JAMES R. NORVELL, "The Reconstruction Courts of Texas,
1867-1873," has been an associate justice of the Supreme Court
of Texas since 1957. Judge Norvell received the A.B. and LL.B.
degrees from the University of Colorado and practiced law for
several years in Edinburg, Texas, before becoming associate
justice of the Court of Criminal Appeals, San Antonio, in 1940.
In addition to extensive writing on legal subjects, he has
actively participated in a wide variety of professional and public
services that include: president, Hidalgo County Bar Association,
1937; chairman, State Bar Committee on Administration of Jus-
tice, 1952; chairman, Judicial Section, State Bar Association, 1955;
and chairman, Board of Trustees of the Law School of St. Mary's
University, San Antonio, from 1948 to the present.
WILLIAM H. GOETZMANN, "The United States-Mexican Bound-
ary Survey, 1848-1853," is an instructor in Yale University. For
his doctoral thesis, The Corps of Topographical Engineers in the
Exploration and Development of the Trans-Mississippi West,
which was accepted by the Yale Graduate School in 1957, Dr.
Goetzmann received the John Addison Porter Award for excel-
lence. His recently-completed Army Exploration on the Western
Frontier will be published by Yale University Press in the spring
LARRY JAY GAGE, "The Texas Road to Secession and War:
John Marshall and the Texas State Gazette," an honor graduate
of East Texas State College, is presently completing his graduate
program in journalism at the University of Texas. He has been
a professional newspaperman since 1954, when he became acting
managing editor of the Commerce Daily Journal, and has suc-
cessfully combined his vocational activities with a serious interest
in the history of Texas newspapers and the Civil War.
PHYLLIS COFFEE, "Logs Reveal Texas Gulf Coast History,
1866-1900," first heard of the Mercer logs while she was employed
as a reporter on the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. A native of
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/. Accessed August 27, 2015.