The Josephine Miles Papers, 1911-1986, consisting of correspondence and literary manuscripts, as well as a small amount of
professional, personal, and family papers, are a thorough representation of the varied interests of this highly regarded poet,
scholar, and educator.
Josephine Miles was born in Chicago on June 11, 1911 to Reginald Odber and Josephine Lackner Miles. Her father was of British
ancestory and traced his decendants to the Mayflower;
her mother migrated as a child from Germany and graduated from the University of Chicago. Josephine had two brothers, Richard
B. and John O. Miles. Born with a dislocated hip that did not receive proper treatment, she suffered from severely crippling
rheumatoid arthritis. When the arthritis worsened a couple of years later, the family moved to southern California. Josephine's
grammar school career was so haphazard, she credited her mother with teaching her to read and write.
Number of containers: 13 boxes, 9 cartons, 4 volumes, 1 oversize box, 5 oversize folders
Linear feet: 18.0
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Collection is open for research.