The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 60
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
beyond the scope of recollection or any scheme other than a
frame of reference.
The development within recent years of such institutions and
organizations as the American Association for State and Local
History and the recent expansion of many state historical so-
cieties are but manifestations of an increased amount of interest
in local history at the grass roots level. Texas has been a vigorous
part of this nation-wide ground swell with the creation and
maintenance of regional, county, and municipal historical organ-
izations. As such groups come into being, one of the first ques-
tions is-what has previously been written about our area?
Again the volume of interest and inquiry concerning individ-
uals, who they were and what they did, has increased tremen-
dously and gives no indication of diminishing.
The present list is not in any sense a final solution to inquiries
regarding Texas history; it is only an approach to a segment of
the problem. It will prove to be a helpful approach, however,
in many instances.
Item by item and fragment by fragment this panorama of the
past of Texas will go into this year's Quarterly index and finally
into a cumulative index. There the entries will eternally lead
thousands of searchers for truth about Texas back to the source
in some piece of writing which is now stored in the University
of Texas library. The entries here are signposts leading to a
veritable mine of information. This then is essentially a service
It will come as a surprise to many well-informed persons in
Texas history to learn what a large amount of Texas history
writing has been done at the thesis and dissertation level. Many
researchers, even textbook writers, have also been surprised to
find that the thesis and dissertation writing represents such a
significant portion of the total of the historical writing which has
been produced about Texas. This thesis portion has, however,
been relatively inaccessible or unknown to many who have had
a genuine interest in its contents and findings. In other words,
for all practical purposes a great amount of historical investiga-
tion and writing about Texas in thesis and dissertation form has
been filed and buried in the University of Texas library. Even to
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953, periodical, 1953; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101145/m1/78/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.