The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 11, July 1907 - April, 1908 Page: 246
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
journal has taken a most creditable place among historical publi-
cations, and, together with the formal works of professors in the
University, has given distinction to Texas as a center of historical
research, and especially as one of the two sources of contributions
to Southwestern history. Through these contributions many mis-
conceptions have been dispelled, historical truth has been revealed,
and much rewriting of history has been necessitated.
The Association has served to draw together many men and
women in the State whose purpose is to collect and preserve the
records of a great people in a great section, to see that they are in-
terpreted without bias and with rigid fidelity to truth, and in a
more general way, everywhere and at all hazards, to protect and
promote the freedom of historical study and teaching. It has
discovered and brought out, so to speak, and encouraged many
competent investigators in different sections of the State, and has
afforded much support and assistance to professors and students
of history in colleges and universities.
But we are yet only at the beginning. We have scarcely yet
scratched the surface of things. There is an amazingly vast and rich
store of records to be secured and examined, scattered through these
Southwestern States, in the archives of Mexico, and of Spain, and
of other nations. And, furthermore, there is a more amazing
amount of record to be made in the present and future and to
be preserved. The South has seemed to be content to make his-
tory and to have certain contempt for recording her deeds, for
accumulating her materials, and for interpreting them to the
world. It is a reproach to every Southern State and community
that a student of its history should be compelled to go to the great
libraries of the North and East for access to historical data, and
a still greater reproach that facilities have not been provided any-
where in the entire Southland, with its wealth of ten or twelve
billions of dollars and its population of twenty-five millions, suf-
ficiently to make it possible adequately to prosecute research in
history and economics and to make it possible to train Southern
men and women to write history and economics. There is today
nowhere in any institution in the South, a graduate school, no-
where libraries or laboratories sufficiently well equipped to make
extended research possible, and nowhere a teaching staff with suf-
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