College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Glenn Miller Archive

Alton Glenn Miller (1904-1944)

This is the official repository for the legacy and property of Alton Glenn Miller (1904-1944), Doctor of Humane Letters, Distinguished Alumnus Honorare, and his wife Helen Dorothy Burger Miller, Alumna, The University of Colorado Boulder.

The Glenn Miller Archive at CU-Boulder

The GMA includes many thousands of recordings by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band and all of the popular musicians, singers and bands of the “Big Band Era” of American Popular Music (circa 1920-1960).  The archive holds the Miller private papers, business documents and contracts, radio scripts, musical instruments, sheet music, photographs, music, radio and film magazines, United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force documents, family memorabilia and awards, including the first “Gold Record”, which was given to Glenn Miller by RCA on his “Chesterfield Moonlight Serenade” program over CBS on February 10, 1942 for his million-selling tune “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.  The GMA encompasses many special collections assembled from the family of Glenn and Helen Miller, their famous associates and colleagues in the music, broadcasting and film industries, as well as recording industry producers and private collectors from around the globe. The archive is a leading and living global resource for scholars, researchers, collectors, the general public and all those who enjoy and treasure a very special moment in American musical history.

To Preserve, Enhance and Share

The mission of the GMA is to preserve, enhance and share the history of Glenn Miller and the “Big Band Era” of 20th Century American Popular Music.  The GMA is a world-class center for education and entertainment that is funded and operated by a special, dynamic academic, private sector and professional partnership.  As guided by our benefactors,  the late Steven Davis Miller (1943-2012) and Jonnie Miller Hoffman, the children of Glenn and Helen Miller, the GMA is a permanent and accessible center of learning for future generations of scholars, students, historians and the public.  Our responsibilities include preservation, restoration and communication.

Glenn Miller Archive Team

Our knowledgable archive team presents the story of Glenn Miller and the Big Bands through personal appearances, presentations, broadcasts, the internet and published research reports.  Alan Cass and Dennis Spragg work closely with associates worldwide toward preservation and accurate documentation, and benefit from important affiliations with universities, government agencies in the United States and the United Kingdom as well as key relationships within the entertainment industry. The legacies of many prominent artists and colleagues of Glenn Miller are entrusted to the Glenn Miller Archive, including Tommy Dorsey and Gordon "Tex" Beneke.

On The Air With Studio 1430

With our colleague Rick Crandall of KEZW – Studio 1430, Denver (an Entercom Communications station) the GMA broadcasts regionally and worldwide via the internet weekly and on special programs. The GMA presents historic audio selections and narratives every Saturday at 6:00 p.m. MST/MDT (GMT-7/GMT -6) with our “Star Spangled Radio Hour” program.  KEZW is streamed online worldwide at http://www.kezw.com and http://www.studio1430.com.

Join the Discussion

The Glenn Miller Archive Yahoo Discussion Group welcomes Glenn Miller and big band enthusiasts from around the globe. At the GMA Discussion Group we host interesting conversations, offer special audio features, photographs and documents from the GMA collections and items shared by GMA group members. The GMA is also on Facebook at its Official Glenn Miller Archive Facebook Page.