01/AR082 Guide to the John Thomas Milam Collection Milam, John Thomas Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Montgomery.

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Guide to the John Thomas Milam Collection 1908/1916 Manuscripts Overview of the Collection John Thomas Milam Collection 1908-1916 1908-1909 01/AR082 John Thomas Milam 1.00 English Manuscripts Biographical Information:

John Thomas Milam, the third out of seven children, came to Texas in 1900, at the age of 17 years old with his family. The Milam family traveled with two other families by train from Mississippi to Texas. His grandfather was John (Pap) Wesley Milam, one of four brother who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. John Wesley Milam's great-grand father was Ben Milam, who fought in the Texas Revolution.

Administrative Information Preferred Citation:

John Thomas Milam Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged into folders divided into the categories of printed materials, books, and photographs.

Scope and Contents

John Thomas Milam, known as "Big Ben Milam" by his friends at UNT, graduated in 1908.  He married in 1912, in Canton, Texas and became a school teacher that taught in many places in Texas including DeSoto, Mesquite, and Dallas County. John Thomas Milam, eventually left teaching and moved his family to the city of Dallas, where he found work in a Ford motorcar factory. However, the Crash of 1929 resulted in the Great Depression, John Thomas Milam started his own laundry business and later delivered food to work crews for a living.

The collection contains photograph prints of John Thomas Milam, his senior class, his family, printed material of a program for the Van Zandt County Teachers' Institute and "The Yucca" yearbook of 1909.

Detailed List of Contents id5434 1 704014 id5435 1 1 Program of Van Zandt County Teacher's Institute - Printed Material 1916-10-09 Scope and Contents

The program was held in Canton, Texas.

id5436 1 2 Photograph folder for unidentified woman n.d. Scope and Contents

Contains just the folder, the photgraph of unidentified woman has been moved to folder 6.

id5437 1 3 Photograph folder and photograph print of Mr. Milam n.d. id5438 1 4 Photographs - Prints n.d. id5439 1 5 Photographs - Prints 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

Contains photographs on mat board, with notes, one photograph states on the back, " The Jones House Denton Texas on Collage Campus 1908 or 1909", "John Thomas Tom Milam first one sitting on left of front row".

id5440 1 6 Photographs - Prints 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

Contains photographs from college with notes that identified John Milam and a photograph of an unidentified woman.

id5441 1 7 Photographs - Prints 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

Include notes that state the photographs are of Senior Day at Denton, Texas.

id5442 1 8 Photographs - Prints 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

Include notes that state the photographs are of Senior Day at Denton, Texas.

id5443 1 9 Photographs - Prints 1908-1909 Scope and Contents

Include notes that state the photographs are of Senior Day at Denton, Texas.

id5444 1 10 The Yucca 1909 - Yearbook 1909