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Collection 2367 - A. W. Miles Family Records, 1882-1997

Creator:Miles, A. W. (Arthur Wellington), 1859-1933

Provenance Note:Personal and professional papers created or collected by members of the Miles family between 1882 and 1997 were donated to Special Collections by Elsie Miles of Billings, Montana on July 7, 1997.

Historical Note:Arthur Wellington Miles came to Montana in 1880 while serving as Army paymaster at Fort Keogh near present-day Miles City. Following his resignation from the Army, Miles started a hardware business at Coulson and, by 1882, opened a similar business in Billings. Later in that year he joined Colonel A. L. Babcock in creating the Bozeman firm, Babcock & Miles. During the winter of 1882-1883, Miles opened his first business in Livingston. By 1893 the partnership with Babcock was severed and Miles concentrated his business ventures in Livingston and its surrounding communities. His operations in Livingston grew to include the A. W. Miles Lumber and Coal Company, the A. W. Miles Land and Investment Company, and the A. W. Miles Company. The Miles name would also hold a majority interest in the Thompson Company and the Park Ice and Storage Company. In addition to these businesses Miles owned an extensive sheep ranch and held a controlling interest in numerous companies across Montana. Through the Miles Land and Investment Company, the Livingston Theatre, the Park Hotel, and the Miles Building were constructed.

Beyond business interests, A. W. Miles played an important role in state and local politics. He was elected and served two terms as Mayor of Livingston beginning in 1887. Between 1906 and 1909 Miles served as a state senator representing Park County.A. W. Miles married Idella M. Draper in 1885. Together the couple had four children: Louise Gertrude, Adena Josephine, Perry, and Daniel Nelson. By the late 1920s Daniel Miles took control of the companies as his father retired to Los Angeles, California. A. W. Miles died in 1933. Dan Miles continued operating the primary companies and other business interests including mining and ranching. Like his father, Dan Miles also played a significant role in local politics and civic organizations. In 1982, the A. W. Miles company was dissolved.

Content Description Note: The A. W. Miles papers include correspondence, business documents, land and legal documents, insurance and financial records, and personal articles relating to the family and the various Miles businesses.Subjects include real estate transactions, property management concerns, lumber and coal business, and Yellowstone National Park.

Contents

Series 1 Correspondence, 1888-1997
Personal and business letters to and from members of the Miles family
Series 2 Literary Productions
Speeches, fiction, diaries, and journals by members of the Miles family
Series 3 Insurance Documents
Insurance summaries, insurance policies, payment receipts, insurance registers, and related correspondence
Series 4 Photographs
Primarily unidentified photographs and an album with Yellowstone National Park images, ca. 1916
Series 5 Topical Files
Memberships, memorabilia, scrapbook materials
Series 6 Land and Property Documents, 1886-1975
Deeds, mortgages, land abstracts, titles, building surveys, and leases all pertaining to property owned by the Miles family and connected businesses
Series 7 Legal Documents, 1882-1984
Land contracts, letters of patent, employment, purchase and sale contracts, wills, bills of sale and other legal documents
Series 8 Financial Records, 1887-1982
Documents and material related to the family's personal and business finances. Included in this series are financial statements, tax documents, business and personal ledgers, rent books, bank statements, deposit records, promissory notes, expense records, wage books, stock certificates, and more.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1888-1997

Letters to and from members of the Miles family. Much of the correspondence includes comments on the state of the various businesses controlled by the Miles family. Files in this series are arranged chronologically. At the end of the series are two files containing correspondence that is either incomplete or without a date.

Box 1
1. 1888
2. 1893
3. 1894
4.1899
5.1900
6.1901
7.1902
8.1903
9.1904
10.1905
11.1906
12.1907
13.1908
14.1909
15.1910
16.1912
17.1913
18.1914
19. 1915
20.1916
21.1917
22.1918
23.1919
24.1920
25.1921
26.1922
27.1923
28.1924
29.1925
30.1926
Box 2
1.1927
2.1928
3.1929
4.1930
5.1931
6.1932
7.1933
8.1934
9.1935
10.1936
11.1937
12.1938
13.1939
14.1940
Box 3
1.1941
2.1942
3.1943
4.1944
5.1945
6.1946
7.1947
8.1948
9.1949
10.1950
11.1951
12.1952
13.1953
14.1954
15.1955
16.1956
17.1957
18.1958
19.1960
20.1961
21.1962
22.1963
23.1965
24.1966
25.1967
26.1968
27.1969
Box 4
1.1978
2.1979
3.1981
4.1982
5.1986
6.1988
7.1993
8.1997
9. Correspondence Without Dates
10.Correspondence Without Dates

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Series 2: Literary Productions, ca. 1923-1973

Contains speeches, fiction, diaries, and journals by members of the Miles family. Also included in this series are pamphlets, leaflets, newspaper and magazine clippings in which they were either collected or written by a member of the Miles family. Under the miscellaneous heading are speeches or pieces of fiction of which a complete copy is not available. Of particular note are the typed manuscripts of the two children's books written by Dan Miles. Box 6 contains bound materials consisting of diaries, journals, and appointment books.

