The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 32
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The State Library and the Supreme Court Library contain about
a hundred and twenty-five thousand books and pamphlets. Thus
we have removed, in some measure, the reproach so forcibly ex-
pressed by Dr. David F. Houston in his address as President of
this Association at its annual meeting in 1908, pointing out the
lack of library equipment and accumulated manuscripts for ex-
tended research work, as well as a teaching staff with sufficient
time to direct graduate investigators.
But the library is only the workshop and books and manuscripts
the tools of the craftman. We are primarily interested in Texas
history and our most valuable accumulation of material relates to
it. These research students and history writers require a medium
of publication in which to express themselves and preserve their
work. This need has been filled by TIIE QUARTERLY and without it
the graduate work of our advanced students and history staff
would have been lost to the public. What avail would have been
the Austin Papers, the Bexar Archives, the translations and manu-
scripts from the City of Mexico, tlre Missions and Spain, the
Lamar Papers, the diplomatic correspondence of the Republic of
Texas, and the mass of original material accumulated, in the ab-
sence of the work of trained historians to show its significance
in the thirty volumes of T1E Q UAlTERLY. The most valuable les-
son taught us is the use that can be made of our records when it is
made accessible to trained students and research workers.
It is only just to recall on this occasion, that among those who
have done notable work for Ti[E QUARTERLY, Bugbee, Barker, Rams-
dell, Winkler, W. Roy Smith, McCaleb, Ethel Rather, Mrs. I-at-
cher, Miss Casis, Miss West, Davenport, Dunn, Hackett, Christian,
Saudbo, Webb, Middleton, Ruby Smith, Edwards, Newsom, L. R.
Garrison, Miller, Buckley, Turner, Rowe, Clark, Batts and Smither
are graduates of the University of Texas. Others who have been
connected with the HI-story Department, are Winston, Marshall,
Binkley, Cunningham, Manning, Pierson, Bolton and Garrison.
There is no daily newspaper, no magazine, no book, yet written
by a Texan or about Texas, that makes as permanent a record and
one so sure to be preserved for all time to come, as THi, QUARTERLmY.
It has necessarily become the foundation of our history; and names
written on its pages will be known when many other more pre-
tentious publications, more expensive epitaphs, have been erased
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928, periodical, 1928; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101088/m1/38/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.