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Miles S. Kuhns Papers

Identifier: MS-382

Scope and Content

The Miles S. Kuhns papers contain correspondence, documents, various ephemera, and newspaper clippings related to his political career. The collection chronicles different aspects of his professional life, from his first campaign for the House in 1920 to the end of his time with the Ohio Revolutionary War Memorial Commission in 1939.

Series I, Legislation Correspondence, contains letters, telegrams, and documents relating to different bills up for vote in the Ohio House and Senate. Most of the correspondence in this series is requests from local citizens asking Kuhns to support or reject pending legislation. All items in this series are categorized in groups by bills relating to particular subjects. This is aimed to help researchers access specific bills more easily. Some of the correspondence mentioned several bills in one letter. In others the subject matter of bills was unidentified. All of the items that fall in these two categories can be located in the file entitled "Miscellaneous." It should also be noted that Kuhns made copies of his responses to letters. As many as possible have been placed with their coinciding letter. Some items within this series can be found in oversize location 74, file 16.

Series II, Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission, contains various forms of correspondence including letters, telegrams, and post cards as well as newspaper articles. It also has copies of the actual bill that founded the commission. This series is arranged chronologically to show the progression and lifespan of the commission. As with the first series, Kuhns made copies of his responses and as many of them have been matched to their coinciding letters as possible. Some items within this series can be found in oversize location 74, file 16.

Series III, Personal Correspondence and Miscellaneous Items, contains items that are neither related to a particular legislation or the commission. However, most of the letters are to and from Kuhns' colleagues in the House and Senate as well as other local politicians and businessmen. This series comprises different formats such as postcards and ephemera including: Ohio state fair tickets, members' passes to the United States House of Representatives, ball invitations, sample ballots, election cards, and house and senate rosters. This series is arranged chronologically. Some items in this series can be found in oversize location 74, file 16.


  • Creation: 1920-1939


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Miles S. Kuhns

Miles Standish Kuhns was born on November 14, 1877. A resident of Dayton, Kuhns served his community as a lawyer, then a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate in the 1920s and 1930s. His local roots and appreciation of history led him to help create, and then serve as vice chairman for, the Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission. This commission was responsible for dedicating historic sites from the Revolution as well as creating George Rodgers Clark Park. After his political career ended in the late 1930s, Kuhns continued to be an active member of the Dayton community. He belonged to the Dayton Lawyers Club, the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and served as the president for the Dayton Historical Society. Kuhns died at the age of 94 on June 20, 1972.


0.75 linear feet

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The Miles S. Kuhns Papers consist mainly of correspondence related to Kuhns' political career. It contains many lobbying letters from citizens and organizations. Almost half of the collection relates to Kuhns' work with the Ohio Revolutionary War Memorial Commission. A third section consists of personal correspondence and ephemera Kuhns received throughout his career.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series:

  1. Series I: Legislation
  2. Series II: The Ohio Revolutionary Memorial Commission
  3. Series III: Personal Correspondence and Miscellaneous Items

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Kuhns' son, M. Edward Kuhns, in June of 2003

Guide to the Miles S. Kuhns Papers (MS-382)
Finding aid prepared by Emily C. Roush, Winter 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA