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Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook


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Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook, 1900-1906 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By Mary A. Sego

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Miller, Simeon V. B (1882-1958)

Extent: 0.3 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Most of the content is in chronological order, with most of the newspaper clippings from the Purdue Train Wreck of 1903 located at the back of the scrapbook.

Subjects: Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Purdue Boilermakers (Football team)--History, Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae, Purdue University--Students, Railroad accidents--Indiana--Indianapolis, Visiting cards

Forms of Material: Letters (Correspondence), Memorabilia, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Simeon V. B. Miller Scrapbook (1900-1906; 0.3 cubic feet) contains memorabilia from Simeon Van Buren Miller's college career at Purdue University. Since he had been involved in the train wreck of 1903, there are numerous newspaper clippings from the wreck. Simeon Miller followed in the footsteps of his father and two brothers, as a member of Phi Delta Theta, so there is also a concentration of ephemera from the fraternity. He had been president of the class of 1905 during his sophomore year, so the scrapbook also contains items from his tenure as class president. The scrapbook contains many other miscellaneous items, such as fee statements, dance cards, items from the athletic association and athletic events such as score cards and fee statements, newspaper clippings on the tank scrap, and numerous other programs. The scrapbook contains most of the items in the collection, but there is also one folder that contains loose items from the scrapbook and five additional envelopes containing dance cards, a name card, a coin purse and get well letters and calling cards from Miller's hospital stay after the train wreck.

Biographical Note

Simeon Van Buren Miller was born in Nineveh, Indiana on August 27, 1982. He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1906.  He was a member of the football team and was among those injured in the Purdue train wreck of 1903.  Per a newspaper clipping among his scrapbook memorabilia, “Mr. Miller is admitted to have been the most horribly mangled of all the wreck victims who recovered…”  He was also a member of Phi Delta Theta, as his father and two brothers had been.  Simeon Miller was also president of the class of 1905, during his sophomore year at Purdue.

Miller established a marine-engine dealership in Crystal Lake, Washington in 1908 and retired in 1945. He won various trophies in inboard and outboard motorboat races. He was instrumental in acquiring property for a game refuge for the Seattle Rod and Gun Club. Miller was a past commodore of the Seattle Outboard Association, a former deacon and elder for the First Christian Church, and a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary.

Simeon Miller died April 17, 1958.

Subject/Index Terms

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Purdue Boilermakers (Football team)--History
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Students
Railroad accidents--Indiana--Indianapolis
Visiting cards

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 flat box and 1 folder

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Related Materials: Purdue Train Wreck collection.

Preferred Citation: MSA 21, Simeon V. B. Miller scrapbook, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Finding Aid Revision History: Last Revised 12/18/2009

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/msa21_miller_s.pdf

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