Alvah Strong Miller Papers

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Alvah Strong Miller papers
Creator: Miller, Alvah Strong, 1885-1974
Call Number: D.53
Dates: 1943-circa 1950
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Alvah Strong Miller papers
Creator: Miller, Alvah Strong, 1885-1974
Call Number: D.53
Dates: 1943-circa 1950
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Dr. Alvah Strong Miller, M.D was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1885, attended East High School and Rochester Free Academy, and graduated from the Classical Course in the class of 1907 at the University of Rochester with a B.A. He studied medicine at Harvard, graduating in the class of 1912, and served his internship at New York Hospital during 1913-14. He began private practice in Rochester in the summer of 1914, also serving as physician to the Children's Aid Society of Rochester, N.Y. While at Harvard Medical School Dr. Miller had been a resident during 1907-09 of Hale House in Boston; his interest in social work continued during his private practice in Rochester through his service on the local board of the Boy Scouts of America, and. he was elected to the Board of Managers of the Practical Housekeeping Center of Rochester in September 1916. During 1916 Dr. Miller also received a commission as Captain in the Medical Corps Reserve of the U.S. Army, and he entered active service as a 1st Lt. in the Army Medical Corps in December 1917. Promoted to the rank of Captain in 1918, Dr. Miller served at Base Hospital #19 in France from May 1918 through July 1919. After his discharge from the Army, Dr. Miller resumed private practice in Rochester and was appointed Instructor in Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1929. In 1932 he was appointed Attending Physician at Rochester General Hospital and in 1934 promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. During World War II Dr. Miller served in England and France from Au gust 1942 through October 1945 with the Army Medical Corps. He was discharged with the rank of Lt.-Col. and then joined the medical staff of the UNRRA. Sent to China, Dr. Miller worked during 1946-47 to aid medical education through teaching and counsel. Among other activities he set up a hospital/medical school while serving as Director of Student Health at National Wuhan University in Wuchang, Hupeh Province. After returning from China Dr. Miller chose not to resume private practice but spent much of his time traveling abroad and lecturing in Rochester on his observations about China, and the physician's career. Dr. Miller died on January 18, 1974.

Scope and Content
The Alvah Strong Miller Papers are comprised of one box containing 18 typescript essays by Dr. Alvah Strong Miller, M.D. They deal primarily with his observations, thoughts, and judgements about the people and places he encountered during his service on the medical staff of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in China during 1946-47. Dr. Miller traveled abroad many times during the latter part of his lifetime, and the collection also includes his observations stemming from trips to Ceylon (during his work in China), Egypt, and Morocco. Also included is an account of some impressions he received of the English nobility while serving abroad in the U.S. Army during World War II, and his observations on medicine as a profession.

Subject(s):
China
Sri Lanka
Medicine--Study and teaching
Essays
Miller, Alvah Strong, 1885-1974
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
Physicians
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was a gift of of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Miller of 10 Arnold Park, Rochester, April 1975.Access
The Alvah Strong Miller papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Alvah Strong Miller papers, D.53, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1"Christian Medical Council for overseas work", post-1947
Biographical write-up
3 pages

Box 1, Folder 2"On circus movements...", February, 1943
Semi-historical biographical essay on Mohammed Ahmed, the leader of the wars against the British 1881-98 in the African Sudan
10 pages

Box 1, Folder 3"Letter from China", 1946-1947
5 pages

Box 1, Folder 4"Report on trip to Hsuan Hua T'ien", 1946-1947
Description of Dr. Miller's mission to Nan T'ien, in the Central Plains Border Government of the Communist area, to give a course of medical lectures to doctors and nurses of the Communist Army
7 pages

Box 1, Folder 5"Letters From China", 1946-1947
8 pages

Box 1, Folder 6"Trip to Nanking, 19th to 24th December, 1946"
6 pages

Box 1, Folder 7"Black Sunday on Lo Chia Shan", Spring, 1947
Description of student riots and army suppression in China in the Spring of 1947, concentrating on a violent incident at the National Wuhan University where Dr. Miller was Director of Student Health
16 pages

Box 1, Folder 8"A little journey in China", 1946-1947
29 pages

Box 1, Folder 9Untitled - same as "A Little Journey in China" but with slightly different introduction
Box 1, Folder 10"China shaped my mind", 1946-1947
24 pages

Box 1, Folder 11"Tissahamy", 1947
Description of Dr. Miller's trip to see Tissahamy, a native turned outlaw, living in the Bintenne Wilderness jungle of Ceylon.
32 pages

Box 1, Folder 12"Maha Oya and the Vedda Country", 1947
Description of Dr. Miller's journey to see the Vedda tribesman in the Bintenne jungle around the village of Maha Oya in the Eastern province of Ceylon.
11 pages

Box 1, Folder 13"Ceylon sketches", 1947
15 pages

Box 1, Folder 14"Of people and places", post-1947
Description of one of Dr. Miller's trips abroad, this one to London, England and Cairo, Egypt. Includes a reminiscent account of Dr. Miller's stay at Madresfield Court, a Tudor mansion in Great Malvern, England, during World War II and remarks on the history of the Mahdist uprising against the British in the African Sudan, in 1881
10 pages

Box 1, Folder 15"Marrakech La Rouge", post-1947
Description of Dr. Miller's trip to Marrakech La Rouge outside of Casablanca in Morocco.
10 pages

Box 1, Folder 16"Talk before the Medical School, University of Rochester, by Dr. Miller, 16 March, 1948"
Observations on China
4 pages

Box 1, Folder 17"A doctor's ideals: some observations on the practice of medicine", post-1947
7 pages
2 copies

Box 1, Folder 18"One doctor's dilemma", post-1947
Account of an ethical dilemma encountered in Dr. Miller's practice
12 pages



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