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this, but there is no other practical alternative. Each volume
contains a separate index.
Anza's California Expeditions is a monumental work and a
lasting tribute to its editor. If it were the author's only contri-
bution, it would give him high rank among historians. It is
indeed but one of the products of Professor Bolton's busy pen.
GEORGE P. HAMMOND.
University of Southern California.
Dictionary of American Biography. Under the auspices of the
American Council of Learned Societies. Edited by Allen
Johnson and Dumas Malone. (Volume VI, pp. ix, 604.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1931.)
Volumes I-IV of the Dictionary of American Biography were
reviewed in this QUARTERLY in October, 1930; Volume V in Jan-
uary, 1931. The 656 articles in the present volume were con-
tributed by 261 writers, and range alphabetically from John
Echols, "lawyer, Confederate soldier, railroad president," to
Charles Fraser, miniature painter.
One of the limitations which the editors originally set them-
selNes was: that "to find a place in this work the subject must
have made some outstanding contribution to American life."
Their interpretation of the self-imposed restriction has been lib-
eral, with the result that every volume includes sketches that re-
viewers would exclude, but that fact increases rather than dimin-
ishes the interest and usefulness of the work. When completed,
within the next five or six years, the Dictionary will have pre-
sented some 15,000 sketches. Among these will be adequate
biographies of all the first-class figures who have contributed to
the making of the United States and some thousands of sketches
of lesser characters not now available in any other collection.
The alphabetical range of Volume VI happens to bracket a
great variety of interesting subjects: Mary Baker G. Eddy,
Ninian Edwards, Maurice Francis Egan, Edward Eggleston,
Charles W. Eliot, Jonathan Elliott, Oliver Ellsworth, Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Richard Esterbrook (pen manufacturer), John
Eberhard Faber (pencils), Thaddeus Fairbanks (scales), William
G. Fargo (express), David G. Farragut, Hamilton Fish, Sidney
George Fisher and John Fiske (historians), Eugene Field, Clyde
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 35, July 1931 - April, 1932. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101092/. Accessed May 4, 2015.