The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937 Page: 80
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Story, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Gilbert Stuart, J. E. B. Stuart,
Charles Sumner, William H. Taft, R. B. Taney, Zachary Taylor,
Henry David Thoreau, Samuel J. Tilden. These titles, including
so many fields of activity-history, medicine, philanthropy, politics,
science, literature, business, exploration and adventure, art, and
jurisprudence-are merely indicative of the comprehensive scope
of the Dictionary, which was planned to include all deceased
Americans who made a notable contribution to American life in
Authors contributing sketches of -Texas characters are Professor
W. C. Binkley of Vanderbilt University, J. Evetts Haley, Amelia
Williams, Charles W. Hackett, and H. Y. Benedict of the Uni-
versity of Texas, Professor S. S. McKay of Texas Technological
College, and Professor C. S. Potts of Southern Methodist Uni-
versity. Sketches of subjects of particular prominence in Texas
history are those of Ashbel Smith, William B. Travis, W. S. Sutton,
and Charles A. Siringo.
Two more volumes, now in press, will complete the Dictionary.
Supplementary volumes at intervals of ten years are planned.
Needless to say, the thirteen to fifteen thousand sketches, including
notable contributions to every phase of American life and enter-
prise, constitute an indispensable reference work for school and
college libraries. Primarily, their value will consist in giving
condensed information in palatable form for current use. But it
requires no great stretch of imagination to see scores of more
or less ponderous monographs dug from this mine of facts. Biog-
raphers and historians will develop sketches into books and will
find here the preliminary bibliographies that will put them on
their trails. Sociologists will study the contributions of foreign-
born citizens to the cultural life of the country. They will study
rural vs. urban stimuli to ambition and endeavor; will count the
easterners who won fame in the West and the westerners and
southerners who influenced the East; and will endeavor to de-
termine what constitutes a "notable contribution" to American
life. Educational statisticians will find a wealth of material upon
the value of formal education vs. self-education; and some, it may
be hoped, will wonder how so many men and women achieved
such a degree of success without trained vocational guides. For
it may be observed that practically all of the subjects who have
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 40, July 1936 - April, 1937, periodical, 1937; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101099/m1/88/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.