"Co Whom Credit s Due
EUGENE C. BARKER
AM gratified by these ceremonies, and grateful beyond
expression to the many friends who have wished to honor
me. In a sense, you have invested my name with immortal-
ity. You have linked it with an institution and a subject which we
still expect to be perpetual. Short of unimaginable vagaries of
national centralization and control in pursuit of democracy, both
the University and the Library that houses priceless materials
for study of the history of Texas, must survive and continue to
grow in importance.
My conscience compels me to protest, however, that my grati-
fication is tempered by embarrassment. I know that you are sin-
cere but any honest man would be conscious that such apprecia-
tion greatly exceeds his deserts and feel that he is somehow
receiving credit under false pretenses, and yet one cannot pro-
test too much without seeming to impugn the judgment of many
affectionate friends. Let me at least pay tribute to a number of
unselfish men and women who ought to share in this honor.
Contrary to what you have heard or may infer, I can claim no
unique agency in building the Texas history collections; I can
hardly claim any distinction but that of having seen them grow
from almost nothing to their present importance and value. But,
regardless of the appropriateness of the name, we can all heartily
agree that the significant accomplishment was to give the Texas
Collections a permanent and dignified habitation.
It would not be easy to mention all of the individuals and
organizations represented in the growth of our collections. First
in time and importance are the two men who composed the
faculty of the history department when I was a student-Profes-
sor George P. Garrison and Lester G. Bugbee. Both had a hand
in bringing to the University the invaluable Bexar Archives
and the Austin Papers, and they were chiefly responsible for
organizing the Texas State Historical Association.
*The following response was made by Dr. Barker to Dr. Gambrell's dinner
address on April 27, 195o.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed March 5, 2015.