An Inventory of the Richmond P. (Richmond Pearson) Miller Papers, 1923-1970

(6 boxes; 3 linear ft.)

RG 5/105


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Abstract
Richmond Pearson Miller (1902-1972) was a Quaker author and educator. He was the son of J. Milton and Sara G. Miller In 1926 Alice Leinbach. He died in 1972. This collection contains the papers of Richmond P. Miller, Quaker author and educator, including correspondence, writings, and papers relating to various Quaker concerns. Miller was involved with the 1962 NBC television production, Gentle Persuaders; the William Penn Tercentenary in 1964; the William Jeanes Memorial Library controversy; and the United Nations. In addition, he was involved in commemorative events at Quaker meeting houses, the All Friends Conference in Oskaloosa, 1929, First Day Schools, Friends Peace Committee, National Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare in Cleveland, 1961, the Ohio Yearly Meeting Sesquicentennial in 1962, School of Mysticism in New York, 1929, World Conference of Friends in 1952, and Young Friend Caravan in 1925.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Richmond Pearson Miller (1902-1972) was a Quaker author and educator. He was the son of J. Milton and Sara G. Miller. In 1926 he married Alice Leinbach. He died in 1972.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection contains the papers of Richmond P. Miller, Quaker author and educator, including correspondence, writings, and papers relating to various Quaker concerns. Miller was involved with the 1962 NBC television production, Gentle Persuaders; the William Penn Tercentenary in 1964; the William Jeanes Memorial Library controversy; and the United Nations. In addition, he was involved in commemorative events at Quaker meeting houses, the All Friends Conference in Oskaloosa, 1929, First Day Schools, Friends Peace Committee, National Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare in Cleveland, 1961, the Ohio Yearly Meeting Sesquicentennial in j1962, School of Mysticism in New York, 1929, World Conference of Friends in 1952, and Young Friend Caravan in 1925.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into thirteen series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • All American Friends Conference, 1929 - Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Friends World Conference 3rd 1952 Oxford England
  • Gentle Persuaders [motion picture]
  • Quakers - Authors
  • Quakers - Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and culture
  • Society of Friends - Congresses
  • Society of Friends - Controversies
  • Society of Friends - World Conference (3rd: 1952: Oxford)
  • Sunday Schools - Quaker
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare
  • Friends Peace Committee (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Miller, Richmond P. (Richmond Pearson), 1902-1972
  • Penn, William, 1644 1718
  • Plymouth Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
  • United Nations
  • William Jeanes Memorial Library, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1967
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. General Correspondence, 1923-1970 and n.d.
Box 1
Arranged chronologically. Includes correspondence with Frank Aydelotte, John Barlow, Vera Brittain, Roger Clark, John S. Hoyland, Rufus M. Jones, Muriel Lester, Henry R. Luce, Daisy Newman, George Wharton Pepper, Reginald Reynolds, Jane P. Rushmore, Alys Russell, Alfred Broadhead Searle, Elizabeth Gray Vining, Richard K. Ullmann, and Jessamyn West.


Ser. 2. Articles by Richmond P. Miller, 1963-1964, n.d.

“What Is a Quaker?” in Look
Article was syndicated for newspapers in 1965. Some clippings from newspapers are included.
ca. 1963-64 Box 1

Other articles by Richmond P. Miller Box 1

Ser. 3. Book Reviews, n.d.

Reviews by Richmond P. Miller
Arranged alphabetically by author of book reviewed.
Box 1

Other book reviews (not by Miller), mostly of writings by Jessamyn West Box 1

Ser. 4. “The Gentle Persuaders,” 1960-1963
"The Gentle Persuaders" was television program produced by NBC and narrated by Drew Pearson. Broadcast on July 30, 1962, it examined Quaker beliefs and customs.


Correspondence 1960-1963 and n.d. Box 1

Financial papers Box 1

Publicity Box 1

Reference material Box 1

Ser. 5. Meeting Houses, 1949-1964, n.d.
This series pertains mostly to commemorative events held at Quaker meeting houses in which Richmond Miller participated. Includes articles, correspondence, programs, pictures.


Centre Meeting, Delaware Box 2

Friends Select School, log house on grounds Box 2

Gwynedd Meeting, 250th anniversary 1949 Box 2

London Grove Meeting, 250th anniversary 1964 Box 2

Philadelphia, Arch Street Meeting House Box 2

Philadelphia, Race Street Meeting House, Centennial 1956 Box 2

Richland Meeting, 250th anniversary 1960 Box 2

Ser. 6. William Penn Tercentenary (1944); n.d.
The major event was a public meeting at the Arch Street Meeting House on October 24. The major address by T. Edmund Harvey was broadcast to the meeting from London. Other participants were Edward Martin, Governor of Pennsylvania; Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, Earl of Halifax and British Ambassador to the United States; and Rufus M. Jones. In addition Penn was commemorated throughout the year in various publications and exhibitions.


