Miller Company historical design catalogues and other primary source information (2016)

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A. Miller Company (1924-1985) design catalogues

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Miller Company. (1924 or after). Miller center draught lamps in table, library, bracket and pendant styles, also other varieties for flate and round wick burners for kerosene or coal oil, lard and heavy oils, fluid and alcohol, oil burners and accessories of every description, oil heaters, etc. (catalogue X151). 48 pp. Meriden, CT. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, call no. TP746 .M55 1900z. (Listed online at University of Toronto libraries.) Viewed 10 January 2017. [A01464-66]

"Stores and showrooms; New York, 68 and 70 Park Place; Philadelphia, 706 Perry Bldg; Chicago, 116 South Michigan Boulevard."

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1924). [Duplex-a-lite]. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs - offline. Viewed 2 June 2016.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1924). [Miller fixtures (catalog no. 150)]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs - offline. Viewed 7 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1924). [Price list - Miller fixtures]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs— offline. Viewed 7 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1924). Ivanhoe semi-indirect direct and diffusing glassware for commercial illumination. ["Catalog No. 333a (superseding catalog No. 333)."] 23 pp. Cleveland, OH. Columbia University call no. AT4100 M61 1924. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00743]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1925). Miller lamps [catalogue no. 153]. 23 pp. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, record no. 77344. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00736]

Miller Company Meriden CT

The Miller Company. (1926). [catalogue #156]. No copy in public library known to exist.. Viewed 1 August 2016. [1]

Miller Company Meriden CT

The Miller Company. (1926). Three hanging light fixtures from catalogue #156 reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 68). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 1 August 2016.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1927). Mer-Tung lighting equipment. Mercury-Mazda lamps [trade catalogue]. Meriden, CT, 27 pp. Courtesy Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec / APT Building Technology Heritage Library. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00012]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1927). Duplex-a-lite for use in the home [Catalog no. D.P. 158]. Meriden, CT; 23 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1927c. [A00072]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1927). Miller lighting fixtures: catalog no. 160. Meriden, CT; 67 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1927b. [A00073]

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Miller Company. (c. 1927). Ivanhoe lighting equipment : commercial lighting section : enclosing globes and fixtures for commercial illumination : catalog no. 700. 40 pp. Cleveland, OH. Columbia University call no. AT4100 M61 1927a. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01128]

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Miller Company. (192?). Ivanhoe lighting equipment : residential lighting section : catalog No. 750 / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company. Cleveland, OH; 23 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1920. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01131]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. Ivanhoe Division. (c. 1927). Ivanhoe lighting equipment: Industrial lighting section - metal reflectors and fittings for industrial illumination: Catalog no. 800. 48 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1927. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01129]

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Miller Company. (192?). Residential lighting section: Fixtures and decorative glassware for residential lighting : catalog no. 850 / Ivanhoe merchandising line : decorative glassware for home lighting / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company. 28 pp. Cleveland, OH. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1920a. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01132]

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Miller Company (c. 1928). Miller lighting fixtures. Meriden, CT; 55 pp. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no.: Lighting: Miller Company, Meriden, CT, USA (F-9081LG). Viewed 13 March 2016. [A00074]

Miller Company Meriden CT

The Miller Company. (1928). Two lighting fixtures from English tudor line (wall sconce and chandelier), from catalogue #162. (Also, three hanging fixtures and three floor lamps presumably from the same 1928 catalogue.) Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 69-71). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 7 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1929). Duplexalite for use in the home: catalog no. D.P. 166 / Duplexalite Division of the Miller Company. Meriden, CT; 23 pp. UCSB - Special Collections, Romaine Trade Catalogs; Columbia University call no. AT4100 M61 1929; Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, call no. TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS). Updated 7 January 2017. [A00082; A01130]

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Miller Company. (September 1930-April 1932). Commercial lighting section: enclosing globes and fixtures for commercial illumination [catalog no. 700 A]. 46 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. F-3448LG; Columbia University call no. AT4100 M61 1930. Also see Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, call no. mfc 000535n. Updated 16 October 2016. [A00740-41; A01208]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (September 1930-March 1931). Catalog No. 900, Industrial lighting section [trade catalogue]. 54 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, call no. F-3448LG; Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1930a. Viewed 1 August 2016. [A01133-34]

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Miller Company (c. 1931). The Duplexalite system of lighting as applied to commercial requirements [Catalog D P 170]. Meriden, CT, 39 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. A.I.A. file number 31f 232; Hagley Museum and Library - TRCAT (LIBRARY STACKS). Updated 7 January 2017. [A00075; A01447]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1932). Duplexalite lighting equipment for commercial requirements [Catalog DP 172]. Meriden, CT; 39 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1932a. [A00076]

