Miller Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Miller family, (John W. Miller, 1859-1934)
Miller, John Wesley, 1859-1934
Miller family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.33 Cubic feet

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 Wesley Miller (1859-1934) was a farmer in Mendon, St. Joseph County, Michigan. He was married to Anna Mary Lang in 1883. They had three children, Delbert (1886-1935), Ralph (1890-1980), and Mabel (1893-1974).

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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) also kept by John W. Miller.

The diaries describe daily farm life. Frequent reference is made to prayer meetings and 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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1967

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  August 2018

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

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


  • Account books
  • Diaries

Geographic Name(s)

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


  • Agriculture -- Michigan -- Saint Joseph County
  • Farm life -- Michigan
  • Prayer meetings

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Address book, account book, and miscellaneous receipts 

1 1



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