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Robert Whitfield Miles papers, Bulk, 1907-1952

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Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams

Title

Robert Whitfield Miles papers

Date

Bulk, 1907-1952

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by subject.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

75M17: [identification of item], Robert Whitfield Miles papers, 1907-1964, bulk 1907-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

8.09 Cubic feet

18 boxes

Biography/History

Minister and historian, Robert Miles was born in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Richmond College, Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary. He was a secretary in the Young Men's Christian Association, and in that capacity, accompanied American troops to France in World War I. He began his ministerial career as assistant pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1920, and next was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, Alabama (in fall of 1921). In 1925, he was named University Secretary for the Presbyterian Church in the United States (based in Louisville, Kentucky), a position in which he travelled to supervise church work for students at colleges and universities. In March 1927, he was appointed as pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he served until 1933, when he was appointed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky; Miles held the position until his death in 1952. He was on the Board of Trustees of Centre College from 1934 to 1941.

In addition to his ministerial reponsibilities, Miles was interested in historical research. His first book, That Frenchman, John Calvin, was published in 1939. His next work, Christian Reconstruction (1944), was widely used throughout the Presbyterian Church in the United States. A biography of Robert J. Breckinridge, the Kentucky minister and pioneer educator, remained unfinished at the time of Miles' death.

Scope and Content

The Robert Whitfield Miles papers consist of the writings of Robert Whitfield Miles, a prominent minister of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Correspondence composes the bulk of the papers and is primarily personal in nature with some church business following 1921. Additionally, the papers include sermons; photographs; journals; diplomas, degrees, and other awards; a genealogical chart; correspondence concerning Centre College; biographical information; sympathy cards, guest register, and other letters concerning Miles's death; and the draft of and notes for the first nine chapters of the Breckinridge biography.

Subjects

  • Centre College (Danville, Ky.).
  • First Presbyterian Church. (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Breckinridge, Mary Burch, 1826-1907
  • Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871
  • Donovan, Herman Lee, 1887-1964
  • Marshall, Catherine, 1914-1983
  • Miles, Dorothy Ankeney Moomaw
  • Correspondence.
  • Drafts.
  • Presbyterian Church--Clergy--Correspondence.
  • Presbyterian Church--United States.
  • Sermons.

Related Material

61M101, Robert W. Miles research on Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

61M276, Robert Whitfield Miles papers, 1924-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

PA75M17, Robert Whitfield Miles photographs, 1920, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

I Correspondence, 1907-1964
Scope and Content Note:

The Correspondence series comprises the bulk of the papers and consists of personal and business letters. The business portion of the correspondence concerns church business after 1921.

