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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Cheryl D. Miller papers
    Creator: Miller, Cheryl D.
    source: Miller, Cheryl D.
    Identifier/Call Number: M2358
    Physical Description: 52 Linear Feet 110 boxes (85 manuscript storage boxes, 16 flat boxes, 4 record storage boxes, 6 card boxes, 2 map folders, and 1 half manuscript storage box)
    Physical Description: 2003 gigabyte(s) 1 external hard drive and 258 3.5" floppy disks
    Date (inclusive): 1951-2013
    Abstract: Cheryl D. Holmes Miller (b. 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is an American graphic designer, artist, writer, and theologian.

    Biographical / Historical

    Cheryl D. Holmes Miller (b.1952) is a graphic designer and racial, cultural, and gender equity advocate. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduated from Maryland College of Art, and earned her graduate degree in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. She founded her own company, Cheryl Miller Design, Inc., and worked with clients such as BET, Essence, Time, Chase, American Express, and many others. Her firm has also worked for non-profit organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, NAACP, Legal Defense Fund, the United Negro College Fund, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the YWCA.
    Miller wrote her thesis Transcending the Problems of the Black Designer to Success in the Marketplace in 1985 (available here: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/tr623tv1100) Two years later, Print Magazine published it as "Black Designers Missing in Action." In 2013 Miller wrote a memoir about her family (her father was an African American civil servant from Washington, D.C. and her mother was Philippine American from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands), titled Black Coral: A Daughter's Apology to her Asian Island Mother.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents the work of Cheryl D. Miller. The largest portion of the collection is Miller's portfolios (or project files), which are arranged alphabetically by client. These files consist of rough layouts, mechanicals, manuscripts, sketches, and finished product. There are also photographs, books, articles written by Miller, and other materials. Additionally, there is also material related to her family and memoir, her early career in Washington, D.C., and the founding documents of Cheryl D. Miller Design.

    Conditions Governing Access

    A portion of this collection has been processed. These boxes are open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Selected audiovisual material from this collection has been digitized. Born-digital material is closed until processed.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Cheryl D. Miller, 2018. Accession MSS 2018-255.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Cheryl D. Miller papers (M2358). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Graphic artists
    Commercial art
    African American businesspeople
    Miller, Cheryl D.