
Box 1 Folder 13
"Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads", 1984.
Box 1 Folder 14
"Field and Fen", 1985.
Box 1 Folder 15
"Marsh Leaves", 1985.
Box 1 Folder 16
Loose Notes, 1989 April.
Box 1 Folder 17
Fred and Elizabeth Pajerski, Catalogue 79, 2007.
Box 1 Folder 18

Image of James Fenimore Cooper, undated.
Box 1 Folder 19
Loose notes, undated.
Box 1 Folder 20
Postcards (blank), undated.
Box 1 Folder 21
Scope and Contents

Postcards (6) are blank. Consist of: “Hebrides Cow” (Thomas L. Davies, 1971), “Shaker Window” (Stephen Guion Williams, 1973), “Arabesque” (Thomas Carabasi, 1988), “Chester Nielson with J. Ogle (behind glass)” (George Platt Lyons, 1937), “Self Portrait with Bill Miller” (George Platt Lyons, c. 1951), and “Sisters” (Unknown, c. 1905).

Promotional booklet for Clara E. Sipprell, undated.
Box 1 Folder 22
Stereo view from Robert Sobieszek, undated.
Box 1 Folder 23
Scope and Contents

Gift from Robert for the Miller Plummer Collection of Photography. Titled "189. View on the Wissahickon".

Tissue paper with Japanese characters, undated.
Box 1 Folder 24
Advertisement for Frederick Gutekunst, 1888.
Box 1 Folder 25
Bourke-White Studio check, 1935 April 12.
Box 1 Folder 26
Paul Strand's autograph, 1974 July 9.
Box 1 Folder 27
Note from David Pratt, 1974 August 10.
Box 1 Folder 28
White-light transmission "rainbow" hologram, 1978 May.
Box 1 Folder 29
Sun Printing House Lithographers, 1980.
Box 2 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Folder from the Sun Printing House Lithographers containing 7 prints.

Advertisement from ASMP Annual for Art Buyers, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 30

Poster for Deja-Vu, Ralph Gibson, 1973.
Box 2 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Promotional poster for Ralph Gibson's "Deja-vu" at the International Museum of Photography at e George Eastman House; March 2-April 30, 1973.

Past Tensions/Present Tense, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 31
Scope and Contents

Philadelphia College of Art promotional card for “Past Tensions/Present Tense” (8 copies); October 1-21, 1983.

Poster for Laurie Anderson: 1969-1983, 1983.
Box 2 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Poster for "Laurie Anderson: 1969-1983" at Instiutute of Contemporary Art; October 15-December 4, 1983. Poster addressed to Harvey and Randy from Anderson.

Poster for Particulars, 1984.
Box 2 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Wellesley College Museum promotional poster for "Particulars: Selections from the Miller-Plummer Collection of Photography"; January 27-March 25, 1984 (2 copies).

Photograph of Harvey at Harvard, undated.
Box 1 Folder 32
Polaroid of Bernice Abbott and Harvey, undated.
Box 1 Folder 33
Portrait of Bernice Abbott, undated.
Box 1 Folder 34
Prints and negatives of Harvey at Bernice Abbott's, 1974 May 24.
Box 1 Folder 35
Scope and Contents

Contains 7 prints and 4 negatives of Harvey at Bernice Abbott's. Photographed by J. Randall Plummer.

Minimata, W. Eugene Smith, undated.
Box 2 Folder 5
Scope and Contents

Signed copy of "Minimata: Life--Sacred and Profane".

Photographic newspaper ads, (1842-1845).
Box 1 Folder 36
Harper's Weekly, Vol. XVII No. 883, 1873 November 29.
Box 2 Folder 6
Fotofolio, Vol. 1, 1975.
Box 2 Folder 7
Scope and Contents

Collector's issue of Fotofolio, Winter 75-76.

Witkin Gallery Brochure, 1975 March 13.
Box 2 Folder 8
Scope and Contents

Sixth-anniversary brochure for the Witkin Gallery. Copy 24/1000, sold to J. Randall Plummer.

Picture Magazine, 1975-1977.
Box 2 Folder 9
Scope and Contents

Consists of Issue #3 (1975); Vol. 1, No. 2 (August 1976); and Issue #4 (1977).

Camera, No. 3, 1977 March.
Box 1 Folder 37
Woodstock Times, Vol. 12, 1983 June 30.
Box 2 Folder 10

Photocopies of Watson-Schütze's work, undated.
Box 1 Folder 38
Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, undated.
Box 1 Folder 39
Agreement of sale, 1975 July 5.
Box 1 Folder 40
Scope and Contents

Agreement of sale between Frieda Schütz and Miller for 31 photos.

Certificate of authenticity, 1976 July 3.
Box 1 Folder 41
Scope and Contents

Handwritten certificate of authenticity for group of photographs taken by Eva Watson-Schütze and sold to Harvey Miller.

Correspondence with Miriam Woods, 1977.
Box 1 Folder 42
Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding the sale of photographs to Miller from Miriam Woods.

Camera, No. 3, 1977 March.
Box 1 Folder 43

Print, Suggest