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Guide to the Henry Miller Papers, 1880, 1909-1917, 1964-1965 (bulk 1909-1915)
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Henry Miller Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1880, 1909-1917, 1964-1965
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1909-1915)
    Creator: Miller, Henry, 1827-1916
    Extent: 3 linear inches
    Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

    Sanoian Special Collections Library.
    Fresno, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The papers were donated by Irene Josephine (Turner) Olson in 1958.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry Miller Papers, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.


    Henry Miller was born Heinrich Alfred Kreiser in Brackenheim, Germany in 1827. At the age of eighteen, he left Germany and after a few years of working in England, had saved enough for his fare to the United States. In 1850, he changed his name and moved from New York to San Francisco. Miller soon found employment at a butcher's shop and within a few years he had his own business. In 1857 Miller and Charles W. Lux formed Miller & Lux, a cattle ranch company which was dominant in the wholesale and packaged meat business in California for seventy-five years. Even after the death of Lux, Miller managed to expand the business until his own death in 1916. Miller's family managed to keep the company going after his death until it finally folded in 1964.

    Scope and Content

    The Henry Miller papers measure 5 linear inches and date from 1880, 1909 to 1917, 1964 to 1965. The papers consist predominantly of photocopied letters from Miller to the Superintendent of the New Columbia Division of Miller & Lux properties, Patrick Henry Turner. The letters contain directives on the management of Miller & Lux. There are also two newspaper clippings: one announces the decision of the Miller & Lux directors to end the firm in 1964 and includes details about Miller's heirs and what section of the firm each will receive; the second gives detailed information about both the personal and professional life of Henry Miller.

    Related Collections

    • Title: Henry Miller letters on microfilm
      Identifier/Call Number: (micro WC30)

      Letters to Patrick Henry Turner, February 2 to December 16, 1915, concerning management of the Miller & Lux ranches. 221 items on 1 microfilm reel. Lent by Irene Josephine (Turner) Olson via Raymund F. Wood for microfilming by Fresno State College.
    • There is also a copy of the court transcripts for Charles Lux, et al. vs. James B. Haggin, et al. in a case involving water rights that was taken to the Supreme Court of California (in Special Collections: wdwrd TC824 C2 L9 1882, vols. 1-5).