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Personal papers of L. Keith Miller

Call Number: PP 249


Miller has taught Human Development and Sociology at the University of Kansas since 1968. This collection consists of lecture notes for a human behavior class as well as correspondence, papers presented at conferences, manuscript drafts, reprints, and other materials related to Miller's publishing activities. The collection also includes a copy of his 1975 curriculum vitae and gathered research from his doctoral student Tom Walsh's research into Sunflower House's cooperative meeting structures from the early 1980s.


  • Creation: 1968 - 2005


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Biography of L. Keith Miller

L. Keith Miller was born February 10, 1936 in Troy, New York. He received his A.B. from Reed College in 1957, his M.A. in 1959 and his Ph.D. in 1961, both from the University of Illinois. All his degrees were in sociology.

Miller held several research and teaching assistantships in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including with the Jury Project at the University of Chicago, the Gifted Child Project at Portland, Oregon Public Schools, and with the Small Groups Project at Washington University-St. Louis. He held assistant professorships at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and Washington University-St. Louis in their Sociology Departments in the mid-1960s. He was also a medical research associate at the Anna State Hospital's Behavior Research Laboratory in Anna, Illinois.

Miller joined the University of Kansas faculty in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Human Development and Family Life (HDFL) in 1968. He reached full Professor status in 1976 and was later awarded emeritus status by the department, now called the Department of Applied Behavioral Science.

Miller was involved in several projects in Lawrence, Kansas to improve community. He and his wife Ocoee Miller started Penn House, an organization to help low-income individuals and families get back on their feet. He was also instrumental in establishing Sunflower House, a student cooperative at KU, which was initially called the Campus Improvement Association (CIA). Sunflower house was an "experimental living project," a way of sharing household tasks in order to create a successful communal living experience for unrelated adults. Several of Miller's graduate students lived at Sunflower House and used their experiences in their research, as did Miller in his own research and writing.

L. Keith Miller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of Behavior Analsysts and the American Association of Behavior Therapists. He has written dozens of articles, book reviews, and other publications, often in collaboration with colleagues, and his books include Principles of Everyday Behavior Analysis (1975, second edition 1980) and an Instructor's Manual for Principles of Everyday Behavior Analysis (1975, second edition 1980). Miller has served as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Personalized Instruction, Behavior Analysis and Social Action, and Behavior and Social Issues, as well as serving as a guest reviewer and editorial consultant for several journals and publishing companies. He has also been a periodic grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.


.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

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PP 249

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Guide to the L. Keith Miller Collection
Personal Papers of L. Keith Miller
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Personal papers of L. Keith Miller, University Archives, PP 249, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States