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    An Extensive and Interesting Archive of Material by and About J. Frank Dobie

    [Texana]. J. Frank Dobie [1888-1964, American Folklorist and Author]. Large Archive of Books, Articles, Correspondence, Book Catalogues, and Related Ephemera. [Various places, dates]. An excellent archive of Dobie material, amassed by Robert W. Burns, Jr., the Loan and Science Librarian at the University of Idaho, and a J. Frank Dobie scholar. He and Dobie had corresponded and collaborated for a number of years, and this collection is one of the results of that relationship. In this collection are twenty-three books (various editions) by Dobie, five of which are warmly inscribed by him, a wealth of articles by and about Dobie, bookseller's catalogues, and typewritten notes on Dobie. There are several pages of correspondence to and from Dobie, much of it signed by him. There is also a charming photo of Dobie (dated 1952, approximately 7 x 5 inches) with his signature, and the following Typed Letter Signed dated June 7, 1961, on Dobie's personal stationery: "Generous Friend: I'm pleased to have the Cow Palace pamphlets and the State Fair list of prize cattle and other things in the box just arrived. The California Brand Book for 1944-45 is something special... I thank you very much. I've been thinking about library schools considerably here lately and am wondering if a lot of courses in library science aren't about as redundant as 95 per cent of the courses in Education. I don't have the first edition of I'LL TELL YOU A TALE, the anthology that came out last October, but if you'd like another edition, inscribed, I'd delight to send it. I'll look around in a drawer and maybe find some trifle of ephemera that you don't have." Approximately 11. 8.5 inches, some creasing. Items in the collection are generally good or better.

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    Dobie was, in some ways, a typical Texan: strong, brash, brave, and self-assured. But his liberal views, hatred of racial and religious prejudice as well as hatred of restraints on individual liberty, occasionally put him at odds with his fellows. He was also something of a naturalist, being instrumental in the saving of the iconic Texas Longhorn breed of cattle from extinction. Dobie was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 14, 1964, shortly before his (Dobie's) death on September 18.

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