Guide to the Records of the Dean of Special Events, Joe W. Miller (1906-1979)

Collection Title: Records of the Dean of Special Events, Joe W. Miller (1906-1979)
Dates: 1929-1976
Identification: 52/2
Creator: Miller, Joseph Willard, 1906-1979
Extent: 6 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series is comprised of the General Files maintained by Joe W. Miller, Dean of Special Events, which span the period from 1943 to 1976, although the bulk of the records emanated from the latter part of 1960's and early 1970's. The records are arranged according to three broad categories: General Subject Files, Schools, Departments and Buildings and Student Activities and Organizations.
Acquisition Information: These records were transferred to the University Archives on August 3, 1976 by Thomas Roland, Director of Special Events and Associate Professor of Theater.
Processing Information: Elisabeth Wittman, July 1977
Separated Materials: One folder of materials relating to the WAA-MU show was transferred to Series 52/1. One and a half boxes of payroll invoices and time sheets and requisitions found in the records were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Joe W. Miller Biographical File in the Reading Room of the University Archives, and Series 52/1: Records of the Waa-Mu Show (Joe W. Miller, Director), 1929-1975.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Joseph Willard Miller was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on October 6, 1906. He was both a student at Northwestern as well as a member of the University's administration. As an undergraduate, Miller wrote the first Waa-Mu show. Continuing to write and direct the annual show throughout his graduate degrees, Miller was hired as a Freshman Advisor in 1931 and eventually became the Vice President of University Affairs in 1972. Miller died in Evanston in 1979.

Miller was editor of his high school yearbook, The Argus. When he was a senior, Miller decided to put on a school play to raise money for the annual. The play was a huge success, and at the request of the local Kiwanis club Miller wrote and produced plays during his summer vacations from Northwestern, where he studied journalism.

In 1929, as a senior at Northwestern, he and his fraternity roommate, Darrell Ware, created the first coeducational college musical show. Miller and Ware wrote the first Waa-Mu show “Good Morning Glory”, a combined production of the Women's Athletic Association and the Men's Union. Both men's and women's shows had been losing money and Miller solicited $20 from 100 students to finance the first show.

After graduating with a degree in journalism in June 1929, Miller returned to Northwestern in the fall to do graduate work in personnel administration. He continued to direct Waa-Mu shows and in 1931 Dr. Walter Dill Scott, the university's president, offered him a position on the university's staff, as Freshman Advisor and Waa-Mu Director. He became the university's first Director of Student Affairs in 1941. In 1942 Miller joined the Army Air Corps and eventually achieved the rank of captain.

While the Waa-Mu show consumed much of his time each year, Miller also served as a general supervisor for all student activities. He initiated several firsts for Northwestern including, the Placement Office, the Division of Student Finance, the Student Union, Scott Hall, the Scholarship and Loan Office, the University Personnel Board and the Division of Student Affairs. His office handled the financial records of each student organization, served as the University Calendar Office, and planned such events as Homecoming, Commencement, New Student Week and Parents Weekend. While retaining the title of Dean of Special Events and Director of Student Affairs, he served as Associate Dean of Students from 1953-1972 and Vice President of University Affairs from 1972-1975.

Over the years Miller received awards from the university, including the Service Award in 1947 and the Merit Award in 1957 from the Alumni Association and a citation in 1971 from the John Evans Club. Miller's last Waa-Mu show was “Quick Change” in 1975. He retired on August 31, 1975. A reception was held in his honor at the Orrington Hotel on May 18th of that year. He was succeeded by Thomas Roland, a 1951 Northwestern graduate.

Miller died in Evanston on September 19, 1979. Memorial services were held at Northwestern's Alice Millar Chapel on September 28. His funeral was held September 23 in his hometown, Ottumwa, IA.

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of the General Files maintained by Joe W. Miller, Dean of Special Events, which span the period from 1943 to 1976, although the bulk of the records emanated from the latter part of 1960's and early 1970's. The original order of the records as maintained by Mr. Miller has been retained. The records are arranged according to three broad categories: General Subject Files, Schools, Departments and Buildings and Student Activities and Organizations.

Arrangement of Materials

The first two categories are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. The last category, Student Activities and Organizations, is subdivided into a general subject section, also arranged alphabetically and chronological within folders and a section on Special Events and Attractions, which includes a subject file and an individual events section arranged chronologically by event.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Administration

