H. BAILEY CARROLL
THE accompanying photograph represents what may be-
come a historic moment in the history of the Association.
The following release, telling how the Association ac-
quired copyright title to a Texas history item, which is probably
the most widely circulated of any work of Texana, was carried in
numbers of Texas newspapers in mid-February.
Copyright to Texas History Movies, a cartoon history booklet
familiar to thousands of Texas school children over the past thirty
years, has been donated to the Texas State Historical Association at
Austin by Mobil Oil Company.
More than three million copies of the 128-page booklet have been
distributed free to schools since 1930, Mobil said. Nearly loo,ooo
copies were distributed in Texas last year.
Accepting the copyright title, Dr. H. Bailey Carroll, director of the
Texas State Historical Association, declared: "Texas History Movies
has been a thoroughly instructive educational tool for a generation.
We value such a contribution highly, and wish to thank Mobil Oil
In a letter going to some 4,000 Texas educators, Mobil announced
the copyright donation and said it hoped publication of the booklet
would be continued.
"Only the need for strict economy and the highly competitive con-
ditions facing the oil industry would prompt us to discontinue spon-
sorship," the letter stated.
Texas History Movies traces the history of the state from the time
of Spanish explorers to 1885. It is popular with children because the
story is told in continuous cartoon form.
Original drawings are located at the Hall of State, Fair Park in
The use of this title may now be made available to some con-
cern which is not a competitor with Mobil Oil Company, the
donor. It is to be hoped that some civic minded Texas organization
will wish to negotiate with the Association with a view toward
continuing a fine service and tradition.
The Association not only acknowledges the generosity of Mobil
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/. Accessed April 20, 2014.