Mildred Miles Dillman was born July 3, 1893 in Payson, Utah to William Allen Miles and Lucretia Anna Wightman. She married Ray Eugene Dillman in 1916 in Roosevelt, Utah. Mildred was a historian and teacher of mainly the Ute Indians. She was a 4-H leader and later taught Ute children at the White Rock Indian School. She died March 25, 1980.
This collection of items is divided into three boxes, within which, the papers are categorized into various folders, according to date and content. Many of the folders contain letters of correspondence, most addressed to 'Mrs. Dillman,' regarding inquiries she made previously concerning the Uintah basin and requests for archaeological explorations of the area. There are also a few personal letters. Notes taken and articles used for research are included, as well as drafts for her book concerning the history of Duchesne County. There are various miscellaneous items, such as a collection of letters written by schoolchildren thanking Mildred for her presentation of Indians; a book presented to Mildred by an eleventh-grade class; a portfolio of a Roosevelt seminary; a talk given by Ernest L. Wilkinson at the funeral services of Raymond T. Bonnin; and notes concerning the Maori people. This collection also contains notes on index cards, visual diagrams of Utah, stories recorded of pioneers, and notes on the paleontology and geology of the Uintah basin. Mildred's notes are rather extensive, and some include rough sketches and drawings of items, such as baskets, buttons and diagrams of the state of Utah. In addition to these items, there are also several drafts of a pageant about the Ute Indians, background descriptions of the dances performed, and poems.
MSS P 578: This collection includes various paintings, portraits, and photographs. Separated by folders, there are two landscape paintings done by John B. Fairbanks, a photograph of Brigham Young, the First Presidency, and the Twelve. Following is a poster, photographs (presumably of family members), and larger portraits. There is also a certificate of graduation from the University of Michigan addressed to Arthur Hyde. Wrapped in paper are large photographs of Indians.