George Richard Miller Collection

Identifier: MSS.0905


The George R. Miller ’18 Collection consists of letters, realia, and other documents.


  • 1826-1950s
  • Majority of material found within 1880s-1920s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

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The collection has been arranged largely as aligns to the auction groupings in which it was acquired. The largest series, Correspondence/Autographs-Opera, was purchased as a single unit. The remaining 5 items in Correspondence/Other Figures and in Realia were purchased separately.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George R. Miller ’18 Collection consists of letters, realia, and other documents acquired via an auction facilitated by Christie’s on June 15, 2017, of items from the Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection. The collection was donated to Vanderbilt University Special Collections as a collective effort between buyer/donor Richard Miller, President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library, and the administration of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries. It is named for George R. Miller (’18), the son of the donor.

Finding Aid for the George Richard Miller Collection
Jacob Schaub
2019 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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