WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB
Texas Collection was founded for the purpose of serving as
an exchange for historians in search of information about
persons or incidents connected with Texas history. The name
and address of the inquirer are always given so that corre-
spondence may be opened directly. Though I have received
comment on items that have appeared, I have had little evi-
dence as to whether inquirers have received letters from other
historians. It was therefore gratifying to have the following
letter from S. W. Geiser of Southern Methodist University
September 28, 1941
The column, "Texas Collection," which you edit, is
of very great value to a person like myself, whose in-
terests are so wide that often he needs help from others.
Philander Priestley (concerning whom I wrote you
several months ago--see the April, 1941 issue of the
S. W. H. Q., pp. 501-2) was only one of more than a
thousand men in whom I am interested, and I had
tried long, but in vain, to get information of him.
Your printing of my short inquiry opened up several
sources of information that I did not locate in the
two-plus years that I had been making inquiries of
him. While I have still a great deal to find out about
him, the replies received to that inquiry have filled
many gaps; and I can only hope that others may still
see it, and obey the impulse to send on what they have
about him. I have the idea that the "Texas Collection"
section of the Quarterly has been as useful to others
as to me; and if so, it is one of the most useful phases
of the journal.
I note in the April issue of the Quarterly (p. 508)
that Dr. Robert Taft, professor of chemistry in the
University of Kansas, has a query as to the origin of
the term "jayhawkers." While unable to give any infor-
mation on this point, I am reminded of the splendid his-
tory Dr. Taft wrote on the history of photography in
America (Photography and the American Scene: A
Social History, 1839-1889, 1937), and the need for
some thoroughgoing work on the history of photogra-
phy in early Texas. I have some material in that field,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed July 28, 2014.