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

Book Reviews and Notices.

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES.
In the January Out West (Vol. XX, No. 1) begins a series of
"Early California Reminiscences" by Gen. John Bidwell. The
editorial note tells us that for more than fifty years John Bidwell
was one of the foremost citizens of California. He went there
when Mexican rule was still in force, and after annexation took a
prominent part in the development of the State. The series is con-
cluded in the August number.
The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, Volume IV,
Number 4, contains an article entitled, "The Origin and Author-
ship of the Bancroft Pacific States Publications: a History of a
History-I," by William Alfred Morris, which is of wide interest in
the Southwest. It sketches the lives of Hubert Howe Bancroft
and his collaborators, tells something of their ideals and their
methods, gives approximately the amount contributed by each to
the published work, and estimates its value. The materials which
M r. Morris used in its preparation seems to have been chiefly Ban-
croft's Literary Industries (Volume XXXIX of Bancroft's Works),
letters of Bancroft, and published and unpublished statements of
his collaborators.
It has long been an open secret that Bancroft is not the sole au-
thor of the thirty-nine octavo volumes bearing his name on the
title-page. The fact that he tactily claims sole credit would nat-
urally lead to the inference that such collaborators as aided him
must have been men of inferior ability, since otherwise they would
have demanded recognition of their work. Mr. Morris brings out
the fact, however, that they really were well-fitted for their work,
and that one of them was already an author of established reputa-
tion when she joined the Bancroft library force. Need of one kind
or another seems to have reduced them all to the necessity of sub-
mitting to the agreement that so long as they remained on Ban-
croft's library staff, they were to claim no public recognition.

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 July 5, 2015.