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Accession number A2003.013
Collection Timothy Mims
Title The Timothy Mims Collection
Catalog Number A2003.013
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Courtesy of Connie Hillsman
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span five linear inches.
Dates of Creation 1943-1994
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Timothy Mims records date from 1943 to 1978 and measure 5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in 2 series: Timothy Mims Collection and Laura Miller Collection. The Timothy Mims Collection contains information documenting his religious and military activities as well as other personal interests. The Laura Miller series contains a record of her baptism and other church functions, a large collection of Get Well cards, and additional personal and family records
Biographical History Timothy Mims was born on December 15, 1909 in West Point, Mississippi to Thomas Mims and Nancy Strong Mims. Mims had six sisters, and three brothers, and was the youngest of ten. In 1917 their father's job moved them to Cedar Rapids. While living in Cedar Rapids, Mims attended Tyler School, McKinley Junior High, and Washington High School. While at McKinley Junior High Mims art teacher was renowned artist Grant Wood.

From the age of 11 to the age of 15 Mims sold papers for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and also worked at a grocery store stocking shelves. While in high school Mims got a job with Ford Paving Company, where he would carry bricks to brick setters. In the early 1920s few African American attended college, so after high school Mims entered the work force. His jobs included: working at Wilson and Company in a hide cellar, a Montrose Hotel doorman, and a Red Cap at Union Station.

While in school Mims was heavily involved in sports, such as baseball, basketball and soccer. In 1921 he helped his baseball team win the city championship. Mims was also a member of Washington High School's 1927 State Championship football team.

He married Laura Miller in 1961.
Finding Aids Box no. Description
Box 1
Timothy Mims, Collection
Military Papers, 1945
Funeral Service of Hallard Bell, 1974
Correspondence, 1973-1976, 1994, and undated
Department of Public Safety Youth Commission, 1958
Newspaper Clippings, 1984 and undated
Bethel A.M.E. Church Program, 1975
African Methodist Episcopal Church; 1958, 1974, and 1976
State Convention, Third Baptist Church, 1962
Laura Miller,
Certificate of Baptism, 1954
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1962
Get Well Cards for Laura Mims, 1978
Calendar Book, 1970
Miller Family Report Cards, 1943
Ralph Miller, Certificate of Membership in Athletic
Scholarship, 1952
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1975
Century Note Book, undated
Keosaugua Church, undated
Laura Mims, undated
Sons in military uniforms, undated
Sterling Miller, undated
Timothy Mims, undated
Tom Mims, 1953
Unidentified, 1975

Subjects Correspondence
Civil service
World War II
Search Terms Cedar Rapids
Churches - Baptist
Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Cedar Rapids
Bethel A.M.E. - Cedar Rapids
A.M.E. - Bethel of Cedar Rapids
African Methodist Episcopal
World War II
Baptist churches
Cedar Rapids city employees
Churches - Mt. Zion Baptist, Cedar Rapids
Civil services
Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Cedar Rapids
People Mims, Timothy
Miller, Laura
Mims, Laura Miller
Miller, Sterling
Mims, Thomas
Miller, Ralph
Bell, Hallard
Mims, Thomas
Mims, Nancy Strong
Wood, Grant
Classification Military
Churches & Temples
Creator Timothy Mims