Martin Miller papers, 1942-1987  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Miller, Martin, approximately 1923-1987
Martin Miller papers
1942-1987 (inclusive)
.43 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6198 (Accession No. 6198-001)
Writings and materials related to Martin Miller who was an architect, poet and conservationist
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Martin Miller was an architect, poet, and conservationist. He attended Highline High School in Seattle, graduating in 1942. In the 1980s, he received media attention when he placed his 30-acre timber estate near Carnation, Washington in a conservation easement, where specific development rights and restrictions were detailed in a legal document and the easement was given to a government agency, which in this case was the state Game Department. In doing so, Miller protected his land by giving up his rights such as timber cutting, subdivision, road construction, hunting, and use of herbicides. Miller wanted to live in his private forest without fear that someday his heirs might erect condominiums on his Tolt River shoreline. On September 5, 1987, he was strangled to death by a neighbor just outside his Carnation, Washington home. Miller left the bulk of his estate to the Seattle Audubon Society, but with restrictions that they were to establish a fund and use its earnings to buy land to be conserved in perpetuity. In late 1987, the Seattle Audubon Society established the Martin Miller Fund, which is still used to purchase critical habitat for preservation.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence, articles, notes, essays, poems, photographs, a high school yearbook, a high school letterman jacket letter, and a magnetic compass.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Writings about nature estate circa 1980s
1 Highline High School Yearbook and letterman jacket letter 1942
1 Various writings by Martin Miller (correspondence, notes, essays, poems) circa 1982-1987
1 Article about Martin Miller Fund undated
1 Unsorted photographs circa 1970s-1980s
1 Silva compass undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Architects--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • High school students--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Nature conservation--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Miller, Martin, 1923-1987--Archives