The collection documents the life of Grace Miller through correspondence, subject files, photographs and negatives, and a
scrapbook. Miller was a co-owner and bartender at two lesbian bars in San Francisco. As a result of serving underage patrons,
she was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 1955. The scrapbook contains the newspaper coverage of
her arrest and trial.
Grace Marie Miller was born in Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana on November 1, 1918. She was the first child of Anthony
Iven [Ivan] Miller (9/28/1892-9/15/1959) and Norma Portman. The family moved to San Francisco in the early 1920s. Grace worked
several jobs but was best known as a co-owner and bartender at 12 Adler Place and Tommy's Place, both lesbian bars.
2 document cases + 1 flat box
(1.5 cubic feet)
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