Guide to the Papers of James R. Miller

Prepared by Alice Spaulding. Revised by Colleen M. McCorkell
Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections
Copyright 2007 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Alicia Conrardy, 2008.
Creator: Miller, James R.
Title: Papers of James R. Miller
Dates: 1846-1993
Bulk Dates: 1877-1883
Quantity: 3.25 linear feet
Identification: UJRM
Abstract: James R. Miller (1891-1978) was appointed Secretary to the State Board of Agriculture in 1939 and served Colorado State University in that capacity for eighteen years. During his more than twenty year affiliation with the school, Miller became an amateur historian of the University. Materials in the collection predate and postdate Miller due to his research activities and legacy inventories of the collection. This collection includes some of the oldest known documents of Colorado State University. The collection consists of reports, financial papers, correspondence, manuscripts, diary typescripts, notes, clippings, cassette tapes, photographs, negatives, slides, and legacy inventories.
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: Archives and Special Collections
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/archives
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
  • Edwards, E. E. (Elijah Evan), 1831-1915.
Organizations:
  • Colorado State University.
  • Colorado. State Board of Agriculture.
Places:
  • Fort Collins (Colo.)
Special Document Types:
  • Photographs.
  • Negatives.
  • Slides (photographs).
  • Audiotapes.
James Raymond Miller was secretary of the State Board of Agriculture (Colorado State University's governing body) from 1939 to 1957. Born on his parents' farm in Moorefield, Nebraska, on September 22, 1891, Miller graduated from the Nebraska State Normal School in 1917. For several months after graduation, he worked for the Kearney Times newspaper until he enlisted in the United States Army during World War I, where he served overseas and was wounded.
Miller began working for the Fort Collins Express-Courier (now known as the Fort Collins Coloradoan) as a reporter in 1924. He then wrote the syndicated column "The Old Mill" for a number of years and was managing editor when he resigned in 1935. Involved with many community organizations and events throughout his time in Fort Collins, he was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1934, and represented Larimer County for one term. In 1935, he was an early editor of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station publications. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Elks Club, and was a founder of the Fort Collins Writer's Club. He also served several veterans organizations, the United Fund, and the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce.
Appointed to the State Board of Agriculture as secretary in 1939, Miller's duties included treasurer, purchasing agent, business manager, and assistant to the university president. After World War II, Miller was given the option of continuing as the Board's secretary or the president's assistant; he chose to remain secretary to the Board. When he retired in 1957, Miller had served the University during the tenure of four presidents: Charles A. Lory, Roy M. Green, Isaac E. Newsom, and William E. Morgan.
During his time on the Board, Miller also served on a variety of committees and supported many faculty and student activities at Colorado State University. These included the Faculty Club, Faculty Council, Independent Associated Students, Phi Kappa Phi, and Theta Chi fraternity. From 1953 to 1956, he was regional director of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Allied Institutions. In addition to these activities he also sometimes gave class lectures on legislation, journalism, and the University's institutional history. Miller retired from the Board in 1957; he was Colorado State University's commencement speaker in June 1958, when he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
Research into the life of Elijah E. Edwards, the first University President, continued Miller's affiliation with the University after his retirement. His research ultimately took him to Fort Meyers, Florida, where he discovered the unmarked grave of Edwards. In 1962, Miller completed his unpublished biography of President Edwards and an early institutional history, "Pioneer College President." He hoped it would be published for the University's upcoming centennial celebrations in 1970; however, it remains unpublished. Into the 1960s, Miller continued to author articles about Colorado State University in local publications. In 1964, Miller served as historian for the Fort Collins Area Centennial Commission.
Miller died in Ord, Nebraska, on October 23, 1978, at the age of 87. He married Mary Elizabeth "Bess" Mason in Ord, Nebraska, on October 21, 1920. They had two sons, Mason E. and James R. At the time of his death, he had six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Papers of James R. Miller consists of documents dated 1846 to 1993, with the bulk falling from 1877 to 1883. Note that the dates refer to the date of original creation; photocopies of some materials were made in the 1950s or later. The majority of materials relate to Miller's research for his unpublished manuscript, "Pioneer College President." The research materials include some of the earliest reports and financial documents of the State Board of Agriculture and copies of Elijah E. Edwards' diaries. The collection also consists of Miller's writings, both published and unpublished, about the history of Colorado State University and Fort Collins, Colorado. Most of these materials are in scrapbooks he created. Other materials include speeches, slides, and photographs Miller used for presentations.
Preferred Citation

Papers of James R. Miller, Archives and Special Collections, Colorado State University.

Custodial History

James R. Miller gave his research materials, several copies of his unpublished manuscript, and the supporting original documents of the manuscript to President William E. Morgan in 1965. According to Miller's letter of donation, Morgan was collecting materials for a university archive at the time. It is believed that the circa 1880s documents of Colorado State University in this collection were originally located in the Board's offices. Miller occupied the secretary's office for almost twenty years and it appears that he compiled the records into the seven bound scrapbooks and used them for his research. Some of the materials in the collection were found in offices around campus and given to Miller.

The materials comprising the Papers of James R. Miller were located in multiple places, with various titles in the Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections Department. One volume of the "Pioneer College President," the bound scrapbooks, and one manuscript were cataloged and shelved in the department; the slides were located in a box waiting for the contents to be identified. More research materials, manuscripts, and the rest of the collection were part of a manuscript collection named for Miller. These materials were all combined and re-arranged using material type as the arrangement scheme. Three legacy inventories existed for various parts of the collection and they were used to shape processing decisions about the collection; two inventories are included in the collection and the third is located in the collection's administrative file.

