Scope and Content Note
The ABBOTT PAIGE MILLS PAPERS, 1883-1970, consist of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs and other assorted items, reflecting the active life of Abbott Paige Mills (1889-1973), both during and after his attendance at Williams. Mills played four years of varsity baseball during college, and went on to play professionally for several years after graduating. Although he became a prominent Washington lawyer, he never lost his passion for the sport. His alma mater also continued to be an important part of Mills's life, and he remained aware of happenings at Williams through his service as Trustee, Alumni Fund Chair, and President of the Society of Alumni. The Papers are organized into three series: PAPERS AT WILLIAMS, PAPERS AFTER WILLIAMS, and PAPERS REGARDING FAMILY.
Series I. Papers at Williams, 1905-1911, includes material regarding courses Mills took, baseball activities, other College events, etc. Mills's academic work includes papers and notes from courses in oratory, Greek culture and English. College events, such as Commencement 1911, senior banquet, and Class Day exercises, are documented through programs, menus, photographs, etc. Numerous programs, photographs and clippings from the 1908- 1911 baseball seasons are also included, as well as correspondence from various baseball clubs which hoped to recruit Mills.
Series II. Papers after Williams, 1901-1970, documents Mills's short career in baseball, and his continued interest in Williams affairs and in his sport. Mills's interest in the College is reflected in publications, reunion photographs, and his speech upon becoming a Trustee. His career in baseball is documented through newspaper clippings and a letter. His continued interest in baseball includes programs from Williams games, correspondence regarding his service on the Williams All-Time Teams, and miscellaneous articles and papers regarding baseball. These papers also include correspondence with Ruth Mills and papers regarding his military career as well as his travels later in life.
Series III. PAPERS REGARDING FAMILY, 1883 ? 1941, includes papers and photographs concerning Gladys Page Pierce, a relative of Mills and materials pertaining to the two schools run by the Mills family in the Berkshire region. These are the Greylock Institute and the Ms. Mills School for Girls and both folders contain announcements, news clippings, and other materials that do not mention Abbott Paige Mills but are relevant to his family and background.