Personal Name

Miller, Joseph Willard, 1906-1979

Subjects

College students--Illinois--Evanston--Social life and customs

Student activities--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • General Subject Files
    • Alternative, 1970Box 1, Folder 1
    • Alumni Weekend, 1962, 1968-1969Box 1, Folder 2
    • Auditorium Managers, 1965Box 1, Folder 3
    • Auditorium Theater Council, 1964-1969Box 1, Folder 4
    • Billiards, 1967-1969Box 1, Folder 5
    • Brownie Signs, 1972Box 1, Folder 6
    • Change/Record Cards, 1970Box 1, Folder 7
    • Charge Accounts, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 8
    • Chicago Campus Magazine, 1969-1970Box 1, Folder 9
    • Commencement, 1972Box 1, Folder 10
    • Commencement, 1973Box 1, Folder 11
    • Commencement Survey, Summer 1971Box 1, Folder 12
    • Deferred Pledging, 1967-1969Box 1, Folder 13
    • Directory, 1961-1972Box 1, Folder 14
    • Drugs, 1969, 1971Box 1, Folder 15
    • Faculty Associates Program, 1971Box 1, Folder 16
    • Hinz, Roland J., 1970Box 1, Folder 17
    • Homecoming, 1972Box 1, Folder 18
    • Housing, 1972Box 1, Folder 19
    • I. D. Cards, 1970Box 1, Folder 20
    • Kagin, Don, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 21
    • Know Your Chicago, 1972-1973Box 1, Folder 22
    • Landwehr, Virginia, 1970Box 1, Folder 23
    • Lee, Ed, 1959-1960Box 1, Folder 24
    • Liquor, 1969, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 25
    • Martin, Bill, 1970-1971Box 1, Folder 26
    • May Week, 1969Box 1, Folder 27
    • May Week, 1970Box 1, Folder 28
    • May Week, 1971Box 1, Folder 29
    • May Week, 1972Box 1, Folder 30
    • May Week, 1973Box 1, Folder 31
    • Miller, Joe W. - Personal File, 1975Box 1, Folder 32
    • Miller, Joe W. - Recommendations, 1975Box 1, Folder 33
    • New Student Mailing, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 34
    • New Student Questionnaire, 1966Box 1, Folder 35
    • Organization Charts, 1969-1971Box 1, Folder 36
    • Outdoor Stage-East Quad, 1959Box 1, Folder 37
    • Parents Council/Weekend, 1967-1971Box 2, Folder 1
    • Parents Council, 1969-1971Box 2, Folder 2
    • Parents Council, 1972-1973Box 2, Folder 3
    • Parents Council, 1973-1974Box 2, Folder 4
    • Parents Fund Donors, 1971-1973Box 2, Folder 5
    • Parents Weekend, 1951-1971Box 2, Folder 6
    • Parents Weekend, 1969-1971Box 2, Folder 7
    • Parents Weekend, Oct. 28-29, 1972Box 2, Folder 8
    • Parents Weekend, Nov. 2-3, 1973Box 2, Folder 9
    • Parents Weekend, Oct. 25-27, 1974Box 2, Folder 10
    • Payroll/Budget, 1970-1972Box 2, Folder 11
    • Personnel, 1970-1972Box 2, Folder 12
    • Six Flags Over Mid America, 1971Box 2, Folder 13
    • Social Dues-Residences, 1970Box 2, Folder 14
    • S.T.R.I.D.E. (Steps Towards Research in Deaf Education), 1971-1972Box 3, Folder 1
    • Student Activities Fund, 1967-1970Box 3, Folder 2
    • Student Facilities Planning Committee, 1971-1972Box 3, Folder 3
    • Student Handbook, 1972Box 3, Folder 4
    • Stull, James F., 1971-1972Box 3, Folder 5
    • Summer, 1956Box 3, Folder 6
    • Ticketron, 1970Box 3, Folder 7
    • University Academic Committee, 1970-1971Box 3, Folder 8
    • University Center Committee, 1970-1972Box 3, Folder 9
    • University Center Director Search Committee, 1971-1972Box 3, Folder 10
    • Use of Space, 1970, 1972Box 3, Folder 11
  • Schools, Departments and Buildings
    • Accounts Payable, 1972Box 3, Folder 12
    • Central Records, 1969Box 3, Folder 13
    • Chancellor, 1973Box 3, Folder 14
    • Chaplain, 1943-1973Box 3, Folder 15
    • Construction Department, 1958, 1961Box 3, Folder 16
    • Controller, 1973Box 3, Folder 17
    • Dyche Stadium, 1958Box 3, Folder 18
    • Faculties, Dean of, 1965-1966Box 3, Folder 19
    • Financial Aid, 1969Box 3, Folder 20
    • Garrett Theological Seminary, 1965Box 3, Folder 21
    • Housing, 1968-1972Box 3, Folder 22
    • Law, School of, 1965Box 3, Folder 23
    • McGaw Memorial Hall, 1952-1973Box 3, Folder 24
    • Millar, Alice S. - Chapel and Religious Center, 1963Box 3, Folder 25
    • N.R.O.T.C. (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps), 1959-1973Box 3, Folder 26
    • Northwestern Community Council, 1973Box 3, Folder 27
    • Off Campus Housing, 1973Box 3, Folder 28
    • Old College, 1973Box 3, Folder 29
