Articles and Essays

  • Dayton C. Miller (1866-1941): American Acoustician, Physicist, Flutist, and Collector of All Things Related to Flutes The following passage is excerpted from L. Gilliam and W. Lichtenwanger, The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection: A Checklist of the Instruments (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1961), p. v-vi.
  • Dayton C. Miller, His Life, Work and Contributions as a Scientist and Organologist Abstract of Master's Report. Maynard, William J. "Dayton C. Miller: his life, work, and contributions as a scientist and organologist." Master's Report, Palmer Graduate Library School, Long Island University, Brookville, New York, 1971, 101 pp.
  • Full Circle: Dayton C. Miller and Friends: Selections from the Dayton C. Miller Photograph Collection Dayton C. Miller (1866-1941) was an acoustician and physicist who had originally studied astronomy. He was also an amateur flutist and a collector of flutes and materials related to the history of the development of the flute. By 1935, Miller had amassed a vast amount of material, which he described as "constituting five separate collections. I. Flutes and flute-like instruments. . . . II....
  • Music, Books, Tutors, and Patents The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection contains over 3,000 books and numerous tutors and patents related to wind instruments. These books are searchable in the Library‚Äôs online catalog. This presentation makes available one example of a tutor:
  • Five Flutes Fife [Fragment]. Fife (Fragment) Dayton C. Miller's lifelong interest in collecting wind instruments may have been sparked during childhood when he found a fife that his father and another unnamed man had played less than a decade earlier in the Civil War. Miller's ledger book lists this fife fragment as No. 1 in his collection, and his entry includes a confession that the battered...
  • Laurent Glass Flutes In 1941, Dayton C. Miller donated an extraordinary collection of nearly 1,700 flutes and other wind instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, trade catalogs, tutors, patents, photographs, and glass plate negatives related to the flute to the Library of Congress (LC). Dr. Miller was a prodigious American physicist, acoustician, and astronomer who taught for and conducted research at Case Western Reserve University for more than...
  • Flute Terminology and Misnomers Conventions and Definitions. Information for this catalog was compiled in fifteen computer database fields, in the following order. The names of the fields do not appear in the catalog. Any field for which information is unavailable or which does not apply has been omitted.
  • Dayton C. Miller Iconography Collection The Dayton C. Miller musical iconography collection complements Dr. Miller's world-renowned collection of flutes at the Library of Congress. The Miller iconography collection, unknown to many researchers, is an eclectic but important collection of about 850 prints related to wind instruments especially, but the prints include keyboard, string, percussion, and exotic instruments as well.