The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

In introductory and concluding paragraphs in every chapter, the
authors relate the Society's history to the political and social milieu
in which the Society developed. They present the Society as a "West-
ern-type" institution which grew out of the ferment of Progressivism
and gave practical expression to the "Wisconsin Idea" of the democ-
ratization of educational and cultural activities. But the bulk of their
story deals with minutiae which have only sentimental interest to
the inner circle.
The present-day Society is merely the "lengthened shadows" of sev-
eral men and women of rare vision and great ability. Under the in-
defatigable and far-roaming manuscript collector, Lyman Copeland
Draper, the Society gained legislative support but served only a small
circle of dilettantes. Under the dynamic and magnetic Reuben Gold
Thwaites, for whom the authors show unabashed admiration, the
Society achieved national stature and became a vital force in the
cultural life of Wisconsin. It languished, however, under the schol-
arly but tactless Milo M. Quaife and the intellectual but ineffectual
Joseph Shafer. By the end of World War II it had become virtually
an adjunct of the University of Wisconsin, but under the leadership
of two young and vigorous men, Edward P. Alexander and Clifford
L. Lord, it regained its identity and reestablished its prestige. Behind
the scenes a powerful "matriarchy" of Annie Nuns, Mary Foster, and
Louise Kellogg wielded much influence. The authors' skillful analyses
of these personalities and their relations with one another enliven
an otherwise drab story.
In scholarly research and clarity of expression the authors measure
up to the Society's high standards. Scores of us who have used the
Society's fabulous resources agree with them that the "Grand Old
Lady" has served Clio faithfully and well.
Baylor University E. BRUCE THOMPSON
Book Notes
Documentos Tejanos. By Marion Webb. San Jacinto Monument, Texas
(San Jacinto Museum of History Association), 1962. $3.oo.
Marion Webb has gathered together eight documents of the Republic
of Texas and has taken advantage of their outstanding inherent interest
in compiling this supplementary reader and exercise book designed for
students of Spanish in their second year of high school, or the second
semester in college.

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