University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lewis Bennett Miller Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Miller, Lewis Bennett, 1861-1933
Title: Miller, Lewis Bennett, Papers
Dates: 1884-1945, 1972
Abstract: The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence of Lewis B. Miller, his brother Charles H. Miller, and Charles Miller's son Herbert H. Miller. The letters primarily discuss family news with some personal business.
Accession No.: 85-283
Extent: 1 foot
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Lewis Bennett Miller, son of Henry and Lurillia Miller, was born in Cooke County, Texas, on May 27, 1861. He graduated from Add-Ran College (later Texas Christian University) in 1881 and taught Latin and Greek there until 1884. He taught in Texas public schools from 1885 to 1887, and was employed by the Burlington and Big Four Railways from 1888 to 1891 in Keokuk, Iowa, and St. Louis. He was employed by the Crowell Publishing Company of Springfield, Ohio, in 1892, and wrote adventure novels and stories for magazines from 1894 until his death on July 26, 1933. His major publications include The White River Raft (1910), A Crooked Trail (1911) Saddles and Lariats (1912), Fort Blocker Boys (1917), The Branded Oak (1918), Pike's Peak or Bust (1922), and Big Smoke Mountain (ca. 1929).


Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence of Lewis B. Miller, his brother Charles H. Miller, and Charles Miller's son Herbert H. Miller. The letters primarily discuss family news, but Lewis Miller's correspondence includes publication and personal business matters as well as letters exchanged with J. Frank Dobie, an admirer of Miller's writing.

Also included are Lewis Miller's diary of daily farm and ranching matters in 1924-1926 and the reminiscences of frontier experiences by Lurillia Miller written about 1903. Of further note is a group of 17 pen-and-ink drawings, dated 1927-1929, done by Lewis Miller to illustrate his book Big Smoke Mountain. The remainder of the collection consists of business and financial records, several photographs including one of Lewis Miller, and two 1884 valedictory addresses by Charles Miller.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Miller, Lewis B., 1861-1933
Subjects
Diaries.
Agriculture--Texas--History.
Authors.

Related Material

See also the Lewis B. Miller Papers at Texas Christian University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lewis Bennett Miller Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

box
2E79 Correspondence
Lewis B. Miller, personal and business, 1904-1933
Lewis B. Miller, fan mail and book orders, 1927-1930
Charles H. Miller with Alice Wright Frazey, 1889-1917
Charles H. Miller with Ella Stockman Miller, 1894-1917
Charles H. Miller with Mildred and Herbert Miller, 1916-1917
Charles H. Miller with Rosa Boyd, 1915-1933
Various, 1890-1937, and undated
box
2E80 Henry and Lurillia Miller, 1896-1916 and undated
Braxton Miller, 1915-1917 and undated
Herbert H. Miller, 1936-1945
Lewis B. Miller diary, 1924-1926
Literary productions:
Valedictory addresses by Charles H. Miller, 1884
Frontier experiences by Lurillia Miller, 1903
Business records of the Miller family and others, 1896-1931
Printed materials, 1890s-1929
box
3Y77 Photographs, 1913-1943 and undated
Drawings, 1927-1929
box
2.325/V16 Oversize correspondence