The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930 Page: 16
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
with which it can now be located and examined with the difficulties
of such a task then. How laborious, how discouraging, it was to
try to prepare a club paper on almost any phase of our history in
1897 ! How enjoyable, how comparatively easy, in 1928! One's
appreciation and thankfulness for this is measured only by the
length and depth of one's experience. You investigators of this
later generation take it, most likely, as a matter of course. I dwell
on it in order to give you the happy understanding of your good
fortune in having to do your work now instead of then. Such an
achievement, in so short a space of time, with such limited re-
sources, has not come about as a matter of course, either. Very
earnestly do I wish to leave in your minds some realization of what
we owe to that little group who began this work with such devotion
and wisdom, and to those successors who have carried it on to this
day. In addition to his fitness for the work, the founder, unlike
many another, had the foresight to begin at once to develop fit
disciples who could carry on after him. The story told this evening
would be very different but for that. With the help of those fol-
lowers, he set going forces which were from year to year to provide
the answer to those anxious questions which Colonel Ford put into
that letter which I have read to you about saving for the future
generations suitable accounts of "the men who enacted great deeds,
rendering the Lone Star Republic famous." His forebodings have
been most happily met. The rich collections of Austin, Lamar,
Erath and Burnet papers, not to mention those of others hardly
less important, are now safely collected and preserved, and the
fame of those early heroes and statesmen which he so pathetically
feared might be ignored has been taken care of for all time. Austin,
for whom he was so particularly concerned, has already been set
in the splendid galaxy of American state builders by the brilliant
and profound work of one of our founder's most faithful disciples,
Dr. E. C. Barker. Also the different members of the faculty of
the school of history and the heads of the various library collections
are constantly taking measures to see that justice is done to all.
What a big task to be accomplished in the course of one gener-
ation! In examining the reason for it, we shall see that it had
been owing not alone to the devotion and intelligence of those whom
I have named and to their co-workers whose cooperation has taken
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 33, July 1929 - April, 1930, periodical, 1930; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101090/m1/24/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.