Biographical Sketch Scope and Contents Restrictions Index Terms Related Material Separated Material Administrative Information Sources: Description of Series Series I. Later Dobie Papers Acquisitions, circa 1700-1988 Index Index Index Index The papers of Texas writer, folklorist, and educator J.
Frank Dobie contain numerous manuscripts for his writings, voluminous correspondence files, and extensive research materials, plus personal papers, manuscripts by others, and Dobie family letters and papers.
The Ransom Center gratefully acknowledges assistance from the Tex Treasures grant program—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act—which supported processing and cataloging of this collection.
His father, Richard Jonathan Dobie, was a rancher and taught his son about the land and raising cattle; his mother, Ella Byler Dobie, was a teacher and gave him an appreciation for literature and nature. At age sixteen, he was sent to live with his grandmother in Alice, Texas to attend high school.
He then attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1910.
After college, Dobie wrote for several Texas newspapers and worked as a high school teacher and principal in Alpine, Texas.
In 1913, he enrolled at Columbia University and received a Master of Arts degree in 1914.
He returned to Texas and that same year became a professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).
While attending Southwestern, Dobie met Bertha Mc Kee whom he married in 1916.
They had had a long-distance courtship after they both left Southwestern, but after their marriage Bertha left her teaching job in Galveston to join her husband in Austin. He became a first lieutenant in the field artillery and served abroad briefly during World War I before being discharged in 1919. The ranch was about 200,000 acres and located on the Nueces River in Texas.
Soon they were apart once again when, in 1917, Dobie enlisted in the U. After his discharge, Dobie returned to teaching English at UT but left after one year to manage the ranch of his uncle, J. It was there that Dobie began to take notice of Mexican folk tales, the character and talk of cowmen, and the character of the brush country.
Dobie spent a year managing the ranch until his uncle could no longer afford to pay him.
He returned to teaching at UT where he would remain until 1947 except for two years as the Head of the English Department at Oklahoma A&M College, now Oklahoma State University (1923-1925), and two years as a visiting professor at Cambridge University (1943-1944).
Dobie became secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society in 1922.