Inventory of the Ruth Miller Papers, 1981 - 2003

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Ruth M. Miller (born 1943) was an active member of the predominantly African American Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Charleston, South Carolina. She also served on Plymouth's Board of Trustees. Plymouth Congregational Church was established in 1867 and became Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in 1957.
The collection consists of personal papers of Ruth Miller and materials relating to the operation of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Charleston, South Carolina from 1989 to 2003. Materials chiefly include Sunday service bulletins; meeting minutes and reports for quarterly, annual, and Board of Trustee meetings; brief financial records; and programs and bulletins from other Charleston-area churches in South Carolina.
Title: Ruth Miller Papers, 1981 - 2003
Creator: Miller, Ruth, 1943-.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1107
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 1.75 linear feet
(4 archival boxes)

Biographical and Historical Note

Ruth Miller

Ruth M. Miller, born in 1943, was an active member of the predominantly African American Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Charleston, South Carolina and served on Plymouth's Board of Trustees.

Miller graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts. She taught high school until 1979, when she became a licensed city guide for Charleston, South Carolina. She then co-founded Charleston Strolls, a business that offers walking tours of the city. As of 2005, Miller was the sole owner of this company.

Miller is the author and illustrator of Charleston Charlie (1989) and co-author of The Angel Oak Story: Johns Island Reminiscences (1989) and Charleston's Old Exchange Building: A Witness to American History (1986, 2005).

SOURCE: Miller, Ruth M. and Andrus, Ann Taylor. Charleston's Old Exchange Building: A Witness to American History. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2005.


Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ of Charleston, South Carolina

Plymouth Congregational Church was established in 1867 and originally consisted of former African American members of the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The congregation's first structure, dedicated in 1872, was located at 32 Bull Street. Plymouth Congregational Church had close ties to the Avery Normal Institute: many of its ministers were principals of Avery, and sometimes services were conducted in Avery's chapel when the regular church building was unavailable.

In 1957, when the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches of the United States merged to form the United Church of Christ, Plymouth's name changed to Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. In 1958, under the direction of Reverend John Thomas Enwright, a new structure was erected at 124 Spring Street, where, as of 2011, the congregation continues to meet.



Collection Overview

The collection consists of personal papers of Ruth Miller and materials relating to the operation Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Charleston, South Carolina from 1989 to 2003. The largest portion of this collection consists of Sunday service bulletins for Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. In addition to these materials, meeting minutes and reports for quarterly, annual, and Board of Trustee meetings are also included, as well as financial records. A portion of the collection contains programs and bulletins from other Charleston-area churches, primarily for Christian holiday services and special events. Other materials include personal correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications collected by Ruth Miller.

Collection Arrangement

1. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 1989-2003

2. Personal Papers, 1981-2002



Subject Headings

  • African American churches -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Church bulletins -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Miller, Ruth, 1943-.
  • Plymouth Congregational Church (Charleston, S.C.).
  • Plymouth Congregational Church (Charleston, S.C.). Board of Trustees.
  • United Church of Christ -- South Carolina -- Charleston.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 1989-2003.

This series includes materials collected by Ruth Miller during her tenure as a Board of Trustee member of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.
Box 1   Folder 1
Board of Trustees, 1995-2001
Includes meeting minutes, correspondence, financial reports, committee reports, documents relating to facilities management and program development, and other materials relating to the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ's Board of Trustees.
Box 1   Folder 2
By-laws, 1993 and undated
Box 1   Folder 3
Grant Mortgage Recovery Program, 1996
Box 1   Folder 4
Harvest Festival Tea, 1991-2001
Box 1   Folder 5
Invitations and Special Events, 1994-2001
Box 1   Folder 6
Lenten Services, 1992-2002
Box 1   Folder 7
Meetings: Annual
Box 1   Folder 8
Meetings: Quarterly
Box 1   Folder 9
Minute Book, 1989-1996
Contains minutes from quarterly, annual, Trustee, and special committee meetings, written by various members of the congregation.
Box 1   Folder 10
Monthly Calendars, 2000-2001
Box 1   Folder 10a
Publications
Contains United Church of Christ Leadership Handbook and the Fall 2002 issue of The Plymouth Rock newsletter.
Box 2-3   Folder 11-20
Service Bulletins, 1990-2003

2. Personal Papers, 1981-2002.

This series contains materials collected by Ruth Miller that do not pertain to Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ. The bulk of the materials relate to other religious institutions in Charleston, South Carolina.
Box 3   Folder 21
Church Bulletins: Christian Holiday Services, 1981-2000 and undated
Box 4   Folder 22
Church Bulletins: Sunday Services, 1996-2001 and undated
Box 4   Folder 23
Correspondence, 1992-2001
Includes solicitations from Charleston-area churches, flyers to church-related events, letters to the editor of the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, and other singular pieces of correspondence.
Box 4   Folder 24
Event Programs, 1988-2002
Includes programs from choral and sacred music events taking place at various Charleston-area religious institutions, many sponsored by Spoleto Festival USA, as well as a calendar specifying times and locations to view the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in October 1988.
Box 4   Folder 25
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1989, 1996, 2000, and undated
Includes newspaper clippings on religious issues and South Carolina churches as well as a magazine article on attracting winter birds.
Box 4   Folder 26
Publications, 1991-1997 and undated
Includes Unitarian Universalist publications, religious pamphlets, brochures to tourist attractions, and other materials.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ruth Miller Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Farrell, October 2010

Encoded by Jessica Farrell, February 2011

Edited by Amanda Ross, March 2011

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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