Documenting Modern Living
The Miller House and Garden Digital CollectionMiller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana, is one of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences. The Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard and landscape design by Daniel Urban Kiley. In 2009 members of the Miller family donated the house and gardens as well as many of its original furnishings to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. At that same time, the large and comprehensive records of the Miller House and Garden were transferred to the IMA Archives. The Miller House and Garden archival collection documents the design, construction, history, and maintenance of the residence over a period of more than 50 years, from 1953 to 2009. While most architectural archives present a single viewpoint—generally that of the architect or designer—the Miller House and Garden Collection presents diverse perspectives including those of the client, architect, interior designer, landscape designer, as well as photographers, contractors, and a number of close collaborators.
Throughout the life of the project, IMA Library & Archives department staff members have shared many gems from this digitized collection on the popular Tumblr blog Documenting Modern Living: Digitizing the Miller House and Garden Collection. While it has been very rewarding to share these selections on the Tumblr blog, the IMA Library & Archives Department is happy to announce that the entire Miller House and Garden digital collection is now available for scholarly research and viewing pleasure through the IMA Archives Digital Collections Portal.
Visit the Digital Archives Portal by clicking the image below.