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Miller Company. (April 1932). Fixtures and glassware for commercial requirements [catalog No. 820]. 62 pp. Ivanhoe Division, Cleveland, OH. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY call no. F-3448LG; Columbia University call no. AT4100 M61 1932; University of California - Santa Barbara library call no. Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs [Non-circulating]. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00737-39]

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Miller Company. (1930?). Miller lamps, burners, accessories, oil heaters, etc. [catalogue X169]. 17 pp. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT, call no. Q644.3 M648m #169 – offline. Viewed 1 August 2016. [C00014-66]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1934-35). Ivanhoe lighting equipment / Ivanhoe Division of the Miller Company [catalog no. 902]. Meriden, CT; 68 pp. Columbia University, New York, call no. AT4100 M61 1934. Updated 15 January 2017. [A00077; AAA00548] [DM]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1935). [Miller Mer-Tung Equipment Price List]. Number of pages unknown. Meriden, CT. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs– offline.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller Mer-Tung Equipment (Catalog No. 870)]. Meriden, CT. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs– offline.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1937). More and Better Light for Industry with the New Ivanhoe Alzak Aluminum Reflectors, with reflective silver ink embellishments and backgrounds. 19 pp. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - offline.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1939). Miller Lighting. (Shows several examples of actual lighting installations with historical locations.) 291 pages. The Miller Company. Courtesy Tulane University, Southeastern Architectural Archive, New Orleans, LA. Viewed 15 October 2016. [A01207]

Miller Company Meriden CT

The Miller Company. (1939). [catalogue showing design of Ivanhoe Palite and Prestige line of lamps, which are not shown in 1939 catalogue of compiled elements above]. No copy in public library known to exist.. Viewed 9 January 2017. [DM] [2]

Miller Company Meriden CT
The Miller Company. (1939). The Ivanhoe Palite from 1939 catalogue. (Also photo of “Prestige line” lamp presumably from the same catalogue.) Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 72-3). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.
Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1940). Miller fluorescent daylight lamps for desks, drafting tables, work benches, etc. [trade catalogue]. Meriden, CT, 4 pp. Courtesy Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec. / APT Building Technology Heritage Library. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00013]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1940). New indoor daylight for industry: Miller presents fluorescent lighting fixtures: Ivanhoe [trade catalogue]. Meriden, CT, 19 pp. Courtesy Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec. / APT Building Technology Heritage Library. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00014]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (1941). Miller fluorescent lighting fixtures [trade catalogue]. Meriden, CT, 24 pp. Courtesy Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Québec. / APT Building Technology Heritage Library. Viewed 10 March 2016. [A00015]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1941). Miller lamps, burners and accessories [catalogue no. N938?]. 4 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 644.3 M648 #938 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [C00014-67]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1945). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue; with Josef Albers’s Flying graphic]. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Cleveland Public Library call no. 538.27 M619C; Wadsworth Atheneum Archive - Painting toward architecture file. Viewed 9 October 2016. [A01205; AAA00334; AAA00352-55] [DM]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1946). Ceilings unlimited [pamphlet]. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine. The copyright entry at the Library of Congress for this pamphlet either refers to the 1945 catalogue above or is an additional text. If the latter, then no surviving copy is known to exist. In (1946). Catalogue of copyright entries. Part 1. [B] Group 2. Pamphlets (... etc.) New Series, vol. 43, p. 571. Library of Congress, Washington, DC. On Google Books.] Viewed 15 October 2016. [AAA00345]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1947). A spiralating heat wave [heater brochure]. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine with adapted image of artist José de Rivera’s Black, yellow, red sculpture.] Wadsworth Atheneum archive, Painting toward architecture file; Museum of Modern Art Archive, Alfred H. Barr, Jr papers, Folder: 1.178; mf 2174:1135. Viewed 13 October 2016. [AAA00335-36; A01206]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1948). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue]. 105 pages. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] No surviving copy known to exist. [See: (December 1948). Ceilings unlimited [catalogue announcement]. Architect and Engineer, p. 43. (p. 577 in pdf). Courtesy San Francisco Public Library, CA. Also see (1948). Catalogue of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1948, p. 523. On Google Books.] Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00339; AAA00347]

"A revised edition of the book published in 1945-46 by the Miller Company which created considerable interest among architects, lighting engineers, electrical contractors, and commercial executives. It illustrates and describes in detail Miller Fluorescent Troffer Lighting Systems, and gives complete engineering and installation details, and illumination performance.

