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The Miller, T.A. mss., 1934-1977, consists of the papers of Taulman Allaire Miller, 1910-1977, professor of economics at Indiana University. They include arbitrations records; correspondence; course outlines for economics classes; his dissertation entitled, "Economic Effects of the Experience Rating Provisions of the Indiana Employment Security Act"; field studies concerned with experience rating; a five-volume German Area Course; collected notes on Powers Hapgood; a study of Kansas Unemployment insurance practices; a four- volume Naval Aviation history; a history of the Connecticut National Recovery Administration office for 1933-1935; papers prepared concerning manpower implications of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the collective bargaining powers of the National Labor Relations Board; and speeches.

Miller was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, July 11, 1910. He received his degrees from Amherst College and Yale University; acted as Compliance Officer with the National Recovery Administration, 1934-35 and Investigator with the Connecticut Department of Labor, 1935-36; during World War II served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

Teaching assignments included Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut, 1936-37 and Indiana University, 1937- 77 where he served as chairman of the Economics Department from 1956-65.

As a consultant, Dr. Miller worked with the Kansas Legislative Council, Topeka, Kansas, 1960-61 and prepared a study of the Kansas unemployment insurance system; was a member of the American Arbitration Association's Labor Arbitration Panel; served as consultant, U.S. Office of Education, 1966 and U.S. Department of Labor, 1969; was a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan, July 1973-Aug. 1974. As executive officer, American Council of Learned Societies, National Registration Project, he was active in the development of questionnaires and procedures for establishing a national roster of professional personnel in the social sciences and the humanities.

He also held membership in the American Economic Association, Society for International Development, Midwest Economics Association, Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, American Association of University Professors, Phi Beta Kappa, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Taulman Miller died January 24, 1977 at age 67.

The correspondence consists chiefly of official university communications and memorandums, professional correspondence such as letters of recommendation, inquiries, replies to inquiries and solicitations, as well as letters concerning his Afghanistan assignment and arbitration cases. Correspondents include Thurman Arnold, Robert V. Eagly, Robert Gerhard Neumann, Ernst W. Stromsdorfer, Herman B Wells, and Robert Charles Young.

A folio of material relating to the American Federation of Musicians, N.Y. Local 802, and one oversize folder of printed materials complete the collection.

Collection size: 1,825 items

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