The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 83
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the history of Texas, accumulated over a period of forty years
by the late Mr. Taulman. This collection serves as a memorial
to a long and useful life. The clippings will be filed in the
Archives Collection along with the collection of manuscripts of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Taulman.
The Brownsville Historical Association was chartered on Feb-
ruary 1, 1947. The first meeting of the charter members was
held on February 2o, 1947. Officers of the organization are J. T
Canales, president; Mrs. J. K. Wells, vice-president; Guy G. Bevil,
treasurer; and Mrs. Harbert Davenport, secretary. Other mem-
bers of the board of directors are Mrs. John Closner, Mrs. E. E.
Dickason, Mrs. Cyrus De Coster, Ralph Killingstad, O. M. Long-
necker, Miss Julia O'Brien, Robin M. Pate, J. M. Stein, H. L.
Stokely, R. D. Sundell, Mrs. S. C. Tucker, and W. O. Washington.
It is a pleasure to extend a greeting from the oldest learned
society in Texas to this newest historical organization.
On March 13, Colonel M. L. Crimmins spoke to the Texas
Historical and Landmarks Association on the subject of the first
American book on Texas. The first edition of Mary Austin
Holley's book, entitled Texas, was published in 1833 by Arm-
strong and Plaskitt. A second edition appeared in 1836 with
the imprint of J. Clark and Co., Lexington, Kentucky.
A sheet of statistics issued by Mr. Alexander Moffit, librarian
of the University of Texas, gives significant information about
the fifty-two leading American libraries for the year 1945-1946.
A librarian is a person who hands you a book, rather imperson-
ally, and assumes that you have gumption enough to know what
you want to get out of it. He never interprets or volunteers
inside information. And so with Mr. Moffit's statistics. They
are there, packed with the' dynamite of dissatisfaction, provided
you do your own work of comparing and deducing.
Where does the University of Texas stand in these columns of
figures on books? One may be gratified to see that Texas stands
high in the South. The University of Texas Library has 802,ooo
books which is more than any other southern university has. If we
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