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John M. Mills papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8794

Content Description

Contains papers related to Mills' career in education. Includes a notebook titled "Theory of Teaching," where Mills wrote his thoughts in teaching, as well as kept grades of those who attended the school at Colonia Diaz Academy located in Mexico. The notebook also includes a floor plan for the Academy building. The majority of the papers are undated and primarily untitled poems or letters in verse written by Mills about his experiences in education in Ogden, Utah and Gary, Indiana, including times he was ridiculed for his theories. Also included are some items related to the Nora Bowman and the Bowman and Wattis families, descendants of John Martin Mills. Dated 1889-1916.


  • 1889-1916


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the John M. Mills papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

John M. Mills (1869-1948) was a prominent educator in Utah.

Jonh Martin Mills was born on May 13, 1869 in Provo, Utah to Martin Walderfin Mills and Martha Ann Knight. Mills married Agnes Reid Mills, and together they had five children--John Martin Mills, Ruth Mills, Edward Kenneth Mills, Fanny Mills, and Hazel Mills. Mills had a prominent career in education. He wrote the "Theory of Teaching" between 1889-1891 which is about his time teaching at Colonia Diaz Academy. Mills died on Jan. 3, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Anthony W. Bowman, grandson of Mills through Bowman's mother, in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Anthony W. Bowman; August 2015


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious hitory (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)

Processing Information

Processed; Corinne Bird, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2015.

Register of John M. Mills papers
Corinne Bird
2015 Decemeber 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States