Inventory of the James C. Miller papers

Finding aid prepared by Theresa Berger
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: James C. Miller papers
Date (inclusive): 1971-1989
Date (bulk): 1981-1989
Collection Number: 89059
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 177 manuscript boxes (73.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, studies, statistics, clippings, and other printed matter relating to domestic policy in the United States during the presidential administration of Ronald Reagan, and especially to policy regarding regulation of commerce, planning and implementation of the federal budget, and administration of federal government agencies.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Miller, James Clifford.

Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James C. Miller papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1989.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

James C. Miller III is an American economist, former US government official, and Hoover Institution senior fellow. He has held numerous government positions throughout his career, including chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (1981-1985) and director of the Office of Management and Budget (1985-1988). In 1981, Miller was administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and executive director for Vice President George H.W. Bush's Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief. Between 1977 and 1981, he was a resident scholar at the Center for the Study of Government Regulation at the American Enterprise Institute, serving as co-director of the center from 1978 to 1981.

Scope and Content of Collection

The James C. Miller papers consist primarily of speeches and transcripts relating to domestic policy in the United States during the presidential administration of Ronald Reagan. Writings, memoranda, correspondence, notes, reports, studies, photographs, and printed matter are also included. The collection spans the years 1971 through 1989, with the bulk of the material covering the period from 1981 to 1988. Subjects include regulation of commerce, planning and implementation of the federal budget, and administration of federal government agencies.

Arrangement Statement

Descriptions of contents reflect the majority of items in each box. Please note that not all items or subjects in a container may be listed.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States--Politics and government--1981-1989.
United States--Commerce.
Trade regulation--United States.
Budget--United States.
United States. Federal Trade Commission.
United States. Office of Management and Budget.
Reagan, Ronald.

Box 1

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) material, 1981-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes major policy statements, official reports, notes, and memoranda from speaking engagements.
Boxes 1-3

Fiscal years 1987-1989 budget material, 1983-1989

Scope and Contents note

Material for this file, and all subsequent fiscal year budget material files, includes congressional budget reviews, administration material for government agencies, reports, memoranda, and press material related to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB's) administration or proposed administration of the federal budget for the described fiscal year.
Box 2

Clippings (biographical), 1983

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings of news and magazine articles either quoting or referring to Miller. Also includes a series of folders titled "The Miller File" with collected notes, memoranda, correspondence, articles, and reports.
See also: Boxes 15, 38, 47-48, 149-151, 175-176.
Box 3

Transcripts of FTC confirmation hearings, 1985-1989

Box 3

Congressional testimony, 1981-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes and transcripts of statements made by Miller before various congressional committees. Subjects and material relate to both the FTC and the OMB.
See also: Boxes 31-34, 75-77, 124, 129-132, 152-153, 166-171, 174.
Box 4

Council on Wage and Price Stability subject file, 1976-1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes and memoranda.
Box 4

Fiscal year 1987 budget material, 1986-1987

Boxes 4-9

Speeches, 1983-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes, drafts, and related travel material. Subjects relate to both the FTC and the OMB.
See also: Boxes 12-13, 16-21, 24, 85, 87-89, 107-108, 116, 129-132, 146-148, 156-166, 177.
Boxes 10-11

Printed matter, 1981-1985

Scope and Contents note

Contains copies of the Congressional Record from 1981-1985.
Box 12

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1987-1988

Boxes 12-13

Speeches, 1984

Box 14

Fiscal years 1986-1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Box 15

Clippings (biographical), 1983-1984

Box 15

Budget status reports, 1985 November

Box 15

"Energy and Science (Fall Director's Review Fiscal Year 1989)" briefing binder, 1988-1989

Boxes 16-21

Speeches, 1982-1984

Box 21

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Boxes 21-23

Gramm-Rudman-Hollings (GRH) Act material, 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, drafts, and other material related to the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings (GRH) Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, and the Balanced Budget Emergency Deficit Control Reaffirmation Act of 1987.
See also: Boxes 5, 135.
Box 23

