Miller Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Miller family, (John W. Miller)
Miller family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.33 Cubic feet
General Physical Description note
0.33 cu. ft.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

John W. Miller was a farmer in Mendon, St. Joseph County, Michigan. His son, Fred Miller, was also a farmer.

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Scope and Contents note

The bulk of this collection is made up of 16 volumes. The first two volumes are a diary (1880-1883) and an account book (1885-1914) kept by John W. Miller, a farmer in Mendon, St. Joseph County, Michigan. The next 13 volumes are diaries (1911-1923) kept by Fred Miller, son of John W. Miller, also a farmer.

The diaries describe daily farm life. Frequent reference is made to prayer meetings. The Fred Miller diaries tell of events in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph Counties. At the back of each volume is a record of income and expenses for the year. The 16th volume is an account book of the St. Joseph County Sunday School Association, 1906-1913. The folder contains 2 small address and account books and a few miscellaneous receipts.

In addition there are photographs of horses, harvesting, and circuses. The images mainly focus on the horses involved. There are also color postcards of reproductions of conestoga and other type of wagons.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1967

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2001

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mr. Ralph Miller and Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Marshall.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • St. Joseph County Sunday School Association (Mich.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Kalamazoo County (Mich.)
  • Saint Joseph County (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Miller, John W.


  • Agriculture -- Michigan -- Saint Joseph County
  • Finance, Personal -- Michigan
  • Prayer meetings

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Miller Family Collection 

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vol. 1: undated 

vol. 2: undated 

vol. 3: 1911 

vol. 4: 1912 

vol. 5: 1913 

vol. 6: 1914 

vol. 7: 1915 

vol. 8: 1916 

vol. 9: 1917 

vol. 10: 1918 

vol. 11: 1919 

vol. 12: 1920 

vol. 13: 1921 

vol. 14: 1922 

vol. 15: 1923 

vol. 16: undated 



Agriculture. Harvesting 

LC Photo 20

Animals. Horses 

LC Photo 20


LC Photo 20

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Box Folder


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