D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


J. Alfred Miller Collection


"Enka Voice Cover, Fred Spivey, H C Reed, Alfred Miller." [mill0050],
D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville.

Title  J. Alfred Miller Collection
Creator J. Alfred Miller [?]
Keyword :
J. Alfred Miller ; urban renewal ; city redevelopment ; Blue Ridge Parkway ; Asheville ; guidebooks ; Asheville Redevelopment Commission ; travel and tourism ; Civic Planning Committee, Asheville ; Asheville Civic Center ; Greater Asheville Council ; urban renewal ; Radio WNCA ; printing industry ; First Presbyterian Church of Asheville
Miller, J. Alfred
Community development, Urban -- United States
Urban renewal -- United States 
Urban policy -- United States 
Housing -- United States
Housing policy -- United States
Housing -- Law and legislation -- United States
City planning and redevelopment law -- United States
Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.)
Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.) -- Guidebooks
National parks and reserves -- Virginia -- Guidebooks
National parks and reserves -- North Carolina -- Guidebooks
Trails -- North Carolina -- Guidebooks
Trails -- Virginia -- Guidebooks
Virginia -- Guidebooks
North Carolina -- Guidebooks
Description A collection of letters, promotions, meeting minutes, photographs, and newspaper articles relating to Miller's involvement of the redevelopment of Asheville from the late 1950's to the mid-1970's and the promotion of the Blue Ridge Parkway as a tourist destination.  Includes the minutes of the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Asheville, correspondence between members, and promotional materials relating to the Civic Redevelopment throughout the nation.  Also includes information from the Civic Planning Committee on the planning and construction of the Asheville Civic Center and the city expansion.  Promotion pamphlets for the Blue Ridge Parkway from 1950 through 1976 are present along with many letters and meeting minutes regarding their creation and printing.  Some photographs of the members of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association are included, as well as a promotional folder including pictures from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Additional materials cover Miller's roles in the First Presbyterian Church, the Greater Asheville Council and civic and social clubs. There are also materials acknowledging  Miller's civic service, as well as personal photographs and ephemera.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Southern Highlands Research Center
Date 2005-8-24
Type Collection ; Text, newspaper, photographic
Format 4 13 x 16 x 10" size boxes , 27 books
Identifier  http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/miller_j_alfred/default_miller_j_alfred.html
Source  M2005.12.1-3
Language English
Relation Carolina Mountain Club ; Asheville Model Cities Records, Special Collections, UNC Asheville ; Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records (HACA),Special Collections, UNC Asheville   ;
Temporal Coverage 1959-1980; 
Spatial Coverage USA ; North Carolina ; Asheville ; Blue Ridge Parkway
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor number 
Acquisition  Unknown. Cataloged from backlog.
Citation J. Alfred Miller Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Processed by UNCA Special Collections Staff  2005-8-24 LM ; 2012-4-17 CR

Joseph Alfred Miller was born in Richmond, Virginia, on February 23, 1907. In 1930, he became president of Miller Printing Company, succeeding his father Ernest, who had founded the company.

During his time as president of the Miller Printing Company, Alfred was heavily involved in civic activities. From 1958 to 1963 he was on the board of Trustees for Asheville-Biltmore College and received the Chancellorís Medallion in 1990. Between 1961 and 1965, he was a member of the board of Montreat-Anderson College, becoming a Trustee Emeritus in 1995.  He served as chairman of the Asheville Redevelopment Commission from 1961 to 1970, and in 1970, became a recipient of the Special Award, City of Asheville. Miller was a member of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, and was President of the Association in 1963-1964. Between 1955 and 1967, he was a director of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, serving as Vice-president in 1966, and, in 1969, he was President of the Greater Asheville Council. Miller was also active in the Mountain City Club, the Country Club of Asheville, the Asheville Chapter of the American Business Club, the First Presbyterian Church Board of Deacons, Rotary International, the First Union national Bank, and Printing Industries of the Carolinas.

In 1969 Miller sold his interest in Miller Printing to Daniels Graphics, although he continued as a consultant until 1972 when he became Pres. - Treas. of Millco, Inc., an investment business.  On November 29, 2003 J. Alfred Miller died, and left a scholarship trust arrangement to be split between the institution of UNC Asheville and Montreat for the students from Buncombe, Henderson, or Madison Counties


Box Folder Item Description
1 1-41   Materials related to Miller's involvement with the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Asheville, the Greater Asheville Council, Asheville Chamber of Commerce, civic and social clubs, the First Presbyterian Church, Mountain Retreat Association, Northwestern Bank, and Radio WNCA. There is also a folder of awards and invitations received by Miller.
2 1-26   Materials covering the expansion of Asheville, primarily during the during the 1960's and 1970's, and materials covering urban renewal, both within the city of Asheville and more generally within the US.
3 1-68   Materials related to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Primarily these cover Miller's membership of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, but maps, guides, and publicity materials for the Parkway and other areas are included, along with newspaper clippings relating to the Parkway. [Realia from the Blue Ridge Parkway Association is in Box 4.]
4   1-17 Various publications, predominantly covering the urban renewal program in Asheville, although some covering urban renewal in general are also included,  realia from the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, materials related to Miller's family and genealogy, and a collection of Miller's photographs.