"Task Force on Regulatory Relief" briefing binder, 1987 July

Boxes 23-24

Writings, 1989

Scope and Contents note

Contains edited drafts of articles, op-ed pieces, book chapters, and reports written by Miller.
See also: Boxes 40, 51, 66, 116, 142, 151-156, 163.
Box 24

Speeches, 1985-1988

Boxes 24-27

Fiscal years 1986-1990 budget material, 1986-1990

Boxes 28-31

Chronological files, 1982-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes personal and professional correspondence organized by month. Subjects and material relate to both the FTC and the OMB.
See also: Boxes 45-51, 81-83, 90-91, 107, 109-113, 177.
Boxes 31-34

Congressional testimony, 1984-1986

Box 34

Transcripts of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) confirmation hearing, 1985

Box 34

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1987-1988

Box 34-35

OMB appointment material, 1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes departmental budget briefings, employment statistics, reports, memoranda, and other material for the Director-Designate.
See also: Boxes 37, 39, 86, 91-92, 106, 128, 134, 136, 138.
Box 35

Superconducting semi-collider briefing binder, 1986

Boxes 35-37

Fiscal years 1986-1990 budget material, 1985-1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes 1986 "Budget Status Report to the President."
Box 38

Clippings (biographical), 1983-1984

Boxes 38-40

Fiscal years 1987-1988 budget material, 1985-1988

Box 39

OMB appointment material, 1985

Box 40

1988 Republican National Committee subject file, 1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes campaign material and surrogate briefing book.
Box 40

Writings, 1985-1988

Box 41

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1987-1988

Box 41

Budget proposals by Congress, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Contains various proposals submitted to Miller by members of Congress.
Box 41-42

Memoranda and reports, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes file titled "Budget Ideas" with material related to the federal budget, including budget proposals for defense and trade reform.
Box 42

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Boxes 42-43

"Defense Advocacy," 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, notes, reports, statistics, and briefing material related to the national defense budget.
Box 43-44

Fiscal year 1987-1988 budget material, 1981-1987

Box 44

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) subject file, 1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda and reports.
See also: Box 57
Box 45

Fiscal year 1990 budget material, 1988-1990

Boxes 45-47

Chronological files, 1985-1987

Box 47

Untitled report on small business, undated

Boxes 47-48

Clippings (biographical), 1986

Boxes 48-51

Chronological files, 1986

Box 51

Writings, 1972-1981

Box 51

GRH material, 1987

Box 51

Memoranda and reports, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes file titled "Revenue Options."
Boxes 52-53

Economic and financial reports, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains weekly OMB reports with employment, stock, and budget-related statistics. The reports cover almost every week from February 1986 through September 1988.
Boxes 53-54

Fiscal year 1989 budget material, 1988-1989

Box 54

OMB administrative material, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes 1984 January-June meeting agenda related to the FTC, in addition to travel files reporting OMB business conducted out of office, 1987-1988.
See also: Boxes 61, 63, 65-66, 71, 124-126.
Box 54

OMB appointment material, 1985

Boxes 55-57

Printed matter, 1978-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes various economic journals, along with official FTC and OMB reports.
Box 57

OIRA subject file, 1981-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes files titled "Resources I" and "Resources II" with memoranda, notes, reports, and printed matter related to the OIRA.
Boxes 58-60

Fiscal years 1988-1989 budget material, 1985-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes file titled "Budget Testimony" with transcripts of congressional testimony and other material related to the 1989 fiscal year budget. Also includes OMB administrative files.
Box 61

OMB administrative material, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes material related to management and day-to-day operations at the OMB.
Boxes 61-62

"Privitization [sic]" subject file, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains memos, reports, and printed matter related to the privatization of industry. Includes two photographs of Reagan with Miller and staff.
Box 63

Packard Commission Report subject file, 1986

Box 63

George H.W. Bush subject file, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings and meeting notes.
Box 63

Fiscal years 1988-1989 budget material, 1987-1989

Box 63

OMB administrative material, 1986-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, social invitations, personnel files, and correspondence. Also includes an official profile of Miller titled "Jim's biography."
Box 64

"The Reagan Record," 1982-1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains various reports and briefings related to domestic and foreign policy in the Reagan administration, especially the budget deficit.
Box 65

