High Noon Curator Talk
“Dayton C. Miller, an American Collector of Flutes”
Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, Music Division, with Paul Runci
It may be fair to say that Dayton C. Miller (1866-1941, a scientist by profession, a flutist and a collector above all) gradually developed the largest private collection of objects ever assembled pertaining to one subject in the musical arts.
Dayton Clarence Miller was born in Strongsville, Ohio, lived in nearby Cleveland, Ohio for his entire life, and served as professor in charge of physics at Case Western Reserve for 45 years. Dr. Miller described his collection as consisting of five separate collections:
II. Books and literary materials relating to the flute
III. Music for the flute
IV. Works of art relating to the flute
V. Portraits of flutists and composers for the flute
Dr. Miller’s bequest typifies the relationship between collectors and museums where the donations of a private collector can educate and inspire the public in perpetuity. Who was this American collector who so strongly believed that the history of music was an essential part of the history of civilization that his flutes should be housed forever in a library?
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Photo: Dayton C. Miller with bicycle, about seventeen years old, ca. 1883. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/dcmphot.m0065d/