The national capital occasionally hosts premieres and advance showings for films…events which provide movie studios with an opportunity to invite the powerful and prominent. The programs and invitations featured in two recently installed exhibit cases on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library are from the collection of William M. “Fishbait” Miller housed in the UM Department of Archives & Special Collections' Modern Political Archives. Miller, a native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, served as Doorkeeper of the U.S. House of Representatives (1949-1953, 1955-1974). A well-known personality at the time, Miller also had great facility placing names to faces and as a result was often invited to events such as these to help greeters appropriately acknowledge the presence of public officials.
Come check out the mix of film programs, premiere invitation lists, and related ephemera from the Miller Collection. Featured items include a copy of Miller's invitation to the premiere of "Mutiny on the Bounty" and his program from the 1970 opening of the World War II film "Tora! Tora! Tora!"