The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992

Book Reviews

evident in his repetition, at least four times in Chronicle, of a paragraph about
his brother who lost his way in a dust storm and saw his own shadow beside
him. Of this incident, Corder writes: ". .. we are not just shadows in the air,
not shadows, brother, not shadows, not transients passing while no one no-
ticed" (p. 170).
Despite a few limitations, Corder's Chronicle of a Small Town has much to offer
the reader sensitive to the importance of exploring, later in life, the meaning of
one's personal past. Near the end, in an honest fashion, Corder sets forth his
motive in writing the book:
I wanted, most of my life, to catch moments and days and events and places
and hold them, mark them, keep them. I can't, but perhaps that's why I cherish
maps. A map will hold a while as things change, places change, time passes, and
we go on. They are treasures. They are imperfect, but treasures, even if I'm
sometimes lost and cannot find those far geographies. (p. 136)
Corder's Chroncle of a Small Town, though a reminder of the imperfectability of
memory, provides a treasured map of one man's search for past and an apt re-
minder of the importance of the search.
Henry Ford Community College NANCY OWEN NELSON
Down the Corridor of Years: A Centennial History of the Universzty of North Texas zn
Photographs, 189o-99o0. By Robert S. La Forte and Richard L. Himmel.
(Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1989. Pp. xii+292. Introduc-
tion, preface, acknowledgments, photographs, appendix, index. $35.)
The title of this book describes its contents perfectly. Through artfully ar-
ranged photographs and excellent captions, Professors Robert La Forte and
Richard Himmell move a reader through a nostalgic look at a major university
from its founding to the present.
The authors arranged the images in roughly chronological order. Each of
the seven chapters begin with a short essay that sets the theme and tone of that
chronological period. For example, chapter 5, "An Era of Prosperity, 1946-
1960," describes briefly the first real period of rapid student growth and cam-
pus expansion. Each image selected not only captures some event in time, but
was chosen to document the general theme of the particular chapter. La Forte
and Himmel included photographs of documents and letters as well as those of
the more traditional subjects of people and architectural structures. In this
spirit of documentation, the authors used quotes from sources in some cases
rather than captions.
The book is cleanly edited and well-produced. One would think that fans
and alumni of the University of North Texas would enjoy owning this book and
displaying it proudly on their coffee tables. Although not a history of UNT,
and a new one should be written, this book is, however, more than a coffee-

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