The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 404
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where the human being was concerned. All this kindness was covered
with an austerity that made familiarity impossible, even with his
intimates. He was a master of brevity, rarely used a surplus word, and
because of his taciturnity he inspired awe.
On October 24, 1956, the Dallas Morning News carried in an
Barker remained to spend his whole writing and teaching life in
the state that gave him birth and the university of which he was so
essentially a part. ... Barker's Life of Stephen F. Austin must rank
high with the definitive biography of all time.
The University of Texas has had no greater figure in the field of
historical letters, no more beloved faculty member, no finer example
of all that is best in man and teacher.
At the dedication of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center
on April 27, 1950, Dr. Herbert Gambrell had the following to
say about Dr. Barker:
Through more than half a century, without striving for it, he has
been achieving immortality. Both because of what he has written and
because of the disciples who have been attracted to him and who have
caught his spirit of integrity and patient and honest work, Eugene C.
Barker probably will live longer than any contemporary historian
of this region. This is not what he set out to do; not even what he
thought he was doing. It has come about because he is a symbol of
something that transcends himself. And it is "that something" that he
symbolizes that will be perpetuated in this Eugene C. Barker Texas
History Center, a living monument whose usefulness will increase
with the years and become literally the lengthening shadow not merely
of a man but of a man's integrity and character and work.
... a man comes to resemble what he knows and loves best. Of
Stephen F. Austin he [Dr. Barker] wrote a decade and a half ago:
"I know him better than I know my friends and companions in daily
association." I wonder if you can see shining through his evaluation
of the Father of Texas a glimpse of the man who wrote it?
I know him as a quiet kindly gentleman, loyal to those who were
loyal to him and generous toward those who obstructed and opposed
him. . . His natural disposition was frank and impulsive, but his
position ... made it necessary for him to guard his tongue and curb
his feelings, so that to some of the men of his own time he seemed ...
cold. He could not afford the luxury of warm friendships because such
indulgence would expose him to the suspicion of partiality. He must
treat all alike.
Inevitably he was lonely, and, as a lonely man must, he thought
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/433/: accessed February 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.