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Clarence Paul Miles Papers

Identifier: Ms-1961-003

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers of Clarence Paul "Sally" Miles, a Virginia Tech graduate (class of 1901), professor of modern languages (1902-1920, 1935-1951), and director of athletics (1920-1935). The majority of the collection consists of grade books for Miles' courses in French and German. Miles' grade records are kept in a set of identical books titled "The Teacher's Model Pocket Register and Grade Book." Each book contains the course title, names of students, and daily grade records, based on the system provided by the book publisher. Also within the papers are a small set of materials relating to Miles' life and Blacksburg, including a resolution of appreciation and a condition statement from the National Bank of Blacksburg, as well as two notes from local masonic lodges. The collection also includes three photographs: Miles in a VPI baseball uniform, Miles with Pete Willson, and an artists' conception of a planned addition to Miles Stadium.


  • 1902 - 1960


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Clarence Paul "Sally" Miles was born in Hanover County, Virginia on June 21, 1879. The son of William J. and Charlotte Ellett Miles, he entered the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) in 1897. During his studies Miles played on both the baseball and football teams, serving as captain of each at different times.

After earning his master's degree, Miles served as a chemistry instructor, while also coaching baseball and football. From 1902 to 1920, Miles served as the school's professor of modern languages and also served as the graduate manager of athletics, beginning in 1908. In 1920, Miles' part-time position as athletics manager evolved into the full-time director of athletics position, and he continued to serve in that capacity until 1935, when he resumed instruction in foreign languages. He retired in 1956, having also served as Virginia Tech's treasurer and as the dean of the college from 1943 to 1950.

Among other activities, Miles served as a director and vice-president of Blacksburg National Bank and a member of the Blacksburg Town Council. He was twice married: first to Virginia Longley Vawter in 1913 and to Elizabeth Anderson Hall in 1935. Sally Miles died on May 2, 1966.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)


The collection contains the papers of Virginia Tech graduate, professor of modern languages, and director of athletics Clarence Paul "Sally" Miles, including grade books for courses in French and German, together with personal memorabilia and photographs.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Source of Acquisition

The Clarence Paul Miles Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1961 and 1981.

Related Archival Materials

See also portraits of C. P. Miles in the Art Collection and the Clarence Paul Miles Papers, Ms1961-003, at the Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives.

Separated Materials

The book A History of the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church ([Blacksburg, VA: The Church?, 1953?]) was separated to the Rare Book Collection at the Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Clarence Paul Miles Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Clarence Paul Miles Papers were completed in February, 2011.

Clarence Paul Miles Papers, 1902-1960
John M. Jackson, Archivist
2011 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US