noble achievement of their ancestry will never achieve anything
worthy to be remembered with pride by their descendants."
I congratulate each individual and organization participating in
the final realization of this building for your efforts to preserve the
memory of a heroic past and, in so doing, to point the way to a
The experts tell us that our growth and progress of the past
is nothing compared to what we shall see in the future.
But the moral, spiritual, and political ideals for which Texans
gave their lives in the past must be applied in the future if we are
to have progress with freedom and opportunity for all.
That is the lesson and the inspiration which we must get across
to Texans of today and tomorrow.
The precious freedom and the principles of government for which
our forefathers fought so nobly are still challenged by the forces
of tyranny in foreign lands and sometimes even within our own
The self-government which has been man's greatest achievement
in preserving freedom is under attack on many fronts. By defend-
ing our rights and preserving government that is truly of, by and
for the people, we rededicate ourselves to the cause of freedom as
expressed by our forefathers. By keeping their principles and deeds
alive in the hearts and minds of our fellow men, we will contribute
to the greatness and glory of our beloved state and nation..
It is my hope and my belief that this building and its contents
will be a constant inspiration to those who study and visit here.
This is the measure of its real importance to our State and to
With this in mind, we dedicate this beautiful building to those
who have served Texas with loyalty and devotion in the past and
to those who will be inspired to serve the cause of freedom and self-
government in the years which lie ahead.
Dorman H. Winfrey, director and librarian of the Texas State
Library, called special attention to the services offered by the
Library's five divisions. Main Library and Loan Division, directed
by William K. Peace, assistant state librarian, serves as the prin-
cipal connecting link between state and national organizations.
It is the general library for those Texans who do not have a local
public library. It is also the state distribution center for Braille
and Talking Books for the Blind; and it supervises collection and
distribution of state and federal documents.
Archives Division, directed by James M. Day, is the agency
responsible for collecting, preserving, and classifying the heritage
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed May 29, 2015.