The slides in the collection were found together in a box; a piece of paper located with them indicated some of the slides were created and used by Miller for his presentations. This paper is located in the collection's administrative file. Some slides appear to be from Miller's successors on the Board, but the decision was made to keep all slides together since their provenance beyond Miller is unknown.

Acquisition

The majority of the James R. Miller collection was acquired from President William E. Morgan in 1973. In 1977, Mrs. H. F. Bowen donated several articles from a Nebraska newspaper on Miller. In 1978, Dr. James E. Hansen II donated two oral history tapes and some correspondence with Miller, David Watrous donated a biographical sketch of Miller, and Miller's obituary was added to the collection.

Processing

During the early 1990s, Miller's manuscripts and research materials were removed from three-ring binders and placed in folders. The documents in the bound scrapbooks were encapsulated in Mylar by the Colorado State University Libraries Preservation Laboratory team in 1999. More information about this project can be found in the collection's administrative file.

Processing was completed in July 2007. Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Metal paper clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips as needed. Audio/visual materials were re-housed in archival cases and sleeves. Loose newspaper clippings were interleaved with acid-free paper. Newspaper clippings glued to paper were not treated or interleaved in anticipation of photocopying them onto acid-free paper in the future. Entire sets of photocopies made in the 1990s existed for the documents in the seven bound scrapbooks (Series 1) and the Institutional and Community History manuscript (located in Series 2); since most of the photocopies were illegible and on acidic paper, they were discarded.

Colorado State University publications with little or no annotations were removed and added to the University publications located in the department. An announcement of the formal name change of Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College to Colorado State University was removed and added to the University ephemera collection, and some materials were transferred to the collection's administrative file.

Related Collections

A bound copy of Miller's unpublished manuscript "Pioneer College President" is available in the Archives and Special Collections Department under call number: LD1153. M65 1962a.

The Papers of James R. Miller is related to many collections in the Archives and Special Collections Department due to the natural relationship of University records, the time span of materials in the collection, and Miller's broad responsibilities during his tenure as secretary to the State Board of Agriculture. Some related materials in the Colorado State University Archive are the James E. Hansen II, Historic Photographs, State Board of Agriculture, Ruth J. Wattles, and the University Historic Photograph collections. The Colorado Agricultural Archive has the Records of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station.

The following repositories house additional materials related to Elijah E. Edwards: Elijah E. Edwards Civil War journals, 1864-1865, P470, Minnesota Historical Society.

"Elijah Evans Edwards Papers, Class of 1853," Nov. 8, 2005. Finding aid at the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism, Greencastle, Ind.: DePauw University. http://www.depauw.edu/library/archives/dpuinventories/Edwards,Elijah Evan.htm

Papers of Elijah E. Edwards, Colorado State University Archive, Colorado State University.

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e." Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of each copy. Authored articles, books, and studies are listed in bibliographic form.

