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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
archives were searched persistently, and records published. News-
papers were few in colonial and revolutionary periods, but valuable
in portraying popular movements and current events; in fact, for
a considerable time they were the sole printed records. These
were secured. Official correspondence, old letters, pamphlets, and
diaries of pioneers have been of increasing importance in fixing
dates and giving atmosphere to contemporary historical events.
The Texas Almanac, published by Richardson and Company
at Galveston, beginning with 1857, issued annually until inter-
rupted by the civil war in 1863, resumed in 1867 and continued
until 1874, is still considered a valuable source of Texas history.
It contained, "The Lives of Distinguished Texans, Original Docu-
ments and Important Historical Facts Furnished by Living Wit-
nesses Never Before Published." Some of it was controversial,
but even then it was testimony of witnesses to be weighed and con-
sidered by the impartial historian in arriving at a conclusion.
DIARIES AND REMINISCENCES
Even as late as 1897 and a few subsequent years, there were
survivors of the Texas Revolution, the Republic, Civil War and
Reconstruction. Beginning with its first volume, this Associa-
tion continued the work of the Texas Almanac and secured valu-
able testimony from living witnesses of past events. Among
these were: "Expulsion of the Cherokees From East Texas," by
John H. Reagan (I, 38); "John Crittenden Duval," by William
Corner (I, 47); "Thomson's Clandestine Passage Around Nac-
ogdoches," by W. P. Zuber (I, 68); "Annexation of Texas," by
Sam Houston (I, 70); "Reminiscences of Austin and Old Wash-
ington," by J. K. Holland (I, 92); "Fight on the Frio, July 4,
1865," by John S. Ford (I, 118); "J. Pinckney Henderson," by
F. B. Sexton, (I, 187); "Establishment of the University of
Texas," by 0. M. Roberts (I, 233); "The Old Mexican Fort at
Velasco," by Adele B. Looscan (I, 282); "Recollections of Early
Schools," by M. M. Kenney (I, 285); "Some of My Early Ex-
periences in Texas," by Rosa Kleberg (I, 297, II, 170); "The
Life and Service of Oran Milo Roberts," by Dudley G. Wooten
(II, 1); "The Old Fort at Anahuac," by Mrs. Adele B. Looscan
(II, 21); "H. P. Bee," by F. R. Lubbock (II, 54); "Jottings
from the Old Journal of Littleton Fowler," by Mrs. Dora Fowler
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