Oral history interviews with Robert E. Miller, 1983, 2015  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Miller, Robert E
Title
Oral history interviews with Robert E. Miller
Dates
1983, 2015 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 sound cassette (approximately 45 minutes), 1 vertical file, 1 digital audio file (WAV), 1 computer file (PDF), and 2 digital photos (JPG)
Collection Number
3513
Summary
Tape recorded interview of Seattle Jewish community member discussing the Seattle Jewish Community Center from 1978 to 1982
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert E. Miller settled in Seattle in 1956, and is the founder of Seattle Textile Company (SeaTex). Miller is descended from Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. He grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts. Since settling in Seattle, he has been an active participant in Jewish organizations. He has served on the Jewish Federation Board, chaired the Anti-Defamation League, and served as President of the Jewish Community Center where he was instrumental in fundraising to complete the Stroum Jewish Community Center building on Mercer Island. He has also been in leadership roles at Temple Beth Am and University of Washington Hillel, and worked with B'nai B'rith Foundation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Two oral history interviews with Robert Miller.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 3513-001: Oral history interview with Robert E. Miller, 1983Return to Top

1 sound cassette (ca. 45 minutes); Transcript: 24 pages

Scope and Content: Tape recorded interview conducted by Howard Droker on 19 Jul 1983; transcript. Miller discusses the Seattle Jewish Community Center from 1978 to 1982, focusing on events leading to financial crisis and the solution to the crisis. He was JCC president 1978-1980. Other topics discussed include the problems surrounding the demise of Camp Benbow.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Howard Droker, July 19, 1983

Description
Oral history interview with Robert E. Miller

Accession No. 3513-002: Oral history interview with Robert E. Miller, 2015Return to Top

Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV), 1 computer file (PDF), and 2 digital photos (JPG)

Scope and Content: Robert (Bob) Miller speaks about his grandparents coming from Lithuania and his upbringing in Brockton, Massachusetts, 25 miles south of Boston. In 1956, he was transferred by a New York textiles firm to Seattle, and in 1958, decided to stay and establish SeaTex (Seattle Textile Company). Mr. Miller describes Anti-Semitism in Seattle in the 1950's, especially with lack of admission to clubs; he and Herb Bridge were the first Jews to break the barrier 48 years ago at the Washington Athletic Club. In the mid 1960's, while still young, Mr. Miller was asked to join the Federation Board. Following that, after getting to know Sy (Seymour) Kaplan, he joined the Anti-Defamation League which he went on to chair in the mid-70's. He speaks about Lee Okin, a strong leader of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) who drew him and others into leadership positions. While President of JCC, he co-chaired its building fund along with Bill Schwartz. In the 1980's, when interest rates were high, he approached Samuel Stroum, SeaFirst Bank, who with others generously made sure the Mercer Island JCC building was completed. Mr. Miller joined the Temple Beth Am Board and once again, while still president, chaired its building fund and later was involved with the search for new Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Likewise, he was President of Hillel when they hired as new Rabbi Dan Bridge. Mr. Miller was active with the B'nai B'rith Foundation, the fund-raising arm of B'nai B'rith. He speaks about its annual fund-raiser and the changing times for fraternal organizations.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Info: Robert E. Miller, July 22, 2015

Description
Oral history interview with Robert E. Miller

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Synagogues--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Miller, Robert E.--Archives
  • Miller, Robert E.--Interviews
  • Okin, Leo
  • Stroum, Samuel, 1921-2000
  • Corporate Names :
  • B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations
  • B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle
  • Temple Beth Am (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Washington Athletic Club (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Camp Benbow (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Oral histories
  • Transcripts
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Droker, Howard, (interviewer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington), (host institution)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)