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Inventory of the Milton D. Miller Papers, 1939-1992
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  • Creator: Miller, Milton D. (Milton Davis), 1911-
    Title: Milton D. Miller Papers,
    Date: 1939-1992
    Extent: 12.8 linear feet
    Abstract: The Milton D. Miller Papers includes University of California, Davis Agricultural Extension Agronomist Milton D. Miller's work in the field of rice, cereal crops, oilseed crops, and food procurement. The collection spans the years 1939-1992 and contains research proposals and reports, publications, photographs, articles, and notes relating to international agricultural development, with an emphasis on rice production. The collection also documents Miller's World War II service in the Australia Branch Section of the United States Army Subsistence Procurement Branch.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: D-043
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Milton Davis Miller (1911-d.?) was born in Melmont, Washington in 1911 and later moved to Huntington Park, California with his parents. After his high school graduation in 1928, Miller continued his education at the University of California, Davis, where he received his bachelor's degree and a master's degree in agronomy.
    In 1936, Miller was appointed Extension Farm Adviser in Ventura County, California. He held this position until 1941, when he took military leave to serve in the United States Army. During his four years serving in World War II, Miller was stationed in Australia, where he served as Technical Adviser to the United States Army and to the Australian government on food production. Miller ultimately rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
    After the war, Miller returned to agricultural extension service in California. He was assigned to the University of California, Davis (known at the time as the College of Agriculture at Davis) as Coordinating Extension Agronomy Specialist. His field assignments were in production of forage seed and in rangeland improvement. In 1949 Miller transferred to Glenn County, California, where he re-established the County Extension Service. Miller continued his work on forage seed and rangeland improvement and began work on rice culture, which would become the major focus of his career.
    Miller left Glenn County in 1955 and returned to the University of California, Davis. From 1955 to 1964 he served as Extension Agronomist, was named assistant state director in 1964, and in 1966 at his request was once again Extension Agronomist. From 1966 to his retirement in 1974, Miller had state-wide Extension responsibilities for the University of California in rice, oilseed crops, and applied research on plant growth regulators. He was also appointed Unit Coordinator for the University of California's Extension programs.
    In 1966, Miller was part of a team of University of California scientists that went to Thailand to aid Kasetsart University in developing its agricultural research and education programs. Miller also helped to train Peace Corps volunteers for three years. From 1971 to 1974, Miller worked with the Development and Resources Corporation to help design a twelve-year rice research program for Iran. In 1975, Miller served in Romania as a consultant to the World Bank and undertook a complete review of Romania's agricultural sector. In 1977, Miller was in Egypt as the Crop Specialist member of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Study Task Force.
    Source: Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Fellowship Fund brochure, Milton D. Miller Papers, D-043, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Scope and Content

    The Milton D. Miller Papers span the years from 1939-1992. The collection contains material related to Miller's work as an Agricultural Extension Agronomist at the University of California, Davis. Also present are research proposals and reports; working papers and notes relating to the California Rice Research Board; publications, articles, and notes relating to international agricultural development with an emphasis on rice production; and reports, scrapbooks, and films documenting Miller's World War II service in the Australia Branch Section of the United States Army Subsistence Procurement Branch. The collection also includes a small set of mounted grain specimens.

    Separated Material

    The following items have been separated from the Milton D. Miller Papers and are now part of the Special Collections Library:
    Krantz, Bertil Allan. Not So Long Ago. 1981.
    Krantz, Nell Morris. Around the World by Land, Sea, and Air. 1978.
    Krantz, Nell Morris. When the Twain Meet. 1978.

    Related Collections

    The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
    D-342, AgRISTARS/LACIE Collection, circa 1970-1980: This collection documents one of the first automated efforts to monitor worldwide crop production.
    D-418, Francis DuBois Papers, 1930-2001: This collection contains files on rice research, Demeter Corporation, and DuBois' involvement with the California Crop Improvement Association and the California Rice Research Board.
    D-087, Richard Rominger Papers, 1977-2000: This collection contains correspondence, clippings, budget papers, agendas, and meeting notes relating to Rominger's work with the Department of Food and Agriculture; and files on pesticides, water appropriation, soil erosion, farm labor, and natural resources
    D-255, Frank J. Veihmeyer Papers, 1924-1959: This collection contains research notes, publications, and pamphlets pertaining to Veihmeyer's work in crop irrigation, particularly on the movement of water through soil and its availability to plants; and papers on the effects of cultivation and crop irrigation.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Miller, Milton D. (Milton Davis), 1911---Archives.
    Agricultural development projects--Egypt.
    Agricultural development projects--Iran.
    Agricultural education--Thailand.
    Maha¯witthaya¯lai Kase¯tsa¯t
    United States. Army. Services of Supply, South West Pacific Area
    World War, 1939-1945--Food supply--Australia.
    University of California (System). University Extension.


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Milton D. Miller, 1993.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milton D. Miller Papers, D-043, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.