FTC reports, 1982-1984

Box 65

OMB administrative material, 1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Briefing Manual for the Director's Office."
Box 65

Fiscal year 1987 budget material, 1982-1987

Box 66

"Writings and Congressional Statements" (collected binder), 1985-1986

Box 66

OMB administrative material, 1986

Box 66

OMB reports and briefing binders, 1987-1989

Scope and Contents note

Titles include "Postal Service," "Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries Report," and "Department of Justice - Review of Major Litigation."
Boxes 67-71

Fiscal years 1987-1990 budget material, 1986-1990

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Budget Update for President and Cabinet" budget presentation dated July 1987 (Box 67) and State of the Union subject file (Box 68) with notes and memoranda related to potential budget topics in Reagan's 1987 State of the Union Address.
Box 71

OMB administrative material, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes reports, memoranda, and travel itineraries. Also includes "State of the Union" subject file for the 1986 State of the Union Address.
Boxes 72-74

Fiscal years 1986-1988 budget material, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Drug Bill/ Executive Order" briefing binder.
Boxes 73-74

OMB reports and briefing binders, 1985-1986

Scope and Contents note

Titles include: "T-1, T-2, T-3" economic projections, "Overall Budget Advocacy" briefing binder, and "Domestic Advocacy" briefing binder with material related to welfare and economic relief programs.
Boxes 75-77

Congressional testimony, 1983-1984

Boxes 77-79

OIRA subject files, 1979-1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, notes, drafts of written reports, and printed matter related to the OIRA, the President's Task Force on Regulatory Relief, and Reagan's 1981 Executive Order on regulatory relief.
Box 79

Teaching file, 1971

Scope and Contents note

Contains course syllabi, notes, grades, and lecture materials from an economics course taught by Miller in 1971.
Boxes 79-81

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) subject file, circa 1980-1981

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes, memoranda, reports, and printed matter related to Miller's tenure with AEI. Also includes a large subject file on "Small Business."
Box 81

Southern Economic Association (SEA) subject file, 1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes meeting notes, reports, and correspondence related to the Southern Economic Association in 1981.
Boxes 81-83

Chronological files, 1984

Box 84

Printed matter, 1981-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes official reports, journals, and telephone directories related to the FTC and the OMB.
Box 84

Fiscal year 1989 budget material, 1987-1989

Box 84

"Summary of Litigation Re. Executive Order 12291," 1985

Box 85

Speeches, 1984 June-July

Box 85

Conference papers, 1984 August

Scope and Contents note

Includes circulated drafts and copies of papers presented at the Hoover Institution Conference on Antitrust Laws and Economic Efficiency in August 1984.
Box 86

OIRA issue papers for 1985 Regulatory Program, 1985

Box 86

OMB appointment material, 1985

Box 86

Hatch Act (revisions) subject file, 1987

Box 86

Printed matter, 1983-1984

Scope and Contents note

Contains official FTC reports. Titles include "The First Three Years of the Reagan Administration Leadership" and "Advertising Over-the-Counter Antacids."
Boxes 87-89

Speeches, 1983-1984

Boxes 90-91

Chronological files, 1981 October - 1982 April

Boxes 91-92

OMB appointment material, 1984-1985

Box 92

Printed matter, 1982-1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes "Progress" reports prepared by the FTC, OMB, and the President's Commission on Regulatory Relief.
Box 93

Fiscal year 1987 budget material, 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes files related to "CBO (Congressional Budget Office) Estimates," Reagan's 1987 "Economic Bill of Rights" speech, and the federal deficit ("Capital Budget" file).
Box 94

FTC material, 1981-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes miscellaneous memoranda, notes, internal reports, and printed matter.
Box 95

Fiscal year 1987-1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Box 95

Memoranda, 1981-1985

Box 95

Printed matter, 1978-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes economic reports and publications from AEI and the FTC.
Box 96

Fiscal year 1987-1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Box 96

"Tax Reform 1986" subject file, 1985-1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, notes, internal reports, and printed matter.
Box 97

