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Sumner A. Mills Papers

Identifier: FMS-83

Scope and Contents

The Sumner A. Mills Papers is a small but important collection of materials relating to a leading Indiana Friend of the twentieth century. It is especially useful for the reconstruction work of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in France in 1918-1919. The Mills Collection includes two diaries of Sumner Mills, one at Earlham College for 1917-1918, the other, much more detailed, of his work in France in 1918-1919. Also included is a large album of photographs taken in France, and a few miscellaneous letters from the 1920s and the 1930s.


  • 1917-1930
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/01/1998

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There are no restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Sumner Amos Mills was born near West Newton, Indiana, Oct. 20, 1895, the son of Edwin Seth and Margaret Jane (Carter) Mills, prominent area Quakers. He graduated from Earlham College in 1920, the same year that he married Lela Weatherly. In 1926, with his father and brothers Howard, Sr., and Newlin, he founded Maplehurst Farms Dairy, which developed into an important Indianapolis business. He died at Mooresville, Indiana, Dec. 24, 1985. A birthright Friend, Sumner Mills was active in Quaker affairs for most of his life. A conscientious objector in World War I, he served two years in France in reconstruction work. From 1922 to 1927 he was a trustee of Earlham College. He served as presiding clerk of Western Yearly Meeting of Friends from 1943 to 1947, and of the Five Years Meeting (now Friends United Meeting) from 1955 to 1960. In 1943, he was one of the founders of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. During World War II, he and his wife served as directors of the Civilian Public Service camp at Coshocton, Ohio.

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Method of Acquisition

Gift, Sumner Mill's son, John E. Mills, Earlham class of 1944

Accruals and Additions

No additions are expected.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository