J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb
nally I sent along a passage from Shakespeare's Julius Caeser that de-
scribed Dobie better than I ever could:
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man.'
Dobie probably wouldn't have liked that. He would have expected
me to say it in my own words. He never had much use for plagiarists.
Doing Illustrations for J. Frank Dobie
MALCOLM D. MCLEAN*
When my late brother, Douglas Keith McLean (1923-1981), was
working his way through UT, Austin, to get a B.B.A. in advertising, one
of the many things that he did to make money was to set up a microfilm
service for the University Library. He had his cameras permanently
installed in the Newspaper Collection, in the Archives, and in Miss
Fannie Ratchford's rare book collection, beyond the view of the public,
next to the paperback books that Mrs. Lutcher Stark had read to
Naturally such intense activity brought in so much business that he
had to requisition the services of my younger brother, Sterling Robert-
son McLean, who became a messenger, and he even put our father,
Dallas Duncan McLean, to work in the dark room. Thus it was that
Keith's skill as a photographer became well known.
Therefore, when J. Frank Dobie was working on his book about Ben
Lilly, he sent for Keith to make a photograph of Ben Lilly's hunting
horn. Keith made the picture, and it appears in The Ben Lilly Legend,
facing page 94.
When Mr. Dobie saw the photograph, he liked it immediately and
said that he was going to use it, adding (tongue-in-cheek) that, unfortu-
nately, the scene was wrapped around the curved surface so that the
viewer could see only part of it at any one time. He wondered if "Doug,"
as he called him, could draw it unrolled on a flat piece of paper so that
the reader could see it all at once. The result is the line drawing shown
immediately below the photograph in the book.
*Malcolm D. McLean is the head of the Robertson Colony Collection at the University of
Texas at Arlington Library.
' Miriam Lutcher Stark, who built eminent collections of books, manuscripts, and fine arts
materials, donated 1 o,ooo rare books and manuscripts to the University of Texas. Once housed
in the Rare Books Collections, they are now in the Miriam Lutcher Stark Library in the Harry
Ransom Humanities Research Center.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101212/. Accessed November 22, 2014.