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J. Frank Dobie Collection


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Title: J. Frank Dobie Collection, 1910-1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1929-1940

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The J. Frank Dobie Collection contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, information on cattle brands (including hand drawn illustrations of brands) and other materials. The items are arranged by the material type.

Subjects: Cattle brands, Folklore, Texas Folklore Society, World War, 1914-1918

Forms of Material: Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The materials that make up this collection portray J. Frank Dobie’s interests in and contributions to the Texas Folklore Society. The predominant themes are Texas folklore and culture, cattle branding, Dobie’s time in England as a professor at Cambridge and his World War I experiences.

Significantly, there is also a file of illustrations of cattle brands which were sent back and forth between SHSU faculty members Frances McMinn and Emma Normand and, we believe, J. Frank Dobie. These illustrations were eventually used to create a quilt depicting cattle branding as art.

Collection Historical Note

James Frank Dobie was born on September 26, 1888 in Live Oak County, Texas, to Richard J. and Ella Dobie. At the age of sixteen he went to live with his Grandparents in Alice, Texas where he completed high school. He enrolled in Southwestern University where he was introduced to English Poetry and met Bertha McKee, whom he married in 1916. After graduating in 1910 Dobie worked for the Galveston Tribune and the San Antonio Express, before attaining a high school teaching job in Alpine. He moved on to teach at the Southwestern Preparatory School and later earned his M.A. from Columbia University. In 1914 he joined the University of Texas faculty and as well as the Texas Folklore Society. He left the University and served for two years in field artillery during World War I.

After returning to Texas, Dobie published his first articles as a newspaperman in 1919. He made the decision to resign from his position at the University of Texas in 1920 in order to manage his Uncle Jim Dobie's ranch. It was during his time on the ranch that Dobie’s passion for describing aspects of Texas lifestyle and culture was developed. Dobie was named the secretary of the Folklore Society in April of 1922. His first book, Vaquero of the Brush Country, was published in 1929. His other publications include: The Voice of the Coyote, The Mustangs, Tales of Old Time Texas, Up the Trail From Texas, I'll Tell You a Tale and Cow People. He also wrote for the Southwestern Review and a Sunday newspaper column.

On September 14, 1964 Dobie was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B Johnson. Dobie died on September 18, 1964. Several schools and other buildings were named in Dobie’s honor and he was posthumously inducted into the Texas Heroes Hall of Honor.

Subject/Index Terms

Cattle brands
Texas Folklore Society
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: J. Frank Dobie Collection. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: J. Frank Dobie and Frances McMinn Correspondence, 1910; 1934Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: J. Frank Dobie Publications, 1929; 1967; 1988-89Add to your cart.
Folder 3: SHSU Faculty Cattle Brands and Notes, 1934Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Dobie in England Newspaper Clippings, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dobie Articles, Senior Perspectives, 1958-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Dobie Brands Clippings, 1933-1940Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: J. Frank Dobie Newspaper Clippings, 1936-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General Dobie Articles, 1936-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dobie Obituary and Estate Sale, 1964-1965; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 10: J. Frank Dobie Materials, no dateAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The English Bulletin Number 10, 1922 December 1Add to your cart.
Contains "Folk-Lore in Texas and the Texas Folk Lore Society" by J. Frank Dobie
Folder 2: "Folk-Lore of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie, 1924Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Folder 3: "Ballads and Songs of the Frontier Folk" by J. Frank Dobie, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "The Texas Part of Texas" by J. Frank Dobie, 1930 NovemberAdd to your cart.
Nature Magazine
Folder 5: "The Mexican Vaquero of the Texas Border" by J. Frank Dobie, circa 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Life and Literature of the Southwest" by J. Frank Dobie, 1930Add to your cart.
Includes multiple copies
Folder 7: "A Corner Forever Texas" by J. Frank Dobie, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "A Vaquero of the Brush Country" by J. Frank Dobie, 1930 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Printed in Texas Federation News
Folder 9: "Folklore in Texas" by J. Frank Dobie, 1940 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Printed in The Dallas Morning News
Folder 10: "My Texas" by J. Frank Dobie, 1940 July 28Add to your cart.
Printed in the Houston Post
Folder 11: "A Texan Teaches at Cambridge" by J. Frank Dobie, 1946Add to your cart.
Printed in National Geographic Magazine.  Includes copy.
Folder 12: "What I Saw Across the Rhine" by J. Frank Dobie, 1947Add to your cart.
Printed in National Geographic Magazine.  Includes copy.
Folder 13: "The Writer and his Region" by J. Frank Dobie, 1950Add to your cart.
Reprint from the Southwest Review
Folder 14: "As the Moving Finger Writ" by J. Frank Dobie, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "The First Bookseller to Enrich My Life" by J. Frank Dobie, 1957Add to your cart.
Includes copy.
Folder 16: "E.L. Shettles, Man, Bookman and Friend" by J. Frank Dobie, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Road Runner in Fact and Folklore" by J. Frank Dobie, 1958Add to your cart.
Printed in Arizona Highways magazine
Folder 18: "The Archives Wars of Texas" by J. Frank Dobie, circa 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 19: "Out of the Original Rock" by J. Frank Dobie, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Hunting Cousin Sally" by J. Frank Dobie, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 21: "A yarn and true stories Nat Straw told" by J. Frank Dobie, 1974Add to your cart.
Printed in Wilderness of the Gila
Sub-Series 3Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: J. Frank Dobie - Texan: An Appreciation, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: J. Frank Dobie of Texas, 1964 July 24Add to your cart.
The Texas Observer. Two copies.
Folder 3: Concerning Mr. Dobie and The University of Texas, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: J. Frank Dobie: Remarks Presented at the Dobie Folklore Dinner, 1955 April 23Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Frank Dobie: Man & Friend" by Ralph W. Yarborough, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Right Tempo of Range Life: J. Frank Dobie's Interpretation of the Cattle Kingdom, 1978Add to your cart.
The Greater Llano Estacado Southwest Heritage
Folder 7: A Catalogue of the Writings of J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: J. Frank Dobie: Mr. Texas, 2006Add to your cart.
On Exhibit at the Southwestern Writers Collection. Two copies. Includes a Schedule of Events insert.  Donated by Paul Culp.
Folder 9: "A Dedication to the Memory of James Frank Dobie" by Jeff Dykes, 1966Add to your cart.
Printed in Arizona and the West quarterly journal
Folder 10: "My Dobie Collection" by Jeff Dykes, 1971Add to your cart.
Includes two copies plus the corresponding programs from a presentation by Dykes at Texas A&M University.  Includes correspondence from Texas A&M University.
Folder 11: "I Helped Frank Dobie Cut Down a Tree" by John Haller, undatedAdd to your cart.
Unbound copy of a story about J. Frank Dobie.
Folder 12: J. Frank Dobie Biographical Sketch, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes bibliography.
Folder 13: Lost Pines Resort and Spa J. Frank Dobie Inscription, 1939-2006Add to your cart.
A handwritten copy of an iscription concerning J.Frank Dobie, John W. Thomason, and The Texas Institute of Letters.
Folder 14: The Keystone, 2006Add to your cart.
Texas State University at San Marcos publication featuring J. Frank Dobie
Folder 15: Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 1988 JulyAdd to your cart.
J. Frank Dobie on the cover.  Includes writings about Dobie

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