The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 28
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
camp. The manager remarked, "Well, I see you are from 'lap-
land'." "How's that?" asked Haley. "You're from the Panhandle,
that part of Texas that laps over Oklahoma, New Mexico, and
the surrounding country." Mr. Vandale has the same idea. When
I asked him what area his collection covered, he answered,
"Wherever Texans went, or Texans cared to go-West Texans, of
course-and they were travelers."
The growth of his library gave its owner much pleasure. It
gradually approached that completeness which he envisaged for
a reference collection of history for the Panhandle. During the
early 1930's, while on a visit to his son, a student in the University
of Texas, Mr. Vandale was told that the private library of the
late H. P. N. Gammel was for sale. A printed pamphlet describes
it as comprising "Texas and western items. The largest collection
in any private library in the world. These books were collected
by H. P. N. Gammel over many years, and is his private library."
Mr. Vandale bought it. He examined it. It added to his library
much material on the history of that part of Texas below the
Caprock. It started him on the second lap of his collecting.
It is possible at this time to give only a general description
of the Vandale Collection. Much of it still rests in the packing
cases in which it was brought to the University in 1947. Mostly
my statements are limited to the notes made at the time the
collection was examined in 1945.
The explorers of the Southwest, from the days of Coronado to
the outbreak of the American Civil War, are represented by their
diaries, memoirs, narratives, and the like.
The natural resources of the region are set forth in reports on
its geology, soil, water, grass and buffalo, oil, and gas.
Not esteemed as a natural resource, but present and to be
reckoned with, were Indians. They played a part in the history
of the Panhandle from the earliest times to the middle of the
187o's. More than two hundred titles, written by whites, tell of
the Indian. The presence of the Indian called for the soldier.
Many officers, some of whom later rose to high command, saw
service on the southwestern frontier.
As the Indian and the buffalo were pushed out, the cattlemen
and their herds came in. They located wherever there was water.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951, periodical, 1951; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/m1/50/: accessed April 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.