A Guide to the Ben V. Lilly Papers, ca. 1916-1922
Ben V. Lilly was born in Alabama in 1856. He soon moved westward through Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas and become notorious as a big game hunter and mountain man. Lilly died in New Mexico in December 1936. Shortly before Lilly’s death, American folklorist J. Frank Dobie undertook the task of recovering all his surviving manuscripts and save them from destruction and loss.
The Ben V. Lilly Papers, ca. 1916-1922, comprise a manuscript of Lilly’s article Mountain Lions of New Mexico, and transcriptions by J. Frank Dobie of some of Lilly’s works, including the article Mountain Lions of New Mexico, a notebook record of Mountain Lions, 1916, fragments of a manuscript entitled Bears and one of Lilly’s diaries from 1922.
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Ben V. Lilly Papers, ca. 1916-1922, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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