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LaVerne W. Miller papers

 Collection 0176-MMC-NPBA
LaVerne Miller's academic career includes teaching at the University of Maryland from 1957 to 1959, and at Montgomery College from 1961 to 1997. She played a role in the development of the Maryland College of the Air Consortium, distance learning courses in which students learned from shows broadcast over Maryland Public Television with periodic class meetings at the college campus. In addition, Miller was an active member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), serving on the Definitions and Technology Committee of the International Division. The collection documents Miller's career as the Director of Learning Resources for Montgomery College and her participation in the Maryland College of the Air Consortium. Topics include adult learning, cable communications, as well as Miller's service in various educational media organizations.

Dates

  • 1951-1995, and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1975-1992

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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Extent

50.25 Linear Feet

Biography

Born in 1916, LaVerne W. Miller grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated in 1938 with a liberal arts degree from Milwaukee-Downer College for Women. She received two master's degrees, one in literature from the University of Chicago and the other in business administration from the University of Maryland. She also received a doctorate in literature from Bradley University.

From 1957 to 1959, Miller taught at the University of Maryland. In 1961, she joined the faculty of Montgomery College in Montgomery County Maryland. She was the Learning Resources Director at the Takoma Park Campus of Montgomery College until her retirement in 1997. She played a role in the development of the Maryland College of the Air Consortium, distance learning courses in which students learned from shows broadcast over Maryland Public Television with periodic class meetings at the college campus. Miller also directed programs that brought prominent guest lecturers to campus and helped develop and direct the college's English as a Second Language program. She also served as the Washington area coordinator of course development for the Great Books Foundation.

Miller was also an active member of the AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology), serving on the Definitions and Technology Committee of the International Division. As a judge for the Council on Nontheatrical Events (CINE), Miller helped select American educational films to participate in various international film festivals. Several of these festivals were hosted by the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM), an organization created to provide a channel for the international exchange and evaluation of information, experience and materials in the field of educational media. Miller also was a member of the Maryland Association for Higher Education (MAHE) and edited the group's newsletter. She served on the Middle States Association's Council on Higher Education which assisted colleges in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and the Caribbean with self-assessment of their programs.

LaVerne W. Miller died on May 4, 2001.

Arrangement

The collection consists of eight series.
  1. Series 1: College of the Air
  2. Series 2: Adult Learning Resources
  3. Series 3: Cable Telecommunications
  4. Series 4: Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT)
  5. Series 5: Professional Affiliations
  6. Series 6: Publications
  7. Series 7: Subject Files
  8. Series 8: Audiovisual Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The LaVerne W. Miller papers were donated to the National Public Broadcasting Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries by LaVerne W. Miller in five installments in 1991, 1994 and 1995.
Title
Guide to the LaVerne W. Miller papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Elizabeth Borja, March 2001.
Date
2001-03-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212