Charles M. Miller Papers, 1913-1936

Manuscript Collection #104

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Title: Charles M. Miller Papers
Creator: Miller, Charles M.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1913-1936, undated) including correspondence, notes, certificate, instruction book, a deed, letter during World War II, clippings showing illustrations of World War II.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 24 items, correspondence, notes, a certificate, an instruction book, a deed, and miscellaneous items.

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Accessions Information

January 13, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence, notes, a certificate, an instruction book and miscellaneous items. Gift of Mrs. Charles M. Miller, Enfield, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Charles M. Miller Papers (#104), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Charles M. Miller

Processing Information

  • Processed by R. Weaver, January 1971

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Charles Melvin Miller was a native of Oriental, North Carolina, who moved to Enfield, North Carolina, where he worked as an electrician for many years prior to his death on September 1, 1966. Miller also served in the United States Army during World War I.

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Correspondence in the collection is of a general nature, but there is one letter (undated) of particular interest. In this letter written during World War I, Miller expresses joy at being in the service and reflects upon life at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. He states that he does not desire to return home until the war is over. In another letter (April 12, 1918), Miller is ordered to Brooklyn, New York, in order to obtain instruction in the repair of airplane instruments.

Most of the collection consists of Miller's notes on the various instruments that were found on World War I airplanes. These notes contain information as to the function of such instruments as the compass, banking indicator, altimeter, tachometer, and air speed indicator that he learned to repair.

Miscellaneous items in the collection include Miller's army insurance policy; a deed (April 11, 1917) by which P. E. Parris obtained a parcel of land in Pamlico County from E. J. Barnes; an instruction book (undated) of the Van Sicklen Chronometric Tachometer; souvenir pictures depicting life in the U.S. Army in World War I; Miller's certificate of membership to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; and two clippings showing illustrations of World War I aviation equipment.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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