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Dr. Kelly Miller: Online Resources

Compiled by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist

Kelly Miller (1863-1939).
Kelly Miller (1863-1939).
Photo courtesy of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University.

Dr. Kelly Miller was an educator, mathematician, writer, and advocate for African American education. He graduated from Howard University in 1886 and later became professor of mathematics, professor of sociology, and eventually dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. He was also the first African-American student admitted to Johns Hopkins University. The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Dr. Kelly Miller. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Kelly Miller that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on Miller and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

Digital Collections

African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907

The collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Browse the author index to locate four items pertaining to Kelly Miller. The special presentation Progress of a People includes a biography of Kelly Miller.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The collection is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompassing key events and eras in American history. Search the full-text option to locate items related to Kelly Miller, including ... The Effect of Imperialism Upon the Negro Race. Ably Set Out by a Colored Man. (Written by Kelly Miller, Professor of Mathematics in Howard University, Washington, D. C. for the Springfield Republican. Boston, Mass. Published by the N. E. Ant.

From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

The collection consists of 397 pamphlets, published from 1824 through 1909, by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics. Browse the author index to locate three items pertaining to Kelly Miller.

Special Presentation

African-American History Month Portal

In celebration of African-American History Month, the Library developed this Web site highlighting the many resources on African-American history and culture available from the extensive online collections of the Library of Congress.

Teachers Page

Features and Activities

From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American History

Use this interactive time line-based activity to introduce the topic of African-American history through primary sources.

Lesson Plans

Segregation: From Jim Crow To Linda Brown

Students explore the era of legalized segregation. This lesson provides a foundation for a more meaningful understanding of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

African American Identity in the Gilded Age: Two Unreconciled Strivings

Students examine the tension experienced by African Americans as they struggled to establish a vibrant and meaningful identity based on the promises of liberty and equality in the midst of a society that was ambivalent towards them and sought to impose an inferior definition upon them.

Today in History

November 20

On November 20, 1866, ten members of the First Congregational Society of Washington, D.C., gathered in the home of Deacon Henry Brewster for a missionary meeting. While there, they resolved to establish a seminary for the training of African-American clergymen. By early 1867, the founders had broadened their mission to encompass colleges of liberal arts and medicine.

Howard University was incorporated on March 2, 1867, and accepted its first students the following May. Its founders envisioned the institution as a resource for educating and training black physicians, teachers, and ministers from the nearly four million recently emancipated slaves..
[Dr. Kelly Miller earned his Ph. D. in Mathematics and was appointed a professor at Howard University in 1890.]

Virtual Programs and Services

Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section of the Library of Congress

African-American Sites in the Digital Collections

This guide highlights contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics, and much more as represented in the vast online collections of the Library.

Civil Rights Resource Guide

This guide compiles links to civil rights resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.

External Web Sites

Cornell University Library Making of America Collection

This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century.

EmoryFindingAids Database, from Emory University external link icon

Access the finding aid for the papers of Kelly Miller external link icon in the the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.

The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences external link icon

This site contains profiles of African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The site includes a profile for Kelly Miller external link icon.

The History of African Americans @ Johns Hopkins University external link icon

This project is a collaborative effort to develop a web-based exhibition documenting the African American experience at The Johns Hopkins Institutions. The exhibition includes a biography of Kelly Miller external link icon.

Selected Works by Kelly Miller

Miller, Kelly. An Appeal to Conscience; America’s Code of Caste a Disgrace to Democracy. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1918.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .M63 [Catalog Record]
[Electronic copy from HathiTrust] external link icon

-----. The Education of the Negro. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.
LC Call Number: LC2801 .M52 [Catalog Record]

-----. An Estimate of Carter G. Woodson and his Work in Connection with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Washington, DC: The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1926.
LC Call Number: E185.97 .W85 [Catalog Record]

-----. From Servitude to Service; Being the Old South Lectures on the History and Work of Southern Institutions for the Education of the Negro. Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1905.
LC Call Number: LC2741 .F7 [Catalog Record]

-----. Is Race Difference Fundamental, Eternal and Inescapable? [Washington, D.C.]: 1921.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .M645 [Catalog Record]

-----. Kelly Miller’s History of the World War for Human Rights; Being an Intensely Human and Brillant Account of the World War and Why and for What Purpose America and the Allies are Fighting and the Important Part Taken by the Negro, including the Horrors and Wonders of Modern Warfare, the New and Strange Devices, etc. ... Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL: Austin Jenkins Co., [1919].
LC Call Number: D523 .M46 [Catalog Record]
Electronic Resource

-----. The Negro in the New Reconstruction. Washington, DC: Howard University, [1919?].
LC Call Number: E185.61 .M6447 [Catalog Record]

----. Our War for Human Rights, being an Intensely Human and Brilliant Account of the World War and Why and for What Purpose America and the Allies are Fighting and the Important Part Taken by the Negro, Including the Horrors and Wonders of Modern Warfare, the New and Strange Devices that Have Ccome Into Use, etc. ... Washington, DC: Austin Jenkins Co., [1919].
:LC Call Number: D523 .M45 FT MEADE [Catalog Record]
Electronic Resource

-----. Out of the House of Bondage. New York: The Neale Publishing Company, 1914.
LC Call Number: E185.6 .M633 [Catalog Record]

-----. "The Primary Needs of the Negro Race." An Address Delivered before the Alumni Association of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1899.
LC Call Number: E185.6 .M64 [Catalog Record]
Electronic Resource

-----. Race Adjustment; Essays on the Negro in America. New York and Washington: The Neale Publishing Company, 1908.
LC Call Number: E185.5 .M64 [Catalog Record]

-----. A Review of Hoffman’s Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro. Washington, DC: The Academy, 1897.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .H69 [Catalog Record]

-----. Roosevelt and the Negro. Washington, DC: Hayworth Publishing House, 1907.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .M646 [Catalog Record]

-----. The Ultimate Race Problem... Washington, DC: 1910.
LC Call Number: E185.61 .M65 [Catalog Record]

Selected Biographies and other Studies of Miller

Jones, Ida E. The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2011.
[Catalog Record]external link icon (book available at Howard University Libraries)

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