    • Placement, 1968, 1975-1976Box 3, Folder 30
    • Public Relations, 1964-1970Box 3, Folder 31
    • Registrar, 1952-1970Box 3, Folder 32
    • Scott Hall, 1964, 1967-1972Box 3, Folder 33
    • Student Finance, 1954-1971Box 3, Folder 34
    • Student Health Service, 1947-1967Box 3, Folder 35
    • Tabulating Department, 1955Box 3, Folder 36
    • Technological Institute, 1953-1971Box 3, Folder 37
    • Thorne Hall, 1970Box 3, Folder 38
    • Traffic Institute, 1941-1942Box 3, Folder 39
  • Student Activities and Organizations
    • Associated Student Government (ASG), 1969-1970Box 4, Folder 1
    • (ASG) - Activities and Organization Board, 1971Box 4, Folder 2
    • (ASG) - Food Cooperative, 1971Box 4, Folder 3
    • (ASG) - Room Assignment Committee, 1971Box 4, Folder 4
    • (ASG) - Student Activities Funding Board, 1969-1971Box 4, Folder 5
    • Daily Northwestern, 1949-1972Box 4, Folder 6
    • Deru, 1957-1973Box 4, Folder 7
    • F.M.O. (For Members Only), 1968-1973Box 4, Folder 8
    • Interfraternity Council and Junior Interfraternity Council, 1956-1974Box 4, Folder 9
    • Mortar Board, 1954-1973Box 4, Folder 10
    • Navy Ball, 1960-1970Box 4, Folder 11
    • NU Garde, 1964-1972Box 4, Folder 12
    • Scott Hall Grill/Amazingrace, 1970-1971Box 4, Folder 13
    • Scott Hall Grill/Amazingrace, 1971Box 4, Folder 14
    • Scott Hall Grill/Amazingrace, 1972-1973Box 4, Folder 15
    • Students for McGovern, 1972Box 4, Folder 16
    • SIMS (Students International Meditation Society), 1971-1972Box 4, Folder 17
    • Symposium, 1967, 1969-1970Box 4, Folder 18
    • Wildcat Council, 1956-1971Box 4, Folder 19
    • WNUR, 1953-1970Box 4, Folder 20
  • Special Events and Attractions - General Subject Files
    • Agencies/Attractions, 1971Box 5, Folder 1
    • Attractions-Pending, 1971Box 5, Folder 2
    • Big Name Attractions, 1971-1972Box 5, Folder 3
    • Further Productions, 1970Box 5, Folder 4
    • Contracts-Attractions, 1970-1971Box 5, Folder 5
    • Contracts-Attractions, 1971-1972Box 5, Folder 6
    • Contracts-Films, 1971-1972Box 5, Folder 7
  • Special Events and Attractions - Arrangements
    • Simon and Garfunkel, Apr. 6, 1968Box 5, Folder 8
    • Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, May 24, 1968Box 5, Folder 9
    • Diana Ross and the Supremes, Jan. 25, 1969Box 5, Folder 10
    • Bill Cosby, Feb. 22, 1969Box 5, Folder 11
    • Janis Joplin-Aorta-Lujack, Mar. 7, 1969Box 5, Folder 12
    • Blood, Sweat and Tears, Jan. 30, 1970Box 5, Folder 13
    • Mountain, Apr. 10, 1970Box 5, Folder 14
    • Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sept. 26, 1970Box 5, Folder 15
    • The Fifth Dimension, Oct. 24, 1970Box 5, Folder 16
    • San Francisco Mime Troupe, Nov. 9, 1970Box 5, Folder 17
    • Incredible String Band, Dec. 3, 1970Box 5, Folder 18
    • Richie Havens, Feb. 27, 1971Box 5, Folder 19
    • The Byrds, Apr. 9, 1971Box 5, Folder 20
    • Muhammad Ali, Apr. 18, 1971Box 5, Folder 21
    • Sly and the Family Stone, May 29, 1971Box 5, Folder 22
    • Mountain/Pat Paulsen, Nov. 5-6, 1971Box 5, Folder 23
    • Ike and Tina Turner, Jan. 15, 1972Box 5, Folder 24
    • Sha Na Na, Oct. 28, 1973Box 5, Folder 25
  • Special Events and Attractions - Other Special Events
    • Freshman Carnival, May 24, 1969Box 5, Folder 26
    • Orgy of the Arts, Jan. 29-30, 1971Box 5, Folder 27
    • Spring Thing, May 28-29, 1971Box 5, Folder 28
    • Winter Thing, Jan. 21, 1972Box 5, Folder 29
  • Additions
      Scope and Contents: These additions are arranged in one box and span the years from 1954 to 1975. The bulk of the material dates between 1970 and 1975. Included in the additions are materials relating to the 1975 University Commencement ceremony and Homecoming events between 1972 and 1975. Also included are general policy guides and records of the Office of Student Affairs, 1956-1972.
    • Commencement, 1975Box 6, Folder 1
    • Commencement, 1975Box 6, Folder 2
    • Commencement, 1975Box 6, Folder 3
    • Homecoming, 1972-1974Box 6, Folder 4
    • Homecoming, 1973-1975Box 6, Folder 5
    • Office of Student Affairs - Office Guides, 1954-1972Box 6, Folder 6
    • Office of Student Affairs - Policies - General, 1959-1971Box 6, Folder 7
    • Office of Student Affairs - Policies - Use of Space, 1958-1972Box 6, Folder 8