The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905

Notes and Fr'agments.

of all material furnishing original records of the daily transactions
that together make up the history of our State. Of equal impor-
tance with the preservation of such material is the establishment
of a central depository for them, where each partial collection will
be supplemented by, and may be studied in the light of, other
similar collections. The fitting place for gathering such a collec-
tion is at the State University, where it can be classified and kept
by trained librarians, and where it will be most available for use
by the students and scholars, certain to be a growing body, gathered
for research at the Commonwealth's seat of learning.
Subscribers will do a service to the State by re-enforcing person-
ally, each in his own community, Mr. Windsor's appeal to the press.
It is the understanding of the editors of THE QUARTERLY that The
University will pay the cost of transporting all papers contributed.
Following is the letter:
"To the Editor:
"The Library of The University of Texas is now receiving gra-
tuitously about seventy-five Texas newspapers and is preserving
them for the use of future writers of our State and local histories.
The Library does not subscribe for any; if it subscribed for only a
few of our State newspapers it would hardly be fair to the many,
and there is not sufficient money to subscribe for all. To the Edi-
tors of the State we wish to suggest the desirability of having their
papers on file at this University and to ask them to consider put-
ting the Library on their free list.
"The Library fully recognizes the educational value of the news-
paper press and is spending the necessary time and some money in
properly caring for the papers which come. The mere cost of bind-
ing a newspaper is usually greater than the subscription price, and
the papers that we cannot bind at present because of lack of funds,
are tied into bundles properly labeled, to await the time when suffi-
cient money will be available.
"The experience of the older States is that not only in writing
the more formal histories of State and county and city, but also in
almost any serious study of the political, business, social and relig-
ious affairs of the State, files of the daily and weekly newspapers
published in the various parts of the State are essential. For for-
eign news, files of one or two good newspapers are sufficient; for
complete Texas news, files of many newspapers are necessary. The
Library wishes files of our State papers, then, not so much for pres-
ent use as for future use, and a file of your paper for last year or
for any past years is as welcome as the current issues.

Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/. Accessed September 30, 2014.