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Dewitt Miller Correspondence

A description of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 10 October 2009

Biographical History

(Jahu) Dewitt Miller (1857-1911) was an American lecturer and book collector.

Miller was a popular lecturer on the lyceum circuit in the late nineteenth century. He was also an avid book collector and amassed a large private library. In 1902, his collection was donated to the National Park Seminary, a girls' finishing school in Forest Glen, Maryland. A separate Miller Library building was built to house the collection. The library was sold and dispersed around 1942 when the United States Army acquired the property and the Seminary was closed.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dewitt Miller Correspondence contains 30 letters sent to Miller by various authors and friends, mainly related to his book collecting and literary interests. Many of the letters are from contemporary authors responding to Miller's requests for autographs and questions about their works. Correspondents include Price Collier, Francis Saltus Saltus, Frederick Saunders and Helen (Paget) Toynbee.

Arrangement of the Collection

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.


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Subject Headings


Field, Eugene, 1850-1895.
Saunders, Frederick, 1807-1902.
Collier, Price, 1860-1913.
Joline, Adrian H. (Adrian Hoffman), 1850-1912.
Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910.
Saltus, Francis Saltus, 1849-1889.
Thompson, Slason, 1849-1935.
Toynbee, Paget, Mrs., 1868 or 9-1910.
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.


Authors, American.
Book collecting -- United States.

Genres and Forms



Book collectors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Dewitt Miller Correspondence
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1966 and 1967.

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