J. Irwin Miller Speaks before Bartholomew Consolidated School Board (video recording)

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Title

J. Irwin Miller Speaks before Bartholomew Consolidated School Board (video recording)

Description

A 41-minute video recording of J. Irwin Miller's speech before the Bartholomew Consolidated School Board in October 1973 regarding the need to renovate or replace the Taylorsville School. The school board invited J. Irwin Miller and Richard Stoner, president of the Foundation, to speak about the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program, which had been subsidizing architects’ fees for public buildings for over a decade. Miller explained Cummins Inc.’s interest in developing outstanding school buildings as both a major taxpayer and as an employer. He urged timely and forward-thinking building of public infrastructure, especially in the context of 1970s inflation. Miller shared a letter written in 1961 explaining the Foundation’s goals and guidelines, stressing that responsibility for selecting and working with the architect rests with the school board. When asked to comment on the rapid shifts in contemporary educational theory, he articulated the basic educational outcomes that Cummins needed in employees rather than specific skill sets. Although there is scant detail about specific built projects and no mention of an architect by name, this meeting documents the philosophy and priorities of Miller and the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program during its most active period. This speech was recorded by the Video Access Center, also known as Video Action Center, at the school board meeting and aired on local cable access channel 5 on October 4, 1973, at 9:00 PM, according to the Republic newspaper. Miller’s speech is prefaced by the chair of the school board Jack Hilycord who remains unnamed in the video. After a cut that edits out an unknown portion of the meeting, Mr. Miller responds to a question from a school board member identified as Dr. William Bickers. After the school board meeting, the same video tape includes a partially taped-over unrelated interview between Gerald L. Olson and an unnamed man discussing the Miller family’s private support of political candidates in an attempt to improve the caliber of government representatives in the post-Watergate era.

To view this recording and to access a detailed, keyword-searchable transcript and index, please visit: https://viewer.mybcpl.org/viewer.php?cachefile=C0031JIMillerBCSCOHMS.xml.

Date

1973/10/01

Rights

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Language

English

Type

Moving image

Identifier

MillerJIrwin_19731001

Coverage

Bartholomew County, Indiana

Is Part Of

CIAA Audio and Moving Image Collection (C0031), Series I, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN.

Bibliographic Citation

J. Irwin Miller Speaks before Bartholomew Consolidated School Board (video recording), 10/01/1973, CIAA Audio and Moving Image Collection (C0031), Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, BCPL Archives, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN.

Provenance

Bartholomew County Public Library

Access Rights

This material is open to the public without restriction for noncommercial and educational use, but appropriate credit and attribution must be given. This material may be reproduced, distributed, transformed, adapted, and built upon for noncommercial purposes, but changes to the material must be indicated and the adapted or transformed material must be distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

Rights Holder

Bartholomew County Public Library

Moving Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Videocassette

Duration

00:41:47

Producer

Video Access Center

Citation

Video Access Center, “J. Irwin Miller Speaks before Bartholomew Consolidated School Board (video recording),” BCPL Archives, accessed June 20, 2024, https://bcplarchives.omeka.net/items/show/479.