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James Frank Dobie

Called the "Storyteller of the Southwest," James Frank Dobie was born in 1888 on a ranch in Live Oak County. Throughout his life, he lived astride two worlds: the old-time Texas of his family's cattle ranch and the state's modern centers of scholarly learning. The focus of Dobie's career was to record and publicize the disappearing folklore of the Southwest.

Image: J. Frank Dobie in his study, ca. 1940s. Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University-San Marcos.

Audio: Houston Public Media

Photograph of J. Frank Dobie in his study