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George W. Miller papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 42, Placement: 3, Folder: 1, 2, 3
Identifier: MSP 57

Scope and Contents

The George W. Miller papers (1853-1865; 0.2 cubic feet) document the participation of George W. Miller, a baker, as a Union soldier in the Civil War. There are a few date discrepancies in the diary. In Diary 1 (1862-1863), Pages 1 through Page 80, Entry August 10 are thought to have been written in 1863. Although Diary 1 itself says 1861, on pages with entries for Saturday, January 17 through Thursday, January 22, Miller has marked out the date and written in "1863" instead. He has also had to change the daily dates, indicating that he was using an 1861 journal in a different year. Also in Diary 1, Pages 80, Entry August 11 through Page 147 are thought to have been written in 1862. Diary 2 (1863-1864) begins on Tuesday, August 11, 1863 and ends on June 21, 1864. The diaries discuss events such as weather, illness, and sometimes important Civil War battles. In addition to the diaries, the Miller papers include a check from John Muterspaugh to W.D. Barrett of Dublin, Indiana, attested by George W. Miller, dated 1853.


  • 1853 - 1864
  • Majority of material found within 1862 - 1864
  • Event: Date acquired: 07/10/2008



0.182 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box)

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Custodial History

Charles Apfelbaum, Rare Manuscripts and Archives

Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Thomas and Anne Showe Family

Method of Acquisition

Donation. Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, donated by Anne Schowe and family in honor of her daughter graduating from Purdue University

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials are available for research use. See our digital collections database e-Archives: Indiana History

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Processing Information

Original order of the materials has been retained since they are bound books. All materials have been housed in acid-free sleeves, acid-free folders, and an acid-free box. Items have been scanned and made available in digital format.
George W. Miller papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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