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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

As the number of documents approached and exceeded the six mil-
lion mark near the middle of the twentieth century the problem of
control and organization for more effective use became paramount.
Dorman H. Winfrey, archivist in i960 and 1961, turned his attention
to the matter and is credited with beginning the work completed so
well by his successor, Chester V. Kielman. Implementing the well-
directed months which Kielman must have devoted to the undertaking
were aids and counsel from a dozen or more of the foremost archivists
of America.
The material is set forth in a list of 2,430 collections. Each collection
heading contains a description of its nature and size, followed by a list
of places and persons mentioned in the material. The papers of Walter
Prescott Webb may be used to illustrate the plan: We read that the
date spans are 1832 and 1950, that the collection takes four feet, six
inches of shelving, and consists of manuscript, photocopy, typescript,
printed, and pictorial material. Important subjects dealt with are listed,
sub-collections are named, and forty-five places and some hundred
persons are given alphabetically.
In an appendix preceding the general index the subject matter dealt
with in 2,430 descriptive entries is divided into twelve general cate-
gories: agriculture, commerce, cultural affairs, education, genealogy,
government, industry, military affairs, politics, religion, science, and
social affairs. In respect to time, another appendix groups references
under seven historical periods: Spanish, 1519-1821; Mexican, 1821-
1836; Republic, 1836-1845; State, I, 1846-1861; Civil War, 1861-1865;
State II, 1865-1900; State III, 1900-. The number of references range
from about 325 for the Spanish period to more than a thousand for
State, III, twentieth century Texas.
The general index consists of 173 pages in double column.
This study is a product of historical imagination and scholarly work.
It is needed and beyond a doubt it will be used extensively.
Hardin-Simmons University RUPERT N. RICHARDSON
The Emergence of the New South, 1913-1945. By George Brown Tin-
dall. Volume X of A History of the South. Baton Rouge (Louisi-
ana State University Press and The Littlefield Fund for South-
ern History of the University of Texas), 1967. Pp. xv-807.
Illustrations, bibliographical essay. $12.50.
The tenth volume in A History of the South is comparable in qual-

Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 72, July 1968 - April, 1969. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117146/. Accessed August 28, 2014.