The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

program. Unnecessary duplication of subscriptions and binding
can be done away with, broken files can be completed, and plans
made for the acquisition of additional titles. In other words the
program can, if carried through, result in the building of one
great union library housed in three cities and at seven in-
stitutions. This would doubtless be much better than building
up seven separate smaller and more or less duplicate libraries.
Similar cooperation might be profitable at other points in Texas.
The number of periodicals currently received varies from
58 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to 834 at
Southern Methodist University, yet only four titles are currently
received by all seven libraries. Members of the Texas State
Historical Association will be glad to know that six of the li-
braries have complete files of the Southwestern Historical
Quarterly, and the seventh has a practically complete file. One
of the most surprising discoveries is that Southern Methodist
University, the Fort Worth Public Library, and the South-
western Baptist Theological Seminary taken together do not
have a single copy of the Texas Almanac. Four of the libraries
receive the New York Times, and the Fort Worth Public Li-
brary has a file of this publication dating to 1908.
The list of serials is valuable as a check list of the holdings
of the various libraries; it will be even more valuable if used,
as intended, to coordinate and unify the periodical program
of the North Texas Regional Libraries.
RALPH W. STEEN
The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas
A Collection of Hayne Letters. Edited by Daniel Morley Mc-
Keithan. Austin (The University of Texas Press), 1944.
Pp. 499.
Paul Hamilton Hayne was not a major literary figure - Poe,
Lanier, Timrod rank above him among Southern poets --but
his letters interestingly indicate the pathetic state of letters
in the South after the War between the States. A Charleston
aristocrat by birth and a member of the coterie which with
Simms and Timrod gathered at Russell's bookstore, Hayne
suffered the loss of securities and family silver in the attack
on the city and moved to a small farm, Copse Hill, near Augusta,
Georgia. Here, despite poverty and ill health, he devoted himself
to writing poetry, reviewing books for Southern periodicals, and

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146055/. Accessed May 28, 2015.