The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 13, July 1909 - April, 1910 Page: 82
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82 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
with the price of their father's blood."1 The papers were purchased
direct from the daughter of Ex-President Lamar, Mrs. Loretta
Lamar Calder, of Beaumont, Texas.
E. W. WINKLER.
THE TEXAS LIBRARY AND HISTORICAL COMMISSION.-Among
the laws passed by the Thirty-first Legislature is that creating tlhe
Texas Library and Historical Commission. Notwithstanding that
this law is a conservative piece of legislation, it took much hard
work to secure its final passage.
The Texas State Historical Association was organized in 1897. In
1899 a bill was introduced into the Legislature which provided for
the creation of a Texas State Historical Commission. The com-
mission was to be composed of the Commissioner of Agriculture,
Insurance, Statistics and History, and two other persons, members
of the Texas State Historical Association, to be appointed by the
Governor. The Commission was to have control of the State Li-
brary. The law then governing the State Library was to continue
in force under the Commission. This bill passed the Senate.
The Texas State Library Association was organized in 1902.
This association, with the co-operation of the Federation of Wom-
en's Clubs and the State Teachers' Association, drafted a bill which
was introduced into the Legislature in 1903. The bill provide-l for
the creation of a State Library Commission, which was to. be com-
posed of five persons to be appointed by the Governor, and whose
duties it was to establish traveling libraries and otherwise encourage
free public libraries. It was to have no connection with the State
Library. The bill passed to engrossment in the Senate.
A bill similar to that of 1903 was again introduced in 1905. The
name of the commission was changed to Texas Library Commis-
sion and the commissioners were to have control of the State Li-
brary. This bill met with opposition, and made little progress.
Nothing daunted' the Texas State Library Association with its
allies introduced in 1907 the bill of the previous session in much
amplified form. The principal changes being the continuation in
force of the law governing the State Library and the provision for
1An extract from the introduction to the projected history of Lamar.
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