"Shows examples of how architects and engineers have made use of the opportunity afforded them to create attractive ceiling designs by adopting the Miller method of combining lighting equipment." — from Architect and Engineer mentioned above.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1948). Four pages from "Ceilings unlimited" [catalogue]. [Could be a concept drawing or actually part of 1948 catalogue; presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine; presumably graphics designed by Serge Chermayeff (see signature). Drawings with interiors attributed to Serge Chermayeff (jewelry store, Chicago); Morris Lapidus (ladies’ apparel store, New York); Allen and Edwin Kramer (classroom, New York) and Jose A. Fernandez (camera store, New York).] Serge Ivan Chermayeff Architectural Records and Papers, 1909-1980. Columbia University, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Box 11, Series: Project Records - Subseries: Drawings - Subseries: Files. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00340]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1949). "slimline catalogue 2G". 8 pages. [No surviving copy known to exist. Mentioned in advertisement in: (June 1949). Architect and Engineer, p. 33, and announcement on p. 39.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 13 October 2016. [AAA00343]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1950). The Miller troffer lighting system. Ceilings Unlimited. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] In (1950). Catalogue of copyright entries. Third Series: 1950, p. 559. No surviving copy known to exist. Library of Congress, Washington, DC. On Google Books.] Viewed 15 October 2016. [AAA00346]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1973-74). Interior Lighting 1973-1974 brochure. Meriden Public Library files - offline. Viewed 4 December 2016. [A01292]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1980). Miller Lighting brochure. Meriden Public Library files - offline. Viewed 4 December 2016. [A01292]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1986). Copper-base alloys for electronic components. Meriden Public Library files - offline. Viewed 4 December 2016. [A01292]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller burners and trimmings]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs— offline. Viewed 9 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). [Lamparas Miller (Catalogo X155)] Meriden, CT. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs— offline. Viewed 9 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). [Miller Lamps]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of California, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs – offline. Viewed 9 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). [Duplex-a-lite prices]. Meriden, CT. Number of pages unknown. University of Caliofornia, Santa Barbara library, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs – offline. Viewed 9 January 2017.



B. Miller Company - selected advertisements

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Miller Company. (February 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 30. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00341]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (April 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00342]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (June 1949). Advertisement for Slimline. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00343]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (March 1952). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Electrical Engineering, p. 4A. Viewed 9 October 2016. [AAA00308]



C. Miller Company - other historical information

Miller Company Meriden CT

(1924-). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

Miller Company Meriden CT

(3 March 1924). "$5,000,000 combine formed by the Edward Miller Company with its new headquarters here." Meriden Morning Record, pp. 1-2. Viewed 24 July 2016. [A01105-12]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1935-46+). The Miller Torch newsletter. (Issued monthly at times, perhaps throughout.) Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. No copies in a public library known to exist. [3]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1939, April). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 5, no. 1. Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 76). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 1 August 2016.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1943). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 8, no. 11. Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 78). Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 9 January 2017.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (1944). First page of The Miller Torch, vol. 9, no. 12. (“Meriden… America’s ideal war community”, including photograph of “Chairman McNutt with Connecticut Senators Maloney and Donaher, Meriden’s Mayor Donaher, screen star, Louisa Rainer, and other dignitaries in the Meriden celebration.”) Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 80). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.

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Miller Company. (1946, March). Reprint of “America’s No. 1 War Worker” article from The Miller Torch, (March 1946). (“Miss Louisa Kuhns, a Miller worker has been rated America’s No. 1 war worker in an article which went out over the Associated Press wire to all newspapers.”) Department of Publicity of The Miller Company. Reprinted in Scheips, Marguerite T. (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 81). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.
Miller Company Meriden CT

Coleman, Laurence Vail. (1950). Museum buildings, p. 104. American Association of Museums: Washington, DC. [Mention of Ceilings Unlimited for museum interiors.] Viewed 16 November 2016. [AAA00457-58]

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Wendover, Sanford H. (1956). Photo of Miller Company building, (p. 280). In 150 years of Meriden. Meriden: Meriden Sesquicentennial Committee. (Published in connection with the observance of the city’s sesquicentennial, June 17-23, 1956). Courtesy of University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT. Viewed 27 November 2016. [A00789-90]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). Profile of the Miller Company, (p. 110). In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. Yale University call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]



C. Key secondary sources

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Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. Connecticut; 175 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification no. HD9729.M48 S33 1995; Meriden Public Library, call no. 974.62 SC. [A00093-94]

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Housley, Kathleen L. (2001). Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the cusp (pp. 3, 95-7, 100-5, 114). Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation: Meriden, CT; 247 pp. ISBN 0-9705011-0-2. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification N6488.5.T74 H68 2001. (Also, located in multiple libraries.) [A00095]



Footnote:
[1] See: Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Allen L. Weathers). (1995). The Miller Company: The first 150 years, (p. 68). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.

[2] Ibid, (pp. 72-3). Miller Company: Meriden, CT.

[3] Ibid, [p. 38 (1935, vol. 1 mention); p. 76 (1939, vol. 5, no. 1. cover reprint); p. 78 (1943, vol 8, no. 11 cover reprint, 1944, vol. 9, no. 12); p. 81 (March 1946)]. Miller Company: Meriden, CT. Viewed 1 August 2016.



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