Charles M. Miller Papers, 1913-1936

Manuscript Collection #104

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Charles M. Miller Papers
    Creator: Miller, Charles M.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: 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.
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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.

  • Administrative Information
    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Charles M. Miller

    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.

    Processing Information

    Processed by R. Weaver, January 1971

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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