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John E. Miles Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-023

Scope and Content

The collection contains the following photographs: Governor Miles with his brother-in-law, Mr. Gail Carter; Miles with Miss Opal Miles before an exhibit publicizing the Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children Hot Springs (Truth or Consequences, NM); Miles as U.S. Representative and Chairman of the House Public Lands Subcommittee addressing a public hearing in Ponape (Micronesia) on a tour of Trust Territory to study Naval Civil Administration; Miles attending the funeral of Governor Tingley with a group, including Govs. Campbell, Hannett, Dillon, Simms, Bolack, Burroughs, and Lt. Gov. Easley. An addition was processed in October 2012. The addition consists of digital files (with corresponding hard copies) of John E. Miles and his family, as well as two political posters.


  • 1918-1962

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


John E. Miles was born at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 28, 1884. He settled in Texas and began farming at the age of seventeen, then moved to Oklahoma and finally to New Mexico in 1906. He took a homestead there and married Susie C. Wade in 1906. Miles served in several offices including Quay County Assessor (1920-1924), secretary of the New Mexico State Tax Commission (1925), and secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee. He was elected Governor in 1938 and was re-elected in 1940. Upon completion of his term as Governor he held various positions including chairman of the Public Service Commission (1943-1948), Commissioner of Public Lands (1947-1948), and U.S. Representative to Congress (1949-1950). Miles died on October 7, 1971.


26 items items (1 folder) : 4 photographic prints, 22 digital files and prints

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Collection contains 4 photographs of John E. Miles and other New Mexico governors. An addition to the collection consists of 20 digital photographs and 2 digitized campaign posters.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections Box 1. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Select Photographs Available Online

Portions of the John E. Miles Photographs Collection are available online via New Mexico Digital Collections.

Related Archival Material

Governor John E. Miles Papers, New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.

Processing Information

An addition, consisting of digital files (with corresponding hard copies) of John E. Miles and his family, as well as two political posters was processed in October 2012.
Finding Aid of the John E. Miles Photograph Collection, 1918-1962
Processed by Pictorial Collections Staff
© 2006, 2012
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131