Series 1: Bound scrapbooks, 1864-1883, 1960-1962 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series consists of seven scrapbooks that contain some of the earliest documents of Colorado State University. They remain in Miller's broad arrangement by topic. This series is listed at the item level, based on a legacy inventory from 1991, which is located in Series 8. The majority of titles of individual documents were taken from the documents when the legacy inventory was created; titles supplied in 2007 are bracketed.
Materials in this series include reports, financial documents, and correspondence of the State Board of Agriculture and faculty members. This series contains copies, including typescripts, of many documents. Typescripts of materials are not included in the item-level inventory. In Miller's "Pioneer College President," documents in this series were cited as "the historic documents of Colorado State University." Note that the dates refer to the date of original creation; photocopies of some materials were made in the 1950s or later.
Box Folder
1 1 Volume I. The earliest bills and receipts of Colorado Agricultural College and the reports of the State Board of Agriculture. 1874-1883, 1960-1962, undated. e50pp.
Miller, James R. Introductory letter. 1961 September 20. 1p.
Byers, William N., publisher, Rocky Mountain News. Receipt for office supplies. The oldest known CAC document. 1874 October 1. 1p.
Miller, James R. "Claim Building." Colorado Aggie Alumnus(1962 September-October): 7. 1p.
Execative [sic: Executive] Board of the Aggricultura [sic: Agricultural] College of Colorado. Resolution to pay contractors for Claim Building. 1874 March 10. 1p.
Yount, A. K. President of the Board of Trustees, the Agricultural College of Colorado. Order to pay contractors for Claim Building. 1875 March 10. 1p.
Whedbee, B. T. Stub receipting payment by contractor for Claim Building. 1875 December 31. 1p.
Yount, A. K. President, Agricultura [sic: Agricultural] College of Colorado. Contract with J. W. Smith and Richard Burke for fence construction. 1875 May 5. 2pp.
Miller, James R. "Railroad Across Campus Has Been Source of Irritation Since Founding of CSU." Colorado Aggie Alumnus. 1960 November-December. 1p.
Boughton, Jay H., Larimer County Judge. Summons to the SBOA [State Board of Agriculture] for a hearing to determine amount of damages to be paid by Colorado Central Railroad Company for right-of-way. 1877 August 17. 1p.
Boughton, Jay H. Excerpt from p.192, bk. "C", Decree Docket, Larimer County Court. A decree order to the SBOA for $100 "damages" from the Colorado Central Railroad Company for right-of-way. 1877 September 15. 1p.
Watrous, W. F. (President, SBOA). Receipt for hay and railroad right-of-way. 1877 July 10. 1p.
Clark, William M. Secretary of State of Colorado. Signed by E. Walden Brewster, Deputy. Certification of William F. Watrous as a member of the SBOA. 1877 September 11. 1p.
Stratton, Harris, Secretary of SBOA, to William F. Watrous, President. Transfer of the campus to the Board by its predecessor, the Board of Trustees. 1877 September 11. 1p.
Watrous, W. F. Report urging construction of college building. (First page and addressee missing). 1877 September 11. 2pp.
Watrous, W. F. Ex-officio Treasurer. Financial Statement of the SBOA. 1877 December 26. 1p.
Ryan, John J. and P. M. Hinman, members SBOA. Report to the SBOA on the financial records of Harris Stratton, secretary. undated. 1p.
Watrous, W. F. Financial statement of the SBOA for year 1878. 1878 November 27. 1p.
Whedbee, B. T. Receipt for lumber sold to the college and farm. 1874 May 17. 1p.
Pitkin, Frederick W., governor of Colorado and ex-officio member of SBOA. Receipt for fee for meetings attended. 1879 May 29. 1p.
Receipts, miscellaneous. 1877-1880. 73 items
Boyd, David, member of SBOA. Postcard to Hon. P. M. Hinman re attendance at SBOA meeting. 1881 December 11. 1p.
Boyd, David. Postcard to Charles F. Davis, faculty member. 1883 May 6. 1p.
Financial statement submitted to Governor Frederick W. Pitkin from Nov. 24th 1878 to Nov 30th 1879. Marked 'Copy'. 1879 November 30. 2pp.
1 2 Volume II. The construction of Old Main from the financing plan to final inspection. 1877-1880, 1960-1961, undated. e75pp.
Miller, James R. "Old Main, CSU Campus Patriarch, Has Witnessed Historic Changes." Colorado Aggie Alumnus (1960 November-December): 14-15.
Miller, James R. "Old Main Stands Proudly Aloof." Colorado Aggie Alumnus (1961 March-April): 13.
"McCandless Set Fire to Old Main Building." Colorado Aggie Alumnus. undated. 1p.
Miller, James R. "Peculiar." Colorado Aggie Alumnus(1961 September-October): 4.
Watrous, W. F. Report to the SBOA re proposed building. c. 1877. 5pp.
Watrous, W. F., H. Stratton and Jno. J. Ryan. Contract between the SBOA and George E. King for architectural services for designing "the Agricultural College". c. 1878. 2pp.
King, George E. Copy of specifications for the building known as "the Agricultural College", later "Old Main". 1878 June 14. 26pp.
Bentley, H. G. Construction bid. 1878 May 29. 1p.
Bank, H. C. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
Atkinson, John. Construction bid. 1878 May 27. 1p.
Austin, Eugene. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
Brothers, Dean. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
Rishel, J. A. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
McChesney, Alex. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
Austin, Eugene. Construction bid (for bond). 1878 May 28. 1p.
Klinger and Rodenmeyer. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
Anderson, C. B. and Company. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
[Kallack and Howard. Construction bid]. 1878 May 29. 1p.
Jester, W. H. Construction bid. 1878 May 28. 1p.
La Grange, B. S., member SBOA. Resignation as superintendent of building for the SBOA. 1878 June 13. 1p.
[Receipts, certificates of indebtedness, and estimates]. 1878. 27 items
Weldon, Boyd T. Letter to the SBOA threatening to bring suit for unpaid subcontractor's bill. undated. 1p.
Stratton, H., chairman. Report to the SBOA by a committee recommending method of settling claims. 1878 December 2. 1p.
Baker, H. C. Agreement with subcontractors and other claimants on construction. 1878 November 23. 2 items
List of construction work claimants. undated. 1p.
[Settlement of claims]. 1878-1879. 23 items
[Superintendent's estimates]. 1878. 3 items
Stover, Frank P., et al. Mechanics' Liens. 1878. 9 items
[Receipts]. 1878. 16 items
Sheldon, Carl H. Receipt for insurance on the building. 1878 December 9. 1p.
La Grange, B. S., member SBOA. Report from the special committee of the SBOA re safety of the building. 1880 May 27. 1p.
La Grange, B. S. and W. G. Bentley. Report on the safety of the building to the SBOA. 1880 June 21. 2pp.
