University of Texas Arlington

Ben K. Green Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Green, Ben K.
Title: Ben K. Green Papers
Dates: 1900-1976
Bulk Dates: 1937-1974
Identification: AR326
Extent: 11 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Ben King "Doc" Green, (1912-1974), horse trader and rustic raconteur, was born in Hopkins County, Texas, near Cumby where his parents, David Hugh and Bird King Green, had lived several generations. At twelve years of age, Ben left home "ahorseback" and sought out wagon yards, mule barns and livery stables, a more useful education in his mind. Within a few years, Green and his family moved to Weatherford, Texas, where he attended high school, but his days as a "wild, young cowboy" buying, selling and trading stock fueled his imagination more than formal learning.

In 1960, Green contributed several of his horse trading stories to the Tally Book, publication for the Fort Worth International Quarter Horse Jockey Club, and he determined that writing about his experiences would be his goal. Green "talked his books," as he said, telling his stories into a tape recorder and to his secretary who edited his work. "Doc," the cowboy and horse trader, wrote exactly liked he talked, a dialect writing, and his spell-binding tales which had fascinated acquaintances and strangers alike launched the writer, Ben K. Green.

While attending a meeting of the Western History Association held in El Paso, Texas, Green met a New York editor who had seen his recent story, "Gray Mules," published in the Southwest Review (Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, Summer, 1965). From that association came Horse Tradin' (1967) the first of four books by Ben K. Green published by Alfred A. Knopf. The twenty-fifth printing in 1990 of Horse Tradin' by Knopf hailed this edition of Green's stories as a classic of Western Americana.

As the popularity of his stories spread nationwide, Ben thoroughly enjoyed his fan mail and the lecture circuit. Old yarn-spinner Ben K. Green, a colorful man in character and language, published eleven books from 1963 to 1974. His contemporary, writer A. C. Greene, praised Ben's stories, saying, "I think he represented the last real voice of old-time Texas in literature." (Dallas Morning News, 10/7/74.)

Sources:

  • Ben K. Green. Horse Conformation [and] Hoss Trades of Yesteryear. Fort Worth: Privately published, 1963.
  • Ben K. Green. "Gray Mules: A Reminiscence,"Southwest Review, Summer, 1965. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press.
  • Ben K. Green. Horse Tradin'. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967.
  • Ben K. Green. The Shield Mares. Austin: The Encino Press, 1967.
  • Ben K. Green. Wild Cow Tales. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.
  • Ben K. Green. Ben K. Green Back to Back. Austin: The Encino Press, 1970.
  • Ben K. Green. The Village Horse Doctor: West of the Pecos. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971.
  • Ben K. Green. The Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1971.
  • Ben K. Green. A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1972.
  • Ben K. Green. Some More Horse Tradin'. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972.
  • Ben K. Green. Ben Green Tales. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1974.
  • Ben K. Green. The Color of Horses. The Scientific and Authoritative Identification of the Color of the Horse. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1974.
  • Edith Wharton Taylor. Money on the Hoof - Sometimes. Introduction [by] Ben K. Green. Fort Collins, Colorado: The Old Army Press, 1974.
  • Robert A. Wilson. Ben K. Green, A Descriptive Bibliography of Writings By and About Him. Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Press, 1977.

Scope and Contents

The personal papers of Ben King Green include twenty-three boxes of biographical and family history, correspondence, financial and legal documents, literary productions, and photographs, 1900 through 1976. Printed materials include awards, invitations, programs, and a significant number of newspaper clippings, 1943 through 1974. Also included are personal artifacts produced or acquired by Green, 1940 through 1974. This collection is divided into seven series: biographical materials, correspondence, financial and legal documents, literary productions, printed materials, oversize materials, and artifacts.

Biographical materials include an autobiographical sketch by the author and a King family history by J. H. King written, January 23, 1906. There are tributes from journals and individuals including fellow Texans, Elmer Kelton, A. C. Green, and Frank X. Tolbert. Correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes business and personal matters. Correspondents include family members, editors, publishers, literary agents, Western artists, and readers of his works.

Ben K. Green papers also include a few legal and financial documents between 1943 and 1973, such as tax receipts, certificates of stock registration, and simple business transactions.

