Ruth Miller papers
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.
- Miller, Ruth M., 1943- (Person)
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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.
1.75 linear feet (4 boxes)
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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.
1. Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 1989-2003
2. Personal Papers, 1981-2002
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(4 archival boxes)
Processed by Jessica Farrell, October 2010
Encoded by Jessica Farrell, February 2011
Edited by Amanda Ross, March 2011
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- Inventory of the Ruth Miller Papers, 1981 - 2003 AMN 1107
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Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository
125 Bull Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424 United States