1 3 Volume III. The presidency of E. E. Edwards. 1864-1865, 1879-1881. e50pp.
North, James M., County Judge, Boulder County. Letter to "Friend Hinman" (P. M. Hinman, member of the SBOA) on behalf of the candidacy of E. E. Edwards for president of the college. 1879 April 23. 1p.
Merwin, J. W., Managing Editor, American Journal of Education. Letter to E. E. Edwards re his candidacy. 1879 April 3. 1p.
Locke, M. M. Letter "To Whom It May Concern" on behalf of Rev. E. E. Edwards. 1879 April 10. 1p.
De Motte, W. H., President, Wisconsin Institute Deaf and Dumb. Letter to "the Regents of State Agrc' [sic: Agricultural] Col [sic: College]." on behalf of Prof. E. E. Edwards. 1879 April 7. 1p.
Glaze, Mrs. D. W. and D. W. Glaze. Letter to John S. Stanger, (Editor, Colorado Farmer, and member of the SBOA) on behalf of Prof. E. E. Edwards. 1879 April 29. 1p.
Crary, B. F. Letter to John S. Stanger on behalf of Dr. Edwards. 1879 May 5. 1p.
Martin, Alexander, President, Indiana Asbury University et al. Letter on behalf of Prof. E. E. Edwards P.H.D.[sic]. 1879 April 29. 1p.
Crary, B. F. Another letter to John S. Stanger on behalf of Dr. Edwards. 1879 May 9. 3pp.
Stone, Wilbur F., Judge, Supreme Court of Colorado. Letter to Gov. Frederick W. Pitkin on behalf of Prof. E. E. Edwards. 1879 May 26. 3pp.
Stone, Wilbur F. Letter to John S. Stanger on behalf of Prof. Edwards. 1879 March 29. 1p.
Stone, Wilbur F. Letter to the SBOA on behalf of Professor Edwards. With a concurring note added by S. H. Elbert, Judge, Supreme Court of Colorado. 1879 March 27. 4pp.
Vickers, W. B., State of Colorado, Executive Department. Letter to John S. Stanger on behalf of Professor Edwards. 1879 April 3. 1p.
Allyn, Robert A., Southern Illinois Normal University. Letter "To Whom It May Concern" on behalf of Professor Edwards. 1879 April 3. 1p.
Crary, B. F. Letter to John S. Stanger nominating Prof. Edwards. 1879 April 4. 3pp.
Crary, B. F. Letter to John S. Stanger enclosing a letter addressed to the "Board of Trustees, Colorado Agricultural College" on behalf of Dr. Edwards from S. A. Lattimore, Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester. 1879 April 7. 2pp.
Houghton, Ross C., President, McKendree College. Letter "To All Whom It May Concern" on behalf of Prof. Edwards. 1879 April 9. 1p.
De Motte, H. C., Vice President, Illinois Wesleyan University. Letter to "The Regents of the Colorado Agricultural College" on behalf of Prof. Edwards. (With a note concurring added by W. H. H. Adams, president of the above institution.). 1879 April 15. 1p.
Commission of E. E. Edwards as a chaplain in the Seventh Minnesota Volunteers. 1864 July 14. 1p.
Certificate of discharge of E. E. Edwards from the United States Army. 1865 August 16. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Receipts for payment of salary. 1879-1880. 4 items
Edwards, E. E. Authorization to W. F. Watrous, fiscal agent, to reimburse faculty for postage. 1880 November 22. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Miscellaneous papers bearing his signature. 1880-1881. 13 items
Edwards, E. E. Report to the SBOA. 1881 February 23. 16pp.
Edwards, E. E. President's report to the SBOA for the term ending April 8th. 1881. 6pp.
Edwards, E. E. Report of President of State Agricultural College to the members of the SBOA. 1881 September 1. 5pp.
2 1 Volume IV. Operations of Colorado Agricultural College. 1879-1882, undated. e100pp.
Edwards, E. E. Report of President. 1881 May 30. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Report of President. 1881 June 6. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Report of President. 1881 July 4. 5pp.
[Miscellaneous salary and wage receipts]. 1881. 12 items
Edwards, E. E., et al. Report of Special Committee on Catalogue and Course of Study, consisting of the Faculty and the Committee on Faculty and Course of Study of the Board. c. 1881. 2pp.
Edwards, E. E. Report of President. 1881 October 8. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Annual report to the SBOA. 1881 December 14. 15pp.
Edwards, E. E. Report to the SBOA regarding institutes and faculty members' attendance at the National Agricultural convention. 1882 January 25. 9pp.
Davis, C. (Charles F. Davis, Professor of Chemistry). Letter to the SBOA reporting the leaving of a student. 1882 March 3. 1p.
Pitkin, Frederick W. Letter to P. H. Hinman regarding "turning out Prest [sic: President] Edwards". 1882 April 3. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Letter to the SBOA listing "charges" against Professor Charles F. Davis. 1882 April 7. 2pp.
Watrous, W. F., R. A. Southwick and David Boyd. Report of the Committee on Dormitory to the SBOA. 1882 April 7. 3pp.
State Board of Agriculture. Resolution calling for resignation of President Edwards. "To be considered before 2 p.m. 7th April". 1882 April 7. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Letter of resignation to the SBOA. 1882 April 7. 1p.
Boyd, David and R. A. Southworth. Report of the Committee on Faculty Course of Study and College Socities [sic: Societies] to the SBOA. 1882 April 8. 1p.
Watrous, W. F., H. Stratton and John J. Ryan. Report of Special Committee on College and Farm on the employment of Ainsworth E. Blount as farm superintendent. 1879 February 27. 1p.
Blount, Ainsworth E. Receipts for labor and supplies for college farm and college. 1879 March 12 and April 23. 2pp.
Blount, Ainsworth E. Record of wheat varieties grown on the college farm in 1879. undated. 1p.
Blount, Ainsworth E. Receipt for his salary. 1879 December 31. 1p.
Annis, Frank J. Receipt for his salary. 1880 February 4. 1p.
Blount, Ainsworth E. Report to the Faculty on his classes in his capacity as Professor of Experimental Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. 1881 June 6. 1p.
Blount, Ainsworth E. Reports to the Faculty. 1881 June-July. 3 items
Abbott, T. C., President, Michigan State Agricultural College. Letter to "the State Board in Charge of the Colorado Agricultural College" supporting the faculty appointment of Frank J. Annis. 1879 February 17. 1p.
Fairchild, George T., Professor of English Literature, Michigan Agricultural College. Letter "To Whom It Concerns" on behalf of Frank J. Annis. 1879 February 18. 1p.
Cook, A. J., Prof. of Geology, Michigan Agricultural College. Letter on behalf of Frank J. Annis. 1879 February 20. 1p.
Abbott, T. C. Letter to B. S. La Grange on behalf of Frank J. Annis. 1879 June 19. 1p.
Ingersoll, Charles L., Professor of English Literature, Michigan Agricultural College Letter "To Whom It Concerns" on behalf of Frank J. Annis. 1879 February 18. 1p.
Redzie, R. C., Professor of Chemistry, Michigan State Agricultural College. Letter "To the Hon. Board of Regents of the State Agricultural College of Colorado" on behalf of Frank J. Annis. 1879 February 19. 2pp.
