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Dobie became secretary and editor of the Texas Folklore Society in 1922.The society was formed in 1909, but had been mostly inactive during the war years.Works from this period include , and published articles in several other publications.On September 14, 1964, Dobie was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civil honor, by President Lyndon B. Dobie died just days later, on September 18, 1964, in his home in Austin.Dobie also began publishing his own books about Texas and the Southwest culture. After the war, he lectured at Shrivenham America University in the United Kingdom and to troops in Germany and Austria.Meanwhile, back in Austin, the UT Board of Regents, critical of the university's liberal professors, fired UT President Homer P. A liberal himself, Dobie was outraged and spoke out in support of Rainey.All correspondent names are listed in the Index of Letters included in this finding aid. Recipient The Recipient subseries consists of Dobie's incoming letters from approximately 12,732 correspondents, 1899-1967 (148 boxes).A great deal of the Recipient correspondence includes carbon copies of Dobie's letters to that person or organization.
While attending Southwestern, Dobie met Bertha Mc Kee whom he married in 1916.
As with the Letters series, the bulk of the correspondence in this series comes from Bertha Mc Kee Dobie and Ella Byler Dobie.
Also well represented are other members of the Dobie family, especially his sisters Martha Dobie and Fannie Dobie Stanford; as well as Ruth Dodson; Isabel Gaddis; Little, Brown and Company; and .
Spanning circa 1700 to 1988, the papers are arranged in two series: I. This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only through the card catalog. Works The Works subseries consists of manuscript drafts, notes, and research material for Dobie's published books and newspaper columns from 1916-1967 (19 boxes).
The Dobie works represented (1,113 titles) are primarily shorter works dating back to the 1920s, the bulk of which appeared in his newspaper columns. The bulk of the works are represented by typescripts and carbon typescripts, many with handwritten revisions, but handwritten manuscripts and notes are also included.