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Manly Miles papers

Identifier: UA-17.449

Scope and Contents

The four letters were written by Manly Miles to his brother, Isaac. Three dated 1848 were written while he was at Western Reserve College, and the fourth, dated 1850, while he attended Rush Medical College. Typewritten copies are included for each. Letters dated 1848 provide descriptions of Western Reserve College and various professors. There are references to fellow Michigan students C. Bartlett, I. T. Hinman, H. A. Goodale, and Doc Kenny, and to family matters and members including an Uncle Josiah Begole, Michigan Governor (January 1883-January 1885).

The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings pertaining to Michigan Agricultural College, but also included are articles on farming and agriculture in Michigan, and the history of several Michigan cities. A few programs are also found in the scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1848 - 1888


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Manly Miles was born July 20, 1826, in Homer, New York. His family later moved to Flint, Michigan. He attended Western Reserve College and later Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he earned a medical doctorate in 1850. Miles returned to Flint to open a medical practice. He married Mary E. Dodge in 1851.

Manly Miles became a professor at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1860 and remained until 1875, and was the first professor of scientific agriculture in the United States.

He went on to teach at the Agricultural College of the Illinois Industrial University (now part of the University of Illinois at Urbana); Columbia Veterinary College, New York; and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Manly Miles died February 15, 1898, in Lansing, Michigan.


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Custodial History

Materials donated by Madison Kuhn and Martha S. Pratt.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00486 to UA 17.449 to reflect Miles' connection to MSU. -M. Badgley-Malone, October 2021.

Manly Miles Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Sadler
August 1980
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US