The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Book Reviews

veterans; the inevitable lawyers; and surveyors and land specu-
lators. In the words of L. W. Kemp, who furnished a splendid
"Introduction" to the set:
Taken all in all, a great deal of biographical material on unknown
citizens of the Republic will be found on these pages, and many per-
sons will be aided in tracing their forebears by the copious index.
Persons previously almost unknown to Texas historians will be dis-
covered by graduate students and biographers, and unnoticed events
will take on new significance. Attorneys should find the work useful
not only for the interpretations contemporary of the period, but also
for the land and tax questions which have bearing even today in not
infrequent litigation.
The production of the Texas Treasury Papers has established a
precedent which is likely to be followed by many other archival
agencies-the publication of original source material by low-
cost multilith printing. The process has many advantages. It is
inexpensive; a limited edition can be prepared at one-fifth the
cost of regular publication, thus making projects possible to in-
stitutions operating on limited budgets. It is flexible; the prep-
aration of the material can be handled by staff members who also
have other duties in an organization. It is accurate; the multilith
plates for the Texas Treasury Papers were prepared directly from
the original letters and proofread against the originals. Anyone
who has gone through the agony of the numerous proofreadings
entailed in regular publication will immediately recognize the
merit of this system.
Dr. Connor, the staff of the State Library, and the Library
and Historical Commission are to be congratulated for making
this material available. The value of this contribution to the
historical world has already received national recognition. Last
September the American Association for State and Local History
announced that the Texas Treasury Papers had received one of
its annual Awards of Merit.
The University of Texas
The Silver Cradle. By Julia Nott Waugh. Austin (The Univer-
sity of Texas Press) 1955. Pp. vii+16o. $3.50.
To know and understand a people we must know their cus-


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