OMB reports and review binders, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Titles include "Credit Policy and Management," "Privatization Proposals," "EDGAR Presidential Priority Review System," "Catastrophic Health," and "Reconciliation."
Boxes 97-98

Fiscal years 1987-1989 budget material, 1987-1989

Box 99

Photographs, circa 1985-1989

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints of Miller and staff at various events. Also includes three prints of Miller with Reagan at a White House meeting.
Box 99

"Department of Defense (DOD) Appeals" subject file, 1985

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes, reports, and memoranda.
Box 99

Fiscal year 1990 budget material, 1988-1990

Box 99

"Administrative Conference of the U.S. Plenary Session" subject file, 1981 December 10-11

Scope and Contents note

Contains agenda, meetings notes, conference proposals, and other related material.
Boxes 100-105

"Desk" file, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains memoranda, correspondence, notes, and printed matter primarily related to the OMB.
Box 102

"Housing Bill" subject file, 1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, correspondence, reports, and printed matter.
Box 105

Memoranda, 1985, 1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes file containing "Memoranda to the President."
Boxes 105-107

Fiscal years 1988-1989 budget material, 1986-1988

Box 106

OMB appointment material, 1985

Box 107

Chronological files, 1981

Boxes 107-108

Speeches, 1981

Boxes 109-113

Chronological files, 1981-1982, 1984-1985

Boxes 114-115

Fiscal years 1987-1988 budget material, 1986-1987

Box 115

Pete du Pont subject file, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Contains newspaper and magazine articles related to du Pont's political career.
Box 115

Medicare and Medicaid subject files, circa 1987-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes four files with OMB and Congressional budget estimates related to the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid.
Box 116

Fiscal years 1988 and 1990 budget material, 1987-1988

Box 116

Speeches and writings, 1977-1984

Box 116

"OIRA Miscellaneous" subject file, 1977-1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, correspondence, notes, reports, and news articles.
Box 117

Cabinet presentations, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes budget update reports and cabinet presentations for the 1986-1989 fiscal year budgets.
Box 118

Fiscal years 1987-1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Boxes 118-119

Correspondence, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters sent and received by Miller as Director of the OMB. Subjects include "Selected Letters" as well as congratulatory notes related to Miller's nomination and his departure from OMB.
Boxes 119-120

Fiscal years 1989-1990 budget material, 1987-1989

Box 120

"SS127 Catastrophic Health" briefing report, 1987-1988

Boxes 120-121

Congressional testimony, 1985-1988

Boxes 121-123

"Memoranda to the President," 1985-1986

Box 123

Fiscal years 1989-1990 budget material, 1988-1989

Box 123

"Vice President's Task Force on Regulatory Relief" subject file, 1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, reports, correspondence, and related printed matter.
Box 124

OMB administrative material, 1986-1988

Box 124

Congressional testimony, 1988

Boxes 124-125

Miscellaneous subject files, 1985-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, correspondence, drafts of legislation, economic projections, and news articles related to various Congressional bills and budget-related topics. Titles include "Drug Bill," "Farm Bill (1985)," "Proposition 65," and "Drought." Also includes a file with material related to the 1988 GOP Convention.
Box 125

Fiscal year 1989 budget material, 1988-1989

Boxes 125-126

OMB administrative material, 1988

Box 126

Miscellaneous subject files, 1988

Scope and Contents note

Titles include "Parental Leave," "Adoption," "Project X" (on Social Security), "Regulatory Relief," and "Privatization" (with material related to a trip to London).
Box 126

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1987-1988

Box 127

State of the Union Address subject file, 1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda and reports related to budget topics in Reagan's 1988 State of the Union Address.
Box 127

Fiscal year 1989 budget material, 1987-1989

Box 128

OMB appointment material, 1985

Box 128

Miscellaneous subject files, 1987-1988

Scope and Contents note

Titles include "Corporate Legislation," "Farm Credit Act (1987)," "New Drug Initiative," "Citizens for America," and "White House Talking Points."
Boxes 128-129

Fiscal years 1987-1990 budget material, 1986-1989

Boxes 129-132

Speeches and Congressional testimony, 1985-1988

Box 133

National Indicators System (NIS) subject file, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda and reports.
Box 133

