John B. Miller papers, 1910-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Miller, John B. , 1912-
John B. Miller papers
1910-2000 (inclusive)
0.5 cubic feet, (1 legal-sized document box)
Collection Number
MG 72
This collection consists of notes, correspondence, a draft manuscript and published book of The Trees Grew Tall by John B. Miller, a history of the pioneer and early years of the town of Bovill, Idaho and the surrounding area in Northern Idaho.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 208-885-0845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

From the Latah County Historical Society newsletter Latah Legacy Spring 1981:

"John B. Miller was born on a Latah County homestead near Bovill,a tiny town in the northern part of the county, which owes its genesis, development, and color to the logging, lumbering, and sawmilling industry that was accelerated in Northern Idaho by the coming of the railroads. John Miller spent his early years on a ranch near Bovill, and the book is rich with first hand accounts not only from his own memory, but from the memories of other pioneers who lived the history. Miller graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, with a degree in geology. Thus his accounts include much geological information to complement the history told through people. He spent 40 years with Standard Oil of California in foreign exploration He and his wife Pastora, whom he met in Colombia, South America, lived many years in Belmont, California. John returned often to Idaho...for vacations, though Pastora did not see Bovill, or "ever feel the chill of snow," he said, until 1940. His love for his home state and county and continued interest in communicating history from authentic first-hand sources led him to write "The Trees Grew Tall," a book on eastern Latah County history published in 1972. The writing in this book is informed by Miller's love of history and his first-hand acquaintances. It is thorough, poetic, and vivid, bringing history alive not only through first hand transcriptions of oral interviews, but also through an extensive collection of black and white illustrations with captions that often contain anecdotes as vivid as the prose in the text."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of notes, correspondence, a rough draft manuscript and final printed paperback of the book The Trees Grew Tall written by John B. Miller about the pioneer days and early years of Bovill, Idaho. Also included are Deary and Bovill elections records from 1917-1924, and a plat map of Bovill collected by Miller.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

DESCRIPTION OF ITEM, John B. Miller papers, MG 72, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Research and ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
Clippings and Notes
1 3
Plat Map of Bovill
1 4
Deary Registration and Poll List
1 5
Bovill Election Register
1 6
Gold Creek Metal Co. Stock Certificate
1 7
Photograph Captions
1 8
The Trees Grew Tall Manuscript (1 of 2)
1 9
The Trees Grew Tall Manuscript (2 of 2)
1 10
The Trees Grew Tall Proofs (1 of 2)
1 11
The Trees Grew Tall Proofs (2 of 2)
1 12
The Trees Grew Tall
1972, 1999
1 13
John B. Miller Obituary

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Local elections
  • Logging
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bovill (Idaho)
  • Idaho
  • Northwest, Pacific--History