The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 112
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
property was the home of Charles Stillman, who founded Browns-
ville in 1848, great-grandfather of Chauncey Stillman, who made
The following officers have been elected to serve the Browns-
ville Historical Association during 1958: President, H. L. Stokely,
147 East ioth Street; Treasurer, Edward Valent, 1501 East Madi-
son; Secretary, Mrs. Harbert Davenport, 542 East Washington.
Professor Walter P. Webb, executive council member, former
director of the Association and editor of the Quarterly from 1938
to 1946, was elected president of the American Historical Asso-
ciation at its December meeting in New York City. A University
of Texas graduate, Dr. Webb has taught at the University since
1918, except for a year at the University of London (1938) and
a year at Oxford (1942-1943) as a visiting lecturer.
Newsweek magazine (January 13, 1958) had these comments
on Professor Webb's teaching at the University:
When Dr. Webb gets an idea for a book, he organizes a graduate
seminar on the subject. He and his students research the field. "But
pure research technique doesn't interest me," he says. "I want them to
get ideas." After he has taught the seminar for five or more years, he
may feel ready to write. When the book is finished, the seminar is
turned into an undergraduate course and he is ready to take on an-
As a teacher, Dr. Webb is regarded by J. Frank Dobie, a
scholarly Western historian in his own right, as "very stimulating,"
and his former students today may be found in many history depart-
ments across the country. Presumably some of them caught Webb's
own idea of what makes a good teacher.
Professor Webb is presently at work on a book dealing with
the history of the American West since the Civil War. Other
works have included The Great Plains, The Texas Rangers,
Divided We Stand, The Great Frontier, and More Water for
Texas. He was editor-in-chief of the Association's Handbook of
The American Council of Learned Societies has made a special
$1o,ooo award to Dr. Webb "in recognition of distinguished schol-
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