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Lily Klasner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1963

Scope and Contents

Book drafts, correspondence, notices, court transcripts, newspaper clippings, political pamphlets, poetry in English and Spanish, and certificates. The materials relate to Klasner's research for her autobiography, "My Girlhood Among Outlaws," and her biography of John Chisum, "Baron of the Pecos."


  • 1885-1972


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Lillian "Lily" Klasner was born in Mason County, Texas in 1862 during the Civil War. At age five Lillian's family moved from Texas to Rio Hondo in New Mexico. While in her early teens Lillian she began collecting letters and documents to inform an autobiographical account of her pioneer experiences. She attended the New Mexico Highlands University at Las Vegas and became a teacher, telegrapher, and rancher. Lillian married Joe Klasner, but later divorced him. She died in Rosewell, New Mexico, on May 31, 1946. Lillian's history, written from her diary, collected letters, photographs, and other documeents, was found twenty years after she passed away. It was published postumously as "My Girldhood Among Outlaws," in 1972, and edited by Eve Ball.


13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Purchased in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 1975.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Photographs from this collection are in Lily Klasner western photographs, MSS P 645.

Processing Information

Processed; Andrea Wyss; April 2011.

Register of Lily Klasner papers
Under Revision
Andrea Wyss
2011 April 29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States