Correspondence with Richmond P. Miller
Includes letters from Dennis Cardinal Dougherty of Philadelphia, Fritz Eichenberg, T. Edmund Harvey, Charles F. Jenkins, Howard Cooper Johnson, Henry R. Luce, Edward Martin, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood (Earl of Halifax), and Stanley Yarnall.
Box 2

“The Tercentenary of William Penn,” article by Richmond P. Miller
Published in The Club Women's Journal vol. 10, no. 9, p. 5.
October 1944 Box 2

Other articles, Friends publications Box 2

Other articles, non-Quaker publications Box 2

Newspaper clippings Box 2

Friends of William Penn Tercentenary Committee memoranda Box 2

Programs of meetings Box 2

Exhibitions Box 2

Miscellaneous
Includes a program for celebration in the schools, a radio program, and a description of the film “Courageous Mr. Penn.”
Box 2

Ser. 7. William Penn, miscellaneous papers relating to, 1947-1968

Correspondence
Pertains to a meeting house at Warminghurst, England, where it is believed Penn worshipped; a proposal for a Penn memorial on Penn Center Plaza, Philadelphia; and plans for reprinting William Penn: Aventurier de la Paix by Louis Monastier-Schroeder and Helene Monastier.
1961-1967 Box 3

Albert Cook Myers Collection of William Penn Material in the Chester County Historical Society.
Includes report of a Survey, by Mary Maples, Joseph E. Illick, and Frederick B. Tolles, 1959 (Richmond P. Miller annotated copy); also contains a revised report, 1968.
1959, 1968 Box 3

Pennsbury Manor (restored home of William Penn, Bucks County, Pa.) Programs, leaflets, clippings Box 3

275th Anniversary of the Landing of William Penn
Contains correspondence, articles, programs, and clippings.
1957 Box 3

William Penn Memorial Museum and Archives Building, Harrisburg, Pa.
Contains correspondence, photographs, programs, and clippings, especially concering Richmond P. Miller's participation at the dedication, October 13 1965.
1960-1967 Box 3

Pictures relating to William Penn
Separate folders prepared for correspondence about portrait of Penn purchased by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1947, and memorial of Penn's baptism at All Hallows by the Tower Church, London.
1947, n.d. Box 3

Miscellaneous: articles, clippings, programs Box 3

Ser. 8. Plymouth Monthly Meeting, 1955-1957, n.d.

Papers on the controversy (1955-1956) involving Mary Knowles, Librarian of the William Jeanes Memorial Library, who was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Includes: Box 4

Correspondence 1955-1957 Box 4

Reference material Box 4

Ser. 9. Quaker Method of Conducting Business, 1944-1954, n.d.

Correspondence 1944-1954 Box 4

Articles and bibliographies Box 4

Ser. 10. United Nations, 1949-1965

Correspondence and articles
re: activities of the United Nations (1949-1965), including efforts to establish a meditation room in the new UN building. Separate folder for material on presentation of Holy Experiment by Violet Oakley to United Nations Library (October 24, 1960) and to various delegations; includes acknowledgement of gift by several embassies.
1949-1965 Box 4

Ser. 11. Miscellaneous, 1925-1965
Arranged by subject.


All Friends Conference, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1929--Correspondence 1928-1929 Box 4

Articles about Quakers Box 4

Bible reading in schools, Pennsylvania court cases 1961-1965 Box 4

First Day Schools, Correspondence, directories, questionnaires 1929 Box 4

Friends Peace Committee, Philadelphia, Correspondence, press releases 1928-1929 Box 4

Hayes, J. Russell, Correspondence, recitals 1929 Box 4

Hull, William I.: Biographical notes collected by Richmond P. Miller Box 4

Miller, Richmond P., Notes, reports, programs regarding lectures Box 4

National Conference on the Churches and Social Welfare, Cleveland, Ohio
Includes correspondence, notes, programs. Richmond P. Miller delivered an address, “William Penn and Social Welfare.”
1961 Box 4

Ohio Yearly Meeting, sesquicentennial
Includes correspondence, clippings, programs.
1962 Box 4

Quaker anecdotes and stories

School of Mysticism, New York: Correspondence with Josian Marvel, director 1929 Box 4

World Conference of Friends 1952 Box 4

Young Friends Caravans 1925 Box 4

Ser. 12. Scrapbooks, 1941-1968
This series consists of separate notebooks with printed programs and newspaper reports for each event listed below, compiled by Richmond P. Miller.


Five Years Meeting, Richmond, Indiana 1955 Box 5

Friends General Conference, Cape May, New Jersey 1946 Box 5

Philadelphia General Meeting 1946, 1947, 1949 Box 5

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite) 1941-1947, 1951, 1952 Box 6

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (United) 1956, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1968 Box 6

Miscellaneous scrapbook covering activities of Friends 1964-1967 Box 6

Ser. 13. Books and pamphlets, 1928-1965
The books and pamphlets listed below are included in the collection because of extensive marginal notes by Richmond Miller. Other books from his library have been cataloged and added to the library's holdings of printed items (a complete list of these books may be found in the “Gift Books” folder in the FHL Miscellaneous File).


Browin, Frances Williams. A Century of Race Street Meeting House, 1856-1956. Philadelphia: Central Monthly Meeting of Friends 1956 Box 6

Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Old Third Haven Meeting House, October 23, 1932. Easton, Md. 1932 Box 6

Friends World Conference, 1937. Friends Contribution to Education (Report of Commission IV). Philadelphia: Friends World Conference Committee 1937 Box 6

Harvey, T. Edmund. Quaker Language. London: Friends Historical Society 1928 Box 6

James, Robert L. Friends for the Next 300 Years: A Call into the Future (1965 Rufus Jones Lecture). Philadelphia: Religious Education Committee, Friends General Conference 1965 Box 6

Lester, John A. The Ideals and Objectives of Quaker Education. Philadelphia: Friends' Council on Education 1938? Box 6

A Memorial to William Penn in Ireland at Newtown School, In the Province of Munster, 1798-1948. Dublin. 1946 Box 6

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Book of Discipline of the Religious Society of Friends. Philadelphia 1943 Box 6