The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 11
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The Beginnings of the State Historical Association
he had in training in the school of history, was what actually kept
the Association going forward.
The first and most important undertaking was to establish a
magazine to make us known. On this the entire efforts of the
active workers at the head of the organization were concentrated.
It was called THE QUARTERLY of the Texas State Historical Asso-
In connection with THE QUARTERLY there comes to my mind
another happening which has a very pertinent value for us now,
illustrating as it does what we owe to its founder for the high
degree of honor in which it is held everywhere in the field of
Like the others, this anecdote is entirely personal, for I take it
that what you especially wish to receive from me this evening is
the account of such intimate facts of our beginnings as will help
to transport you back to that time and help you to some sort of
a sense of its actuality.
At the first annual meeting, a publication committee had been
chosen, and I was greatly surprised and flattered to find my name
among those of the four selected. But the pleasure I felt was soon
dashed by the discovery, as time went on, that my function in this
connection was to be something very different from what I had
at first expected. My name on the cover of THE QUARTERLY as
one of the publication committee gave notice to the public that
I had some part in the preparation of it (at least, so I thought),
but in reality, until it came to me in the mail, I knew no more
of what was inside the covers than any unofficial reader, and as
I anxiously studied the make-up of each number, I began to under-
stand that I had nothing to contribute. The earliest numbers were
filled with articles from those who had had actual experience of
the events they recorded, or with scholarly studies from the pens
of the later generation of writers then in training for work as
professional historians. I was not old enough to have had any part
in those earliest events, and what I knew from hearsay was too
inexact and haphazard to deserve the dignity of publication in a
journal such as the Association aimed to offer to the people of
Texas. So I began to feel that my name on the cover of the
magazine was a wholly unmerited honor, an embarrassment from
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