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Miller Family Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 2 Jul 2012

Biographical History

According to Prominent families of New York; being an account in biographical form of individuals and families distinguished as representatives of the social, professional and civic life of New York city (Lyman Horace Weeks, 1897), both the Miller and Bleecker families were important early settlers and citizens of New York.

Matthias B. Miller (1749-1792) was "an accomplished and devoted physician" who died of yellow fever in Savannah, Georgia, while volunteering there to assist in treating the epidemic. Dr. Miller was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1777, a member of the New York Medical Society and served as a surgeon in the Revolutionary Army with Col. David Sutherland's regiment. Morris Smith Miller (1779-1824) was Matthias' brother, a prominent public figure in Utica, New York. Rutger Bleecker was Mayor of Albany from 1726-1729. The Miller and Bleecker families intermarried during the 18th century.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Miller Family Collection consists of correspondence and official documents relating to Matthias B. Miller, New York physician; Morris S. Miller of Utica, New York; and Rutgers Bleecker of Albany, New York. Correspondence consists of a letter of recommendation from New York Governor George Clinton, attesting to the good character of Dr. Mathias B. Miller in connection with the latter's visit to Savannah, Georgia. Official documents consists of several certificates; most related to Dr. Matthias B. Miller's practice of medicine, but the collection also contains a certificate with the seal of George the Second of Great Britain, appointing Rutger Bleeker as mayor, clerk of the market, and coroner of the City of Albany.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Bleecker, Rutger.
Miller family.
Miller, Matthias B.
Miller, Morris S. (Morris Smith), 1779-1824.

Corporate Bodies

Medical Society of the State of New-York (1788-1794)
Philomathean Society (Union College)
United States. Army -- Surgeons.


Mayors -- New York (State) -- Albany.
Physicians -- New York (State)


New York (State) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
New York (State) -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.

Genres and Forms

Letters of recommendation.
Membership cards.
Military commissions.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Miller Family Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2012.

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