Guide to the Frederick Charles Miller Papers, 1875-1905, bulk: 1875-1885
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Creator Miller, Frederick C., 1858- Title Frederick Charles Miller Papers Dates 1875-1905 Extent 1 Box (.25 linear foot)
About the Collection
The collection consists of journals and New Testaments presented to or purchased by Frederick C. Miller to commemorate his service in the Nile Expedition. The bulk of the materials date from 1875 to 1885. Also included are journals of poetry, 1875-1882. A complete content listing of files can be found below.
About Frederick C. Miller
Frederick Charles Miller was born in England on 3 February 1858. He and his family later emigrated to Canada. He joined the Nile Expedition, also known as the Gordon Relief Expedition, on 9 September 1884, retuning home to Ottawa on 12 March 1885. The expedition is described in full in Winston Churchill’s The River War, originally published in 1899. From the back cover of the 2006 republication of Churchill’s work, we learn that “After the 1881 rebellion of the Mahdi had plunged the Sudan into chaos, British attempts to withdraw from the region climaxed in General Gordon’s ill-fated attempt to rescue officials, soldiers, and Egyptian subjects from Khartoum.” (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006). The Nile Voyageurs were civilian Canadians who enlisted to help British forces navigate their boats up the Nile. After the death of his first wife, Miller moved to New York City, became a cheese merchant and eventually remarried. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Frederick C. Miller. Search Terms
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Miller, Frederick C., -- 1858-
Sudan -- History -- 1881-1899.
Khartoum (Sudan) -- History -- Siege, 1884-1885 -- Personal narratives.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frederick Charles Miller Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Journal of Frederick Charles Miller, entry for 1 September 1885. Frederick Charles Miller Papers, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (.25 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
Journal, 1875-1883, 1905. Includes poetry and telegraphic codes for cheeses. Inscription on front flyleaf: Fred Charles Miller, 85 Maida Vale, Kilburn, London, England, NW. Journal (incomplete), 1881-1882. Primarily poetry. New Testament, 1882. Plate: “Presented to Fred Miller on his starting on the Nile expedition, by the Ottawa Auxiliary Bible Society. Matthew VI.33. Ottawa, 13th September, 1844″ New Testament, 1883. Inscription on front flyleaf: “A memento of the Egyptian expedition – to FC Miller Alexandria – Feb 9, 1885″ Journal, 1885. Embossed on cover: “Animals’ Friend Society.” Handwritten on front flyleaf: “This book has traveled in my possession about 23,000 miles. Fred C. Miller, Sarras Ethiopia, January 1st 1885. Voyageur Gordon relief expedition on the Nile, started 9th Sep 1884, got back to Ottawa March 12th 1885. This book went down with me then the boat capsized.”
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