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Title The Miller Family Papers
Catalog Number 2014.04.1
Scope & Content Miller Family Papers. - 1832-2013. - 28 ft. 9 in. of textual materials.

The family of Lewis and Mary Valinda Miller (née Alexander) was a prosperous and active family living in Akron Ohio, which became involved with several business and philanthropic works in their community and beyond. The Inventors' Hall of Fame now stands on a portion of the property where the Aultman & Miller farm equipment factory originally stood. They lived on top of the hill overlooking Akron in a comfortable home, which they named Oak Place. The Miller family was friends with many prominent educators, politicians, and industrial leaders of the time, including the Ford, Firestone, and Goodrich families. In time, they were also connected by marriage to the Wise family of Connecticut, the Igoes family of Indiana, the family of William Wallace and Florence Nichols from New York (later also Manitou Springs Colorado), the family of Halbert Hitchcock of Ohio, and Thomas Edison. The family fell on hard times due to changes in the farm machinery industry and the Panic of 1893. Nevertheless, many of the children went on to successful careers.

The fonds has been divided into sous-fonds for each member of the Miller family and that member's spouse. The sous-fonds have been ordered according to generation. See the table of contents. Records include correspondence, manuscripts, speeches and addresses, notes, financial materials, legal and contract materials, patents, diaries and notebooks, collected reference materials, and scrapbooks and ephemera.

Access to records of living family members requires the family's permission.

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please ask the Chautauqua Institution Archivist.

The fonds is open for additional contributions, although none is scheduled.

To access an external file of the Miller Family Papers, please click on the "View available Multimedia links" button in the upper-right corner, near the image.
Dates of Creation April 4, 2013
Collection Miller Family Collection
Search Terms Inventories
Miller, Lewis
Miller Family Papers
Object Name Inventory
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog type Archive