Manly Miles Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Miles, Manly, 1826-1898
Manly Miles papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 1 folder, 4 volumes

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Manly Miles was born July 20, 1826, at Homer, New York and his family later moved to Flint, Michigan. He attended Western Reserve College and later Rush Medical College, Chicago, where he earned a medical doctorate in 1850. Dr. Miles returned to Flint to open a medical practice. He married Mary E. Dodge in 1851.

Manly Miles became a professor at Michigan Agricultural College in 1860 and remained until 1875, and was the first professor of scientific agriculture in the United States.

he went on to teach at Agricultural College of the Illinois Industrial University (now part of the University of Illinois at Urbana); Columbia Veterinary College, New York; and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Manly Miles died February 15, 1898, at Lansing, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The four letters were written by Manly Miles to his brother, Isaac. Three dated 1848 were written while he was at Western Reserve College, and the fourth, dated 1850, while he attended Rush Medical College. Typewritten copies are included for each. Letters dated 1848 provide descriptions of Western Reserve College and various professors. There are references to fellow Michigan students C. Bartlett, I.T. Hinman, H.A. Goodale, and Doct Kenny, and to family matters and members including an Uncle Josiah Begole, Michigan Governor (1883-January 1885).

The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings pertaining to M.A.C., but also included are articles on farming and agriculture in Michigan, and the history of several Michigan cities. A few programs are also found in the scrapbooks.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 1980

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 AT updates October 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Materials donated by Madison Kuhn and Martha S. Pratt.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Case Western Reserve University.
  • Michigan State University.
  • Rush Medical College.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Flint (Mich.)
  • Michigan -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Begole, Josiah Williams, 1815-1896
  • Miles, Isaac


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Education, Higher
  • Manners and customs

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note


Letters 1848-1850 


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M.A.C. Newspaper Clippings 1853-1878 

SB 71

M.A.C. Newspaper Clippings 1859-1888 

SB 72

M.A.C. Newspaper Clippings 1863-1869 

SB 73

M.A.C. Newspaper Clippings 1868-1878 

SB 74

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CDV's-People, Miles, Manly 

People CDVs

People. Miles, Manly 

People Photographs

People. Miles, Manly 

People Photographs

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