Box 5
1.Partial Biography of Edward H. Moorman
2.Newspaper/Magazine articles collected by Miles family
3.Northern Herd News
4.Newspaper/Magazine articles by Miles family
5.Published articles about Miles family members
6.Yarns of Yellowstone--Rough Draft
7.A Lamb's Tale--Rough Draft
8.Miscellaneous, incomplete, unsigned fiction and speeches
9.Speeches & Papers delivered by A. W. Miles
10.Speeches & Papers delivered by Dan Miles
11.A. W. Miles, Biography (2)
12.Dan Miles, Autobiographical sketch
13.Diary, 1922
14.Address Book, 1939
Box 6
1.Diary, 1926
2.Diary, 1937
3.Diary, 1952
4.Diary, 1954
5.Address Book, 1973
6.Appointment Book, 1959

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Series 3: Insurance Documents, 1891-1982

Series 3 contains all insurance related documents. Within the series documents are grouped into various subseries. These subgroups contain: Insurance summaries, insurance policies, payment receipts, insurance registers, and related correspondence. The summaries are compiled lists of policy coverage for business and personal interests and are filed chronologically. Policies, payment receipts, and correspondence are filed by company name.NOTE: It is likely that some insurance related correspondence will also be found throughout Series 1.

Box 7
Insurance Summaries
1.1911
2.1913
3.1914
4.1915
5.1925
6.1928
7.1951
Insurance Policies
8.American States Insurance Co.
9.Clayton and Working Agency
10.Commercial Union Insurance Co.
11.Firemen's Insurance Co.
12.Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co.
13.Knoxville Fire Insurance Co.
14.Lloyd's of London
15.Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance
16.Montana Life Insurance Co.
17.Montana Livestock & Casualty InsuranceCo.
18.The Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York
19.Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
20.Northwestern National Insurance Group
21.Reliance Insurance Co.
22.St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.
23.The Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias
24.United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co.
Insurance Correspondence
25.Bankers Life Co.
26.C. E. Hildreth
27.Central Life Assurance Society
28.Continental Life Insurance Co.
29.Davis & Clayton Agency
30.The Equitable Life Assurance Society
31.Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance
32.The Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.
33.Missouri State Life Insurance Co.
34.Montana Life Insurance Co.
35.The Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York
36.Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
37.The Supreme Lodge: Knights of Pythias
38.United Mutual Insurance Co.
39.United Agencies
40.Insurance Register, 1933-1934
Box 8
1. Miscellaneous Insurance Documents
2.Worker's Compensation Documents, 1979-1982
Insurance Receipts
3.The Bankers Life Association
4.Central Life Assurance Society
5.Continental Life Insurance Co.
6.The Equitable Life Assurance Society
7.Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.
8.Montana Life Insurance Co.
9.Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York
10.New York Life Insurance Co.
11.Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
12.The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.
13.The Prudential Insurance Co.
14.Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias
15.Royal Insurance Co. LTD.
16.United Agencies
17.Western Life Insurance Co.

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Series 4: Photographs, 1916-1970

Includes one photo album and loose photographs taken from the early 1910s to the late 1970s. In most cases, no descriptions are written on the back of the photographs. Of particular note is the photo album which contains numerous pictures from the Livingston/Yellowstone area in 1916.

Box 9
1.Photo Album
2.Loose Photographs, numbers #1-29

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Series 5: Topical Files

This series includes files that do not necessarily fit into any specific category within this collection. Documents (partial or complete) that could not be labeled to fit a specific category were placed in the final two folders entitled "Miscellaneous." File 13 contains various pieces of Miles memorabilia. This includes a company calendar, blank checks, and business stationary.

