Tom Lea’s Lost Adams Diggings

Special Collections has a large collection of materials associated with J. Frank Dobie, a 1910 graduate of Southwestern. These materials include holograph manuscripts, typescripts, and an almost exhaustive collection of his printed works. These all are expected in a collection of Dobie – but the piece you see above is not. My recent work with my colleague, Joan Parks, on her art and art history lib guide led me to revisit this work, and explore why we have this piece.

The piece above – and the focus of this essay – is Tom Lea’s original pen and ink illustration titled Nat Straw’s Poem. The drawing came to Special Collections amongst the donations of the papers and possessions of Dobie.

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Special Collections at Southwestern University is a special place, filled with stories about our forebears in Texas and at Southwestern. This blog is aimed at telling those stories from the past, and our stories as we work with the materials in our collections. Continue reading “Welcome”