Called the "Storyteller of the Southwest," James Frank Dobie was born in 1888 on his family's cattle ranch in Live Oak County. During his long life, Dobie would live astride two worlds: a rugged life on a Texas cattle ranch and the state's modern centers of scholarly learning. By the late 1920s, he discovered his mission: to record and publicize the disappearing folklore of Texas and the greater Southwest. Dobie was not content to simply preserve Southwestern heritage within libraries and museums. He gave life to that heritage and informed generations of Texans about their rich history. More»

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J. Frank Dobie, 1924. Southwestern Writers Collection, The Wittliff Collections, Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University.