Prepared by Edith Serkownek, September 28, 2005
1 document case, .33 cubic feet, 11th floor
In 1983, James B. "Jabe" Tarter and Paul B. Miller committed to donating
their personal collection of antique glass, collectibles, dolls, china, porcelain,
paintings, and furniture to the Kent State University Museum. The largest portion
of the collection, which included over 200,000 objects, was the collection of
American glass (much of it created in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania).
In 1997, Paul B. Miller donated additional materials to the Kent State University
Archives and Special Collections, a portion of which has become the Tarter/Miller
Jabe Tarter was born in Texas. Tarter graduated from Oklahoma A & M with
a B.A. and M.A. in creative design and floralculture and composition and grammar,
and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in design and composition.
Tarter wrote a column on antiques for Knight-Ridder newspapers for 15 years
as well as publishing articles in the Antique Trader, American Collector,
Antiques Journal and the Glass Review. Paul B. Miller was born in
Watoga, West Virginia and was a graduate of Hammel Business College in Akron.
He worked in the engineering department of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
until his retirement in 1971. He also served as the secretary-editor of the
Stretch Glass Society in the 1970s and 1980s. Jabe Tarter and Paul B. Miller
met in military service in 1942 and eventually formed a partnership through
a shared interest in antiques. The two moved to Akron in 1946. Jabe Tarter died
in 1991 and Paul B. Miller died in 2003.
The Kent State University Alumni Assocation. (1983, March). Great glass:
University receives priceless gift. Kent: The Kent State University Alumni
Association, 14:4, 3-4.
Scope and Content
This collection is divided into four series: miscellaneous documents, sheet
music, Akron Beacon Journal photographs and KSU photographs. The first
series includes correspondence of Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller, newsclippings
and articles by and about Jabe Tarter, dedication programs and a Tarter family
genealogy. Items in this series date from 1968 to 1996 (with a number of undated
items) and are organized chronologically. The second series contains sheet music
belonging to Paul B. Miller. Items in this series date from 1933-1935 are organized
alphabetically by title. The third series contains photographs of antiques taken
by Akron Beacon Journal photographers for Jabe Tarter's newspaper columns.
Items in this series date from 1968 to 1987 (with a number of undated photographs)
and are organized by chronologically. Please note copyright restrictions. The
fourth series contains unprocessed KSU photographs taken of Jabe Tarter and
Paul Miller at the time of their donation to KSU, circa 1983.
Books from the collection have been catalogued in KentLINK.
Dedication program, pamphlet and newsletter for The Old Stone School, Akron.
February. 1968 [Miller and Tarter donated a water jar and filter]
Article: Sperling, Patricia W.: "Captivating Carnival Glass" in
The Wonderful World of Ohio. February, 1968 [including photographs
of Jim Tarter]
Correspondence [concerning carnival glass]: Donald C. Young to Jabe Tarter.
December 19, 1968
Correspondence [concerning Jabe Tarter research]: Paul Miller to William
Schlemmer. May 15, 1969
Newclippings: Articles by Jabe Tarter. 1972-1973 and 1977
Nametag for Paul Miller, American Carnival Glass Assocation. 1976
Correspondence [concerning Stretch Glass Society]: A. Christian Revi to
Paul Miller. March 14, 1977
Folder with press release and photographs for Roy Arrington Victorian Casino
Antiques Auction with note from Jabe Tarter. 
Newsclippings: Articles concerning Tarter/Miller donation and subsequent
KSU activities. 1983-1996 and no date
Newsclippings: Articles mentioning Jabe Tarter. 1989-1993
Genealogy: Hiett, Mollie Jo Tarter. James Buchanan Tarter and Margaret
Lu Wertha Trimble Tarter. 1995
Program, bookmark and newsclipping [concerning Frances B. Murphey, Akron
Beacon Journal columnist]. 1996
Handwritten notes: "Jabe Tarter's Class (1st Class Glass)." Participant
list with payments. [no date]
KSU Museum exhibit handouts for Tarter/Miller collection. [no date]
Newsclipping: Beacon Journal advertisement for "What Is It,
Jabe?", a compilation of Jabe Tarter's Akron Beacon Journal columns
on glassware. [no date]
Photograph: Note, "Paul B. Miller at Leo Walter's Stagecoach Antique
W. Market St. Akron, OH." [no date]
Typed notes: "Where and How to Get Things Done." [no date]
Series 2: Sheet Music
BLUE LOVE. Fred Rose. [unidentified publisher]. 1934 [no cover]
BY THE LIGHT OF YOUR EYES. Freddie Rose [w & m]. Freddie Rose's Song
Shop Radio Station WSM, Nashville, TN. 1933
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH ME. Freddie Rose [w & m]. Freddie
Rose's Song Shop Radio Station WSM, Nashville, TN. 1933
I'M THROUGH. Freddie Rose [w & m]. Freddie Rose's Song Shop Radio Station
WSM, Nashville, TN. 1933
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT WITH YOU. Freddie Rose [w & m]. Freddie Rose's Song
Shop Radio Station WSM, Nashville, TN. 1933
THE LORD'S PRAYER. Carl Deis [arranged]. G. Schirmer, Inc., New York. 1935
SWEETHEARTS' PARADISE. Freddie Rose [w & m]. Freddie Rose's Song Shop
Radio Station WSM, Nashville, TN. 1933
Series 3: Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal photographs
of antiques taken for Jabe Tarter's column. Many with notes by Paul Miller on
Donation of this material to the Department does not imply that copyright
restrictions have been lifted. Copyright still resides with the creator. To
obtain release, the researcher should contact the creator listed with the individual
item. Copyright release is not necessary to view the materials, only for reuse.
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1968
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1969
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1970
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1971
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1972
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1973
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1974
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1975
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1976
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1977
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. 1980s
Photographs: Akron Beacon Journal. [no date]
Series 4: Photographs: KSU photographs of Jabe Tarter
and Paul Miller highlighting the donation of their antique collection to KSU.
Photographs: Michael Schwartz, Jabe Tarter, Paul Miller, unidentified individual
and Shannon Rodgers [3 copies], KSU. Circa 1983
Photographs: Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller [4 copies], KSU. Circa 1983
Photographs: Michael Schwartz, Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller [2 copies], KSU.
Photographs: Jabe Tarter [25 copies], KSU. Circa 1983
Photographs: Jabe Tarter, Paul Miller and Shannon Rodgers [1 copy], KSU.
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