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Wayne Miller archive

Identifier: AG 199

Scope and Contents

Series one, correspondence, contains Magnum Records from the 1960s and 1970s.

Series two, activity files, contains exhibition materials from “Family of Man”, publications and book materials, materials related to Edward Steichen, and oversize materials.

Series three, photographic materials, contains negatives, contact sheets and prints.


  • 1941-2001


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the Wayne F. and Joan B. Miller Family Trust.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biograophical Note

Wayne Forest Miller was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 19, 1918. Miller attended the University of Illinois between 1936 and 1940 and earned a B.S. in Business Administration. From 1940-1941 Miller attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, but decided it was not for him and joined the Navy. Shortly after, in 1942, he married Joan Baker, and they had four children together.

From 1942 to 1946, under the leadership of Edward Steichen, Miller worked as a combat photographer for the U.S. Navy, where he captured soldiers in battle in a variety of countries, including the Philippines, Japan, and France. Miller was one of the first Americans to photograph Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

Between 1946 and 1948, Miller held two concurrent Fellowships with the Guggenheim: “To Photograph the Way of Life of the Northern Negro.” In this role, he captured images of Chicago’s South Side during the wake of the Great Migration of African Americans from the South. In 2000, Miller published a book, “Chicago’s South Side: 1946-1948,” that featured images from the three-year project. Also, during this time, Miller taught photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago (1947-1948) and worked as a freelance magazine photographer in Chicago until 1949. Shortly after, he became a contract photographer for LIFE Magazine until 1953.

Between 1953 and 1955, Miller worked on the “Family of Man” Exhibition as an assistant to Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This show featured more than 500 photographs taken by more than 250 photographers in 68 countries. The exhibition included a series of images taken by Miller that portray his wife in labor and nursing their son, David.

Beginning in 1958, Miller became involved with Magnum Photos, Inc., starting as an elected member and later served as President from 1962-1966. Miller also published, “The World is Young” in 1958, which depicted the lives of his four children growing up in California.

In 1967, Miller became involved with the National Park Service as a Special Assistant to the Director of Environmental Affairs. Miller quit professional photography in the 1970s and became an activist for forest preservation, particularly the redwood forests in Northern California. Miller died on May 22, 2013 at his home in Orinda, California at the age of 94.


68.75 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Papers, publications, and photographic materials, 1942-2001, of the photographer, Wayne Miller (1918 – 2013). Included are correspondence, book dummies, publications, negatives, and contact sheets. Most of Miller’s photographic work was based in Chicago, Illinois and Northern California. Also, included are Miller’s files related to his role in the organization of “The Family of Man” exhibition in 1955.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1960 – 1970s, 4.25 linear feet
  2. Series 2: Series 2: Activity Files, 25 linear feet
  3. Subseries 1: Family of Man Exhibition Materials
  4. Subseries 2: Publications and Book Materials
  5. Series 3: Photographic Materials, 39.75 linear feet
  6. Subseries 1: Negatives
  7. Subseries 2: Contact Sheets
  8. Subseries 3: Prints

Custodial History

The Center first acquired the archive from Wayne Miller in 2005.


The Center received WWII reproduction prints in 2007 and an additional three boxes of negatives in 2015.

Related Materials

Gelatin silver prints in the CCP fine print collection.


  1. Miller, Wayne Forest [Local] Steichen, Edward Jean [ULAN]
  2. Magnum Photos [ULAN]
  3. Family of Man (exhibition) [LCSH]
  4. War Photography [AAT]
  5. Chicago [TGN]

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory prepared in June 2005. Box List revised July 2006 and February 2008. The contact sheets from three-ring binders were processed by Emily Una Weirich April 2011. The collection was further arranged and finding aid updated by Alexis Peregoy and Katie Sweeney in December 2016.

Wayne Miller archive, 1941-2001
Finding aid updated by Katie Sweeney
© 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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Tucson Arizona 85721 United States