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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Index to Major Groups

  • Title: Miller Upton papers
    Date (inclusive): 1927-1990
    Collection Number: 90007
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 25 manuscript boxes (10.2 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, conference material, reports, printed matter, and miscellany relating to American participation in international cooperative activities, especially in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; international education; the Federal Union; and economics.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Upton, Miller, 1916-2005.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items, computer media, and digital files. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos, films, or digital files during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1990.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1916 Born, New Orleans
    1940- Taught economics at Lake Forest College
    1944- Taught finance at Northwestern University
    1950 Associate professor, Washington University in St. Louis
    1951- Dean, School of Business and Public Administration, Washington University in St. Louis
    1953 Co-author, Introduction to Business Finance
    1954-1975 President, Beliot College
    1961-1966 Chairman and public interest director, Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Chicago
    1970-1974 United States delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    1971-1974 Chairman, United States National Commission for UNESCO
    2005 Died
    Source: Yue, Lorene. "Robinson Miller Upton." Chicago Tribune 22 December 2005. Accessed through: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-12-22/news/0512220101_1_mr-upton-independent-colleges-and-universities-student

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Miller Upton papers include writings, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, conference material, reports, printed matter, and miscellany related to American participation in international cooperative activities, especially in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); international education; the Federal Union; and economics. Although the collection has not been arranged, the index to major groups can serve as a guide to the materials.
    Throughout his career, Miller Upton held a variety of roles related to the field of education, including professor, college president, and delegate to UNESCO. He was interested in working with international organizations to achieve education goals. The collection includes Correspondence dating from 1962 to 1975, during which time he served as president of Beloit College and a delegate to UNESCO. His Speeches and Writings contain articles related to economics, as well as commencement addresses.
    From 1960 to 1961, Upton served as chairman of Governor Gaylord A. Nelson's "Blue Ribbon Tax Committee," which revamped Wisconsin's tax structure. The Continuing Revenue Survey Commission File includes commission reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence related to this project.
    In May 1970, Upton wrote an open letter to President Nixon regarding the Kent State shootings. Although Upton opposed the Vietnam War, a point that he affirmed in the letter, he apologized for the "grotesque failure of the academic community at this hour of national trial and turmoil," and wrote, "If the fault lies anywhere for the Kent State deaths it lies not with you and the Vietnam War but with the radical acts and excesses we have tolerated in the name of dissent." The letter was originally published in a student newspaper, but went on to receive national attention. The Richard M. Nixon File includes Upton's open letter, clippings, and responses.
    From 1970 to 1974, Upton was a United States delegate to UNESCO. During that time, he also served as the chairman to the United States National Commission for UNESCO, a group that functioned as a Federal Advisory Committee to the Department of State. In 1974, Upton was the chairman of the United States delegation to the 18th General Conference. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) File includes correspondence, conference materials, reports, and speeches documenting Upton's involvement with UNESCO.
    From 1975 to 1976, Upton served as a consultant to a special committee of the Association of American Colleges to determine the future role of the Association. The Association of American Colleges File includes meeting materials, correspondence, memoranda, and notes documenting Upton's work for the organization.
    From 1976 to 1980, Upton served as CEO and chairman of the Federal Union, a British organization, formed in 1939 and incorporated in 1940, advocating a federal union of Europe as a post-war aim to defend against totalitarianism. The organization was committed to furthering ideas proposed in the book Union Now by Clarence K. Streit. The Federal Union File includes correspondence, memoranda, printed matter (including issues of Freedom & Union), meeting minutes, and clippings.
    In a note concerning his philosophy of life, Upton wrote, "Should someone ever want to give me a tag, let it be 'a conservative for liberal reasons'" (Box 7, Folder 11). Upton was a pacifist and conscientious objector during WWII, and wrote, "I am and have been throughout my adult life passionately opposed to war. It is the ultimate human folly. It is man's power of reason perverted to the extreme. It is the antithesis of the essence of Christ's teachings." ("Federal Union—A Practical Means to Peace," Box 12, Folder 6).

    Index to Major Groups

    Although the collection is not physically arranged, most materials fall into the following groups.
    Box Numbers Groups
    1-2 Personal File, 1954-1975:

    Includes correspondence, clippings, and photographs related to business and personal matters. Includes photographs of Miller Upton.
    2 Correspondence, 1962-1975:

    Includes incoming and outgoing letters from 1962 to 1975, arranged chronologically.
    2, 3-7, 9-10, 24 Speeches and Writings, 1946-1990:

    Includes typescripts and printed copies of speeches and writings related to economics, business, and finance, as well as commencement addresses. Includes related correspondence and notes.
    23-24 Continuing Revenue Survey Commission File, 1959-1961:

    Includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, meeting minutes, notes, and charts related to the tax system of Wisconsin.
    8-9 Richard M. Nixon File, 1970-1976:

    Includes materials related to an open letter to Nixon regarding the Kent State shootings, as well as letters received in response.
    16-22 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) File, 1960-1987:

    Includes correspondence, conference materials, reports, and speeches related to the UNESCO General Conference (Sessions 16 through 18) and the United States National Commission.
    22 Association of American Colleges File, 1974-1976:

    Includes correspondence, reports, and meeting materials. Contains documentation related to Upton's work as a consultant to determine the future role of the organization.
    11-16, 24 Federal Union File, 1927-1986:

    Includes correspondence, memoranda, printed matter (including issues of Freedom & Union), meeting minutes, and clippings. Arranged alphabetically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    International cooperation.
    Unesco.
    U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
    International education.
    Education.
    International organization.
    Federal Union.
    Economics.
    United States--Foreign relations.