1907-1913
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1914-1915
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
1916 March-June
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
1916 July-August
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
1916 September-December
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
1917 January-May
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
1917 June
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
1917 July
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
1917 August
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
1917 September
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
1917 October
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1917 November
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1917 December
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1918 January 1-19
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
1918 January 20-31
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
1918 February 1-16
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
1918 February 17-28
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
1918 March
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
1918 April
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
1918 May 1-16
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
1918 May 17-31
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
1918 June 1-16
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
1918 June 17-30
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
1918 July-October
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
1918 November 1-20
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
1918 November 21-December
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
1920 January-April
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
1920 May
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
1920 June
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
1920 July, October
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
1921 January-July
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
1921 August-December
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
1922 January
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
1922 February
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
1922 March
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
1922 April
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
1922 May 1-15
[Box: 4, Folder: 10]
1922 May 16-31
[Box: 4, Folder: 11]
1922 June 1-9
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1922 June 10-29
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
1922 July
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1922 August-September
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
1922 October
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
1922 November-December
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
1922
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
1923 January
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
1923 February
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]
1923 March
[Box: 5, Folder: 10]
1923 April
[Box: 5, Folder: 11]
1923 May
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
1923 June
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
1923 July
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
1923 August-September
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
1923 October
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
1923 November
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
1923 December
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
1923
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
1924 January
[Box: 6, Folder: 9]
1924 February
[Box: 6, Folder: 10]
1924 March
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
1924 April
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
1924 May
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
1924 June-1924 July
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
1924 August
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
1924 September
[Box: 7, Folder: 6]
1924 October
[Box: 7, Folder: 7]
1924 November
[Box: 7, Folder: 8]
1924 December
[Box: 7, Folder: 9]
1925 January 1-15
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
1925 January 16-31
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
1925 February
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
1925 March
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
1925 April
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
1925 May
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
1925 June 1-9
[Box: 8, Folder: 7]
1925 June 10-30
[Box: 8, Folder: 8]
1925 July
[Box: 8, Folder: 9]
1925 August
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
1925 September 1-19
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
1925 September 20-30
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
1925 October
[Box: 9, Folder: 4]
1925 November
[Box: 9, Folder: 5]
1925 December
[Box: 9, Folder: 6]
1926 January
[Box: 9, Folder: 7]
1926 February
[Box: 9, Folder: 8]
1926 March
[Box: 9, Folder: 9]
1926 April-June
[Box: 9, Folder: 10]
1926 July
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
1926 August
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
1926 September 1-20
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
1926 September 21-30
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
1926 October
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
1926 November
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
1926 December
[Box: 10, Folder: 7]
1926
[Box: 10, Folder: 8]
1927 January
[Box: 10, Folder: 9]
1927 February
[Box: 10, Folder: 10]
1927 March
[Box: 10, Folder: 11]
1927 April
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
1927 May
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
1927 June
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
1927 July-August 12
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
1927 August 15-September 14
[Box: 11, Folder: 5]
1927 September 15-1927 October
[Box: 11, Folder: 6]
1927 November
[Box: 11, Folder: 7]
1927 December
[Box: 11, Folder: 8]
1928 February-July
[Box: 11, Folder: 9]
1928 August-November
[Box: 11, Folder: 10]
1929 January-June
[Box: 11, Folder: 11]
1929 Jul-December
[Box: 11, Folder: 12]
1930
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
1931
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
1932
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
1933 January-May
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
1933 July-December
[Box: 12, Folder: 5]
1934 January-May
[Box: 12, Folder: 6]
1934 June-December
[Box: 12, Folder: 7]
1935
[Box: 12, Folder: 8]
1936
[Box: 12, Folder: 9]
1937
[Box: 12, Folder: 10]
1938
[Box: 12, Folder: 11]
1939
[Box: 12, Folder: 12]
1940 January-March
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
1940 April-May
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
1940 June-December
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
1941
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
1942
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
1943 January-March
[Box: 13, Folder: 6]
1943 April-December
[Box: 13, Folder: 7]
1944 January-February
[Box: 13, Folder: 8]
1944 June-December
[Box: 13, Folder: 9]
1945 January-June
[Box: 13, Folder: 10]
1945 July-December
[Box: 13, Folder: 11]
1946 January-August
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
1946 September-December
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
1947
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
1948 February-March
[Box: 14, Folder: 4]
1948 May-November
[Box: 14, Folder: 5]
1949 January-March
[Box: 14, Folder: 6]
1949 April-July
[Box: 14, Folder: 7]
1949 August-December
[Box: 14, Folder: 8]
1950 January-March
[Box: 14, Folder: 9]
1950 April-July
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
1950 August-September
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
Sympathy cards (A-F), 1952 January
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
Sympathy cards (G-P), 1952 January
[Box: 15, Folder: 4]
Sympathy cards (R-Z), 1952 January
[Box: 15, Folder: 5]
1952 January 7-9
[Box: 15, Folder: 7]
1952 January 10-11
[Box: 15, Folder: 8]
1952 January 12-15
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
1952 January 16-31
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
1952-1955, 1957, 1962-1964
[Box: 16, Folder: 6]
undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 7]
II Compositions, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The Compositions series includes articles, sermons, and talks composed by Miles. Additionally, the series contains notes and drafts of Miles' unfinished biography of Robert J. Breckinridge.

Talks and sermons, undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 9-10]
Articles, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 1]
Robert J. Breckinridge notes and manuscripts, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 2]
III Centre College correspondence, 1934-1941
Scope and Content Note:

The Centre College correspondence series consists of Miles' correspondence while he served as a member of Centre College's Board of Trustees.

Centre College correspondence, 1934-1936
[Box: 17, Folder: 3]
Centre College correspondence, 1937
[Box: 17, Folder: 4]
Centre College correspondence, 1938
[Box: 17, Folder: 5]
Centre College correspondence, 1939-1940 May
[Box: 17, Folder: 6]
Centre College correspondence, 1940 June-1941 March
[Box: 17, Folder: 7]
IV Genealogy, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The Genealogy series contains biographical information and photographs concerning Miles as well as a genealogical chart of his wife Dorothy Ankeney Moomaw's family.

Biographical information and photographs, undated
[Box: 17, Folder: 8]
Genealogical chart for Dorothy Ankeney Moomaw Miles' family, undated
[Box: 18, Folder: 3]
V General, 1909-1952
Scope and Content Note:

The General series consists of materials relating to Miles' death and funeral as well as certificates, diplomas, and degrees for him and his wife Dorothy. Dorothy Ankeney Miles' material includes her high school diploma, her diploma from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and her membership certificate for the Daughter's of the American Revolution. Robert Whitfield Miles' material includes his Baccalaureate in Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary, his degree from Davidson College, and an honorary doctorate from Washington and Lee University.

Visitor's register and list, 1952 January 8
[Box: 15, Folder: 6]
Envelope: cards for flowers sent to house, undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
Guests register, undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 4]
Binder, undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous material, undated
[Box: 16, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

This file contains two newspaper articles; one newsprint comic/picture; one instruction booklet; one magazine article; one pagent booklet; one journal; and one calling card.

Diplomas and degrees, 1909-1930
[Box: 18, Folder: 1]
Certificates, 1917-1918, 1924, 1951
[Box: 18, Folder: 2]