Box 9 (cont.)
3.City Business License, 1962, 1963
4.Yellowstone Park travel statistics
5.Rotary Club information
6.Woodmen of the World
7.Mining Information
8.National Parks Highway Association
9.Chamber of Commerce Certificate
10.Livingston Tennis Club Meeting Notes (bound volume)
11.Miscellaneous (A)
12.Miscellaneous (B)
13.Display Items
Oversize Folder--Ancient Arabic Order Certificate

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Series 6: Land and Property Documents, 1886-1975

Included in this series are deeds, mortgages, land abstracts, titles, building surveys, and leases all pertaining to property owned by the Miles family and connected businesses. Also included in this series are blueprints and maps marking property owned by the Miles Land and Investment Co. With the exception of the Building Survey folder, all documents are filed chronologically.

Box 10
1.1886
2.1888
3.1889
4.1890
5.1891
6.1892
7.1893
8.1894
9.1895
10.1898
11.1899
12.1900
13.1901
14.1902
15.1903
16.1904
17.1905
18.1906
19.1907
20.1908
21.1909
22.1910
23.1911
24.1912
25.1913
26.1914
27.1915
28.1916
29.1917
30.1918
31.1919
Box 11
1.1920
2.1921
3.1922
4.1923
5.1924
6.1925
7.1927
8.1928
9.1929
10.1930
11.1934
12.1936
13.1937
14.1944
15.1946
16.1947
17.1954
18.1955
19.1956
20.1958
21.1959
22.1960
23.1965
24.1966
25.1968
26.1969
27.1971
28.1972
29.1973
30.1974
31.1975
32. Building Surveys
Oversize Folder--Gallatin/Absaroka National Forest Maps
Oversize Folder--Park Hotel Blueprints
Oversize Folder--Unknown Store Plan

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Series 7: Legal Documents, 1882-1984

Series 7 includes land contracts, letters of patent, employment, purchase and sale contracts, wills, bills of sale and any other documents of a legal nature. This series is arranged chronologicallyfollowed with separate folders for wills, letters of patent, and meeting minutes.

Box 12
1.Legal Documents without dates
2.1882
3.1884
4.1891
5.1892
6.1893
7.1896
8.1898
9.1899
10.1900
11.1901
12.1902
13.1903
14.1904
15.1905
16.1906
17.1907
18.1908
19.1909
20.1910
21.1911
22.1912
23.1913
24.1914
25.1915
26.1916
27.1917
28.1919
29.1920
30.1921
31.1922
32.1923
33.1924
34.1927
35.1928
Box 13
1.1929
2.1930
3.1936
4.1939
5.1949
6.1952
7.1956
8.1962
9.1964
10.1965
11.1970
12.1972
13.1973
14.1974
15.1976
16.1979
17.1982
18.1984
19.Last Will and Testament, Daniel N. Miles
20.Last Will and Testament, Arthur W. Miles
21.Minutes, Stockholder's Meetings
22.Meeting Minutes, The Thompson Co. 1902-1911 (Bound)
23.Meeting Minutes, A.W. Miles Co. of Clyde Park, MT (Bound)
24.Letters of Patent, 1892
25.Letters of Patent, 1893
26.Letters of Patent, 1895

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Series 8: Financial Records, 1887-1982

The largest series in the Miles Papers, this section contains all documents and material related to the family's personal and business finances. Included in this series are financial statements, tax documents, business and personal ledgers, rent books, bank statements, deposit records, promissory notes, expense records, wage books, stock certificates, and more. Boxes 14 and 15 are devoted almost exclusively to financial statements and are arranged in a chronological order. These financial statements are laundry lists of assets and liabilities of both business and personal affairs. At the end of this subgroup are cumulative and comparative statements covering numerous years and statements without dates. Although extensive, the financial records are often fragmentary and inconsistent. In many cases, loose papers were placed between the pages of the bound ledgers. These items were left in their original position inside the bound volumes.

