When I first began to "hang around" the Texas State Historical Association
some thirty years ago, H. Bailey Carroll was at its helm. Dr. Carroll was given to
frequently reminding us would-be professional historians in his Texas history
seminars of the important role "amateurs" had played in the Association and in
recording the history of the state. On more than one occasion, he went out of
his way to point out a high-quality publication by a lay historian. I specifically
remember when I first talked to him about doing a master's thesis on Hill
County, he offered to introduce me to Roger Conger at the upcoming Associa-
tion meeting, with the observation that Mr. Conger was an amateur who knew a
lot about sources for local history in that Central Texas area. Dr. Carroll did,
and Mr. Conger had some ideas he freely shared with me. I know others he has
helped as well.
It is good to have his writings gathered together. They demonstrate why he
has deserved the many awards he has received, including the presidency of this
Association. Dr. Carroll would be proud. Roger Conger is an amateur histo-
rian, the quality of whose work we can all admire.
Stephen F. Austzn State University JAMES V. REESE
William D. Wittliff and the Enczno Press: A Bzbliography. By Gould Whaley, Jr.
(Dallas: Still Point Press, 1989. Pp. xvi+ 143. Preface, acknowledgments,
introduction, black-and-white photographs, illustrations, index. $50.)
This is a book for booklovers-those having an interest in fine printing and
in the makers of fine printing-and for collectors and booksellers. Since the
mid-196os the work of the Encino Press and of the multitalented Bill Wittliff
has been admired and collected. That should be no wonder since the books
produced by Wittliff at the Encino Press represent nearly all major Texas
authors-Dobie, Haley, Graves, Larry King, McMurtry, A. C. Greene, Ben K.
Green, and others.
There are no new Encino Press books to collect since the last book from the
press in 1983, when Bill expanded his creative talent away from the printed
page and into the world of film writing, directing, and producing. The Encino
Press, headquartered at 51o Baylor Street in Austin, still sells from its backlist
of books, but the Wittliff collector must now turn to movie and video scripts
and posters to keep abreast.
John Graves, who has known Wittliff since his early days in Austin, has writ-
ten the introduction to give us an insight into Bill's career from the beginning
of the Encino Press in 1965 until the present. The bibliography itself is divided
into Books and Pamphlets (item 1-161), Selected Ephemera (162- 259), Maga-
zine Articles by, about, or illustrated by Wittliff (260-300), and Motion Pic-
tures and Television Productions (301o-308). The first 259 items were either
produced under the Encino Press imprint or were designed by Wittliff for
The bibliography begins with Bill's first design project, The Free World and
Free Trade by Harry S. Truman published by SMU Press in 1963, and ends with
Bill's television adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove in 1989. Item
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 96, July 1992 - April, 1993. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101215/. Accessed April 19, 2014.