This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact. It contains four series: Series I, Documents; Series II, Books and memorabilia; Series III, Photographs and photograph albums; Series IV, Oversized, scrapbooks and documents.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents, books, photographs and scrapbooks from five generations of the family of Charles Miller and Frederica Reichardt Miller Rottaken of Little Rock, Arkansas. Several documents are in German, including baptismal certificates and correspondence. Most of the books are devotional books and diaries, some of them also in German. Many of the photographs are of casual family situations and outings, including locations at Armstrong Springs, a resort near Little Rock.
Charles Miller, born April 15, 1834, in Bavaria, settled at Napoleon, Arkansas, in 1857. He served in the Confederate army under the command of General T. J. Churchill. In 1863 he married Frederica Reichardt of Little Rock. Following the Civil War, he moved to Little Rock, where he entered the wholesale grocery business. Frederica was born October 25, 1842, in Austria. She came to America with her family in 1854, and they settled in Little Rock. Charles and Frederica Miller had six children, three of whom died as infants. Charles died in 1875, leaving three young daughters, Julia, Rosa, and Emelia.
Herbert H. Rottaken, born in 1839 in Aachen, Germany, came to America in the early 1850s, settling in the St. Louis area. He served in the Union army with the Sixth Missouri Cavalry. He moved to Little Rock in 1870 and over the years served in a variety of public positions. He and Frederica Reichardt Miller married in 1878. Rottaken died in a hunting accident in 1908, and Frederica died of meningitis in 1911.
Rosa Miller, who never married, continued to live in the family home at 519 Rector Avenue in Little Rock. Emelia married Wilbur Black, and they had one daughter, Dorothy, who became a librarian at the University of Illinois. The collection contains material related to her work at the University. Julia, who married A. A. Rutland, remained active in the community, as did her children and grandchildren. Her granddaughter Julie Wood, married to Little Rock architect John Truemper, donated the material that makes up this collection.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Armstrong Springs, Ark.
Black, Dorothy Miller
Black, Emelia Miller
Blue Hole, Petit Jean State Park, Ark.
Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Ark.
First German Lutheran Church, Little Rock, Ark.
Miller, Charles, 1834-1875
Rottaken, Frederica Reichardt Miller, 1842-1911
Rottaken, Herbert H., 1839-1908
Rutland, Julia Miller
Wood, Zachary, Sr.
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access, except where noted due to the fragile condition of particular items.
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Miller-Rottaken family collection, MSS.10.28, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Donated by Julie Wood Truemper, great-granddaughter of Charles Miller and Frederica Miller Rottaken, and her husband John, 2010