College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

GMA-Miller Family Ties Strengthened

February 16, 2014

The Glenn Miller Archive (GMA) of the American Music Research Center is pleased to announce a strengthening of the vital relationship between the GMA and the family of the late Alton Glenn and Helen Burger Miller. United in our mutual effort to preserve, restore and communicate the legacy of Glenn Miller and his era, the GMA welcomes additional recordings, documents, photographs and important historic materials entrusted by benefactor Jonnie Dee Miller Hoffman to our archive and the University of Colorado.

The GMA is honored with continued responsibility for Glenn Miller’s legacy and plans to immediately restore the first Gold Record awarded to a recording artist. RCA Victor-Bluebird records executive W. Wallace Early awarded Glenn Miller the first gold record, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, on Miller’s CBS Chesterfield Moonlight Serenade broadcast of February 10, 1942. The seventy-two-year old gold record needs to be cleaned and freshly remounted in a new frame and fabric. The historic entertainment industry artifact will be thus restored to its original brilliance.

Among the additional important materials being added to the GMA Miller Collection are the Miller’s personal record collection, which says a lot about the late bandleader’s tastes in music while he was making musical history with his preeminent “number one” dance band of 1938-1942 and Army Air Forces concert orchestra of 1943-1945. Many one-of-a-kind family albums, business office scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine articles, publicity photos and many other items are among the additional materials added to the cornerstone GMA Miller Collection.

The close relationship of the GMA and the Miller Family is the direct result of the thirty-eight year vision and stewardship of GMA Curator, CU icon and Miller cousin Alan Cass, who has grown the GMA from a display case to an important international resource containing dozens of important collections representing an important era in American entertainment industry history. During 2014 the GMA looks forward to moving onward with further development and initiatives to crystallize a dynamic learning center.



About The Glenn Miller Archive

The Glenn Miller Archive (GMA) of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado Boulder is the designated repository for the legacy of Alton Glenn Miller, American icon and popular musician. The GMA is one of the most important big band and popular music centers in the world, containing many dozens of collections entrusted with the GMA for preservation, restoration and communication. The objective of the GMA is to be a dynamic resource for scholars, students and the public where 20th Century American Musical History is honored and presented for education and enjoyment. With partner KEZW-Entercom Communications, the GMA produces the weekly Star Spangled Radio Hour international broadcast containing original radio broadcasts from the GMA Collections. Many thousands of hours of audio recordings from radio broadcasts, recordings and transcriptions are preserved by the GMA. The personal property, documents, correspondence and papers of numerous artists, producers, journalists and collectors; many periodicals, thousands of photographs and other memorabilia are located in the archive. The GMA is a national treasure. Every popular American recording and radio artist is represented in the archive.