Annis, Frank J., Deputy Secretary College. Report of matriculation and incidental fees received. 1879. 1p.
Annis, Frank J., Professor of Chemistry and Mathematics. Report to the President on the initial term ending 28 November 1879. 2pp.
Annis, Frank J., Professor of Horticulture. Report to the President. 1879 November 28. 3pp.
Annis, Frank J., Deputy Secretary. Report to the Secretary of the SBOA on farm, garden and janitorial labor. 1879 November 28. 1p.
Annis, Frank J. Letter of resignation to the President and Members of the SBOA. 1880 September 24. 1p.
Annis, Frank J. Letter to P. M. Hinman to balance accounts handled by Annis. 1881 April 26. 4pp.
Annis, Frank J. Receipt for salary. 1879 December 31. 1p.
Stratton, Harris. Secretary's Account from December 1st, 1879 to November 30th, 1880. c. 1880. 1p.
Stratton, Harris. Third annual report of the SBOA to F. W. Pitkin, Governor of Colorado. 1879. 10pp.
Meldrum, N. H., Secretary of State. Form letter acknowledging receipt of telegram to H. Stratton. 1879 February 27. 1p.
Meldrum, N. H. Certified copy of House Bill No: 191. "An act to loan $2000 to enable the State Board of Agriculture to open the State Agricultural College...". 1879. 3pp.
Stover and Sheldon. Receipts to Harris Stratton for money loaned to CAC [Colorado Agricultural College]. 1879-1880. 8 items
2 2 Volume V. [Operations of Colorado Agricultural College]. 1878-1882, undated. e80pp.
Receipts on early letterheads of the Agricultural College of Colorado. 1878-1880. 6 items
Invoices, miscellaneous, for merchandise from early-day business firms in Fort Collins. 1879-1882. 9 items
Invoices, miscellaneous, for merchandise. 1879-1880. 10 items
Miscellaneous [financial] papers. 1879-1880. 11 items
Cancelled checks. 1879-1882. 15 items
Hanfer, J. S., member SBOA. Letter of resignation from the board to the President of the SBOA. 1880 January 4. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Bill for expenses to SBOA. 1880 May 27. 1p.
Stratton, Harris. Report of the SBOA to Governor Frederick W. Pitkin. 1880 November 30. 15pp.
Cook, A. J., Prof. of Zoology, Agricultural College, Lansing, Mich. Letter recommending Charles F. Davis for faculty position. 1881 February 10. 1p.
Davis, Charles F. Reports on chemistry classes to the Faculty. 1881 May 23-July 4. 6 items
Davis, Charles F. Report of the chemical department to President E. E. Edwards. 1881 December 9. 3pp.
Blount, Mrs. Ainsworth E. Inventory of purchases and stock on hand of shrubs for campus. undated. 3pp.
Student pay roll. Initial term. c. 1879. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Requisitions and check to Elmer Edwards (student and son of President Edwards). 1881-1882. 3 items
Student receipts for labor on college farm. 1880 May 21 and July 2. 3 items
Hinman, Estelle. Disciplinary report to the Faculty. undated. 1p.
Student payroll. "For labor performed on the College Farm during the Summer Session". 1880 August 20. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. Student payroll. "For labor performed...during the Spring Session". undated. 1p.
Resolution establishing rules for student labor. "April 6, after noon session". undated. 1p.
Smith and Stephenson. Physician's certificate excusing student Frank Chaffee from labor on college farm. 1881 April 24. 1p.
Edwards, E. E. et al. Papers pertaining to students. 1881. 5 items
Hinman, P. M. Authorization to W. F. Watrous, Fiscal Agent, to pay students. 1881 July 1-April 8. 4 items
Faculty reports of unexcused absences from class. 1881. 24 items
Hinman, P. M. Checks issued to students. 1882. 14 items
Chaffee, Frank et al. Student request to the faculty for permission to put on an entertainment to raise money for an organ. 1881 February 7. 1p.
Glover, George (student, later faculty member). Letter to Professor Davis. undated. 1p.
Horner, S. W., member of SBOA. Letter of resignation "To the Honorable, the State Board of Agriculture". 1881 January 4. 1p.
Stratton, Harris. Letter to "Mr. President and Members of the Board" on retiring as secretary and Member of the Board. 1881 February 23. 6pp.
3 1 Volume VI. [Operations of Colorado Agricultural College]. 1881-1887, undated. e70pp.
Pitkin, Frederick W. Letter to P. M. Hinman re Hinman's recommendation of E. S. Nettleton as State Engineer. 1881 February 25. 1p.
Pitkin, Frederick W. Letter to P. M. Hinman re Hinman's recommendation of W. A. Gaunt as Commissioner for Colorado to the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition. 1881 March 3. 1p.
Pitkin, Frederick W. Letter to P. M. Hinman (stating he will be unable to attend the meeting of the Board). 1881 April 26. 1p.
Watrous, W. F., S. H. Sheldon and A. H. Patterson. Bond of Fiscal Agent of the State Board of Agriculture. c. 1881. 1p.
Harris. Quotation to P. M. Hinman for pipes from Shickle, Harrison & Howard Iron Company. 1881 April 7. 1p.
Richards, C. B. Letter to "State Commissioner, Department of Agriculture" requesting data re agriculture in Colorado for Germans considering emigration. 1881 April 8. 1p.
Annis, Frank J. Letter to P. M. Hinman requesting copies of biennial report of SBOA. 1881 April 7. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Secretary's report to the SBOA. 1881 April 27. 2pp.
Ryan, John J. and P. M. Hinman. Report to the SBOA on their audit of the records of W. F. Watrous. 1881 April 27. 1p.
Davis, Joseph A., State Auditor. Letter to P. M. Hinman re a proposed audit. 1881 April 27. 1p.
Davis, Joseph A. Letter to P. M. Hinman re audit. 1881 May 5. 1p.
Davis, Joseph A. Letter to P. M. Hinman re audited balance. 1881 May 5. 1p.
Kirkpatrick, A. Quotation to P. M. Hinman from the Denver Iron Fence Company. 1881 May 6. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Farm manager's report to President E. E. Edwards. 1881 May 30. 1p.
Diller, W. T. Receipt to P. M. Hinman from News Printing Company. 1881 June 1. 1p.
North, James M. Letter to P. M. Hinman. (Handwriting illegible). 1881 August 4. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Report to the President and Faculty on the College Farm. 1881 June 7. 1p.
King, F. G. Letter to P. M. Hinman requesting a "regular certificate of indebtedness". 1881 June 16. 1p.
Blinn, C. B. Letter to "Prof. Blount, Agricultural College," from a prospective student. 1881 July 10. 2pp.
Hinman, P. M. Reports [of] farm manager. 1881. 4 items
Hinman, P. M., G. W. Wilson and J. F. Gould. Bond of Hinman as secretary of the SBOA. 1881. 1p.
Davis, Joseph A. Letter to P. M. Hinman re certificates of indebtedness against a $5000 legislative appropriation for the construction of the dormitory. 1881 August 1. 1p.
