The City of Cumberland purchased the photographic collection from Herman and Stacia Miller in 1982.
Mr. Miller was a Cumberland resident who had a great interest in the history of Cumberland, serving on the city's Advisory Commission
on Historical Matters and the Historic Preservation Commission during the 1970s. In 1978, he was the subject of an oral history by
Dr. Harry Stegmaier entitled, Cumberland, Maryland Through the Eyes of Herman J. Miller.
As part of the acquisition agreement, the collection was to be used for "preservation and future historic planning uses of the city.
This collection of over 2,000 images is an invaluable resource, tracing the heritage of Cumberland through images of its people,
buildings, and events over a span of time ranging from the late 19th century through the mid 20th century. Through these photos,
researchers can view images of the rich history of the railroad, the National Road, Downtown Cumberland, the C&O Canal,
Cumberland neighborhoods, early leaders, and significant and special events, just to name a few examples.
Designed by: Jon P.R.Daddysman Jr. - 2018 C.O.C