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Abraham H. Miller Papers, 1889-1928

Abraham H. Miller Papers, 1889-1928

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Abraham H. Miller Papers, 1889-1928 UALR.MS.0096

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-08-02T17:02-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Abraham H. Miller Papers, 1889-1928
Dates: 1889-1928
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet1 document box
Identification: UALR.MS.0096
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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains letters, notes, receipts, and invoices concerning the business endeavors of the Reverend Abraham H. Miller, 1889-1913, and also includes papers from his wife Eliza Miller's operation of the Plaza Movie Theater, 1917-1922, located in Helena, Arkansas.

The original number of this collection was A-99.


Biographical Note

Abraham H. Miller (1851-1913) was born a slave in St. Francis County. In 1851, he moved with his mother to Helena sometime during the Civil War. Like his father, he learned to be a drayman. He later expanded his dray business and then branched out into real estate, rental property, and money lending. Miller was also an ordained Baptist minister. In 1877, he was elected pastor of Central Baptist Church in Helena. Later, he served as pastor of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadephia.

In addition to his business and clerical pursuits, Miller represented Phillips County in the Arkansas House of Representatives during the 1874-1875 term, and he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888. Miller married Eliza Ann Ross (1869-1938) in 1887. They both served on the Board of Trustees at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock. They had eight children. In 1911, Miller published an autobiography entitled, "How I Succeeded in my Business."

Miller died in 1913. Mrs. Miller continued to serve on the Board of Trustees at Arkansas Baptist College after his death and pursued other philanthropic activities, including donating land to the Helena school board for a high school to be built for African Americans. She was also the first woman in Arkansas to build and manage a movie theater, the Plaza Movie Theater, in Helena.

Source: "A Land Given: 19th Century African-Americans in the Arkansas Delta." Delta Cultural Center. http://www.deltaculturalcenter.com/education_programs/DCC_given_lessonplan.pdf (accessed 2012 July 2).


African Americans--Arkansas--History
Miller, Abraham H., 1851-1913
Miller, Eliza A., 1869-1938
Motion picture theaters--Arkansas--Helena

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The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.


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Bibliographic citation:

Abraham H. Miller Papers, UALR.MS.0096. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, Abraham H. Miller Papers, UALR.MS.0096.


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