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J. Frank (James Frank) Dobie:

An Inventory of His Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Title: J. Frank (James Frank) Dobie Literary Photography Collection
Dates: 1859-1973
Extent: 3,900 items (6.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Approximately 3,900 photographs documenting the life of Texas writer, folklorist, and educator, J. Frank Dobie, throughout his life, both alone and with others. Included are portrait of Dobie and his family, and snapshots of various friends and associates, cowboys, and other people. Many of the photographs were taken in Texas, including Paisano Ranch and other Dobie family ranches and residences.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02683
Language: English.
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. Light sensitive materials must be viewed under low-level lighting. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.
Restrictions on Use: Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Internal transfers from the J. Frank (James Frank) Dobie Papers (MS-01176)
Processed by: HRC Staff

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The J. Frank Dobie Literary File consists of approximately 3,900 photographs, many of which are portraits of Dobie throughout his life, both alone and with others. There are also images of his wife, Bertha McKee, other members of the Dobie family, members of the Byler and Dubose families, various friends and associates, cowboys, and other people. In addition, the file contains views of various places in Texas, including Paisano Ranch and other Dobie family ranches and residences. Other states represented in the file include Montana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. There are also numerous views of Mexico, chiefly from Dobie’s travels there, and a few of Cambridge, England.
This collection forms part of the Literary File Photograph Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Related Material

Addition materials by and about Dobie can be found at the Harry Ransom Center in the following collections: J. Frank (James Frank) Dobie Papers (MS-01176), the Willie Belle Coker Collection of J. Frank Dobie Personal Effects (PA-00016), and the J. Frank (James Frank) Dobie Art Collection (AR-00067).

Index Terms


Norman-Butler, Belinda, 1908-2008.
Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946.
Dobie, Bertha McKee, 1890- .
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964.
Goodnight, Charles, 1836-1929.
Haley, J. Evetts (James Evetts), 1901-1995.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Lea, Tom, 1907-2001.
Marcus, Stanley, 1905-2002.
Molina Campos, Florencio, 1891-1959.
Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich, 1890-196.
Russell, Charles M. (Charles Marion), 1864-1926.
Saunders, George W. (George Washington), 1854-1933.


Cattle drives.
Native Americans.


Cambridge (England).
New Mexico.

Document Types

Glass negatives.
Nitrate negatives.
Photographic postcards.
Photographic prints.

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