Literary productions with inclusive dates, 1960-1974, are arranged alphabetically by book title. Short stories included in the volumes are listed individually under each book title where the story is found; however, there are several transcripts of unidentified stories. Of special interest are manuscript revisions, galley proofs, and working drafts from publishers, where Ben K. Green's hand-written comments are noted. There are galley proofs from publishers of some titles, but no notebooks or working drafts with ideas for stories written by Green himself. Literary reviews of most of Green's works follow these manuscripts. Newspaper clippings photographed on acid-free, buffered paper are a significant addition to Green's publications.

There is an interesting collection of photographs from about 1900 through the 1970's and include friends and family of East Texas near the Green family home in Cumby, Texas. West Texas communities where Green lived, Weatherford, San Angelo, and Fort Worth are well represented here.

Personal artifacts and oversized printed materials including awards and illustrations are were placed in oversize locations which are described at the end of the container list. Included there is a unique illustration designed by Ben K. Green in the early 1960's entitled "International Quarter Horse Jockey Club Inspection Chart for Registration."


 

Organization

The Ben K. Green Papers are organized in seven series:
Series I. Biographical Information.
Series II. General Correspondence.
Series III. Financial and Legal Documents.
Series IV. Literary Productions.
Series V. Printed Materials.
Series VI. Oversize Materials.
Series VI. Artifacts.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Green, Ben K.--Archives.
King, J. H. (John Henry), b. 1842.
King family.
Green family.
Subjects
Veterinarians--Texas--Archives.
Veterinarians' writings.
Authors, American--Texas--Archives.
Horse breeders--Texas--Archives.
Ranchers--Texas--Archives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
Places
Cumby (Tex.)--Biography.
Formats
Letters--Texas.
Memoirs.
Genealogies.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection.

Administrative Information

Citation

Ben K. Green Papers, AR326, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

The Ben King Green papers were purchased by The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Margaret F. Morris, Director of Special Collections, received Green's papers in 1975.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Carolyn P. Norgaard, January 1997; revised May 1997.


 Note to the Researcher 

An overview of the collection can be gained by perusing the correspondence found in boxes 1-8 and then proceeding to the galley proofs of his works. Abbreviations used in the container list: BKG (Ben King Green); ts (typed manuscipt); cc (carbon copy).


Container List

 

Series I.
Biographical Information

Box Folder
1 1 Two page autobiographical sketch by author. "A Man Named Ben,"Dallas Times Herald News Magazine. December 10, December 17, 1967. "Ben K. Green,"Shamrock, Fall 1967.
2 King Family History, by J. H. King, January 23, 1906, transcribed copy.
3 King Family History, photocopy of original.
4 King Family History, original, January 23, 1906. Fragile, please use photocopy.
5 Tributes. Western Writers of America Round-up, newsletter, 1974. Editor, Elmer Kelton. KERA-TV "Newsroom," A. C. Green, October 7, 1974. "Tolbert's Texas," Frank X. Tolbert, October 10, October 12, 1994. American Pigeon Journal, March 1975, editor W. F. Hollander. Obituaries. Greenville Herald Banner, October 7, 1974. Dallas Morning News, 10/7/74.
6 Funeral service. October 9, 1974, Commerce, Texas.
7 Family Misc. Obituary for Pearl A. Green, ca. 1970; "Historical Facts Pertaining to…Land Owned by Ben F. Green, n.d.



 

