The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953 Page: 61
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A Check List of Theses and Dissertations
one on the campus the material has been rather successfully
hidden. The situation virtually cried out for some kind of a
guide or directory which would make known what had been done
and tell what one might reasonably expect to find of the scope
and nature of a particular study. Theses and dissertations usually
are not indexed; in most cases there is no tool, no device, no
signpost giving directions as to what may be contained in a given
piece of writing and be, at the same time, wanted.
Ideally a cumulative index of all theses and dissertations
should be provided. Such a work would be a tremendous task
and seems to be beyond the point of practical accomplishment
at this time. This is, however, a step in that direction.
When one reflects that Texas history has had an influence both
wide and deep on the nation and on Texas and that it is unques-
tionably a continuing influence on Texas life, it seems quite
fitting and proper now that the Department of History which
has contributed so much to the understanding of the history of
the state should have been an original department of the Uni-
versity (although it was at first combined with the Department
of English). Nevertheless the University opened its doors with
an avowed interest in history, and it may well take pride in the
over-all manner in which it has discharged its obligation. The
original history staff of the University was composed of Leslie
Waggener, George P. Garrison, and I. H. Bryant. Next was added
Lester G. Bugbee, who was followed by Herbert E. Bolton. Be-
ginning in 1899, the Department was immeasurably enriched
with the addition of Eugene C. Barker, whose services and influ-
ence extend to the present. He has become the unquestioned
dean of Texas historians.
Clarity, simplicity, and functional value have been constant
ideals in the production of this bibliography. The author's name
is given first, together with the degree secured and the date.
Each entry is numbered in brackets opposite the author's name.
The full title of the thesis or dissertation then follows with a
page delimitation. In this connection it should be noted that
ordinarily the page reference is to leaves and not to pages in the
printed sense as used in a book. The majority of the theses and
dissertations are typewritten and are 28 cm. in size. Early manu-
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