Guide to the David B. Miller Papers at the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: David B. Miller
Title: David B. Miller Papers
Dates: 1838-1996
Quantity: 38 box(es) (37.8 cubic feet)
Collection ID: MSS.Miller
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Dr. David B. Miller was born on September 26, 1940 to George E. Miller and Corlis Davis Miler. He grew up in the town of his birth, Metropolis, Illinois, graduating from Metropolis High School in 1958.

Dr. Miller went on to earn his History B.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1962 and his History M.A. three years later. In 1965 he taught 8th grade English and history at Jefferson Junior High in Champaign. He also began working on his Ph.D. through the University of Kansas. Dr. Miller finished his Ph.D. in 1973.

In 1968 David Miller took a temporary job as a history instructor for Wichita State University. That fall he became a history professor and Director of graduate studies for Black Hills State College.

Dr. David Miller additionally taught extension classes at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Northwest College's summer campus at Yellowstone National Park, and other campuses as well. Not only did he teach, Dr. Miller wrote many books and articles-mostly about history-including The South Dakota Story which is used as a textbook in South Dakota middle schools. When he was not teaching or writing, David Miller was consulting for the US Park Service, The National Park Service, the Bureau of Land management, the State Historical Society, the South Dakota Archaeological Research Center. He was a board member of the South Dakota Humanities council, which chose him as its Friend of the Humanities in 1993.

He was very interested in railroad. After the state of South Dakota took over the Milwaukee Road railroad track in 1981, David Miller became a member of South Dakota's railroad board, in addition to participating in the Northern Hills Railroad Authority. Dr. Miller also did a costumed portrayal of (among others) railroad magnate James J. Hill.

Despite being so busy, David Miller had time to be a very good teacher. The BHSU University's Student Senate chose him as the Outstanding Faculty member in 1987, 1989, and 1993. In 1997 he won the Distinguished Faculty Award from BHSU. In 1997 Dr. David Miller was awarded the Robinson Award from the State Historical Society, honoring his lifetime of achievement. That year, Governor Janklow has a day named in his honor.

On May 3, 1997, Dr. Miller died after a months of fighting cancer, leaving behind his parents, sister, wife, nine kids, and two grandchildren.

Scope and Contents

Black Hills Project Papers, Magazines, Student Papers, Reports, Books, Newspapers, Typescripts, Press releases, Bulletins, Letters, Notes, Scrapbook, postcards, Programs, Biographical information, Coloring Book, Maps, Pamphlets, Catalogs, Sketches, Abstracts, Development Plan, Questionnaire, Memos, Calendars, Agendas, Reservations, Guidelines, Bylaws, Membership Rosters, Certificates, Order forms, Advertisements, Ballots, Indexes, Schedules, Contracts, Activity Sheets, Handbooks, Resume, Minutes, Resolution, Rules, Invitation, Scholarships, Information, Projects, Yearbooks, Speeches, Awards, Interviews, Tests, Guides, Logo, Study, Scripts, Music, Handouts, Proofs, Names and Addresses, Manuscripts, Bank Statements, Check stubs, claims, Receipts, Exam Questions and Answers, Finances, Job Descriptions, Newsletters, Lists, Treaties, Volunteers, Contribution cards, Petitions, Record books, Messages, Miscellaneous, Slide Shows.

Related Material

Black Hills State University Archives

Preferred Citation

David B. Miller Papers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies

Processing Information

Dora Jones and Colleen Kirby

Detailed Description of the Collection

The database can be searched at:

