The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 416
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ilar data important to local historians are the frequent lists of
names of individuals who received mail (but did not call for it)
at various post offices throughout the Territory. Probably the
bulk of the materials deals with various aspects of land, surveys,
transfers, purchase, and sale. Ranking next in volume are the
data bearing upon the establishment and operations of the various
post offices in the Territory. Of all aspects of Territorial relations
with the Federal government, the information bearing upon
the varied relations with Indian tribes, particularly Creeks and
Cherokees, trade, agencies, and conflicts, adds greatly to what is
known in this particular region.
Among many other subjects given new meaning, the following
stand out: the origin in the Territory of negro slavery, banking,
and newspapers; the development of river navigation, roads, and
shipping at Mobile; fort construction; boundaries and data on
place names; and new documents concerning the constitutional
convention of 1819.
Since the present collection is not exhaustive, the editor has
indicated at appropriate places much material justifiably omitted
but nevertheless important to a complete history of these forma-
tive years. Accordingly, the present work has the added value of
being a guide to a search for new documents. Reference to a few
lines of inquiry will suggest the possibilities for further investiga-
tion. Regarding land, there remains much to be done on the
history of claims that rest upon earlier Spanish grants as well as
on conflicts over land with the Spanish in the area bordering on
Florida. Again many data on land claims in general and surveying
contracts can be retrieved from the sources indicated by the editor
but not utilized in this work. Decidedly interesting is the indica-
tion of materials for a study of Indian mission schools.
Carter has greatly added to the usefulness of this collection by
invaluable footnotes clarifying the documents. Anyone who has
had similar experience in editing will recognize the high level
of scholarship he has brought to the undertaking. Local historians
will be indebted to him for this mine of new information. The
index, more than one hundred pages in length, is excellent.
Congratulations are in order for a job extremely well done.
ALFRED B. THOMAS
University of Alabama
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954, periodical, 1954; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101152/m1/497/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.