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
American Memory Historical Collections
The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society
This selection of manuscript and printed text and images illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920, a story of slavery and freedom, segregation and integration, religion and politics, migrations and restrictions, harmony and discord, and struggles and successes. Search the bibliographic records on Kelly Miller to locate more than ten items pertaining to Miller.
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.
The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals
This collection comprises periodicals published in the United States during the nineteenth century, primarily during the second half of the century.
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.
Features and Activities
Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American
Use this interactive time line-based activity to introduce
the topic of African-American history through primary
Segregation: From Jim Crow To Linda Brown
African American Identity in the Gilded Age:
Two Unreconciled Strivings
Students explore the era of legalized segregation. This lesson provides a foundation for a more meaningful understanding of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
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
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.]
Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section
of the Library of Congress
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.
EmoryFindingAids Database, from Emory University
Access the finding aid for the papers of Kelly Miller in the the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
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 .
The History of African Americans @ Johns Hopkins University
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 .
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]
-----. 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., .
LC Call Number: D523 .M46 [Catalog Record]
-----. 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., .
:LC Call Number: D523 .M45 FT MEADE [Catalog Record]
-----. 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]
-----. 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]
Jones, Ida E. The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller. Littleton, MA: Tapestry Press, 2011.
[Catalog Record] (book available at Howard University Libraries)