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Collection Summary

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Literary Productions 1918-1948, undated

Photographic Materials 1955-1959, undated

Maps 1918, undated

Artifacts 1918-circa 1920s

Baylor University, the Texas Collection

Greaver Lewis Miller papers, Inclusive: 1918-1959, undated, Bulk: 1917-1920, 1955-1959



Collection Summary

Creator Miller, Greaver Lewis
Title Greaver Lewis Miller papers
Dates: Inclusive: 1918-1959, undated, Bulk: 1917-1920, 1955-1959
Abstract The Greaver Lewis Miller papers contains materials from an American pilot who trained at nearby Rich Field in Waco, Texas, during World War I. Materials include photographs, certificates, and artifacts from Miller’s time in the Army.
Accession Number 3804
Quantity: 1 document box and 2 oversized boxes
Language of the Material English
Repository Baylor University, The Texas Collectionhttp://www.baylor.edu/lib/texas/

Biography/Profile

Greaver Lewis Miller was born in Yowell, Texas, on 1897 July 2. The son of A.P. Miller, Greaver worked in the automotive industry before enlisting in the Army’s Signal Officers’ Reserve Corps at the age of 20. His term of enlistment lasted five years.

Miller’s dream of becoming a pilot required extensive study. He graduated from the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Texas-Austin on 1918 July 13. From there, Miller moved to Rich Field in Waco, Texas, where he excelled at putting the newly-learned theories into practice. Upon passing his pilot examinations, Miller was commissioned as a “Reserve Military Aviator” on 1918 December 13. He was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant on 1919 February 15.

Not much is known about the remainder of Miller’s life. Miller was a member of the Masons at Cooper Lodge #707 in Cooper, Texas. Along with learning how to fly, Miller was trained in aerial photography. Several landscape shots can be found within his collection. He occasionally collected materials concerning the Rich Field Veterans Association and their reunion dinners that were held across the United States. Greaver died on 1968 November 3. His son, Jerry, donated his father’s materials to The Texas Collection in 2011.

Rich Field, the site where Miller received his training, was built near Waco, Texas, in the fall of 1917. The base was named after First Lieutenant Perry C. Rich, a member of the Philippine Scouts who had been killed in a flying exercise at Manila Bay in 1912. By 1919 January 1, the instructors of Rich Field had trained 399 graduates, including Greaver Miller. After World War I was over, enlistment in the military declined. The military base was closed in the summer of 1921 and the airfield was converted to civilian use.

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Scope and Content

The Greaver Lewis Miller papers ranges in its chronology from 1918 to 1959. There are two different time periods that the collection focuses on: Miller’s term of enlistment from 1918 to the early 1920s and the mid to late 1950s in which the Rich Field Veterans Association was organizing reunion dinners for pilots like Miller who had been trained at the air base in Waco, Texas.

Most of the collection consists of literary productions and photographic materials. Literary materials includes certificates of promotion, a pilot’s book, identification cards, other documents relating to Miller’s time in the reserves. Photographic materials have been divided by subject matter: planes, people, buildings, reunion dinners, etc. Series III contains maps of Rich Field as well as the greater Waco area. There are also two interesting artifacts included within the collection: a pair of leather shin guards and Miller’s pilot wings.

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Arrangement

This collection came to The Texas Collection with no prior organization. However, the materials were in good condition and were divided into four series: I. Literary Productions, II. Photographic Materials, III. Maps, and IV. Artifacts.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

All requests for copying of materials must be submitted to The Texas Collection in writing. Please use the Request Form for Copying Materials sheet. Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator (s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Physical Description

General condition: Good.

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Index Terms

Places
Rich Field (Waco, Tex.)
Subjects
Air warfare -- History -- 20th century.
Fighter pilots -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genres
Certificates.
Maps.
Photographs.

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Related Resources

Related references

Rich Field Vertical Files.
Waco News Tribune, 1921 July 24.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Greaver Lewis Miller papers, Accession #3804, Box #, Folder #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

Acquisition Information

Accession No. 3804. Acquired 2011-11-14

Processing Information

Described by Thomas DeShong. Released on 2012-06-22.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Literary Productions 1918-1948, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Biography/Profile
This series contains literary productions dealing primarily with the military career of Greaver Lewis Miller. Miller joined the Signal Officer’s Reserve Corps of the Army in 1918 for a five-year enlistment
term. He learned how to fly at nearby Rich Field landing strip. These materials are in good condition.
box folder
1 1 Literary Productions: Certificate: Appointment to Second Lieutenant 1919 February 15
2 Literary Productions: Certificate: Reserve Military Aviator 1918 December 13
3 Literary Productions: Diagrams: Aerial Photography undated
4 Literary Productions: Identification Cards 1920-1922
5 Literary Productions: Memorandum: Pilot Book 1920 May 12
6 Literary Productions: Pilot Book: Rich Field 1918-1920
7 Literary Productions: Printed Materials: 1947 Reunion 1947-1948

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Photographic Materials 1955-1959, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Biography/Profile
This series contains photographic materials collected by Greaver Miller during his time in the military. Photographs of aerial landscapes, individuals (including Miller), buildings, planes, and reunion dinners are present in this series. These photographs are in average to good condition.
Index Terms
Genres
Photographic print
box folder
1 8 Photographic Materials: Photos: Aerial Photographs undated
9 Photographic Materials: Photos: Buildings undated
10 Photographic Materials: Photos: People: (1 of 2) undated
11 Photographic Materials: Photos: People: (2 of 2) undated
12 Photographic Materials: Photos: Planes undated
13 Photographic Materials: Photos: Rich Field Veterans Association: Reunions 1955-1959
box folder
[1070] OVZ 3 Photographic Materials: Photos: Rich Field Veterans Association: Reunions 1956

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Maps 1918, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Good.
Biography/Profile
The following series contains two folders. One consists of maps that Miller collected detailing the towns that surrounded the greater Waco area. The second folder has layouts of Rich Field as it appeared in 1918, the year that Miller joined the air corps. These materials are in good condition.
box folder
1 14 Maps: Waco Area undated
box folder
[1070] OVZ 4 Maps: Rich Field 1918 May 3

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Artifacts 1918-circa 1920s

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
The following series is comprised of two three-dimensional artifacts: Miller’s shin guards that he wore as a pilot, and the wings that he earned after successfully passing his aviation exams. These
materials are in excellent condition and are wrapped in bubble wrap for preservation purposes.
box folder
2 1 Artifacts: Pilot’s Wings 1918
2 Artifacts: Shin Guards circa 1920s

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