The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Using the combined index, he can compare readily the actions
and debates of each legislative body in the area of his interest.
Librarians and collectors are reminded that these publications
of legislative journals by the Texas Library and Historical Com-
mission are limited to 400 copies each. The reviewer would add
that he may forget the issues which beset the Tenth Legislature,
but not the first sentence: "If you are not interested in this
book, do not read this introduction."
Trinity University
The Galveston That Was. By Howard Barnstone. Photographs
by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ezra Stroller. New York (Mac-
millan Company and Museum of Fine Arts of Houston),
1966. Illustrations, index, notes. $12.95.
The purpose of The Galveston That Was, the first of a series
of such books planned by the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston,
according to Director James J. Sweeney, in his foreword, was
to preserve a segment of individualism in art as expressed in the
architecture of the Texas Gulf Coast in the nineteenth century
in Galveston. Here I must digress to state that the foreword is a
perfect example of why I favor this rapidly disappearing instruc-
tional device in all serious books. Without reading the foreword,
there can be no understanding of this particular work. The pur-
pose is ably accomplished by Architect Howard Barnstone, with
the expert aid of two internationally known photographers, Henri
Cartier-Bresson of France and Ezra Stroller of the United States.
The reviewer suspects and hopes there were two subsidiary mo-
tives in the publication of this book: to shock the uninformed
and lethargic Galvestonians into action to preserve a portion of
the splendors of their heritage and, failing that, to awaken and
arouse the outside world to the possibility of stepping in and
saving Old Galveston from some of the present-day Galvestonians
who, in the name of progress, are bent upon demolishing all
old structures, regardless of their historic importance. A few
minor local prophets have been crying and working in the wil-
derness for years, to small avail.
The unfortunate, albeit accurate title, has resulted in a first
reaction of revulsion on the part of most old Galvestonians and


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