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William P. Miller records

 Collection
Identifier: 03-13---001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, memorandum, reports, meeting minutes, and other materials accumulated by President Miller

Dates

  • 1878-1990
  • Other: Date acquired: 1996

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are three boxes (Box 42, 88, and 91) and multiple files throughout the collection that are restricted. Please contact Archives for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

William P. Miller was born on July 4, 1907 in Syracuse, Utah. He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1926 from Weber College. He received a Bachelor in Science degree from Utah State Agricultural College in 1936, a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah in 1942, and a Doctorate in Education from Stanford University in School Administration in 1949. He served an LDS mission in New Zealand from 1927-1929. He married Mary Wilcox in 1931, and had five daughters. Miller was a teacher and principal in the Davis County School District from 1929-1935. From 1935-1943 he served as an administrator in the Weber County School District, including Superintendent. He was principal of Ogden High School from 1943-1946, and served as Assistant Superintendent of Ogden City Schools for four years. From 1950-1953, he was Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction. In September 1953 he was appointed President of Weber College by the State Board of Education. He served as president for nineteen years, the longest term of any of the school's presidents. Under his tenure President Miller helped keep Weber College a state run facility, moved the campus from Jefferson to Harrison, transitioned the junior college into a four year senior college, and expanded the campus, programs, faculty, and staff. He was elected President of the Northwest Association of Junior Colleges in 1956. He submitted his resignation in November 1971 that would be effective at the end of the school year. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Weber State during the June 1972 commencement. After retiring as president he began teaching in the School of Education. He was President of the Utah Educational Association from 1948-1949 and an honorary Vice President of the National Education Association from 1949-1950. From 1971-1978, Miller held the title of President Emeritus and Professor of Education. He also served as college historian. He died in Ogden on November 6, 1978. The school's administration building was named in his honor in May 1979.

Extent

89.5 Linear Feet (103 Document cases, 14 RC boxes, 10 framed materials, 2 micro storage boxes)

Arrangement

The files are arranged chronologically and there under alphabetically; Series 1, Academic Years 1953-1959; Series 2, Academic Years, 1960-1966; Series 3, Academic Years 1960-1977; and Series 4, Personal Investigations, 1953-1974. The unprocessed addendum is organized in original order.

Physical Access Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Technical Access Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the office of William P. Miller, the preident's office, Kay M. Cox, and unknown donors (1996-061, 2001-038; 2011-025; 2011-028; 2011-031, WA 38-15, unknown).

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. archives@weber.edu.
Author
Steven R. Wood
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Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

Contact:
3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408