Zenos R. Miller World War I Diaries
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1994.0038
Creators:
Miller, Zenos Ramsey, 1895-1922
Dates:
1918
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
This collection consists of two diaries kept by Lieutenant Zenos Ramsey Miller (1895-1922) as a pilot in the 27th Aero Squadron of the US Air Service during World War I, and, following his capture, as a prisoner of war of in Germany.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of two items: a diary that Miller entitled "Autograph Book and Diary of Zenos R. Miller: Containing the Names of my fellow Gefangeneners [sic] and a Brief Record of Events." The diary contains entries by 124 of Miller's fellow prisoners in which they write their name, address, and circumstances of capture. There are also descriptions, drawings, photographs, and mementos of prison camp life and the American, British, French and Russian prisoners of war held there. The second item is a diary entitled, "Daily Reminder 1918," which covers the time period January 1 to June 25, 1918, and describes Miller's training, aviation activities, and camp life. The entries were entered by Miller before he was shot down and became a prisoner of war. A memorial volume, "In Memory of Zenos Ramsey Miller" by William Alfred Eddy was included with the collection, and is now held by the National Air and Space Museum Library.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Zenos R. Miller was a pilot with the 27th Aero Squadron of the United States Air Service during World War I. Miller was credited with shooting down four German aircraft before he was shot down on July 16, 1918. He was held as a prisoner of war at Landshut and Villingen before he was freed by the Armistice in November of 1918. Miller returned to the United States and was studying at Harvard Medical School when he decided to undertake a transcontinental flight during the summer of 1922. He died during the first leg of the trip when his aircraft crashed.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Paul Miller and Helen Rosenthal, gift, 1981, 1994, NASM.1994.0038

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
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Keywords
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World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Miller, Zenos Ramsey, 1895-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army. Air Service. 1st Pursuit Group. 27th Aero Squadron Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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