Report to the Executive CoutciI
H. BAILEY CARROLL
AT THE present time, when the Texas State Historical Asso-
ciation is marking a half-century of publication of ma-
terials and writings of Texas history, it seems advisable
to make a report on its activities and projects.
In a very real way much that governs the editorship of the
Quarterly is custom; editorial policy is largely governed by
precedents and examples established by trial and error over a
Most of you, I am sure, have given at least some thought to
what the Quarterly is or ought to be. I am confident that your
ideas on that score are firmly fixed and that everyone is in agree-
ment that the Quarterly should publish the best and only the
best material available, that articles should be sound historically,
that they should be contributions in some sense to the history
of Texas, and that they should be of some lasting significance.
An article which meets those requirements must also be a rea-
sonable entity within itself; it must have a starting and ending
point; it can not be simply a chapter wrenched 'from a thesis
or longer study and submitted only for "purposes of publica-
Probably not so many of you, however, have looked at the
picture from the other side-what the Quarterly is not. But these
negative factors have always been at least equally important in
determining the editorial policy of the Quarterly.
1. The Quarterly is not an organ of genealogy per se; it can
not be used for the publication of genealogical tables and find-
ings which are obviously of highly restricted personal use and
interest. Ancestry as a historical fact is in order, but discretion
should be used so that background does not eclipse the dominant
2. The Quarterly is not an organ of social philosophy-nei-
ther of good social philosophies nor of bad. It does not plead
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 January 30, 2015.