The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 58, July 1954 - April, 1955

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

selected from the files of the Departments of State, Treasury, War,
Justice, Post Office, and Interior. These are supplemented by
selections from the collections of the United States Senate and
House of Representatives. Certain relevant documents come from
the presidential collection of the Division of the Library of Con-
gress and the financial records in the General Accounting Office.
The Arkansas Gazette has also contributed "certain significant
selections."
This tapping of the vast collection of documents in the Wash-
ington repositories to bring forth the sources of Arkansas Terri-
torial history is a long looked-forward-to event. For the historical-
ly inclined Arkansans, and there are many, it opens numerous
heretofore closed doors. This volume will aid in deepening and
broadening the meager information previously available on this
period in the state's history; at the same time it should encourage
a more intense and varied type of research and a more scholarly
historical output from Arkansans. Spurred by the vast amount of
data in this volume, they will become impatient in the anticipa-
tion of the two additional volumes to follow.
CLIFFORD P. WESTERMEIER
University of Arkansas
The Chisholm Trail. By Wayne Gard. Norman (University of
Oklahoma Press), 1954. Pp. xi+296. Illustrations. $4.50.
The Chisholm Trail here connotes more than cattle. Not only
was it a symbol of life in the saddle, but a segment of the nation's
social history. Its dominant theme was a unique one-way traffic in
which a product properly directed moved to market on its own
power. Never rigidly confined to certain physical limits like its
predecessor traffic-ways, the Cumberland Turnpike and the Erie
Canal, it nevertheless suffered the same fate-a victim to superior
rail transportation. Unlike the earlier efforts the trail had no
government subsidy, yet like these two it had a similar but sep-
arate history, lore, and literature, all of which, together with that
of feeder and offshoot trails, Wayne Gard has gathered into his
symposium. The end product is the most complete coverage
extant and unlikely to be supplanted soon.
Joseph G. McCoy in 1874 published his Historic Sketches of the
Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, the primary history of

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