The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Director's Report
May 31, 1985
L. TUFFLY ELLIS*
In this report I will lay out before the Council and general member-
ship a view of the Association as seen from my nineteen years' experi-
ence as a member of the staff. In parts of this report I will speak quite
frankly, and I do so because I think it is in the best interests of this
organization, a learned society whose principal functions are scholarly
and educational. Financially, professionally, and intellectually the Asso-
ciation is, in a number of ways, a much different institution than it was a
few years back. To demonstrate this point I will treat various facets of
the Association below.
THE ASSOCIATION AND THE UNIVERSITY
The Association, a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational orga-
nization, was founded on the University of Texas campus in 1897. Uni-
versity president George T. Winston immediately provided quarters for
the new organization. Since the Association's establishment, the Univer-
sity has been the physical location, and the history department and the
Texas Collection (now the Barker Texas History Center) have served as
the intellectual home of the TSHA. Although the Association and the
University are separate entities, there quickly developed between them
what Professor George P. Garrison, the first director (secretary), called
*The director made this final report, in a slightly modified form, to the Executive Council
in May.
L. TuffHy Ellis joined the staff of the Texas State Historical Association and the Depal tment
of Organized Research (now the Center for Studies in Texas History) at the University of Texas
at Austin in September, 1966. At the same time he became assistant editor of the Southwestern
Historical Quarterly and a member of the history department at the University. In 1968 he was
named managing editor of the Quarterly and in 1975 associate director of the TSHA. The
Executive Council appointed him director in September, 1977, and the University named him
director of the Center at the same time. On assuming these positions he became editor of the
Quarterly. In 1981 he began the new edition of the Handbook of Texas, serving as editor-in-chief.
Mr. Ellis resigned his various TSHA positions effective May 31, 1985, and the directorship of
the Center August 31, 1985. After a year's leave of absence, he will return to full-time teaching
at the University.

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