RUDOLPH L. BIESELE, Editor
Speeches, Responses, and Essays: Critical and Historical. By
Eugene Campbell Barker. Austin (Eugene C. Barker History
Center), 1954. Pp. xv+307. $3.50.
This volume, as the title page reveals, is Publication Number
One of the Eugene C. Barker History Center. The James Harper
Starr Fund for Texas History, sponsored by the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas, and the Hally Bryan Perry Fund for the Col-
lection, Preservation, and Dissemination of Archival Material,
published this book under their joint auspices. The introduction
to this book is a paper, Barker As A Historian, which Dr. Charles
W. Ramsdell read on April 30, 1926, at the dinner in Dr. Barker's
honor celebrating the publication of The Life of Stephen F.
Austin. An appendix of thirteen pages contains three short ar-
ticles by Dr. Frederic A. Duncalf, Dr. Charles W. Ramsdell, and
Dr. L. W. Payne, Jr., close friends and colleagues of Dr. Barker.
The speeches, responses, and essays, numbering twenty-eight
in all, are arranged in three groups and have all appeared in print
except ten. One group consists of fifteen personal and profes-
sional articles in relation to The University of Texas; another
contains eight articles on Texas and on Mexico-United States
relations; and the third has five articles on the Constitution of
the United States and historical interpretation. All of these articles
reflect the sincerity, straightforwardness, and depth of Dr. Barker's
When Dr. William Marshall Walter Splawn was inaugurated
as president of The University of Texas in June, 1925, Dr. Barker
made the faculty address. To have "a University of the first class,"
Dr. Barker pointed out to his audience, the University must have
a first-class faculty. It was the president's duty to develop the
conditions that would enable him "to obtain and hold such a
faculty," to wit: 1. permanent tenure; 2. freedom of thought and
speech; 3. a peaceful atmosphere. The principle of academic free-
dom was the heart and center of this address. This faculty address
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101162/. Accessed March 9, 2014.