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Charles D. Miller papers, 1919-2012
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles D. Miller papers, 1919-2012
    Dates: 1919-2012
    Collection Number: mssMillerCharlespapers
    Collector: Miller, Charles D.
    Extent: 69 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of material related to Charles D. Miller's career as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Avery Dennison Corporation and philanthropic activities.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles D. Miller papers. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Carolyn Miller, November 2013 and December 2016.


    Charles "Chuck" D. Miller was born on March 1, 1928 in Hartford Connecticut. His parents were Mark A. Miller (1897-1973) and Marguerite Daly Miller (1899-1983). Miller had three siblings: Audrey Ann Miller, Robert Arnold Miller, and Virginia May Miller. Miller attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1949. He married Carolyn Louise Cannon on May 15, 1982.
    Miller began his career at Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company from 1949 through 1959. He joined Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc as a consultant and associate in 1959 through 1964. In 1964, he began his career at Avery Products Corporation as Director of Corporate Planning. He was elected to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 1977. Under his leadership, he helped transform Avery Dennison Corporation into a global Fortune 500 company.
    Miller was also an active member of the community. He was on the Board of Directors at the following companies: Great Western Financial Corporation, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, Beverly Investment Properties, Inc., Southern California Edison Company, California Business Roundtable, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He sat on the Board of Trustees at Johns Hopkins University and Occidental College. He also served as Chairman of the Board of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He was also a passionate supporter of athletics and liberal arts education.
    Miller passed away on November 23, 2011 in Pasadena, California.

    Scope and Content

    The Charles D. Miller papers consist primarily of memorabilia accumulated by Miller over the span of his career at Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and Avery Dennison Corporation. The combination of business records and Miller's personal notes, shows the growth of Avery Dennison under the leadership of a confident and innovative businessman. Also included are items related to his involvement as a business leader and community activist. There are also some personal letters and greeting cards sprinkled throughout the collection, primarily, during his later years. The memorabilia are organized chronologically and include, but not limited to: correspondence, clippings, information packets, memos, newsletters, notices, outlines, photographs, printed matter, reports, reviews, speeches, and summaries. At the beginning of the collection, there are items related to Miller's father, Mark A. Miller. They primarily concern his career at The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company, where he was the assistant general manager. At the end of the collection, there are adhesive samples, stamps, compact discs, VHS, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and 3-D objects.
    Note: Miller differentiated "Avery" material from the rest of the collection. The distinction is inconsistent, though. Although a folder may be identified as "Avery", additional Avery material may be found in the "Miller, Charles D." folders. Any duplicates found in the collection have been integrated chronologically. The specific subject of a folder, when provided by Miller's original folder description, is provided.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Avery, R. Stanton, 1907-
    Miller, Charles D.-- Archives

    Corporate Names

    Avery Dennison Corporation
    Booz, Allen & Hamilton
    Johns Hopkins University
    United Way of Greater Los Angeles
    Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company


    Adhesive industry
    Label industry
    Paper products industry

    Geographic Areas

    Pasadena (Calif.)
    San Marino (Calif.)


    Business records
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Corporation reports
    Letters (correspondence)
    Personal papers
    Professional papers