Dr. Lenore Sportsman Miller Letters
Scope and Contents
The manuscript collection is composed of letters and related material that was sent by Dr. Lenore Sportsman Miller to her husband, Dr. John K. Miller of New York, while she was working as a nurse at Butterworth Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, covering 1936-1947. The collection is broken down into three series: BUTTERWORTH HOSPITAL, JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, and OTHER SENDERS.
Lenore does not always list the date in which she’s writing or compiling the papers, so the series is organized by the dates post-stamped on the envelopes rather than by date of the individual documents. Sometimes an envelope contains documents with dates that do not exactly correspond to the post-stamp, but since the documents are arranged according to the date on the envelope inside which the documents came to us, these papers can be found with the other materials from the envelope. For example, letters dated January 1937 were enclosed in an envelope post-stamped and with letters from April 1937. Therefore, the letters are roughly organized within folders in a chronological manner, but not with absolute certainty.
Supplementary documents were kept with the envelopes inside which they were found in this series. These documents include several handwritten quotations and lyrics, copies of published poems, a bookmark, an address, a handwritten contract signed by someone to whom Lenore gave a $50.00 loan, a booklet entitled “How to Use the Morning Quiet Time” by Robert P. Wilder, Lenore’s notes on psychological maladies, a list of books that she suggested for Dr. Miller, letters from family, and professional correspondence.
Biographical / Historical
Born in Marceline, Missouri during May of 1908, Lenore May Sportsman Miller was the daughter of Henry M. and Beatrice Harden Sportsman. Lenore was one of the first female students admitted to Albany Medical College in New York and prior to earning her medical degree, she worked as a registered nurse for a number of years.
Lenore married Dr. John King Miller and they had two children, Robert Meredith King and Ele Miller Ross. The couple purchased an historic home, One Englewood Place in Albany, New York. Lenore founded and directed Albany Child Guidance Center, was the recipient of the YMCA Women of Vision Award and a patron of the arts. She passed away on July 1, 2004 at 96 years of age.
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Processed by: Shannon Ryan, W'10, 2010
Encoded using Archivist Toolkit by: Shannon Ryan, W'10, 2010
Encoding Edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, Sept 2014
- Charles Apfelbaum: Rare Manuscripts and Archives (1934-2010) (Organization)
- Inventory of the Dr. Lenore Sportsman Miller Letters
- Shannon Ryan, W'10
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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