MILLER, Loye Holmes

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Loye Holmes Miller (1874-1970)

MILLER, Loye Holmes (1874-1970), ornithologist and paleontologist who began his teaching career in 1904 at the Los Angeles State Normal School, which later became the University of California at Los Angeles. Miller visited Santa Cruz Island with his son, Alden, and fellow ornithologist A. J. van Rossem in 1922 when they were looking for Mexican crossbills, which they did not find. Miller counseled emerging naturalists ‘to appreciate biotic and geologic events of the past.’ On July 7-18, 1938, Miller visited San Nicolas Island with fellow scientists, T. D. A. Cockerell (biologist and entomologist), and Harvey Allen (geologist and anthropologist). During their visit Mr. and Mrs. Regie Lamberth were living on the island as managers, with their two children, Jeanne (7) and Dennis (5). Mrs. Lamberth’s brothers, Lawrence and Raymond Foster were there as well. Miller wrote an 8-page manuscript about their trip, taking daily notes.


Directory of Members, Cooper Ornithological Club, May 1914:

  • Prof. Loye Holmes Miller. State Normal School, Los Angeles, CA 1905.


Miller died in Yolo County on April 6, 1970.


Miller collected on:

  • Anacapa Island (1932)
  • San Clemente Island (1904)
  • San Miguel Island (1938)
  • San Nicolas Island (1929, 1941)
  • Santa Barbara Island (1904)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1922)


1922. Miller, Loye H. Santa Cruz Island, Aug 18-22, 1922 (unpublished field notes) University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Pdficon small 2.gif


  • 1928. Miller, Loye H. Additions to the Faunal List of Anacapa Island The Condor 30(5):325, September-October 1928




[original in SCIF archives]


  • 1993. Pitelka, Frank Alois Academic Family Tree for Loye and Alden Miller The Condor 95(4):1065-1067 July-August 1993


[CAS portrait]


Island Collections~
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island Loye Miller MVZ May 20, 1928 MVZ-3595 Pelecanus occidentalis californicus Birds
Anacapa Island Loye Miller UCLA May 14, 1932 UCLA-40912 Contopus borealis Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island L. H. Miller UCLA August 26, 1894 UCLA-38257 Phalaropus lobatus Birds
~ trip ~
San Clemente Island Loye Miller MVZ March 22, 1904 MVZ-31219 Oceanodroma leucorhoa socorroensis Birds
~ trip ~
San Clemente Island Loye Miller UCLA March 22, 1904 UCLA-32214 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island L. H. Miller MVZ August 20, 1938 MVZ-88688 Oceanodroma leucorhoa socorroensis Birds
San Miguel Island L. H. Miller LACM September 13, 1938 LACM-021544 Enhydra lutris nereis Mammals


San Nicolas Island 10/30/1929 MVZ birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller MCZ 1929 [?] MCZ-37320 Canis familiaris Mammals
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller MCZ 1929 [?] MCZ-37321 Enhydra lutris nereis Mammals
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller MCZ undated MCZ-37322 Urocyon littoralis dickeyi Mammals
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller UCLA 1929 [?] UCLA-15490 Enhydra lutris nereis Mammals
San Nicolas Island L. H. Miller MVZ October 30, 1929 MVZ-54485 Piranga olivacea Mammals
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller MVZ July 24, 1941 MVZ-88689 Oceanodroma leucorhoa socorroensis Birds
San Nicolas Island Loye H. Miller UCLA July 24, 1941 UCLA-33668 Oceanodroma leucorhoa socorroensis Birds


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island Loye Miller MVZ April 10, 1904 MVZ-6168 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Santa Barbara Island Loye Miller MVZ April 10, 1904 MVZ-45944 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Santa Barbara Island Loye Miller MVZ April 11, 1904 MVZ-6161 Ptychoramphus aleuticus aleuticus Birds



ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island Loye Miller UCLA August 1, 1922 UCLA-40461 Corvus corax Birds
Santa Cruz Island Loye Miller NMNH August 18, 1922 USNM-417007 Apheocoma insularis Birds



05/26/1929-32 ||NMNH birds



In the News~

June 26, 1909 [LAT]: “C. B. Linton today chartered the launch Flyer for a four days’ trip to the Channel Islands, leaving Long Beach July 2 and returning July 6. Accompanying Mr. Linton will be fifteen members of the Cooper Ornithological Club of Los Angeles, among them City Clerk Lelande, Deputy City Attorney Howard Robertson, Dr. Otto J. Zahn, L. H. Miller, Alphonse Jay, Dr. Horace A. Gaylord, W. S. McQuilling and Consulting Geologist Ralph Arnold. Polytechnic High School will also have a representative. Scientific research is the main object of the expedition.”