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Miller, Willis H. (1860)
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Willis H. Miller papers, 1860-1994.

  • US ARC River Falls Mss BS
  • collection
  • 1860-1994

Papers of a northwestern Wisconsin editor-publisher, local historian, and genealogist. Included are correspondence, diaries, memoranda, genealogical materials, minutes, newsclippings, and scrapbooks. Financial records for the "Hudson Star-Observer," the "Hammond News," and the Publishers Printing Service; family papers of Miller's parents and grandparents; and material relating to the Hudson, Wisconsin, area also are present.
Most prominent among the materials on Hudson history are papers concerning the Hudson Toll Bridge, 1909-1917, documents on the Hudson Housing Authority, 1967-1979, and records of the St. Croix County Historical Society, 1945-1971.
The correspondence contains exchanges with friends and relatives, business acquaintances, persons sharing genealogical information, people writing letters to the editor, and people encountered in Miller's world travels. Included are letters on St. Olaf College, letters from people in military service and from Europeans and Americans abroad during World War II, and an extensive series of letters from prison inmates, 1960-1980.
Also included are diaries written by Miller and his father Theodeus Kane Miller depicting brief descriptions of weather, friend visits and daily life, 1925-1926, 1981-1994.
The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1860-1981, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date circa 1930-1959 and are described below.
Postcard correspondence, 1930s-1950s, photographs, and miscellaneous ephemera.