The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003

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Dixon, Edward S. Curtis, and in his own inimitable way, Charles M. Russell.
Some of these writers, notably Audubon, Chamberlain, Mollhausen, Remington,
Moran, and C. M. Russell, wrote narratives; Dixon and Curtis are more reflec-
tive. Of the two, Dixon's is the most striking as he looks at and muses about lat-
ter-day Arizona. The most satisfying is Remington's piece for Century Magazine of
April 1889, "A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers." Here we see a rather portly
(even at a young age) Remington on a grueling, blazing sun scout with the black
soldiers of the Tenth U.S. Cavalry, whom Remington cannot praise enough, as
he clearly empathizes with them and admires their cheerful spirit with no trace
of condescension. As the authors imply correctly-so much for the latter-day
charges of "racism," "exploitation," "genocide," etc. Here Remington is in his el-
ement, roughing it with the best of them-a regular fellow unafraid to share
common hardships.
University of Texas at Austin WILLIAM GOETZMANN
An American Collection: Works from the Amon Carter Museum. By Patricia Junker,
Barbara McCandless, Jane Myers, John Rohrbach, and Rick Stewart. Gener-
al Editor, Will Gillman. (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2oo1. Pp. 288. ISBN
1-55951-98-8. $50.00, cloth.)
An American Collection: Works from the Amon Carter Museum, is a handsome schol-
arly publication with substantive texts by the current director and senior cura-
tors of the museum, along with 126 color plates, that marks the fortieth
anniversary of the prestigious Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. This
commemorative catalogue of the collection chronicles the great Texas story of a
successful businessman and a generous philanthropist, and presents a great
American story of a museum that has emerged as a major repository of Ameri-
can art.
In the opening essay, "Amon Carter: The Man and the Museum," Rick Stew-
art, director of the Amon Carter Museum, presents a compact biography of one
of the most remarkable men in twentieth-century Texas history. Stewart aptly de-
scribes Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879-1955) as a man of Texas-size accomplish-
ments, and a visionary with a pioneering spirit. Born in a log cabin in Wise
County, Texas, Carter overcame poverty and lack of education through tena-
cious dedication to hard work and keen business acumen to become president
and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and creator of American Airlines.
As he became increasingly more successful, Carter began to create an out-
standing collection focused exclusively on the works of Frederic Remington and
Charles M. Russell, because they expressed the frontier spirit of America. By the
date of his death in June 1955, Carter had accumulated more than five hundred
works by the two artists. Five years prior to his death, Carter had determined "to
erect and equip a museum and present it to the city of Fort Worth."
Carter never saw the museum he had envisioned. His family and the founda-
tion that he established planned the museum and fittingly hired the American
architect Philip Johnson to design the structure. The Amon Carter Museum

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101223/. Accessed July 23, 2014.