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Betty Miller Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Jan 2020

Biographical History

Betty Albertus Miller (1933-2019) was an American beautician and an expert in decorative hair combs. Betty began collecting combs in the early 1960s, and eventually she and her husband Ralph accumulated the world's largest antique ornamental hair comb collection. Open to the public, the Miller Comb Museum in Homer, Alaska held more than 3000 examples of hair combs, representing a wide variety of eras, regions, and materials. She was one of the founders of the Antique Comb Collectors Club (AC3), and an appraiser of historical combs for a number of auction houses including Lloyd's of London. [Information drawn from her obituary in the Homer News, 19 Jun 2019.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Betty Miller Papers contains files, correspondence, photographs, printed material, posters, and artifacts (hair combs) relating to Betty Miller and the Miller Comb Museum, and to the Antique Comb Collectors Club (AC3).

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact SCRC for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Antique Comb Collector's Club (AC3) Records.

Subject Headings


Miller, Betty Albertus, 1933-2019.

Corporate Bodies

Antique Comb Collectors Club (U.S.)
Miller Comb Museum.


Hair ornaments -- Collectors and collecting.
Hair ornaments.
Ornamental combs -- History.
Ornamental combs -- Specimens.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Combs (hair ornaments)
Magazines (periodicals)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Betty Miller Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph Miller, 2020.

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