Guide to the Loye Holmes Miller papers, 1899-1957

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Guide to the Loye Holmes Miller Papers, 1899-1957

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 997

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Loye Holmes Miller papers,
Date (inclusive): 1899-1957
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 997
Creator: Miller, Loye, 1874-1970
Extent: Number of container: 1 box Linear feet: 0.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence as zoologist and ornithologist, University of California; diaries concerning U.C. expedition to fossil beds of the John Day River, Oregon, 1899, Hawaii from 1900 to 1903, marine expedition on the Albatross off the coast of California in 1904, eastern lecture tour, 1921, with H.C. Bryant for National Park promotion, and Tahoe trip, July-August, 1919.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Loye Holmes Miller papers, BANC MSS C-B 997, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

Professor Miller gave 4 diaries to the Bancroft Library in 1952, 1955, and 1961. Additional correspondence, papers and the 1904 diary were transferred from Archives in December 1965.


Loye Holmes Miller, biologist, zoologist and ornithologist, was born on October 13, 1874 in Minden, Louisiana. He came to California as a boy and later studied at the University of California. His teaching career in biology began at Oahu College on Honolulu, from 1900 to 1903, and continued at the State Normal School in Los Angeles, and at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 1904 he was scientific assistant to Professor Ritter on the marine exploration cruise of the Albatross, working from San Diego to Point Concepción.
Very much interested in ornithology, Miller imitated bird songs and calls, and made recordings of them. In great demand as a lecturer and promoter of National Parks, Professor Miller instituted nature guide services in Yosemite in 1921, to encourage nature study. He also contributed to California paleontology by his studies of vertebrate fossils, and his discovery of the remains of the California peacock in the La Brea tarpits.

Container List

Box 1

Outgoing letters, 1910-1957.

Additional Note

Undated items at end of folder.

Incoming letters:

Additional Note

Single letters have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany, preceding folders containing two or more letters, arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically within each folder.



v. 1: Journal of John Day River Expedition, Oregon, 1899.

Additional Note

Also in same volume, Hawaiian journal, Dec. 1902-Apr. 1903

v. 2: First impressions in Honolulu, Jan.-Feb. 1900


v. 3: Diary kept in 1904 while on marine expedition on the Albatross along the coast of California


v. 4: Journal of Tahoe trip, 1919


v. 5: Eastern journal, Jan. 1921, of a lecture tour by H. C. Bryant and Loye Miller for the promotion of National Parks


Transcripts of diaries, v. 1-2 and 5


Biographical material


Membership certificates, appointments, 1908-1936


Miscellaneous, including list of birds observed in Crater Lake National Park, July-Aug. 1926, and a sketch map of part of the Albatross cruise of 1904.

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


Aitkin, Robert Grant, 1864-1951


Letter, Aug. 24, 1944


Albright, Horace Marden, 1890-


Letter, Sept. 28, 1923, written as Supt., Yellowstone National Park


Allen, Arthur Augustus, 1885-


Letter, May 14, 1940


Allen, Glover Morrill, 1879-1942


Letter, Apr. 30, 1922


American Society of Naturalists


Letter, Jan. 29, 1932, by E. W. Lindstrom


Atkinson, Spencer Roane, 1886-


Letter, Mar. 10, 1937


Berry, Samuel Stillman, 1887-


Letter, Aug. 23, 1935


Brand, Albert Rich, d. 1940


Letter, Sept. 24, 1938


Eakin, Richard Marshall, 1910-


Letter, Nov. 21, 1940


Eby, Harvey Leatherman, 1874-


Letter, July 5, 1955


Errington, Paul Lester, 1902-


Letter, Nov. 19, 1947


Grange, Wallace Byron, 1905-


Letter, Dec. 9, 1953


Grinnell, Hilda (Wood)


Letter, Mar. 27, 1940


Grinnell, Joseph, 1877-1939


Letter, June 6, 1919. Copy of letter to S. T. Mather.


Gudde, Erwin Gustav, 1889-


Letter, Oct. 20, 1953


Hall, Eugene Raymond, 1902-


Letter, Jan. 13, 1942


Hand, Wayland Debs, 1907-


Letter, Nov. 19, 1953


Hubbs, Carl Leavitt, 1894-


Letter, Oct. 24, 1944


Hunter, Allen Armstrong, 1893-


Letter, n. d.


Jahn, Frances Floed


Letter, Nov. [19522]


Jahn, Theodore Louis, 1905-


Letter, Nov. 21, 1952


Jewett, Stanley Gordon, 1885-


Letter, Mar. 3, 1951


Karr, Harrison M.