Series II.
General Correspondence

Box Folder
1 8 Family members, friends, wedding and graduation announcements. August 1937-December 1945.
9 Family members and friends, (H. Foote) with letter enclosed. January 1946-May 1946.
10 Family members, legal business from San Antonio, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. June 1946-January 1947.
11 Family members, legal business from Roswell, New Mexico, telegram. January 1950-November 1956.
12 Family members, friends, International Quarter Horse Registry Jockey Club, livestock, toxic plants business. February 1957-August 1959.
Box Folder
2 1 Friends, livestock, toxic plant business. January 1960-July 1960.
2 Friends, livestock, toxic plant business. October 1960-December 1960.
3 International Quarter Horse Registry Jockey Club, business, pigeons, holiday greetings. January 1961-December 1961.
4 Livestock, Talley Book, BKG publicity letters regarding Horse Conformation. January-December 1962.
5 Public responses, orders for Horse Conformation. January-December 1963.
6 Morgan Horse and Quarter Horse registration, responses to Horse Conformation. January-June 1964.
7 Responses to Horse Conformation and orders for wall chart, "How to Tell the True Age of a Horse By the Teeth." July-December 1964.
8 Livestock breeding, horse trading, Quarter Horse registration. January-May 1965.
9 Livestock, book requests, Horse Conformation, wall charts. June-December 1965.
10 Family members, Weatherford high school ex-students homecoming, orders for wall chart. January-December 1966.
11 Family members, fan mail regarding Horse Conformation and Horse Tradin', BKG appearance on "Today Show" (July 6) with Barbara Walters. January-July 1967.
Box Folder
3 1 Fan mail for Horse Tradin'. August-October 1967.
2 Fan mail, family members, holiday greetings. November-December 1967.
3 Fan mail for Horse Tradin', Wild Cow Tales, and "The Shield Mares." January-June 1968.
4 Requests for books, livestock business, holiday greetings. July-December 1968.
5 Requests for speaking engagements, membership in Texas Institute of Letters. January-February 1969.
6 Fan mail, speaking engagements. March 1969.
Box Folder
4 1 Fans' requests for Green's books for school and public libraries, friends' response to Wild Cow Tales and Horse Conformation. April 1-14, 1969.
2 Friends responding to Horse Conformation. April 15-30, 1969.
3 Friends responding to Horse Conformation. May-June, 1969.
4 Fan mail and requests for speaking engagements. July-October, 1969.
5 Family matters. November-December, 1969, ca. 1960's.
Box Folder
5 1 Friends, fan mail. April-August, 1970.
2 Friends, Fort Worth Westerners' International, holiday greetings. September-December, 1970.
3 Friends, fan mail, Western Heritage award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. January-April 1971.
4 Family members, fan mail for Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas, speaking engagements. May-June 1971.
5 Fan mail for Village Horse Doctor. July-September 1971.
6 Family members, fan mail. October-December 1971.
Box Folder
6 1 Requests for speaking engagements, appointment to Committee for Arts and Humanities, Creative Writing Advisory Panel, fan mail. January-June 1972.
2 Fan mail for Some MoreHorse Tradin', A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'. July-September 1972.
3 Austin chapter, Women in Communication award "Outstanding Books by Texas Publisher" for A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', holiday greetings. October-December 1972.
4 BKG, winner of Trustees Award for Some MoreHorse Tradin', Western Heritage Association. January-April 1973.
5 BKG speaking engagement, OS Ranch Steer Roping and Art Exhibit, Post, Texas. May 1973.
6 Friends, fan mail requesting books, holiday greetings. October-December 1973.
7 Resignation from Texas Institute of Letters, friends, fan mail. January-March 1974.
Box Folder
7 1 Friends, fan mail in anticipation of the publication of Color of Horses. April-July 1974.
2 F. W. Hollander writes of BKG's death, East Texas State University conference of BKG's works (April 9, 1975). August 1975, ca. 1970's.
3 Undated correspondence; cards, greetings.
4 Undated correspondence; personal friends, fan mail, book store requests for books.
5 Alfred A. Knopf editor, Angus Cameron, 1965-67.
regarding Horse Tradin' editing issues, plans for book tour.
6 Alfred A. Knopf editor, Angus Cameron, 1968-69.
regarding Wild Cow Tales editing and illustration.
7 Alfred A. Knopf editor, Angus Cameron, 1970-74.
regarding Some MoreHorse Tradin' and Village Horse Doctor, editing and royalty issues.
8 Ballantine Books Inc., 1973-74.
Wild Cow Tales, paperback edition, publicist's issues and book tour.
9 Columbia Pictures, 1971-72.
possible movie rights for Wild Cow Tales and Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas.
10 Darol Dickenson, cowboy artist, 1971-74.
discussion of illustration, Color of Horses.
Box Folder
8 1 Encino Press, 1965-73.
Back to Back and Shield Mares, William D. Wittliff publisher.
2 Northland Press, 1970-74.
A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas, and Color of Horses, Paul Weaver publisher.
3 Old Army Press, 1972-74.
Money on the Hoof introduction by BKG friend and author Edith Wharton Taylor.
4 Random House, 1969-72.
book sales and tours discussed, Dick Liberman.
5 Paul R. Reynolds Agency Inc., 1965-66.
BKG negotiations with literary agent, Malcolm Russ.
6 SMU Press June-October 1965, n.d.
negotiations with editors, Margaret L. Hartley and Allen Maxwell of Southwest Review.
7 Mary Lou Watkins, 1945-65.
editor-friend introduction of BKG to Margaret L. Hartley. Watkins advised and edited original drafts of Grey Mules and The Shield Mares for BKG.
8 Correspondence, fragments, n.d.
nine items.



