Biographical Note

Historical Background

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Other Finding Aids

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the John Leonard Miller Photograph Collection
circa 1911-1978



VM Collection No.: 85
Creator: Miller, J. L. (John Leonard) , collector
Title: John Leonard Miller photograph collection
Date Span: circa 1911-1978
Bulk: 1975-1978
Quantity: 17 photographic prints (1 box) ; various sizes
Location: K71 (1 box)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Pallbearers with casket of an Everett Massacre victim in front of Duggan the Undertaker Funeral Home, 1916. Special Collections, UW Libraries. UW27743z




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.

Historical Background

The Everett Massacre occurred on November 5, 1916 when two boatloads of Industrial Workers of the World (otherwise known as "Wobblies") traveled aboard two steamers Verona and Calista to Everett from Seattle to attend a free speech demonstration. The workers' ships were met at the Everett docks by police, armed citizens and hired guards. Shots were fired, killing two deputies and five "Wobblies" who were passengers on the steamer Verona. The funeral for the massacre victims was held on November 19, 1916 and was attended by thousands of Seattle citizens.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs of John Leonard Miller, his wife Violet Miller and some of the people involved in the Everett Massacre.

Digital Content

View selections from the collection in digital format.

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Donor: Nylene Schollhorn, John Miller's granddaughter, on October 7, 1986

Processing Info

Processed by Lindsae Long in 2006 and Marion Brown in 2007

The photographs were relocated from the John Leonard Miller Papers, Accession No. 2240-002 in Special Collections, on November 25, 1986.

Other Finding Aids

These materials form part of the John Leonard Miller Papers which are described and indexed in the guide to the John Leonard Miller Papers.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
1/11Postcard of six men in studio, Vancouver B.C.   View imagecirca 1911-1919
"Noted desperados captured in Van. B.C."
 
2Group of trainmen   View imageundated

Photographer: Walter P. Miller
 
3Hand colored photograph of John Leonard Miller with donkey   View imageundated

Photographer: Hart Studios
 
4Pallbearers with casket of an Everett Massacre victim in front of Duggan the Undertaker Funeral Home   View imageNovember 19, 1916
 
5The steamship Verona undated

Photographer: Marine Photo Shop
Photograph from the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
 
1/26John Leonard Miller and little girl reading Donkey Donkey   View image1975

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
7John Leonard Miller in hat March 1978

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
8John Leonard Miller on steps laughingMarch 1978

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
9John Leonard Miller looking at photographs with his wife, Violet and Shoshanna Lurie   View imagecirca 1979
This photograph was used in the article "Jack and Violet" printed in The Seattle Times Pictorial on September 16, 1979.
 
10John Leonard Miller and Violet walkingcirca 1979
This photograph was used in the article "Jack and Violet" printed in The Seattle Times Pictorial on September 16, 1979.
 
11John Leonard Miller and Violet working a loomcirca 1979
This photograph was used in the article "Jack and Violet" printed in The Seattle Times Pictorial on September 16, 1979.
 
12John Leonard Miller speakingundated

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
13John Leonard Miller with microphoneundated
 
14John Leonard Miller portraying an I.W.W. speaker at the Bicentennial Pageant at the Seattle Center.   View imageSeptember 9, 1976

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
15John Leonard Miller holding a Seattle First Citizen Award and a Retired Senior Volunteer Program Award   View imageJanuary 27, 1975
 
1/316Family photographs on pianoMarch 1978

Photographer: Jay Lurie
 
17Objects whittled by H. P. Wilson before 1920undated

Photographer: Jay Lurie
H. P. Wilson was Miller's father-in-law. Miller wrote a short story about Wilson's whittlings and this photo accompanied it.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Lurie, Jay, photographer.
Miller, J. L. (John Leonard)--Photographs.
Organizations:
Industrial Workers of the World.
Subjects:
Community activists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Everett Massacre, Everett, Wash., 1916.
Labor union members--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Older people--Political activity.
Older people--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Social reformers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
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