be made available, not only to Texans but to a vastly larger audi-
ence beyond Texas who are eager to earn all they can about this
young and growing state.
Three thousand new members will, without much doubt, make
the Association the largest of its kind in the United States.
Why not represent your community, be one out of two thousand,
one of the three thousand new members by sending a post card or
letter signifying your desire to become a member of the Texas
State Historical Association. Membership is three dollars, and
carries with it subscription to the Quarterly. You need not send
check. Bill will be mailed within six months. Address
Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
University of Texas, Austin.
THE FIRST BOOK-LOVERS AWARD AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
WILLIAM H. CLEVELAND, JR.
Thomas Carlyle, in his essay on the hero as a man of letters,
said, "The true University of these days is a Collection of Books."
If this statement is valid, then the Texas State Historical Associa-
tion has done much to increase the growth of "true Universities"
on the Forty Acres. In establishing the Annual Book-Lovers Award
at the University, it hopes to encourage undergraduate students
in the building of their own personal libraries; it seeks to create
a love of and an interest in books as instruments of pleasure and
information; and finally, it hopes to arouse among the people of
Texas a respect for the ownership of good books--especially those
books dealing with Texas and the Southwest. This spring saw the
presentation of the first Book-Lovers Award at the annual dinner
of the Texas State Historical Association which was held in Austin.
This type of award is not, however, the first of its kind in the
United States; that honor goes to Swarthmore College in Pennsyl-
vania. In 1931 the A. Edward Newton Library Prize was created
at Swarthmore for the best personal library formed by a student.
Mr. Newton tells the story of how he happened to establish such
an award in his volume of essays entitled End Papers. Since the
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101111/. Accessed December 6, 2013.