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HE Handbook of Texas, long-time dream of the Associa-
tion, is fast becoming a reality. The manuscript, be-
lieved to be the most extensive single manuscript ever
to come out of Texas, went to the printers last November, and
by the first workday in 1952 the beginning section of galley
proof had been returned. Since then proofreading has gone on
steadily. By the time this Quarterly is in the hands of the mem-
bers, the reading of galley proof should have been completed
and that on page proof well started. If the present schedule can
be maintained, the finished Handbook should be ready for dis-
tribution late in 1952.
The first public announcement of the Handbook project was
made nearly twelve years ago, when the Dallas Morning News
on November 0, 1940, carried as a featured editorial Dr. Walter
Prescott Webb's article in which he said: "As yet the Handbook
of Texas is but an idea, known only to me and to a few members
of the Texas State Historical Association." In explaining his pro-
posal, he continued: "It is my opinion that the Handbook will
become more than an idea; it will materialize, I hope, and if it
does materialize, it will be in my opinion one of the most impor-
tant books that has ever come out of Texas; and it will, if prop-
erly done, be the most used book in Texas for years to come."
The high ideal of a "general reference work on Texas from
which a busy reader may obtain brief and accurate information
about such diverse subjects as Texas is full of" was not easy to
attain. The first task was the compilation of subjects; these were
assembled from a wide range of sources: suggestions of individ-
uals, the complete file of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly,
the standard histories of Texas, the Dictionary of American His-
tory, the Dictionary of American Biography, the archives collec-
tions of the State and University Libraries, theses, the United
States Geological Survey, Who Was Who, and specialized works
such as The Texas Rangers and the Handbook of North Amer-
ican Indians. The results of this search for topics were published

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