Cornell, L. S., Superintendent of Public instruction, Denver, Colorado. Letter to Hinman transmitting a recommendation for Mrs. Hinman. 1881 August 16. 1p.
Reed, G. B. Letter to P. M. Hinman re the donation of a Jersey bull calf. 1881 September 19. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Report of Farm Manager to the SBOA. 1881 August 31. 3pp.
Peirce. Balance sheet from Auditor's Office, State of Colorado to P. M. Hinman. 1881 September 7. 1p.
Ryan, John J. Telegram to P. M. Hinman saying "Will be there". 1881 September 1. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Inquiry to Joseph A. Davis, State Auditor, re College funds with note signed "Peirce" giving figures on same sheet. 1881 October 10. 1p.
Davis, Charles F., Steward. Report to the Faculty on student conduct. 1881 October 17. 1p.
Affolter, Fred. Letter replying to P. M. Hinman's questions about farm drainage. 1881 November 27. 4pp.
Postcards. Addressed to P. M. Hinman by various correspondents. 1881. 9 items
Nettleton, E. S. Letter to Ainsworth E. Blount re a cow to be loaned to the College Farm. 1881 November 30. 1p.
Stanger, John S. Letter to P. M. Hinman re farmer's institute. 1881 December 4. 1p.
Ellet, John A. Telegram to P. M. Hinman re date change of the farmer's institute. 1881 December 12. 1p.
Southworth, R. A. and Brackett, Ozro. Report of SBOA committee on inspection of college farm. 1881 December 15. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Secretary's annual report to the SBOA. 1881 December. 2pp.
Hinman, P. M. Report as farm manager to the SBOA. 1881-1882. 6pp.
Hinman, P. M. Report to the SBOA re farmer's institutes held in 1881-82. c. 1882. 2pp.
Southworth, R. A. and Brackett, Ozro. Letter to the SBOA urging the Board to give different classes of livestock representation on the Farm. undated. 2pp.
Colorado Agricultural College. Letterhead, list of State Treasury Receipts. c. 1887. 1p.
Watrous, W. F. et al. Report of the building committee to the SBOA reconstruction of a dormitory. 1881 March 25. 2pp.
Pierce, Hiram. Bill to the Secretary, SBOA for designing the building known as the Dormitory. 1881 June 14. 1p.
Rishel, J. A. Construction bid for the dormitory. 1881 April 28. 1p.
Pierce, Hiram and John F. Colpitt. Construction bid for the dormitory. 1881 April 26. 1p.
Boyd, J. W. Construction bid for the dormitory. 1881 April 26. 1p.
3 2 Volume VII. [Operations of Colorado Agricultural College]. 1881-1884, undated. e70pp.
Davis, Joseph A. Letter to Hinman re certificates of indebtedness for funding the dormitory. 1881 May 26. 1p.
Schwab, Mr and Mrs William. Application to Professor Edwards to manage dining facilities at the dormitory. 1881 August 23. 1p.
Meal ticket, college dormitory. c. 1882. 1p.
Stanger, J. S. Letter to P. M. Hinman re publishing reports in The Colorado Farmer. 1881 October 14. 1p.
Boughton, Jay, Noah Bristol and C. W. Karner. Letter of recommendation for William Schwab. 1881 August 23. 1p.
Carman, E. A., Acting Commissioner, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Letter to H. Stratton asking for copies of reports or publications of the SBOA. 1882 March 25. 1p.
Allyn, Robert, Principal, Southern Illinois Normal University. Letter to B. S. La Grange recommending Alvah C. Courtney for a chair of mathematics. 1882 April 5. 1p.
Grimes, D. S. Letter to P. M. Hinman re the State Horticultural Society. 1882 January 2. 1p.
Bogardus, E. McM. Letter to P. M. Hinman requesting the formation of a farmer's institute in Trinidad, Las Animas County. 1881 November 28. 2pp.
Stinson, E. K. Deputy Commander, Department of the Mountains, G.A.R. Call to meeting addressed to George S. Courtney. 1882 January 13. 1p.
Reply to an inquiry on rates from P. M. Hinman [to the New York Tribune]. (Reply written on Hinman's letter.). 1882 February 10. 1p.
Ryan, John J. Letter to P. M. Hinman requesting the loan of a team to plow the onion patch. 1882 March 7. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Report as farm manager to the President and SBOA. 1882 April 6. 8pp.
Grabowskii, Professor A., Maryland Agricultural College. Application to President Edwards for appointment to the faculty. 1882 April 12. 5 items
Grabowskii, A. Application to B. S. La Grange, President, Colorado State Board of Agriculture. 1882 April 15. 2pp.
Eggleston, G. W. "Eggleston on Dairying." Address published in Boulder, Colorado newspaper. 1882 April 14. 1p.
Eggleston, G. W. Manuscript of above address. c. 1882. 10pp.
Watrous, W. F. Clipping entitled "Fruit in Colorado". undated. 1p.
Smith, F. E., Principal, Public School Building, Black Hawk, Colorado. Letter to B. S. La Grange applying for presidency of the agricultural college. 1882 April 14. 2pp.
Foote, Henry. Letter to B. S. La Grange re a proposed grant of 90,000 acres of land to the college by Congress. 1882 April 20. 1p.
Ingersoll, Charles E., President, Colorado Agricultural College. Report of passage of land grant bill. undated. 1p.
Hill, N., Senator. Letter to the President and Faculty of the Colorado Agricultural College re his efforts to help pass the land grant bill. 1883 December 22. 1p.
Grant, J. B., Governor of Colorado. Letter to John J. Ryan announcing Grant's choice of Ryan and La Grange to select the acres for the land grant. 1884 May 7. 1p.
Matthews and Holt. Letter to Charles F. Davis re delayed shipment of equipment. 1883 May 9. 1p.
Davis, Charles F. Report on marking of students. undated. 1p.
Tibbets, J. S., Horticulturalist. Report of Horticulturalist addressed to A. E. Blount. 1882 May 11. 1p.
Tibbets, J. S., Horticulturalist. Report of "Students in Horticultural Department" addressed to A. E. Blount, acting president. 1882 April 29. 1p.
Tibbets, J. S., Steward. Report of "Students in Dormitory" addressed to A. E. Blount. 1882 April 29. 1p.
Boyd, David, R. W. Southworth and P. M. Hinman. Report to the SBOA by the committee on "Faculty Course of Study" announcing the selection of Charles L. Ingersoll of Purdue University as second president of the college. 1882 July 26. 2pp.
Boyd, David, R. W. Southworth and P. M. Hinman. Report by the committee to establish a department of mechanical instruction. 1882 July 27. 2pp.
Blount, Ainsworth E. and F. H. Williams, Library Committee. Recommendation on library rules and hours. undated. 2pp.
Wheeler, M. E., Deputy State Treasurer. Receipt of $350.00 from the SBOA and the cancelled draft. 1882 December 14. 1p.
Hinman, P. M. Cancelled checks drawn on Poudre Valley Bank. 1882 March-April. 8 items
Stormbridge, Seris. Letters to P. M. Hinman on several subjects. 1882. 4 items
Wheeler, M. E. Receipts of various amounts received by State Treasurer from P. M. Hinman. 1881-1882. 3 items
Boyd, David, R. W. Southworth and P. M. Hinman. Report of the "Committee on Faculty, College Exercises and Societies" to the SBOA. undated. 1p.


