TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. I. JULY, 1897. No. 1.
THE PROPER WORK OF THE ASSOCIATION.*
o. M. ROBERTS.
The subject of my remarks upon this occasion is "The Uses of
the Texas State Historical Association." There have been in the
past two such associations instituted in the city of Austin, in which
I participated, that failed to be continued in operation. It is to be
hoped that this one has been organized under such circumstances
as that it will be a permanent institution.
As declared in its constitution, "The objects of the Association
shall be, in general, the promotion of historical studies; and, in par-
ticular, the discovery, collection, preservation, and publication of
historical material, especially such as relates to Texas."
It is proper that the collection of the materials of history should
not be confined exclusively to Texas, though they may be most im-
portant in forming a complete history of Texas. For being one of
a number of associated States, in the same country, and under a
common government, there will necessarily be subjects of a general
character that will affect Texas in a way to become a part of its his-
tory, as well as those arising within its own territorial boundaries.
Its objects are not so much to induce the writing of a connected
and complete history as to furnish the facts for that object in the
future. In a country like Texas, of a great diversity of conditions,
* President's Address, read before the Association at its first annual meet-
ing, June 17, 1897.
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