The collection comprises the photographs, papers, and artwork created, inspired, or collected by Christian William Miller,
1886-1989. As an avid photographer and model, Miller moved through the New York gay social scene of the 1940s and 1950s, interacting
with noted gay artists. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs documenting this social life as well as his travels,
activities, family, and friends.
Christian William Miller was born William Henry Miller on August 7, 1921, in Newark, New Jersey. Miller attended the Franklin
School of Professional Arts in New York City from 1938-1941, majoring in advertising design. From 1939-1941 he began his career
in design with stints at Datzenbach & Warren, Brunschwig & Fils, and Lord & Taylor. During the years 1942-1946, Miller was
enlisted in the United States Maritime Service Coast Guard Reserve. He was assigned to a research project in 1942 by the Air-Sea
Agency, helping to design a device to make sea water drinkable. Miller also designed an inflatable chair that is now in the
collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In May 1951, Miller officially changed his name to Christian William Miller.
49.2 linear feet.
30 photograph binder boxes + 9 flat archive boxes + 6 records boxes + 3 archive cartons + 1 mapcase drawer.
Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the
physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay
& Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility
of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.