 

Series III.
Financial And Legal Documents

Box Folder
8 9 International Quarter Horse Jockey Club registration form. Small business transactions including receipts, vouchers, airline tickets, hotel reservations, cancelled checks, tax receipts, and certificates of stock registration, Jeff Davis land owners list, will of BKG's aunt, Juanita Green. 1943-73, n.d.



 

Series IV.
Literary Productions: Book Titles

Box Folder
8 10 Back to Back first galley, two printed items. May 25, 1970.
11 Ben K. Green Tales (published 1974), vol.1, n.d.
"The Biggest Circus in the World," ts with corrections, three revisions.
12 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1, n.d.
"Keep on Choppin'," ts with corrections, three revisions.
13 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1, n.d.
"Midnight Trade," ts with corrections, three revisions.
14 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1, n.d.
"The Pie Stretchers," ts with corrections, two revisions.
15 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1, n.d.
"Texas Tick Fever," ts with corrections, four revisions.
16 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1, n.d.
"When I Left Home Ahorseback," ts with corrections, two revisions.
17 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Blondie and the 17 Palominos," ts with corrections.
18 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Come on In," ts with corrections, two revisions.
19 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Cowboy Rides a Boston Bridal Path," ts with corrections, two revisions.
20 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Drive-In Banking," ts with corrections, two revisions.
21 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Firewater," ts with corrections, two revisions.
22 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Higher-Ed Steer-Wise," ts with corrections, two revisions.
23 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"A Mare Goes to Church," ts with corrections, two revisions.
24 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Ridin' With Trouble," ts with corrections, two revisions.
25 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Showin' Off," ts with corrections, two revisions.
26 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Sneakin' In," ts with corrections, two revisions.
27 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Up Fools Hill," one ts with corrections.
28 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.2, n.d.
"Yearling in the Courthouse," ts with corrections, two revisions.
Box Folder
9 1 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.3, n.d.
"Beauty," ts with corrections, one revision.
2 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.4, n.d.
"How Come I Wrote a Book," ts with corrections, one revision.
3 Ben K. Green Tales, vol.1-4, n.d.
blueline proof, limitation page proof.
4 Color of Horses, n.d.
ts with corrections, notation by BKG first page.
5 Color of Horses, n.d.
two limintation pages, revised with signature of BKG.
6 Color of Horses, 1975.
calendar, publicity flyer.
7 Horse Conformation, 1969.
six pages self-published. Radio publicity announcement, BKG lecture dated October 4, 1963.
8 Horse Tradin' (published 1967), [1965?]
Author's Preface, ts with corrections, one revision Mary Lou Watkins, editor.
9 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
"Easter Lily,"incomplete correction, complete with corrections, third revision.
10 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
"Grey Mules," cc pages 1 and 2 missing. Mary Lou Watkins, editor.
11 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
"Rebel Commander," uncorrected cc, Mary Lou Watkins, editor.
12 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
"When Big Horses Went Out of Style - Almost," uncorrected cc, Mary Lou Watkins, editor.
13 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
Author's Preface, pages 1-131 Knopf editors' notations.
14 Horse Tradin', [1965?]
Author's Preface, pages 132-254 Knopf editors' notations.
Box Folder
10 1 Horse Tradin', [1967?]
galley proof, "Marked Set," editor's notations.
2 Horse Tradin', [1967?]
galley proof, "A Note to the Editor," with hand written comments by BKG.
3 Horse Tradin', [1967?]
blue line with Knopf editors' notation.
4 Horse Tradin', [1967?]
eleven selected proof sheets.
5 Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas (published 1971), n.d.
first draft with corrections.
6 Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas, n.d.
ts with corrections.
7 Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas, n.d.
limitation page proof, publisher's brochure.
8 Some MoreHorse Tradin', (Published 1972), n.d.
