I’ve been working on a census of books in John Jenkins’ Basic Texas Books that we have in our collection. No great surprise, we are very strong in Jenkins titles, but the point of this post is that while searching for Jenkins books last week, I came across this J. Frank Dobie typescript in the stacks.
We usually try to share materials here that are of historic or visual interest, and while the item in this post is of historic interest it will likely be of great interest to our fellow librarians, libraries, and bibliophiles.
The item illustrated above is a two-page typescript (with a manuscript note in Dobie’s hand) of the final part of Thomas W. Streeter’s Bibliography of Texas. This reference work, in five volumes over three parts is perhaps the definitive bibliography of printed materials that relate to colonial and republic era Texas. Most often referred to as “Streeter Texas” the bibliography describes 1661 items that relate to Texas printed between the years 1795-1845.
Streeter was a major, if not the major, collector of Texana and Americana. His collections were so complete, and his bibliographic work on the items in his collections, that the two bibliographies associated with him are classics in their respective fields. So, all that to say that the bibliography is monumental - and certainly merited a review by the preeminent Texas author and critic, J. Frank Dobie, and 1910 graduate of Southwestern.
Rather than re-hash Dobie’s great review, I’d suggest reading it through. I was thrilled when I found this as it’s the meeting (in a way) of two Texas titans - Streeter (whose collection is now at the Beinecke Library at @yaleuniversity) and J. Frank Dobie. Also, Dobie’s holograph monogram is lovely as well. The final scan is the inscription Streeter placed inside one of our volumes of his bibliography, which was purchased by Edward A. Clark, who created our Texana collection here at Southwestern.