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June Miller papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-41

Scope and Contents

Papers of June Miller, Ed.D, faculty member in the Departments of Audiology, Special Education, and Hearing and Speech from 1949 to 1983. The collection contains correspondence, awards and certificates, reprints, photographs, teaching notes and tools, souvenirs, scrapbooks, and assorted ephemera.


  • 1936 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

B. June Miller was born in Olathe, Kansas, on June 23, 1917, to Earnest W. and Gertrude Pat (Collard) Miller. Following graduation from Olathe High School, Dr. Miller attended the University of Kansas for two years before transferring to Washington University, St. Louis, where she graduated with her B.S. in Deaf Education in 1940. From 1940 to 1947 she taught in the Kansas City, Missouri, public schools as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at the Missouri Day School for the Deaf.

Dr. Miller spent 1947 to 1948 in New York, where she taught at the Lexington School for the Deaf and completed her M.S. in Deaf Education from Columbia University. From 1948 to 1949, she was assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and taught a nursery school for deaf children.

In 1949, the Kansas State Legislature passed a bill to provide funds to the KU Medical Center to develop a program for the hearing impaired, for training teachers of the deaf, for providing education for parents, and for conducting research. Later that year, Franklin D. Murphy, MD, then dean of the KU School of Medicine, appointed Dr. Miller as educational director to develop these programs.

One of Dr. Miller’s earliest projects was the Preschool for the Deaf. The preschool was established by the Woman’s City Club in 1947 and moved to the KUMC campus in 1948. The preschool remained one of her primary interests over the course of her tenure with KUMC.

In 1958, Dr. Miller received her Ed.D. in Audiology from Columbia University.

While at KUMC, Dr. Miller pioneered training for parents of deaf children. Through a 1967 grant from the U.S. Office of Education, she started an innovative Parent Home Center in the Hearing and Speech Department. She also established a program to train teachers of the deaf and began the master’s and Ph.D. programs in audiology, speech, language pathology, and deaf education at the Medical Center.

From 1969 to 1971, Dr. Miller served as president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, a national organization. In 1972, she was appointed chairman of the L.B. Spake Department of Hearing and Speech, and in 1974, she became the first at KU to hold the Carolyn Doughty-Margaret Kemp Chair, a distinguished professorship.

Widely known in the field of hearing and speech, Dr. Miller served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on the Handicapped from 1976 to 1980 and was listed in the World’s Who’s Who of Women. She received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including the Distinguished Membership Award of the Greater Kansas City Speech and Hearing Association, Honors of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, and the Matrix Award for Service in Special Education from Theta Sigma Phi.

Dr. Miller served as a consultant for nearly 40 institutions throughout the world, including in Australia, Poland, and Puerto Rico. She was a member of more than 20 boards and committees and authored or co-authored more than 30 articles and nearly 20 chapters. Dr. Miller retired as Professor Emerita of Hearing and Speech in 1983 after 34 years at KUMC.

Dr. Miller enjoyed the outdoors, though her greatest love was for horses. She rode in the American Royal and drove a surrey in local parades. Dr. Miller died in Olathe, KS, at age 81 in 1998.


5.4 Cubic Feet (14 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into two series: Personal Files and Professional Files. The series Professional Files includes the sub-series Teaching Activities, Reprints, Professional Societies and Affiliations, and Committees and Consultantships. Folders within each series and sub-series are sorted alphabetically by personal name or subject and then chronologically. Several scrapbooks found in the collection maintain their original order, although with bindings removed and interwoven with Mylar for preservation purposes.

Separated Materials

A small collection of horse show ribbons, plaques, and assorted artifacts was transferred from the KUMC Archives to the Clendening History of Medicine Museum in 2021. The artifacts are cataloged as the June Miller Collection under accession number 2021.028.

Guide to the June Miller Collection
June Miller papers
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States