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Walter Miller Library


Walter Miller (1864-1949) was a classicist and archaeologist responsible for the first American excavation in Greece. He received an M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1884 and was associate professor of Greek at the University of Missouri from 1891 to 1892. He was recruited from Missouri by Stanford in 1892 and founded the classics department there. In 1911 he returned to the University of Missouri, and from 1914 to 1930, he served as Dean of the Graduate School. In 1919, he called for the creation of a war memorial to honor those lost in World War I. This project became the Memorial Union. He retired from the University of Missouri in 1936.

The Walter Miller Library was preserved in the Department of Classical Studies from the 1940s until 2017. It was donated to Special Collections by the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies when the department was renamed and moved from Strickland Hall to Swallow Hall.

Scope and Contents

The collection is a working classicist's library. Many of the books originally belonged to Walter Miller and bear his signature. Others were added to the collection by the faculty of the Department of Classical Studies.

Holdings: 143 titles


All titles are cataloged and available through MERLIN, the University’s online catalog. The collection can be searched in MERLIN through the heading Walter Miller Collection (University Of Missouri Columbia Libraries)This collection is stored offsite.  Please allow at least 24 hours notice for research requests.  Contact Special Collections staff to request materials.