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Robert Whitfield Miles papers, 1907

Part of Robert Whitfield Miles papers

75M17 Robert Whitfield Miles papers, 1907-1964, bulk 1907-1952 75M17 Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2012 January 31 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T14:11-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Robert Whitfield Miles papers 75M17 University of Kentucky Special Collections 8.09 Cubic feet 18 boxes Bulk, 1907-1952 1907-1964 Miles, Robert Whitfield, 1890-1952 Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note 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 Contents note 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. Preferred Citation note 75M17: [identification of item], Robert Whitfield Miles papers, 1907-1964, bulk 1907-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by subject. Related Archival Materials note 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. Custodial History note 61M101, 61M276: Source unknown. 75M17: Miles, Robert W. Jr. Gift, June 27, 1966. Breckinridge, Mary Burch, 1826-1907 Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871 Centre College (Danville, Ky.). Donovan, Herman Lee, 1887-1964 First Presbyterian Church. (Lexington, Ky.) Marshall, Catherine, 1914-1983 Miles, Dorothy Ankeney Moomaw Correspondence. Drafts. Presbyterian Church--Clergy--Correspondence. Presbyterian Church--United States. Sermons. Correspondence I 1907-1964 Scope and Contents 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. 1 1 1907-1913 1 2 1914-1915 1 3 1916 March-June 1 4 1916 July-August 1 5 1916 September-December 1 6 1917 January-May 1 7 1917 June 1 8 1917 July 1 9 1917 August 1 10 1917 September 2 1 1917 October 2 2 1917 November 2 3 1917 December 2 4 1918 January 1-19 2 5 1918 January 20-31 2 6 1918 February 1-16 2 7 1918 February 17-28 2 8 1918 March 2 9 1918 April 3 1 1918 May 1-16 3 2 1918 May 17-31 3 3 1918 June 1-16 3 4 1918 June 17-30 3 5 1918 July-October 3 6 1918 November 1-20 3 7 1918 November 21-December 3 8 1919 3 9 1920 January-April 4 1 1920 May 4 2 1920 June 4 3 1920 July, October 4 4 1921 January-July 4 5 1921 August-December 4 6 1922 January 4 7 1922 February 4 8 1922 March 4 9 1922 April 4 10 1922 May 1-15 4 11 1922 May 16-31 5 1 1922 June 1-9 5 2 1922 June 10-29 5 3 1922 July 5 4 1922 August-September 5 5 1922 October 5 6 1922 November-December 5 7 1922 5 8 1923 January 5 9 1923 February 5 10 1923 March 5 11 1923 April 6 1 1923 May 6 2 1923 June 6 3 1923 July 6 4 1923 August-September 6 5 1923 October 6 6 1923 November 6 7 1923 December 6 8 1923 6 9 1924 January 6 10 1924 February 7 1 1924 March 7 2 1924 April 7 3 1924 May 7 4 1924 June-1924 July 7 5 1924 August 7 6 1924 September 7 7 1924 October 7 8 1924 November 7 9 1924 December 8 1 1925 January 1-15 8 2 1925 January 16-31 8 3 1925 February 8 4 1925 March 8 5 1925 April 8 6 1925 May 8 7 1925 June 1-9 8 8 1925 June 10-30 8 9 1925 July 9 1 1925 August 9 2 1925 September 1-19 9 3 1925 September 20-30 9 4 1925 October 9 5 1925 November 9 6 1925 December 9 7 1926 January 9 8 1926 February 9 9 1926 March 9 10 1926 April-June 10 1 1926 July 10 2 1926 August 10 3 1926 September 1-20 10 4 1926 September 21-30 10 5 1926 October 10 6 1926 November 10 7 1926 December 10 8 1926 10 9 1927 January 10 10 1927 February 10 11 1927 March 11 1 1927 April 11 2 1927 May 11 3 1927 June 11 4 1927 July-August 12 11 5 1927 August 15-September 14 11 6 1927 September 15-1927 October 11 7 1927 November 11 8 1927 December 11 9 1928 February-July 11 10 1928 August-November 11 11 1929 January-June 11 12 1929 Jul-December 12 1 1930 12 2 1931 12 3 1932 12 4 1933 January-May 12 5 1933 July-December 12 6 1934 January-May 12 7 1934 June-December 12 8 1935 12 9 1936 12 10 1937 12 11 1938 12 12 1939 13 1 1940 January-March 13 2 1940 April-May 13 3 1940 June-December 13 4 1941 13 5 1942 13 6 1943 January-March 13 7 1943 April-December 13 8 1944 January-February 13 9 1944 June-December 13 10 1945 January-June 13 11 1945 July-December 14 1 1946 January-August 14 2 1946 September-December 14 3 1947 14 4 1948 February-March 14 5 1948 May-November 14 6 1949 January-March 14 7 1949 April-July 14 8 1949 August-December 14 9 1950 January-March 15 1 1950 April-July 15 2 1950 August-September Sympathy cards (A-F) 15 3 1952 January Sympathy cards (G-P) 15 4 1952 January Sympathy cards (R-Z) 15 5 1952 January 15 7 1952 January 7-9 15 8 1952 January 10-11 16 2 1952 January 12-15 16 3 1952 January 16-31 16 6 1952-1955, 1957, 1962-1964 16 7 undated Compositions II undated Scope and Contents 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 16 9-10 undated Articles 17 1 undated Robert J. Breckinridge notes and manuscripts 17 2 undated Centre College correspondence III 1934-1941 Scope and Contents 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 17 3 1934-1936 Centre College correspondence 17 4 1937 Centre College correspondence 17 5 1938 Centre College correspondence 17 6 1939-1940 May Centre College correspondence 17 7 1940 June-1941 March Genealogy IV undated Scope and Contents 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 17 8 undated Genealogical chart for Dorothy Ankeney Moomaw Miles' family 18 3 undated General V 1909-1952 Scope and Contents 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 15 6 1952 January 8 Envelope: cards for flowers sent to house 16 1 undated Guests register 16 4 undated Binder 16 5 undated Miscellaneous material 16 8 undated Scope and Contents 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 18 1 1909-1930 Certificates 18 2 1917-1918, 1924, 1951 Robert Whitfield Miles papers