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Tom and Audrey Miles Papers

Identifier: LH-wua00431

This collection consists of news articles, correspondence and other personal papers centered on the social, legal and political issues concerning the LGBT community in the United States collected by Tom Miles. Material includes newspaper clippings showcasing the media representation of these issues most notably from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, USA Today, the Riverfront Times, the Washington Post and The Advocate. Also included are full issues of Bondings, a publication dedicated to positive relations between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community. Correspondence captured includes e-mails discussing the removal of a priest from Miles' church, PFLAG activity and other LGBT activism that Miles was involved in.


  • 1975-2014


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5.00 linear feet

5 boxes

Biographical Information

Born and raised in St. Louis, Tom Miles was an insurance broker and financial planner married to Audrey J. Miles (nee Kunz), with whom he had 6 children. He was an active member of St. Cronan Catholic Church as well as the organization for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), both of which are reflected in the collection. Miles had a LGBT-identified daughter, which may have influenced his interest in LGBT issues.

Custodial History

Additions to the collection appear to have been made by family members or friends after the death of Miles in 2007.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Steven L. Brawley, June 15, 2015

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Sarah Corne in December 2015. Updated by Sarah Gabriel in August 2017.

Tom and Audrey Miles Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 10: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495