"Brethern Horse Traders," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
9 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Cindy," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
10 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Gettin' Even," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
11 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Fast Mule Buyer," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
12 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Fence Trouble," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
13 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Foreign Trade," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
14 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Mule Schoolin'," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
15 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Run Away," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
16 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Saddle Marks," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
17 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Watermelon Haulers' Mule," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
18 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Water Treatment and the Sore Tail Bronc," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
Box Folder
11 1 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"The Shield Mares," ts with corrections, cc, third revision, Mary Lou Watkins, editor.
2 Some MoreHorse Tradin', n.d.
"Mr. Undertaker and the Cleveland Bay Horse," ts, third revision.
3 Some MoreHorse Tradin', "Texas Cow Horse and the Vermont Maid," September 4, 1965.
first galley proof, cc with revisions, one photocopy revision.
4 Some MoreHorse Tradin', [1972?]
galley proof with corrections, pages 1-112.
5 Some MoreHorse Tradin', [1972?]
galley proof with corrections, pages 113-237.
6 Some MoreHorse Tradin', [1972?]
printer's proof with corrections.
7 Some MoreHorse Tradin', [1972?]
blue line proof, two ts (note incomplete text).
8 Some MoreHorse Tradin', [1972]
dust jacket.
Box Folder
12 1 Talley Book, International Quarter Horse Jockey Club publication, February 1960-Winter 1962, 12 issues.
2 Talley Book, n.d. (1960s?)
"Hoss Trades of Yesteryear," two stories titled "My Mules,""Mule Colts."
3 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin' (published 1972), ts, p. 1-148.
4 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
ts with corrections, pages 1-58, two unnumbered pages, part I.
5 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
ts with corrections, pages 59-121, part II.
6 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
galley proof, pages 1-45, two unnumbered pages.
7 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
galley proof (on pale green paper), pages 1-48.
8 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
three title page sections with corrections, blue line proof, one typeset page.
9 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', n.d.
dust jacket, publicity flyer.
10 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
"Strong Medicine," ts, cc with revisions, notations by Naomi Hallum, BKG's secretary.
Box Folder
13 1 Village Horse Doctor (published 1971), ts.
2 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
"Docking Pup's Tail," ts with corrections, cc revision with corrections.
3 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
Author's Notes, two handwritten pages, four unnumbered ts pages, ts with corrections, cc revision with corrections.
4 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
Table of Contents, ts, table of contents-page 118, part I.
5 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
ts, page 119-263, part II.
6 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
ts revision with proof reader's corrections, pages 1-136, part I, six unnumbered pages.
7 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
ts revision with proof reader's corrections, pages 137-263, part II, four unnumbered pages.
Box Folder
14 1 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
galley proof for format of text eighteen pages.
2 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
galley proof with paste-up illustrations including seventeen double pages and three single pages.
3 Village Horse Doctor, n.d.
galley proof marked "Printer's Proof."
4 Wild Cow Tales, (published 1969)
Introduction, ts with corrections, "Outlaw Cattle," ts with corrections, two revisions, "Country Cow Buyer," ts with corrections, one revision.
5 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Beef," ts with corrections, one revision, "The One That Got Away," ts with corrections, one revision, "High Fulution," ts, "Cowboy Bankin'," cc, "Peddy," ts with correction, one revision.
