The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 402
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the bounds of Dr. Barker's professional labors. For twenty-seven
years, from 1910o to 1937, he served as editor-in-chief of the
Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and for almost a quarter of a
century he meticulously and tirelessly spent his historical talents
on the production of the finest biography in Texas literature-
The Life of Stephen F. Austin. In addition to these two major
contributions, he authored, edited, and cooperated in the produc-
tion of a long list of publications which form a basic segment in
the foundation of Texas historiography: (with C. S. Potts and
C. W. Ramsdell) A School History of Texas (1912); Mexico and
Texas (1925); Readings in Texas History (1929); The Father of
Texas (1935) ; Growth of a Nation and Story of Our Nation, and
other textbooks (with Walter P. Webb, William E. Dodd, Henry
Steele Commager, and others, 1928-1940); (with Herbert E.
Bolton) With the Makers of Texas (1912); The Austin Papers
(4 volumes, 1924-1928); and (with Amelia W. Williams) The
Writings of Sam Houston (8 volumes, 1938-1943) -
Long-current parallels between Barker, the "Father of Texas
History," and Austin, the "Father of Texas," and the deserved
identification of Dr. Barker as a superlative regional historian
contributed also to his recognition as a national historian. A
member of the American Historical Association, he served on its
executive council from 1915 to 1917 and from 1938 to 1941. He
was president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association in
1923, and a member of the editorial board of the Mississippi
Valley Historical Review from 1914 to 1917.
It has been said of Dr. Barker that "to know only the facts of
his academic career, devoid of his humanizing qualities, would be
to know him not at all." This statement is largely true, but for
those persons who were not so fortunate as to have been associated
with him personally, a recital of his accomplishments and con-
tributions to knowledge is a source of inspiration and at least
partial understanding. It also makes understandable the existence
of the beautiful Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center on the
University of Texas Campus, which was established in 1950 as
the only element on the campus ever to be given the name of a
living member of the University faculty.
In the minds of Texans and historians there developed a natural
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957, periodical, 1957; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/m1/431/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.