Guide to the Cheryl D. Miller Papers M2358

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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: 6 Linear Feet 12 boxes (processed portion)
Physical Description: 15 Linear Feet (unprocessed)
Date (inclusive): TBD
Abstract: Cheryl D. Holmes Miller (b. 1952) is an American graphic designer, artist, and theologian.

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.

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: 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.

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.

Scope and Contents

Approximately 5 linear feet of material is processed and available. The remainder of the collection, primarily design project files, is closed until processed. A new guide will be published as more material becomes available.
The processed portion of her papers consists of material related to her family and memoir, her early career in Washington, D.C., and the founding documents of Cheryl D. Miller Design.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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


Series 1. Family/Biographical

Box 3, folder 1

Holmes-Miller, Cheryl D. Black Coral: A Daughter's Apology to Her Asian Island Mother. Stamford, Conn.: AAGE Heritage Press, 2013

Existence and Location of Copies
Box 3, folder 2

Memoir: family history files & photographs

Scope and Contents

Mostly related to Horace Holmes
Box 3, folder 3

DCMA Happenings April 1970 [with Horace Holmes]

Box 3, folder 4-5

Intergenerational Narrative History

Box 3, folder 6

Horace Holmes Masters' Thesis, 1951

Box 3, folder 7

Family history- CDM

Box 3, folder 8

Art history prints, Maryland Institute

Box 4, folder 1

CDM bios 1911, 2016, etc.

Box 4, folder 2

CDM bio photos

Box 4, folder 3

CDM caricatures

Box 4, folder 4

CDM photos

Box 4, folder 5


Box 8, folder 7

Rev. C.D. Miller - Holy Act of Ordination (DVD)


Series 2. Early Career

Box 6, folder 1

Taylor & Ives

Box 6, folder 2

Freelance 1970s- early 80s

Box 6, folder 3

Logos 1980

Box 6, folder 4

Corporate Designs, Washington D.C.

Box 6, folder 5

Corporate Identity, Washington D.C. 1982

Box 6, folder 6

Essence Set Design Job

Box 6, folder 7-9

Time, Inc. Annual Report 1983

Box 6, folder 10

WTOP Channel 9

Box 6, folder 11

Logos & TV Work

Box 6, folder 12

WHMM Channel 32 Mission Statement, Blue Books

Box 6, folder 13

WHMM Logo Notes

Box 7, folder 1

WHMM Howard University 1980-1982

Box 7, folder 2

WHMM photos of set design & art department, cards

Box 7, folder 4

Design Exchange - Job Bank

Box 8, folder 3

Broadcasters Promotion Association (BPA) logo 1976

Box 8, folder 4

Broadcaster's Designers' Association newsletters 1983

Box 8, folder 5

Design/Broadcasting publications

Box 9, folder 1

D.C. Studio Design Ideas

Box 9, folder 2


Box 9, folder 3

First Studio in D.C.

Box 9, folder 4

Self-Branding 1982

Box 2, folder 1

Sketches & Final Ads 1980s


Series 3. Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc.

Box 7, folder 5

CDMD Business Plan

Box 7, folder 6-7

CDMD binder

Box 7, folder 8

CDMD Bylaws & Branding

Box 8, folder 1

CDMD Sales Process

Box 8, folder 2

CDMD Client List & Info


Series 4. Research files

Box 4, folder 6-7

Design awards & calls

Box 5, folder 1

Research on Branding/Identity

Box 5, folder 2

Copyfit "How To" Research

Box 5, folder 3

Copyright Laws for Designers 1991

Box 5, folder 4

Grant Writing

Box 5

Award publications (unfoldered)

Box 8, folder 6

Paul Rand: A Designer's Art (book)


Series 5. Media

Box 1


Existence and Location of Copies

Audiocassettes have been digitized.
Box 1, object 1

Fo Wilson - Scott Perkins - Javier Romero. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 2

Henry Spiner - Michelle Stul - Elise Croop. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 3

Danita Albert [mechanical artist, Pace University]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 4

Hugh B. Price [senior VP at WNET/Channel 13, New York public television]. Print magazine interviews 1986-12-04

Box 1, object 5

Winston Kennedy. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 6

Marilyn Thornton. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 7

Carol Porter [graphic designer for Washington Post]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 8

Ken Clay [director of Pratt Institute's Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 9

Dot Ford [coordinator of Rhode Island School of Design's Minority Student Affairs department] - Ken Clay [director of Pratt Institute's Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 10

Pat Cummings - Roz Goldfarb [president of Roz Goldfarb Associates, graphic designer job placement service]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 11

John Morning. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 12

John Morning - Jim Gratwood [-Reynold Ruffins?]. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 13

Design Concepts 6/7. Print magazine interviews 1986

Box 1, object 14

Paul 1994-08

Scope and Contents

"...not part of the 1987 Print magazine article"
computer_media 1-3

Computer media

Scope and Contents

Has been captured.

Series. Advocacy & Career files (CLOSED until processed)


Series. Project files (CLOSED until processed)