Series 2: Correspondence, 1880-1909, 1965, 1974 and undated (0.1 linear feet)

This series consists of correspondence and envelopes addressed to Colorado State University faculty and Board members from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Materials are arranged chronologically and listed alphabetically. Some of these materials are similar to those in Series 1; however, Miller did not include them in the scrapbooks. The envelopes in this series are empty, but retained for their historic information. The contents of some envelopes may be in the scrapbooks of Series 1. This series also contains correspondence with Miller regarding his personal activities and work at Colorado State University.
Box Folder
4 1 [Envelopes and postcards]. 1880-1909, undated. 27 items
4 2 [James R. Miller correspondence]. 1965, 1974. 10pp.
4 3 [Miscellaneous documents of the State Agricultural College]. 1887-1905, undated. e20pp.


Series 3: Manuscripts, 1950-1965 and undated (0.85 linear feet)

This series consists of Miller's drafts of "Pioneer College President" and another manuscript he started to work on, Institutional and Community History. Most materials remain in Miller's arrangement; however, miscellaneous writings and drafts are arranged chronologically and listed alphabetically. An item-level inventory for the Institutional and Community History manuscript is located in the legacy inventory in Series 8. Two bound copies of "Pioneer College President," several drafts of his other writings, and critiques of his colleague's writings are also in this series.
Box Folder
4 4 [Draft manuscript of Elijah E. Edwards' biography, photographs and captions only]. undated. e60pp.
4 5 Draft manuscript of E. E. E. [Elijah E. Edwards] biography [text only]. undated. e100pp.
4 6 [Institutional and Community History, part I]. 1963. e145pp.
4 7 [Institutional and Community History, part II]. 1965. e180pp.
4 8 [Miscellaneous writings and drafts]. 1950-1957, undated. 51pp.
4 9 [Miscellaneous writings by others]. undated. 28pp.
5 1 ["Pioneer College President" manuscript in red binding]. 1962. 193pp.
5 2 ["Pioneer College President" manuscript on onionskin in green binding]. 1962. 193pp.
7 1 ["Pioneer College President" manuscript in brown binding]. 1962. 193pp.