Metropolitan Statistical Area, Decatur, Alabama subject file, 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, correspondence, notes, reports, and printed matter related to the town of Decatur, Alabama's request to be designated a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
Box 133

Fiscal years 1985-1987 budget material, 1985-1987

Box 134

OMB appointment material, 1985

Scope and Contents note

Also includes an August 1985 "Presentation to the President."
Box 135

Fiscal year 1988 budget material, 1987-1988

Box 135

GRH material, 1985-1986

Box 136

OMB appointment material, 1985

Box 136

Miscellaneous subject files, 1985-1986

Scope and Contents note

Titles include "New Farm Bill" and "Homeless."
Boxes 136-137

Fiscal years 1986-1988 budget material, 1985-1988

Box 137

"Sinners and Saints" event file, circa 1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes notes, speeches, joke list, photographs, and other event material.
Boxes 137-138

OMB budget handbooks, 1988-1989

Box 138

OMB appointment material, 1978-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes file with "Government Affairs Committee Responses."
Box 138

"Quad Commission" subject file, 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, reports, and printed matter related to the Quadrennial Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries.
Box 139

Fiscal year 1987-1988 budget material, 1986-1988

Box 139

Republican National Committee (RNC) subject file, 1988

Boxes 139-140

General Motors Baltimore Plant subject file, 1973-1980

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, reports and transcripts of testimony related to a standards case between the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Services and General Motors, in which Miller served as an expert witness.
Boxes 140-142

FTC material, 1981-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes copies of official FTC opinions issued for various cases.
Box 142

Writings, circa 1980-1984

Scope and Contents note

Includes op-eds, articles, interviews, and official FTC statements written by Miller.
Box 143

"Dingell File," 1981-1982

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, transcripts of testimony, and other material related to the Congressional Oversight Committee led by former Michigan representative John Dingell.
Boxes 143-146

Writings, circa 1980-1985

Scope and Contents note

Includes journal articles, op-ed pieces, and transcripts of interviews. Box 144 contains a section of files identified as unpublished writings.
Boxes 146-148

Speeches, 1982-1984

Box 148

"Fire Hazards" subject file, 1975-1978

Scope and Contents note

Contains memos, notes, reports, and printed matter presumably related to an FTC investigation involving fire hazards and flammable materials.
Box 149

"Administrative Conference of the United States" subject file, 1981

Scope and Contents note

Includes memos, notes, reports, and printed matter.
Boxes 149-151

Clippings (biographical), 1982-1985

Box 151

Miscellaneous material, 1978-1982

Scope and Contents note

Contains assorted notes, memoranda, and printed matter from 1978-1981. Subjects include federal regulations, FTC testimony, and personnel restructuring within the federal government.
Boxes 151-152

Writings, 1981-1985, undated

Box 152

"The Performance of the Federal Trade Commission 1977-1984" (report), 1984 September

Boxes 152-153

Congressional testimony, 1982

Boxes 153-156

Writings, 1982-1984

Boxes 156-166

Speeches, 1981-1985

Boxes 166-171

Congressional testimony, 1979-1985

Box 172

FTC case opinions, 1981-1983

Scope and Contents note

Contains FTC case opinions written or issued by Chairman Miller.
Box 173

Event invitations, 1987

Boxes 173-174

Fiscal year 1985 budget material, 1985

Box 173

Memoranda, 1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes Director's memoranda on writing style and writing preferences for OMB staff.
Box 174

"Alcohol Advertising Briefing Book," 1983-1985

Box 174

"ACUS Council Meeting" briefing binder, 1985 April 30

Box 174

Congressional testimony, 1970-1972

Boxes 175-176

Clippings (biographical), 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes memoranda, notes, correspondence, news articles, and reports collectively identified as the "Miller File."
Box 176

FTC briefing books, 1983-1985

Scope and Contents note

Contains briefing books prepared for the Chairman on "Alcohol Advertising" and "Takeovers."
Box 177

Speeches, 1984-1985

Box 177

Chronological files, 1982

Box 177

Economic and financial reports, 1985

Box 177

FTC reports, 1978, 1981