Financial Statements
Box 14
1.1892
2.1893
3.1894
4.1898
5.1900
6.1901
7.1902
8.1903
9.1905
10.1906
11.1907
12.1908
13.1909
14.1910
15.1911
16.1912
17.1913
18.1914
19.1915
20.1916
21.1917
22.1918
23.1919
24.1920
25.1921
26.1922
27.1923
28.1924
29.1925
30.1926
31.1927
32.1928
33.1929
34.1930
35.1931
36.1932
37.1933
38.1934
39.1935
40.1936
41.1939
42.1940
43.1941
44.1943
45.1944
46.1945
47.1947
48.1948
49.1950-1959
Box 16
1.Federal Tax Documents, 1916-1919
2.Federal Tax Documents, 1922-1926
3.Federal Tax Documents, 1928-1933
4.Federal Tax Documents, 1943-1947
5.Federal Tax Documents, 1975-1983
6.Montana State Tax Documents, 1895, 1916
7.Montana State Tax Documents, 1929-1935
8.Montana State Tax Documents, 1947-1949
9.Montana State Tax Documents, 1979-1982
10.Park County Tax Documents, 1896-1902
11.Park County Tax Documents, 1917-1919
12.Park County Tax Documents, 1920-1927
13.Park County Tax Documents, 1974-1981
14.Check Stubs (A. W. Miles Lumber & Coal Co.), May, 1976-1978
15.Check Stubs, 1975-1977
16.Bank Deposit Record Book, Oct. 1976-Dec. 1976
17.Bank Deposit Record Book, Sept. 1976-Dec. 1976
18.Bank Deposit Record Book, June 1976-Sept. 1976
19.Bank Deposit Record Book, Dec. 1976-March 1977
20.Bank Deposit Record Book, July 1976-Oct. 1976
21.Bank Deposit Record Book, Jan. 1977-April 1977
22.Bank Deposit Record Book, March 1977-June 1977
23.First Security Bank Statements, 1978
24.First National Park Bank Statements 1978-1982
25.First National Park Bank Statements 1928-1929
26.National Bank of Montana Statements 1912, 1915
27.National Bank of Montana Deposit Book, 1915
28.First State Bank Deposit Book, 1913
29.Stillwater Valley Bank (Ohio) Deposit Book, 1899-1901
Box 17
1.Payroll Book, Jan. 1904-June 1908
2.Payroll Book, Dec. 1965-Oct. 1971
3.Payroll Book, 1975
4.Payroll Records, 1977
5.Payroll Book, 1977
6.Rent Book, 1909-1914
7.Rent Book, 1914-1917
8.Rent Book, 1916-1923
Box 18
1.Trial Balance, 1922 & Rent Book, 1954-1966
2.Miles Land & Investment Co. Appraisement, 1936
3.Miles Land & Investment Co. Appraisement, 1939
4.Business Journal, 1930
5.General Store Ledger and Miscellaneous financial records, 1948-1971
Box 19
1.Bills Receivable, 1887-1889
2.Bills Payable, 1887-1888
3.Bills Payable, 1890-1893
4.Bills Receivable, 1890-1899
5.Bills Receivable, 1900-1909
6.Bills Receivable, 1910-1919
7.Bills Payable, 1915-1918
8.Bills Receivable, 1920-1929
9.Bills Payable, 1920-1926
10.Bills Receivable, 1930-1939
11.Bills Payable--Ledger, 1916-1937
12.Bills Payable--Ledger, 1910-1925
13.List of Outstanding Notes
14.Notes and Bills Receivable--Ledger, 1909-1926
15.Curtis' Note Collection Register, 1904-1913
Box 20
1.Park Ice & Storage--Account Book, 1927
2.Deposit Record Book, 1915-1920
3.Personal Expense Book, 1915-1916
4.Personal Expense Book/Ledger, 1916
5.Personal Expense Book/Ledger--A. W. Miles, 1899-1916
6.Personal Expense Book/Ledger, 1919
7.General Expense Book, 1957-1973
Box 21
1.Cash Book, 1915
2.Cash Book, 1916-1917
3.Cash Book, 1917
4.Cash Book, 1914-1930
5.Cash Book, 1929
6.Cash Book, Jan. 1934
Box 22
1.Ledger, 1916-1917
2.Ledger, 1922
3.Ledger, 1914-1918
4.Ledger, 1919-1921
Box 23
1.Ledger, 1966
2.Ledger, 1967
3.Ledger, 1968
4.Ledger, 1969
5.Ledger, 1970
6.Ledger, 1971
Box 24
1.Ledger, 1972
2.Ledger, 1973
3.Ledger, 1974
4.Ledger, 1975
5.Ledger, 1976
6.Ledger, 1977-1982
Box 25
1.Ledger, 1924
2.Checkbook Record, Jan. 1923-Feb. 1927
3.Ledger/Cash Journal, Jan. 1914-1917
Volume 1Invoice Record, July 1910-March 1911
Volume 2Insurance Ledger, 1907-1968
Volume 3Cash Book, 1919-1924
Volume 4Cash Ledger, 1917-1918
Volume 5General Ledger, 1913
Volume 6Wage and Expense Ledger, 1978

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Updated: 4/20/09