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Miller Family. Papers, 1882-1977
Title: Miller Family. Papers, 1882-1977
Record Series: MsC-66
Creator: The Miller family
Extent: 5.4 linear feet, 5 boxes
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
Language: This material is entirely in English.
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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Miller Family Papers, 1882-1977, Manuscript Record Series MsC-66, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Biography of Earl A. Miller
Earl A. Miller was born February 21, 1903, in Black Hawk County, Iowa. He was the son of Henry and Anna Behrens Miller. He attended Cedar Falls public schools. He received his bachelor's degree from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1925 and his master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1931. He married Vera Mae Hood on August 7, 1929. Mr. and Mrs. Miller had two children, a son John and a daughter Marianne.
Earl Miller taught in schools in Independence and Dubuque, Iowa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, for nine years before returning to farm in Black Hawk County. He served in the House of Representatives of the Iowa General Assembly for four terms (1949-1957). He was best known for his distinguished work in matters relating to public education in Iowa, especially school district consolidation. Mr. Miller was a member of the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as vice president of the University of Northern Iowa Foundation. He received an Alumni Service Award as well as the Phi Delta Kappa Service Key in 1956.
Earl Miller died April 5, 1968.
Scope and Content
In the fall of 2006, John Miller, son of Earl A. Miller, contacted Archivist Gerald Peterson to see if the University Archives would be interested in papers relating to his father's career. Subsequently, in June 2007, John Miller brought several boxes of material to the University Archives. This material relates to Earl Miller; Earl Miller's sister, Alvena Louise Miller; and Miller family farming operations.
The collection consists of scrapbooks, files relating to farm operations, certificates, newspaper clippings, and legal documents relating to land ownership in the Miller family. These legal documents, including deeds, wills, mortgages, and other agreements, offer an interesting look at the way that Iowa farmland passed from generation to generation from original patent grants down through the 1930s. The collection is also a good source of information on the wave of school district consolidation that took place in Iowa in the early and middle 1950s. This was a matter that raised significant controversy and debate in the state. As head of the Committee on Schools, Earl Miller was a recognized legislative leader in the consolidation movement of that era.
Folder 1: Biographical information about Earl Miller and his family
Folder 2: "People on the Farm" booklet series from the United States Department of Agriculture, including the issue on corn and hog farming from 1977 that features John Miller and his family
Folder 3: Earl Miller--teaching contracts and certificates
Folder 4: Earl Miller--Iowa State Teachers College Commencement booklets, 1924 and 1925
Folder 5: Earl Miller--Master of Arts diploma and thesis, University of Iowa, 1931
Folder 6: Earl Miller--correspondence, talks, awards, and articles
Folder 7: Earl Miller--election expenses, 1948 and 1950 campaigns
Folder 8: Earl Miller--Iowa State Education Association contract, 1959
Folder 9: Earl Miller--correspondence relating to the University of Northern Iowa
Folder 10: Earl Miller--documents relating to the Council of State Governments regional conference, Mackinac, Michigan, 1955
Folder 1: Documents relating to land ownership
Folder 2: Deeds to Ella Behrens from her father, William Behrens
Folder 3: William Behrens--deeds and other land ownership documents
Folder 4: Settlement of Behrens estate, 1933-1934
Folder 5: Ella Behrens estate, 1933
Folder 6: Farm lease agreements
Folder 7: Alvena Miller--country school work
Folder 8: Alvena Miller--high school programs
Folder 9: Rural school examinations, 1915
Folder 10: Alvena Miller--teaching certificate and school credentials
Folder 11: Alvena Miller--insurance records
Folder 12: Anna Miller--furniture receipts
Folder 13: Anna Miller--will, 1945
Folder 14: Farm conservation plan, 1949
Folder 15: Cedar Falls Record, March 30-31, 1942
Included in Boxes 3-5 are the following:
- Scrapbooks of newsclippings, correspondence, and other material relating to Earl and Vera Miller; most of the material relates to Earl Miller's service in the Iowa General Assembly
- Earl Miller--perfect attendance certificate, Black Hawk Township, School No. 7, 1910
- Vera Mae Hood--Bachelor of Arts diploma, State University of Iowa, 1927
- Earl Miller--Bachelor of Arts diploma, Iowa State Teachers College, 1925
Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson; finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, June 2007; modified, July 20, 2015 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.