Series 4: Research materials, 1846-1915 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series consists of typescripts of materials related to Elijah E. Edwards; Miller used the materials to write "Pioneer College President." He apparently had the materials organized into sections, presumably in a three-ring binder; his organization of the materials was retained. This series contains copies, including typescripts, of many documents. Note that the dates refer to the date of original creation; photocopies of some materials were made in the 1950s or later.
Box Folder
5 3 [Section II: Miller's typescript of E. E. Edwards's diary at DePauw University]. 1853. 38pp.
5 4 [Section III: Miller's typescript of newspaper clippings concerning E. E. Edwards]. 1896-1915, undated. 9pp.
5 5 [Section IV: Excerpts and Miller's typescript of the "Mound Grange Papers"]. undated. 14pp.
5 6 [Section V: Typescript of E. E. Edwards's lecture, "The Passing of the Old Log Schoolhouse"]. 1903. 16pp.
6 1 [Section VI: Notes from the typescript of E. E. Edwards autobiography, "The Story of My Childhood"]. 1903. e90pp.
6 2 [Excerpts and typescript of E. E. Edwards's diary, "Pencillings of a Prep"]. 1846-1847. 7pp.


Series 5: Lecture and speech notes, 1953-1961 and undated (0.1 linear feet)

This series consists of notes for formal speeches and slide presentations. Materials are arranged chronologically and listed alphabetically. Miller spoke to several organizations about the institutional history of Colorado State University.
Box Folder
6 3 [Notes for slide presentations]. 1953, undated. e35pp.
6 4 [Speeches]. 1957-1961, undated. 46pp.


Series 6: Audio/visual materials, 1948-1974 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series consists of photographs, negatives, slides, and cassette tapes. Materials are arranged by topic and listed alphabetically. The majority of photographs and negatives relate to the "Pioneer College President." The manuscript contains dozens of photographs; the extras and some negatives used are located in this series. Some photographs are of Miller at work. Photographs are black and white with the exception of one color photograph. Most of the slides are divided into two categories, those that were identified and those that were left unidentified by the people who created and/or used them. Several slides in the unidentified group are identifiable; however, the decision was made to not attempt further identification at this time. The slides are arranged by type of scene (i.e. aerial, campus scenes, individuals, etc.). A third category of slides includes aerial scenes found together with a receipt.
Box Folder
6 5 [Extra photographs used in "Pioneer College President"]. undated. 9 photographs. 2 copies
6 6 [James R. Miller oral history interview]. 1974. 2 cassette tapes
6 7 [Miscellaneous negatives]. undated. 5 negatives
6 8 [Photographs of James R. Miller]. 1955-1956. 3 photographs
6 9 [Photographs of others]. 1948, 1953, undated. 4 photographs
6 10 [Slides, aerial images of campus, L. Watts]. c. 1959. 12 slides
6 11 [Slides, identified]. c. 1957-1969. 69 slides
6 12 [Slides, unidentified]. c. 1957-1969. 78 slides


Series 7: Printed materials, 1937-1978 and undated (0.1 linear feet)

This series consists of publications related to Miller's work, research, and life. Materials include clippings, full publications, and programs affiliated with Miller. Materials are arranged by topic and listed alphabetically.
Box Folder
6 13 [Articles about James R. Miller]. 1937-1976. 4pp.
6 14 [Articles authored by James R. Miller]. 1955-1976, undated. 8pp.
6 15 Campus guide. c. 1968. 1 item
6 16 Fort Collins Centennial [programs]. 1964. 3 programs. 2 copies
6 17 [James R. Miller's obituaries]. 1978. 3pp.


Series 8: Inventories, 1991 and 1993 (0.1 linear feet)

This series consists of two legacy inventories created by the Colorado State University Archive staff. Materials are listed chronologically. Inventories contain item-level listings and indexes of materials in Series 1 and Series 2.
Box Folder
6 18 [The James R. Miller Collection of Historic Documents of Colorado State University]. 1991. e50pp.
6 19 [Institutional and Community History by James R. Miller 1963 March 1]. 1993. 19pp.