The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 389
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a number of questions and to seek the best answer he can find for
each interrogation. Such an exercise will perhaps assist in the
formulating of and adhering to a sound policy.
Much has been said recently about the tyranny of words; much
remains to be said about the meaning of words, for example,
the meaning of the three words in the title of this publication-
southwestern, historical, quarterly--two adjectives and one noun.
The noun is the simplest and will be put out of the way first.
It means a publication that appears each quarter of the year,
at intervals of three months.
The adjective historical brings us immediately to the business
in hand, to the function of the publication. It gives us the sub-
ject matter, the substance, the very insides of the magazine. It
limits the Quarterly to one field, one that has little immediate
concern with literature as such and none with fiction and poetry.
This word points constantly to the course along which the editor
must travel if he is to fulfill his function. He must either define
history so broadly as to include what he publishes or he must select
his material so narrowly as to leave no doubt that it is historical.
The question as to what is historical will be considered shortly,
after we have disposed of the first word in the series.
Southwestern is a geographic term that applies to some rather
indefinite area of the United States. But what area? That it
includes Texas none can doubt, and that Texas comprises a con-
siderable portion of the Southwest all can see by glancing at a map.
Some say that the Southwest takes in New Mexico, Arizona, Okla-
homa, Arkansas and Louisiana, and so it does on many commer-
cial and industrial maps that divide the United States up into
convenient trade regions. The question immediately arises as
to whether the Quarterly should attempt to perform its historical
function for these states adjacent to or near to Texas. Is the
Quarterly a regional publication or is it a state publication?
Practically all the evidence indicates that it is primarily a
state publication and that despite the fact that it publishes articles
bearing on its neighbors, including Mexico.
This view is supported by several facts. The first is that the
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