The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 228
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
at Vanderbilt University, is now at Tulane University serving as
managing editor of the Mississippi Valley Historical Review. Our
best wishes are extended to Dr. Binkley in his new position.
Mrs. M. E. Eisenhower, of Abilene, Texas, has recently pre-
sented to the University of Texas Archives Collection a large
scrapbook of newspaper clippings, beautifully bound, and weigh-
ing fifty pounds, which covers the career of Dwight D. Eisen-
hower during World War II. Mrs. Eisenhower's husband is a
second cousin of the President.
A "windfall" for Texas historians took place recently when
salvage men Robert B. Wilkes and Q. S. Franks bought the old
J. H. Collett home in Austin. Considerable historical material
was discovered in a carriage house attic where the Collett heirs
apparently left them.
After the material was discovered, Wilkes contacted Louis
Bathe and through him the director of the Association who made
a trip to the home containing the wealth of archival material.
The partners agreed to the suggestion that the three large con-
tainers filled with an estimated 350 pounds of early Texas docu-
ments be presented to the Texas State Historical Association for
preservation in the archives collection of the Eugene C. Barker
Texas History Center. The monumental acquisition includes
letters dating from 1824 to the early 19oo's.
A part of the work done by the Ball High School, Galveston,
Junior Historian chapter number 77, sponsored by Mrs. Siddie
R. Armstrong, has been the collection of old letters, papers, and
manuscripts. The following excerpt is taken from a letter written
by W. I. Wills on February 12, 1851, at Camp Oaks on the
Aransas River to his brother, John A. Wills Esq., in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. The letter indicates some of the valuable work
in which the Ball High School Junior Historians are engaged.
... I was indeed quite taken by surprise to hear you speak of
immigrating to Texas. I would indeed be glad did I think it possible.
There are many inducements which would invite a young, enter-
prising and (?) man into this new country. The country is making
gigantic strides in improvement and is setting up rapidly. Some of
the finest lands in the world can be bought. for below the govern-
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