A Guide to the Dudley R. Dobie Papers, 1930-1974
The cousin of J. Frank Dobie, Dudley Richard Dobie, Sr. (1904-1982) was born to ranchers William Neville and Mary E. (Mills) Dobie in Lagarto, Texas. In 1927, he graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now Texas State University-San Marcos (TSU) and married Deborah Galbreath, with whom he had three children. A writer on Texas history for numerous magazines and newspapers, Dobie received his master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 1932. Three years later, he became a bookseller, helping the Texas State Historical Association establish its annual conference book auction in 1940. Dobie served as history professor and museum director at TSU from 1941 to 1951 and a city alderman for San Marcos from 1949 to 1951. After his bookstores in Austin and San Marcos failed, Dobie taught history and directed the Big Bend Memorial Museum at Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine from 1955 until his retirement in 1966. A member of the Hays County Historical Commission, he authored A History of San Marcos and Hays County (1948) and Adventures in the Canyons, Mountains and Desert Country of the Big Bend of Texas and Mexico (1952).
Lowman, Al. "Dobie, Dudley Richard, Sr."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 20, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fdo31.
Comprising ephemera and printed material, correspondence, notes, and photographs, the Dudley R. Dobie Papers, 1930-1974, document Dobie’s career as a historian and professor at the Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Ephemera, photographs, and printed material, 1930-1974, include brochures, invitations, form letters, conference programs, playbills, membership lists, newspaper clippings, and articles regarding Texas state parks, Native American tribes, Texas Rangers, and Texas pioneers and other historical figures, such as W. D. Smithers, General John L. Bullis, and King Fisher. Additionally, correspondence, advertisements, a booklist, notes, and other materials, 1934-1961, concern the sale of the Roy Wilkinson Aldrich Collection to Sul Ross State University.
This collection is open for research use.
Dudley R. Dobie Papers, 1930-1974, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
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