Biographical Note

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Inventory

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Guide to the John Leonard Miller Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 2240
Creator: Miller, J. L. (John Leonard), creator
Title: John Leonard Miller papers
Date Span: 1923-1986
Quantity: circa 3.75 cubic feet plus 2 sound cassettes
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

John (Jack) Leonard Miller was born on November 3, 1889 in Dayton, Kentucky. At 12 he left home and traveled around the country hoboing and taking odd jobs. He worked as a coal miner in Danville, Virginia and a harvester in the Midwest. Because of his interest in worker's rights, Miller joined the United Mine Workers while in Virginia. He joined the Socialist Party while he was in Canada and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 1916. He moved to Seattle in early 1916 and was on board the Verona during the Everett Massacre of November 1916. He married Violet Wilson in 1924. After settling down Miller had a number of jobs and began writing. He continued to rally for workers rights and upon his retirement took up lobbying for fair treatment of senior citizens. In addition, he gave lectures and interviews regarding the Everett Massacre, and wrote short stories. He died at age 96 in 1986 of a heart ailment. He was the last living survivor of the Everett Massacre.

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Inventory

  
Accession No. 2240-001
John Leonard Miller oral history interview, 1974
2 sound cassettes (80 minutes)
Scope and Content
Tape recorded interview conducted by Richard Berner on 11 March 1974, covering the years of his youth through 1918.
Interview concerns his youth and his activities in the Midwest and Canada as a United Mine Workers organizer and a member of the Socialist Party, and in Washington as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. The interview focuses on the Everett Massacre.
Digital Content/Other Formats
Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.
Terms of Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by John Leonard Miller, 3/11/1974.

  
Accession No. 2240-002
John Leonard Miller papers, 1982
3 pages
Scope and Content
Notes from interview conducted by Meta Buttnick in 1982.
Notes are about the IWW street demonstrations and speeches in Everett by Jewish Wobblies, Oct and Nov 1916.
Terms of Access
Access restricted: For terms of access,contact Special Collections.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Meta Buttnick, 10/1/1982.

  
Accession No. 2240-003
John Leonard Miller papers, 1923-1986
3.33 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Biographical features, correspondence, financial records, writings, newsletters, clippings, ephemera.
The bulk of this accession is amateur creative writings, but Box 1 does contain "The Everett Massacre as Seen By Its Last Survivor". A few other autobiographical pieces are present.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Nylene Schoellhorn, 10/7/1986.
Other Finding Aids

Inventory/container list available in Special Collections.


  
Accession No. 2240-004
John Leonard Miller typescript
.42 cubic foot (1 box)
Scope and Content
Typescript, mainly of a novel; undated
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Nylene Schoellhorn, 9/1/1994.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Miller, J. L. (John Leonard)--Archives.
Organizations:
Industrial Workers of the World.
Socialist Party (U.S.)
White House Conference on Aging, State of Washington (1981 : Yakima), creator.
Subjects:
Coal miners--Labor unions
Everett Massacre, Everett, Wash., 1916
Personal Papers/Corporate Records
Labor History
Labor Unions
Mines and Mineral Resources
Washington (State)
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