The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 59, July 1955 - April, 1956 Page: 343
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Texas History in European Archives and Libraries
The archives of Spain, Italy, and other countries are certain
to yield material on Texas. Dr. Harry Ransom of the Univer-
sity of Texas has found that Swedish archives have reports on
Texas by Sir Swante Palm. Most probably other repositories of
Texana in Europe can be found.
To locate this material and to arrange for its selection, repro-
duction, and calendaring will require persistent and patient work
over a period of time, and funds. Has not the moment come to
meet this challenge?
Some organization will be needed, but whatever machinery
is set up should be so flexible as to use the skill and devotion of
individual historians. If the University of Texas Board of Regents
should appoint, for example, a Historical Manuscripts Commis-
sion it would naturally endeavor to enlist the support and assist-
ance of a number of institutions and individuals. The Commis-
sion could serve as a planning and fomenting group. Some sup-
port might be obtained in the form of Fulbright grants to enable
individual scholars to work in European archives. Could we not
achieve some day a Eugene C. Barker Fellowship to enable a
succession of Texas graduate students to carry on research in
This proposed Commission might also give attention to the
copying of Texas material in Mexican archives such as those in
Saltillo. Dr. Nettie Lee Benson has reported that a considerable
quantity of manuscripts are to be found there which some time
should be microfilmed, at least in part. The Commission also
might concern itself with the prompt publication of reports on
material thus acquired in foreign archives and it would appear
that the Southwestern Historical Quarterly would be an appro-
priate instrument for this purpose. Unless the material is made
known to students, it will not be used, and if it is not to be used,
there is no point to obtaining it.
The Historical Manuscripts Commission would have a hard
job to do, but over a period of years it might well perform a
valuable service for the history, and hence for the people, of
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