E. W. Winkler's Speech on Historical
Collections of the Southwest
Edited by LLERENA FRIEND*
I N 1972 THE TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ITS
seventy-fifth year. A diamond anniversary is a time for reminiscing;
such reminiscing brings memories to the senior members of a group
and may create awareness among recent recruits.
In 1932, when the Association was thirty-five years old, E. W. Wink-
ler prepared a talk which reveals something of the organization and
of its part in the preservation of Texas history. At the time of the
founding of the Association, Winkler was a sophomore at the Uni-
versity of Texas. He graduated with the B.Litt. degree in 1899. On
Commencement Day, June 14, 1899, it was announced that E. C.
Barker had been made a tutor in history and that Winkler would
be a fellow in the same department. Both had entered the University
as freshmen in 1895; they graduated in the same class in 1899. Both
had studied in the advanced history classes of George P. Garrison
and Lester Bugbee; apparently both joined the year-old Texas State
Historical Association in 1898, while they were undergraduates.
Barker was a member until his death in 1956. Winkler died in 196o,
so that his membership for about sixty-two years must be the longest
working membership in the history of the Association. It is charac-
teristic of his modesty that he mentioned Barker and Ramsdell but
not himself when he spoke of scholars who increased the resources for
In the summer of 1899 Winkler remained in Austin to work for
Bugbee and Garrison. For his master's degree, conferred in 19 goo, his
thesis research was on the Cherokee Indians of Texas. Before com-
mencement in 1900oo, the University had acquired the Bexar Archives
and had completed a fireproof vault in which they could be pre-
served. In that vault in the Old Main Building during the summer
*Miss Friend, professor emeritus of history at the University of Texas, Austin, and
former librarian of the Barker Texas History Center, is the author of many books on
'The University Record, I (October, 1899), 378; Llerena Friend, "E. W. Winkler and
the Texas State Library," Texas Libraries, XXIV (May-June, 1962), 8g-go.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101202/. Accessed May 25, 2016.