1 Magazines 1978, Black Hills History Project Papers 1976-1978, Students Papers 1975-1976.
2 Black Hills History Project Papers, Magazines.
3 Student Papers 1976-1985, Black Hills History Project Papers, Reports 1919-1957, Book 1913, Magazines.
4 Black Hills History Class Papers 1986-1989, Magazines 1989-1990, typescripts 1989.
5 Federal Farm Board press released 1930-1952, Federal Farm Bulletin 1930-1931, Address, Letter 1932, Manuscript Note.
6 Book, Scrapbooks, postcards.
7 Research notes, typescripts 1946-1984.
8 Papers 1982, Notes, Book Chapters, Letter 1972, Survey 1877-1983, Resources, Photographs, Postcard, Newspaper clippings, programs, Coloring Book 1984, Overview, Reports 1972, Typescript, Certificate 1887, Map.
9 Notes, Papers 1969-1985, Scripts, Newspaper clippings 1986, Dictionary, Pamphlets, Magazines 1978-1989, Newsletter 1970, Catalog 1985, Letter 1963-1986, Minutes 1984-1985, Receipt, Information.
10 Speech 1978, Papers 1978-1989, Letters 1977-1980, Notes, Lists, Sketches, Newsletter 1972, Newspaper Articles 1914, Memos 1985-1990, Pamphlet, Application 1984, Photographs, Maps 1966, Questionnaire, Calendars 1990-1994, Report 1974-1980, Agenda 1990, Reservation 1990, Programs, Guidelines 1991, Bylaws, Membership Roster 1989-1990, Information, Certificate, Order form, Instructions, Advertisements, Ballot 1989, Index 1989-1991, Registration form 1992, Inventory, Rules, Lists, Records, Sources, Drafts, Schedules, Contract, Activity Sheet, Bills, Agenda, typescripts, postcards, Handbook, Resume.
11 Letter 1984-1995, Notes, Minutes 1986-1987, Memo 1987-1993, Trust Agreement 1987, Resolution 1986, Rules 1982, Magazines, Invitation, Reports 1985-1986, Scholarships, Information, Papers.
12 Magazines, Letters 1922-1991, Papers, Schedules, Reports, Bald Mountain Material, Yearbooks.
13 Papers, Magazines, Bulletins, Drawings, Plans, Maps, Photographs, Letters, Notes, Reports 1934-1959, Records 1912-1922, Flow Sheet, Taxes.
14 Speech 1971, Papers, Notes, Newspaper clippings, Studies, Photographs, Instructions, Reports, Magazines
15 Notes, Information, Scripts, By-laws 1991, Lists, Articles, Awards, Papers, Proposals, Letters, Minutes, Interviews.
16 Photographs, Magazines 1980-1989, Map 1980-1981, Biography, Guides 1989, Logo, Programs, Brochures, Papers.
17 Notes, Newspaper articles, Papers, Reports 1983, Bibliography, Scripts, Magazines, Music, Survey, Handout, Maps 1993.
18 Survey Material, Minutes, Proofs, Regulations 1991, Pamphlet 1989-1994, Papers, Speeches 1993, Report, Magazines.
19 Papers 1985, Pamphlet, Names and Addresses, Notes, Orders 1907, Letter 1899-1909, Report 1909, Inventory, Typescript.
20 Guide, Magazine 1919-1981, Papers 1975-1987, Articles, Pamphlets, Notes, Resolution 1894, Photographs, Typescripts, Newspaper Articles 1961-1989.
21 Notes, Papers 1979, Receipts 1989, Articles, Books, Bibliographies, Outline
22 Letters 1985-1987, Bylaws, Memo 1985, Minutes 1985, Notes, Tour Guide, Articles, Newsletter 1972, Program 1938-1939, Typescripts, Magazines, Brochure 1989.
23 Papers, Articles 1982, Letters, Brochure, Notes, By-laws, Typescripts, Manuscripts.
24 Memo 1989-1990, Program 1968, Notes, Articles 1888, Brochure, Newsletter 1975, Map, Typescripts, Letter 1866-1989, Minutes 1989, 1988 Tax Returns, Press Clips, Envelopes, Bank Statement 1989, Check stubs 1988, Insurance Claim 1989, Receipts, Papers.
25 Bibliographic Records, Letter 1907, Papers, Notes, Brochures.
26 Letters 1803-1933, Papers, Newspaper Article, Poster 1994, Album, Stickers, Sketches, Pictures, Map, Brochure, Articles, Black Hills Historian, Address 1994, Receipt 1902, Notes, Memo 1975, Pamphlet, Invitation, Pin, Calendar, Certificate 1991.
27 Papers, Notes, Map 1973-1982, Guide, Brochure, Memo 1995, Newspaper 1995, Program 1995, Calendar 1996, Magazines 1967-1967, Annual Report 1994, Letter 1994.
28 Papers 1991, Awards 1991, Brochure, Memo 1993, Notes, Newspaper Articles, Photographs, Postcard.
29 Papers, Notes, Articles, Letters 1988, Memo 1988, Exams.
30 Pamphlet, Letters 1975-1994, Notes 1991, Papers, Maps, Booklet, Bibliography, Visitors Guide, Newsletters 1970-1975, Minutes 1971-1972, Application, Information Sheet, Ticket, Articles, Brochures, Annual Reports, Poster, Timetables.
31 Map, Pamphlet, Visitors Guide, Timetable, Books, Brochure, Notes, Pin 1908, Papers.
32 Artwork, Brady Bill, Letters, Brochures, Flyers, Receipts, Manuals, Court Decisions, Employee Records, Papers, Articles, Balance Sheets, Bank accounts, Bills, Business Contributions, Deposit slips, Reports, Vouchers, Notes, Rules, Expenses, Pledges, Tax Papers.
33 Job Description, Reports, Land Claims, Letters, Lists, Minutes 1988-1989, News clippings, Newsletter 1989, Papers, Petitions, Presentations, Press Releases, Reference Material
34 Bills, Letters, Treaties, Lists, Newspaper Clippings, Papers, Proposal, Balance Sheet 1988-1989, Mailing Labels, Brochure, Pamphlets, Newsletters.
35 Contribution cards, Petitions, Pamphlets, Deposit record Books, Receipts, Telephone messages, Taxes, Newsletter 1988, Bills, Receipts, Correspondence.
36 Articles, Letters, Programs 1986, Notes, Survey, Historical Profile, Paper 1984-1988, Miscellaneous forms.
37 Miscellaneous Material, Notes, Report 1979, Promotional Material, Timetables, Articles, Sketch.
38 Darrel L. Kenops Speeches 1987-1991.