The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933

Affairs of the Association,

A CENTENNIAL PROPOSAL : The Executive Council of the Texas
State Historical Association has addressed the following letter to
the Centennial Executive Committee:
December 12, 1932.
To the Centennial Executive Committee, Austin, Texas.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The undersigned members of the Executive Council of the Texas
State Historical Association respectfully suggest the preparation
and publication of a Biographical Dictionary of Texas as a fitting
Centennial memorial to the builders of the State, and beg you to
incorporate such an enterprise in your plans and allot it a share of
such funds as may be appropriated by the Legislature for Cen-
tennial purposes.
The scope of such a Dictionary should be broad, extending over
the whole chronological field of Texas history-Spanish, Mexican,
and Anglo-American.
1. It should probably contain three thousand sketches and per-
haps about fifteen hundred pages. Some sketches might run to
three double column pages; some to no more than half a column.
2. The sketches should be confined to persons who are dead.
They should be authoritative as to fact, and each should incorporate
references to the sources upon which it is based. The dictionary
of American biography now in process of publication may be taken
as a good model of what such a work should be.
It should contain sketches of men and women who have con-
tributed to the making of the State in all fields of human activity-
political leaders, military leaders, professional men and women,
publicists, bankers, merchants, farmers, cattle-raisers, and others
who have contributed to the economic development of the State.
3. In addition to the sketches which may be written especially
for this work, it should contain an alphabetical index to all other
printed compilations of Texas characters, so that any one looking
for information about prominent Texans could either find what he
might want in this work or could learn from it where to seek
additional information.
4. The preparation of the sketches would require the coipera-


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