Letter, Oct. 29, 1946


Kellogg, Vernon Lyman, 1867-1937


Letter, Oct. 11, [19]12


Marais, Miranda


Letter, June 23, 1953


Merriam, Clinton Hart, 1855-1942


Letter, Apr. 26, 1920


Nelson, Edward William, 1855-1934


Letter, Nov. 7, 1910


Popular Science Monthly


Letter, Aug. 20, 1918


Pycraft, William Plane, 1868-


Letter, Mar. 25, 1911


Romer, Alfred Sherwood, 1894-


Letter, Apr. 20, 1943


Shufeldt, Robert Wilson, 1850-


Letter, Apr. 8, 1922


Sproul, Ida (Wittschen), 1891-


Letter, May 12, 1950


Stebbins, Robert Cyril, 1915-


Letter, May 26, 1949


Stock, Chester, 1892-


Letter, May 16, 1950


Stoddard, Herbert L.


Letter, Sept. 18, 1946


Sushkin, Peter Petrovich, 1868-1928


Letter, June 15, 1928


Syracuse University. New York State College of Forestry


Letter, Jan. 20, 1921


Van Tyne, Josselyn, 1902-1957


Letter, July 22, 1943


Varney, Burton Merrill, 1883-1943


Letter, May 2, 1930


Von Bloeker, Jack Christian, 1909-


Letter, Sept. 20, 1952


Wright, Harold Bell, 1872-1944


Letter, May 16, 1917


Allen, Bennet Mills, 1877-


3 letters, 1922-1950


Allen, Robert Porter


2 letters, 1949


American Game Protective and Propagation Association


8 letters, 1921-1923, by R. P. Holland


American Museum of Natural History


4 letters, 1912-1913, by W. D. Matthew


American Ornithologists' Union


2 letters, 1920-1930, by T. S. Palmer


Atkins, Charles Duke, 1876-

see Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences


Belt, Elmer, 1893-


6 letters, 1942-1944


Benchley, Belle (Jennings), 1882-


4 letters, 1949-1955.

Additional Note

1949 and 1951 letters as executive secretary, Zoological Society of San Diego.

Benjamin, John Allison, 1906-


2 letters, 1944


Bogert, Charles Mitchill, 1908-


2 letters, 1945-1949


British Museum (Nat. Hist.)


5 letters, 1910-1911, by A. Smith Woodward.

Additional Note

Also included is undated photographic Christmas Card from Sir Arthur Woodward.

Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences


2 letters, 1923-1924, by Charles D. Atkins


California. University, Berkeley. University Press


8 letters, 1941-1946, by David R. Brower, F. O. Kelsey, Harold A. Small and August Frugé.


Canada. Supt. of Wildlife Protection


2 letters, 1946-1947, by Harrison F. Lewis


Condit, Ira Judson, 1883-


2 letters, 1953


Cook, Harold James, 1887-


3 letters, 1951-1953


Dickey, Donald Ryder, 1887-1932


2 letters, 1925-1926


Frost, Lowell Chester, 1882-


2 letters, 1946-1951


Frugé, August, 1909-

see California. University, Berkeley. University Press


Goethe, Charles Matthias, 1875-


8 letters, 1916-1955. Some are copies only.


Holland, Raymond Prunty, 1884-

see American Game Protective and Propagation Association


Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931


4 letters, 1920-1925


Kaempffert, Waldemar Bernhard, 1877-1956

see Popular Science Monthly


Larson, Enid A.


4 letters, 1952-1954


Lewis, Harrison Flint

see Canada. Supt. of Wildlife Protection


Lindstrom, Ernest Walter, 1891-

see American Society of Naturalists


Lucas, Frederic Augustus, 1852-


5 letters, 1910-1912


MacFarland, Frank Mace, 1869-1951


2 letters, 1935


Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930

see U. S. National Park Service


Matthew, William Diller, 1871-1930

see American Museum of Natural History


Merriam, John Campbell, 1869-1945


7 letters, 1910-1944


Moon, Frederick Franklin, 1880-

see Syracuse University. New York State College of Forestry


Moore, Robert Thomas, 1882-1958


3 letters, 1941-1951


Palmer, Theodore Sherman, 1868-1955

see American Ornithologists' Union


Richmond, Charles Wallace, 1868-1932


4 letters, 1909-1913.

Additional Note

Some written as curator, Division of Birds, Smithsonian Institution.

Rieber, Charles Henry, 1866-1948


6 letters, 1944-1947. Many undated.


Russell, Carl Parcher, 1894-

see U. S. National Park Service


Smithsonian Institution

see Wetmore, Alexander.

See also Richmond, Charles Wallace.


Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-


2 letters, 1950.

Additional Note

Apr. letter written as president, University of California.

Thomson, Sir John Arthur, 1861-1933


2 letters, 1930


U. S. National Park Service


3 letters, 1919-1946, by S. T. Mather and C. P. Russell.


Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-


18 letters, 1917-1944.

Additional Note

Some written as acting secretary, Smithsonian Institution.

Woodward, Sir Arthur Smith, 1864-1944

see British Museum (Natural History)


Wright, Albert Hazen, 1879-


2 letters, 1942-1944