6 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Brush Cowboys," ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
7 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Scotch Highland Cattle in the Rockies," draft dated July 7, 1966.
8 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Steers," ts with corrections, one revision. "Wild Wide-Eyed Cattle," ts with corrections. "Black Heifer's Crow Hop," ts, one revision. "Picturesque Steers," ts with corrections, one revision. "Friendly-? Cow Trade," ts with corrections, one revision.
9 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Steers that Stood Watch," ts with corrections, one revision. "Wild Cows in Dripping Springs Society," dated 2/23/66, ts with corrections, two revisions.
10 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
story collection notations by BKG, "Machine Age,""Fat Cattle and the Morning Paper,""Heifers Yearning for Higher Learnin',""Clotheslines, Cowboys, and Petticoats,""Cotton Head in the Sand Box,""Sic 'Em,""When Big Steers Cleared the Way,""Joe Barwise (Black Heifer's Crow Hawk original title)."
Box Folder
15 1 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
"Wild Steers in the Marion Pasture," two transcripts with corrections, three revisions with corrections.
2 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
ts, pages 1-80, part I
3 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
ts, pages 81-209, part II. Seven unnumbered pages with corrections.
4 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
layout.
5 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.,
paste-ups with four illustrations.
6 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
blue line, two limitation pages.
Box Folder
16 1 Wild Cow Tales, n.d.
printer's proof with accompanying letter dated 1/13/70, Hugh D. Oliver.
2 Wild Cow Tales, [1969?]
dust jacket.
3 Wild Cow Tales, [1969]
special edition, title page, dedication page signed Sami S. Svendsen.
4 Unidentified Stories of the author, n.d.
"Brother Baucham," ts with corrections, revision with corrections; "Lookin' Down," ts with corrections, revision with corrections; "When the Bull Whip Saved the Meeting," two ts with corrections, one revision with corrections.
5 Chart and poster, n.d.
(see also GO39/6)
6 Postcard, "Pigeon Hill Bird Ranch."
7 Ben K. Green Tales, April-May 1974.
8 Color of Horses, February 1975, n.d.
9 Horse Conformation, 1963-July, 1971, n.d.
10 Horse Tradin', May 1967-September 1973, n.d.
11 Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas, May 1971-1973, n.d.
12 "The Shield Mares," March 1968.
13 Some MoreHorse Tradin', September 1972-1973, n.d.
14 A Thousand Miles of Mustangin', December 1972-February 1973, n.d.
15 Village Horse Doctor, May 1971-1972, n.d.
16 Wild Cow Tales, January 1968-July 1969, n.d.
17 Journal reviews, published bestseller lists of books including titles by BKG.
18 Photographs, ca. 1900s-1924.
"Ben King and His Little Colt at Barn;""Beauty," BKG's horse; "Dan;" horse, "Dan and Ben at 14;""Downtown Dallas;""Lester Lewis?;""Kemp's Wagon Yard;" unidentified family photographs, three fragments.
Box Folder
17 1 Photographs, ca. 1925-1930s.
Weatherford, Texas; Weatherford High School, 1930-1931. High school portraits, BKG, four items. "Fayettesville, Arkansas." Unidentified small photos, fifty-one items.
2 Photographs, 1920s, 1934.
"Michael Harrison on Blue" (1928); "1538 Head Govt Drought Cattle, August 20, 1934; ""West Texas Ranch Country; ""Ben and Charlie White; ""Drs. Loveless, 1934; ""Twins Married Twins; ""Blue Bonny," Shepard dog; "Robert S. Dyke," portrait; Armour & Company, Fort Worth; unidentified friends and Texas scenes, fifteen items.
3 Photographs, 1940s-1950s.
West Texas scenes; Fort Worth, Texas; "School Days, 1941-42, Cumby, Texas;" unidentified child portrait; BKG horseback; ten black and white size 9X5 photos; BKG sheep shearing; fourteen black and white photos; Mary Lou Watkins.
4 Photographs, 1960-1970s.
BKG three black and white photos, 8X10; BKG and friend, two color photographs 8X10; "Top Hats Golden Kiss, Glory Ranch," ca. 1960s; BKG color plate impression Horse Tradin', n.d.; Cumby, Texas, twenty-three unidentified black and white photographs, twenty-eight unidentified color photos; two color slides, BKG, horse.
5 Photographs, 1970s.
"BKG and Friend Driving Team of Percherons," n.d.; "BKG and Blue Bonnet;" unidentified scenes, Cumby; forty-eight color photographs, fire wagon, pigeons, orchards; BKG portrait, one color, two black and white; four dust jackets of Ben K. Green: A Descriptive Bibliography of Writings By and About Him ca. 1973-74. Oversize photos are in Oversize Box 205.



