A Guide to the Martha Dobie Collection, 1923-1988, undated
Kerrville, Texas, resident Martha Amanda Dobie (1900-1997) was the co-owner of the town's Main Book Shop. She was one of six children of Richard J. and Ella (Byler) Dobie and the sister of folklorist and author J. Frank Dobie, best known for his books about life in rural Texas during the days of the open range.
"Martha Dobie." San Angelo Standard-Times. September 20, 1997
Books, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, book catalogs, journals, and prints compose the Martha Dobie Collection, 1923-1988, undated, documenting the life of Dobie's brother, writer J. Frank Dobie, as well as her interests and the history of the Dobie family. The collection consists primarily of books, articles, and pamphlets written or edited by Frank or about his work and life, covering topics such as his Paisano Ranch home, wife Bertha McKee Dobie, and nephew Edgar Bryan Kincaid. Publisher's and rare book dealer's catalogs and advertisements relate to Frank's publications. Correspondence discusses the Isabel Gaddis Collection of J. Frank Dobie at Southwestern University, research on Frank, and Martha's personal interests. Historical materials comprise a survey of the William Dobie Homestead in Harris County, Texas, while photographs portray J. Frank, Bertha McKee, Dick, and Martha Dobie and the dedication of the J. Frank Dobie U. S. Post Office in San Antonio. Additionally, the collection contains prints by Charles M. Russell and an essay by Frank on the artist.
This collection is open for research use.
Martha Dobie Collection, 1923-1988, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers