University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Steward Alexander Miller Papers, 1843-1873, 1926-1966

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Miller, Steward Alexander
Title: Steward Alexander Miller papers
Dates: 1843-1873, 1926-1966
Abstract: Papers of Steward Alexander Miller, relating to his life in Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01812
Extent: 5 inches
Language: German , English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Steward Alexander Miller (1805-1893), a native Virginia, studied law in Crockett with James Carr and joined Col. Jacob Snively's expedition in 1843. The Snively Expedition was one of a series of forays between Texas and Mexico following Texas becoming an independent nation. This foray formed specifically to address the indignities heaped on previous expeditions such as the Texas Santa Fe and Mier expeditions. During the expedition, Miller received the rank of colonel, which he used until his death.

After returning to Texas in 1850, Miller married Rebecca F. Whiten, with whom he had ten children. He was elected to the First and Second Texas legislatures as the representative of Houston County and served in the state Senate in 1851, 1854, and 1861. Following the adoption of the Constitution of 1876, Miller was elected Houston county judge, where he served for two terms.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Constitution of 1836," (accessed July 27, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Miller, Steward Alexander," (accessed July 27, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Snively Expedition," (accessed July 27, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Steward Alexander Miller Papers, 1843-1873, 1926-1966, concern the life and career of Miller. The collection includes the only eyewitness account of the Snively Expedition of 1843 (in the form of a diary), correspondence, letters of recommendation from Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk, tax receipts, land titles, funeral notice and photographs. The twentieth-century documents include correspondence from historians and writers to Miller's daughter, Amelia M. Comer, concerning the publication and possible sale of the diary, newspaper clippings, and H. Bailey Carroll's manuscripts of the edited diary. The collection includes a photostat copy of the diary and typed transcripts.


Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is restricted; contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Baker, Eugene Campbell
Carroll, H. Bailey (Horace Bailey), 1903-1966
Comer, Amelia M.
Eberstadt, Lindley
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Kaufman, David S. (David Spangler), 1813-1851
Miller, Rebecca, Frances Whitten
Miller, Steward Alexander
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857
Snively, Jacob
Vandale, Earl, 1882-1952
Webb, Walter Prescott, 1888-1963
Wheeler, Royal T.
History--Study and teaching
Land titles
Document Types

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts and Newspaper Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Steward Alexander Miller Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)


Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection


3A68 [SRH1230014969] Correspondence
Financial and legal papers
Newspaper clippings
Photostat and transcripts of diary
3R682 Diary -- restricted
Conditions Governing Access
3T3 [SRH1230021774] Daugerreo type portrait of Steward Alexander Miller
3Y71 [SRH1230028349] Unidentified albumen carte de visite portrait
2.325/V12 [SRH1230002537] Annotated broadside