 

Series V.
Printed Materials

Box Folder
17 6 The Melon Vine, Weatherford High School Annual, 1928.
7 The Melon Vine, Weatherford High School Annual, 1930.
8 The Melon Vine, Weatherford High School Annual, 1931.
Box Folder
18 1 Awards.
Rounce and Coffin Club Award of Merit, one of the Western Books of the Year, 1972, Last Trail Drive Through Downtown Dallas. Women in Communications, Inc., Award for Excellence in Writing December 2, 1972. Rounce and Coffin Club Award of Merit, Western Book of the Year, 1973, A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'. Cowboy Hall of Fame, Western Heritage Center Trustee's Award, Some MoreHorse Tradin', 1973. Ribbons: "1st and 2nd prizes, Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show" Fort Worth, 1971, two blue and two red ribbons for poultry/bantams.
2 Bibles, Holy Bible/Concordance, B. K. Green inscribed, "Mother 2/25/57," a pocket New Testament.
3 Brochures, 1955-1974, n.d.
4 Invitations, August 1945-October 1974, n.d.
5 Newspaper clippings, October 1962-November 1974, n.d.
6 Programs, September 1943-October 1970.
7 Programs, February 1970-September 1973, n.d.
Box Folder
19 1 Publications, January 1945-September 1970.
2 Publications, 1971-1975, n.d.
3 Resource file. Business cards, three name tags, postcards, 1973, n.d.
4 Resource file.
Bibliography for works of William D. Wittliff, 1970; agenda for literature panel, 1973; misc. poems, n.d.; program packet, Cowboy Hall of Fame, 4 April 1973; and book tour itinerary October-December 1974.
5 Resource file. Veterinarian sources, 1943-1972, n.d.
Lineage charts, International Quarter Horse Jockey Club Registry materials.
6 Resource file. Veterinarian sources, 1931-1965, n.d.
Veterinary Practice Act, State of New Mexico; Turf Digest; bulletin, "Veterinary Products Company;" forms, notes, misc. printed items.
7 Resource file. Literary sources, 1961-1973.
The Westerners, Fort Worth Corral materials, includes letters, minutes, publications, and newspaper clippings.
8 Audio tapes.
Interview of BKG and others by J'Nell Pate, regarding Fort Worth Stockyards; n.d. BKG appearance "Today Show," NBC, interview by Barbara Walters, July 6, 1967. Texas Folklore Society, BKG panel, UTA, April 17, 1976.



 

Series VI.
Oversize Materials

Box Folder
OS205 1 Photograph of Ben K. Green by J. Bethke, October 1974.
2 Photographs of Ben K. Green, originally printed on book jackets.
3 Four mounted photographs, West Texas scenes with horses.
4 Ten photographs, animals and unidentified people.
5 Southwestern Library Association award, 1970.
Wild Cow Tales.
6 Book jacket, The Color of Horses, inscribed to the Grillos.
7 Illustrations, Horse Tradin'.
8 Illustrations, The Village Horse Doctor.
9 Illustrations, A Thousand Miles of Mustangin'.
10 Paste-ups, Ben K. Green Tales, "When I Was a Colt,""Beauty," and "How Come I Wrote a Book."
Box Folder
GO39/6 1 Poster, "How to Tell the Age of a Horse by its Teeth."
2 Chart, "International Quarter Horse Jockey Club Inspection Chart for Registration."
3 Lineage chart of Eben Scott, Bay Stallion, foaled 1943, by John M. Gallagher.
Box Folder
GO39/7 1 Art prints.
"Eben Scott and Bay Stallion Fauld," 1943. "Trotting Cracks at the Forge," Currier and Ives. "Traveller, 1885-1910,""Peter McIver, 1895-1923.""Artful (by Hamburg)," Gean Smith.



 

Series VII.
Artifacts

Box Folder
GO39/7 1 Sheepskin saddle blanket.
2 Canes, five wooden: four with carved handle, one carved from tree trunk with square handle, one wooden cane, device for measuring horses' height in handle.
3 Two branding-irons.
Box Folder
OS206 1 Hats, one light-colored beaver "Ben K. Green" inside hat-rim, two similar hats.
2 Glass measuring beaker.
Box Folder
OS207 1 Men's tooled leather belt with standard buckle.
2 Boots, black pair of leather with blue and white stitching.
3 Camping cookset, tin items "Ben K. Green" engraved on bottom.
4 Child's silver cup.
5 Western Heritage Wrangler Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1973.
Box Folder
OS208 1 Briefcase, tan-colored leather, with "Ben K. Green" engraved in gold on outside.
2 Framed painting of horse's head.