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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 297

Papers of Minnie Florence Roop Millette, 1870-1962


Correspondence, college papers, travel notes, etc., of Minnie Florence Roop Millette, teacher and civic volunteer.


  • 1870-1962

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Minnie Florence Roop Millette is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.46 linear feet ((3+1/2 file boxes) plus 4 photograph folders, 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio folder)
The Minnie Florence Roop Millette papers consist largely of correspondence, mostly letters from Millette to her daughter Nancy, and articles and papers written by Millette in college or for various women's literary clubs in Dayton, Ohio.

Most of the correspondence is from the 1930s, during and after the time Nancy attended Oberlin College. The letters discuss personal, family, and local matters, with occasional perceptive references to national and world affairs. They reveal something of the significance of the Depression and pre-World War II years for one Midwestern woman.

The literary sketches, dialogues, and non-fiction works written for women's clubs illustrate the wide-ranging interests of Minnie Florence Roop Millette and the clubs to which she belonged. Several newspaper clippings and Millette's letters to the editor (written under the name of Betsy O'Neal) offer further information about Millette's interests.

There is little material from Millette's childhood or her years as a teacher. The papers do provide valuable insight into a close and loving relationship between a mother and daughter, and some indication of the importance of women's clubs to a well-educated woman in a small Midwestern city during the first half of the twentieth century.

The biographical folder is followed by college papers, travel notes, correspondence, writings, and photographs. The material is arranged chronologically where possible.


Minnie Florence Roop was born on a farm near Ft. Loramie, Ohio, on February 10, 1876, the daughter of Henry (1842-1886) and Margaret Cotner (1850-1879) Roop. She had one sister, and three half-sisters from her father's later marriage to Melissa Goodall. Following her father's death in 1886 Millette and her sisters lived with her paternal grandmother, Mary Coble Roop, until she left to enter Antioch College. There she spent two years, completing her undergraduate education at Earlham College in 1898 with a degree in Greek and Latin.

After graduation Millette taught school for several years until her marriage in 1903 to Dr. John W. Millette (1864-1943), an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. They lived in Europe for several years while Dr. Millette completed his opthalmological studies, then returned to Dayton, Ohio, where their only child, Nancy, was born in 1911.

After her marriage Millette did not teach but was active in various community projects. The City Manager appointed her to the Dayton Research Council, and she managed the family's business and private finances. She was a member of the Ohio League of Women Voters and maintained an interest in women's rights throughout her life.

During her years in Dayton Millette participated in two women's clubs: the Dayton Women's Literary Club, which she helped found (Ann O'Hare McCormick, first woman editor at The New York Times, was also a co-founder); and the Marlay Monday Circle.

Millette continued to live in Dayton after her husband's death in 1943. She developed Parkinson's disease and arteriosclerosis in the 1950s and moved to a nursing home in Watertown, Massachusetts, in May 1962. She died there in August 1962.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 73-30, 76-353, 88-M9, 79-M211, 80-M61, 80-M28

The papers of Minnie Florence (Roop) Millette were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Nancy Millette Mosher, between 1973 and 1980.


  1. Box 1: 1-9
  2. Box 2: 10-19
  3. Box 3: 20-30
  4. Box 4: 31-39

Processing Information

Processed: April 1980

By: Donna Webber
Link to catalog
Millette, Minnie Florence Roop, 1876-1962. Papers of Minnie Florence Roop Millette, 1870-1962: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
This collection was processed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (RC-0051-79-1260).

Repository Details

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