Affairs of the Association
Handbook of Texas
We continue to make excellent progress in revising the Handbook.
Managing editor Doug Barnett reports that the staff additions are
working out well, and he is confident that we will meet or exceed most
of the goals that we established at the beginning of the year.
The specific work accomplished in major areas of the project is sum-
marized in the table below. We have achieved significant advances in
preparing entries and have also begun some of the final editorial tasks
that will occupy much of our time the next 31/2 years.
9/91- Total to Percent
9/92 Date Complete
Topics identified 16o 25,551 98
Articles assigned 841 23,205 89
Articles written 1,193 19,397 75
Articles checked 1,138 16,586 64
Articles edited 1,307 15,839 61
Because we finished the year with a deficit in the Handbook Project
Fund (see audit on pages 561-562 of the April 1992 Quarterly), we
transferred the long-term capital gains-a total of $117,527-from the
research fellowship funds into the Handbook Project Fund. As a result,
the fund now showed a surplus of $59,347.75 at the end of the year.
This is explained in notes 4 and 6 in the audit (page 567); each of the
funds listed in note 4 has been decreased by the amount shown.
At its October 1991 meeting, the Executive Council adopted a bud-
get for the Handbook with the intent of raising the money necessary to
fund it, but to use expendable portions of the Handbook endowment if
we could not. Since then we have received grants from the George and
Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation of Houston ($5,000), the R. W.
Fair Foundation of Tyler ($1o,ooo), and the Anchorage Foundation of
Last fall I visited with Gary Barker, who runs the StarText on-line
data service for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was most interested in
the Handbook and said that he would like to make it available on Star-
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 July 22, 2014.