WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB
MY historical conscience hurts me each time I get this
department together. I do not like to deceive others,
especially when I can not also deceive myself. I know
that I am not the author of many things that appear here, some
of them without quotation or credit of any sort. Texas Collection
is built up by accretion. An empty file is set up, and when some
member sends in an inquiry, his letter is answered and then is
placed in the "T.C." file for possible use. If the letter is used,
credit is given.
The main injustice of which I now complain is done to the
young men and women who make up the office staff of the
Association, Miss Llerena Friend, whose primary function is to
promote the Handbook, Miss Betty Brooke Eakle, who "puts the
Junior Historian to bed," and to both of them, who in Dr.
Bailey Carroll's temporary absence, wrestle with the publication
headaches of the Quarterly. These two are assisted by Miss Beth
Curtis, Miss Maxine Smith, and Miss Deena Anderson. The
cheerful Dorman Winfrey is the general factotum who does
about everything any of the others asks him to do, does it
cheerfully and well. Most of the material appearing here comes
through their hands and finds its way to my desk. They ask no
credit and receive none, even though one or more of them may
write the paragraph I use. I offer some examples below.
The drudgery in an editorial office would be intolerable, from
my point of view, if it were not for bits of humor that boil up
and break the surface of monotony. All sorts of requests for
information pour in from all quarters, some reasonable, some
not. One gem has been posted in the office along with what the
office staff considers an appropriate answer. The request read:
Please send me information on the Spanish.
The answer, which was not mailed, read:
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101119/. Accessed March 10, 2014.