The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 227
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Texana in the Nation's Capital
to be a unique imprint and a special cause of pride to collectors.
The Texas pieces in the Library of Congress broadside collec-
tion share a portfolio with the Utah material; they are only
about a score in number, and some of the most recent ones have
been preserved only because a Library finds it difficult-to throw
anything out. Through the Reconstruction period, however,
there are some really good and rare items, but they cannot com-
pare with that superb group of sixteen pieces which Streeter
exhibited at New York in 1936. Two of the Library's broadsides,
it is interesting to observe, neatly intermesh with two of Street-
er's. He has the Declaration on Taking Up Arms of November
7, 1835, in English; the Library has it in Spanish and with the
year misdated 1825! He has the proclamation which Sam Hous-
ton, commander-in-chief of the army of Texas, addressed to
the citizens of Texas on December 12, 1835, calling for 5,000
volunteers; he has it apparently on paper, while the Library's
copy is printed on silk. Collation of the two would be necessary
to determine whether the Library's copy was printed from the
same type or was produced later as a memento. The best group
of broadside material in the Library of Congress is a set of five
documents of the state of Coahuila and Texas, mostly decrees or
proclamations of the governor, in 1833-1834; the two that relate
specifically to the affairs of Texas were included in the exhibit,
while the other three are concerned with the differences between
the state and the dictator, Santa Anna. A Corpus Christi Gazette
Extra for March 8, 1846, devoted to General Zachary Taylor's
Order No. 30 initiating the advance to the Rio Grande which
brought on the Mexican War, is apparently unique and one of
the Library's few shining appearances in the 1846-1876 check-
list. Four Civil War broadsides added luster to the exhibit.
Among the marvelous pieces in Streeter's collection one may find
Austin's address To the Settlers in Austin's Settlement, dated
July, 1823, and printed on an ephemeral press at San Antonio;
the Unanimous Declaration of Independence, printed at Austin
in 1836; and, perhaps best of all, the Funesta Nueva, in which
Governor Chico of California announced the result of San Ja-
cinto to his people, from the press of Monterey, in July of 1836.
Turning from broadsides to the enormous realm of news-
papers, one enters a field where a division of functions is a
necessity rather than a policy of choice. The newspaper is the
great repository of information of purely local and ephemeral
interest, and the newspaper reproduces itself almost as fast as
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