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Mr. & Mrs. Willis K. Miller correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S0965
Identifier: S0965

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an April 20, 1926 letter sent to Willis K. Miller from F. Heath Coggins, art editor of Country Homes magazine, regarding the magazine's interest in obtaining photographs or engravings of the Miller's home, Benton House, located in the Irvington area of Indianapolis, Indiana. The collection also contains a January 9, 1934 letter sent by Josiah K. Lilly to Isabelle Aurelia Miller regarding a biography, Stephen Foster: America's Troubadour by John Tasker Howard and a January 16th concert at the Ayres Auditorium featuring songs by Foster and performed by the Foster Hall Colored Quartet.


  • 1926-1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Willis K. Miller was born on a farm near Clermont, Indiana on February 15, 1867 to David and Verlinda Miller. He married Isabelle Aurelia Moore on June 27, 1900. Isabelle was born January 6, 1872 in Marion County, Indiana to William and Lucy Moore. The Millers had one son, Herschel E. Miller. They purchased Benton House in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis in 1907 and the family owned it until 1966 when Herschel sold it to the Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation. Willis Miller worked in real estate and later became the president of the Granite Sand and Gravel Company. He died on January 4, 1955. Isabelle Miller graduated from Butler University and was a member of the Women's Department Club, Irvington Garden Club, and the Irvington Tuesday Club. She died on January 10, 1965.

Sources: "Isabelle A Moore." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed August 3, 2017. "Isabelle Aurelia Miller." U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed August 3, 2017. "Willis H. Miller." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 3, 2017.

The Benton House. "The History, the Classic Beauty of this Irvington Treasure." Accessed August 3, 2017.

"Isabel Miller is Dead at 93." Indianapolis News, January 11, 1965.

"Willis K. Miller, Retired Gravel Firm Executive, Dies." Indianapolis Star, January 5, 1955.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Irvington Historical Society.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/08/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/08/03 by Laura Eliason.
Mr. & Mrs. Willis K. Miller correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.