Guide to the Miles Edwin Traver Papers 1859-1965
Cage 190

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Traver, Miles Edwin
Title
Miles Edwin Traver Papers
ID
Cage 190
Date [inclusive]
1859-1965
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 feet of linear shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Consists of twelve diaries documenting the journeys of Miles Edwin Traver, a traveling salesman in the Pacific Northwest.

Preferred Citation note

Miles Edwin Traver Papers, 1859-1965

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Miles Edwin Traver (1834-1902) was born in East Schodack, Rensselaer County, New York, to Miles and Delia Traver. At a young age he began his career as a salesman while traveling in a wagon through the Middle West and the South selling lightning rods.

In 1862 Traver and his brother left for California where he became an agent for "Home Shuttle" brand. Beginning in February of 1868, Traver crossed the Columbia River with his sulky, earning his livelihood selling sewing machines. In addition to sewing machines, Traver advertised the Lovell Washer in the 1870s and sold rights to use the formula for his "Superior Washing Compound."

Traver was married to Stella Clementine Wheeler Traver (1842-1914) and had two daughters, Alice Carey Traver Libby Kennedy (1876-1959) and Edith Grace Traver (1881-1973).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 12 diaries, dating 1859-1902, that document Miles Edwin Traver's journeys as a traveling salesman in the Pacific Northwest. Includes an article by Lucile McDonald (1965) discussing Traver's personal experiences selling sewing machines, titled "How the Sewing Machine came to the Northwest." In addition, the collection contains miscellaneous materials consisting of correspondence, receipts, bank notes, rights to Traver's "Superior Washing Compound," etc.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1961 by Edith Grace Traver, daughter of Miles Edwin Traver.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Alice Carey Traver Libby Kennedy Papers, 1903-1959 (Cage 32).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Alabama -- Description and travel
  • United States -- Description and travel
  • Washington (State) -- Description and travel

Subject(s)

  • Overland Journeys to the Northwestern United States
  • Traveling sales personnel -- United States -- Diaries
  • Washington (State)

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Bibliography

Guide to the Alice Carey Traver Libby Kennedy Papers, 1903-1959, Cage 32 (http://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/finders/cg32.htm).

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