The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998

Book Reviews

skills of Leeda Lee Bryce, Brackenridge Hospital's Emergency Room
Supervisor, are recounted.
In his epilogue, Lavergne makes a good point that there have probably been
enough interviews done with survivors and victims' families, and that his three
personal interviews were enough. However, the author perhaps could have
made greater use of existing interview sources.
The author's use of photographs is especially appealing and helpful for the
reader to visualize a number of aspects of the book. Well-chosen police photos
plus Lavergne's own present-day photography provide a solid visual complement
to the text. Facsimiles of Whitman's handwritten notes are effective in conveying
an idea of Whitman's character. The maps are also helpful in defining distances
described in the text.
Despite its unconvincing motivational argument, the entire book is worth
reading simply because there are no other books on the subject. The tales of
tragedy, bravery, and dedication to profession also make this book readable.
Texas African American Photography Archive JOHN H. SLATE
Prints and Printmakers of Texas: The Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual North
American Print Conference. Edited by Ron Tyler. (Austin: Texas State
Historical Association, 1997. Pp. x+274. Introduction, illustrations, essays,
credentials, index. ISBN 087611-137-1- $39.95, cloth.)
Don't let the somewhat prosaic title of this book prevent you from picking it
up and reading it for within its covers lie fascinating accounts of Texas social his-
tory from the days of the Republic to the roiling days of the 1970s.
Each of the thirteen essays simultaneously informs as it fires the imagination.
Serving as a visual record of aspects of Texas, this collection also offers scintil-
lating historical information. Essays document and illustrate examples of the
earliest lithographs produced in Texas; the development of lithography in the
State; and, the invention of a printing process called "homeography" in San
Antonio in the late nineteenth century. Some of the book's most fascinating
essays center on photographic records. For example: turn-of-the-century
pageants are explained (now I understand my great-aunt Fanny's photograph
as May Queen at Texas Woman's University); the W.D. Smithers Collection,
which documents the Big Bend region and how the Collection found its way to
UT is clarified; and, the MGM quality of E. O. Goldbeck's panoramic photos is
put in perspective as well.
The book includes a captivating essay on how a book came to be published
... The Galveston That Was. Other chapters document the State's Dust Bowl
and the men and women artists in Dallas in the 193os and 1940s who
formed and fostered printmaking guilds. Armadillos, T-shirts, and Austin
lore of the 197os all come together in the pages of this book. While the
authors' voices are as unique as they are individual, the essays combine to
present social, historical and political aspects of Texas captured both in
words and in images. This incorporation of fragments into a cogent whole is

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117155/. Accessed September 30, 2014.