A Guide to the Lewis Bennett Miller Papers
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).
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Lewis Bennett Miller Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Collection