The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 116
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come. The thoughtfulness and the generosity of Mr. and Mrs.
Carpenter are much appreciated and their wholly unselfish act
may well serve as a splendid example for others to follow.
Numerous comments have been received on the timeliness of
the selections printed in the documentary section of the Associa-
tion's sixty-second annual meeting program. The speeches of
Judge T. S. Henderson, chairman of the board of regents, and
President Sidney E. Mezes on the occasion of the twenty-fifth
anniversary of the University of Texas reviewed the problems of
education in Texas in 1908 and projected a possible blueprint
for the University of the future. Particular attention was drawn
to the following quotation from Mezes' address because of its
relationship to the role and work of the Association:
Universities already send out bulletins containing valuable infor-
mation stated in readily comprehensible terms. The future will no
doubt see many bulletins issued to one that now appears, and will
see a growingly successful effort at stating facts and conclusions so
plainly and briefly as to place them at the easy disposal of the average
And another function of the University will certainly be to spread
knowledge that has been gathered not by ourselves, but by others.
In public reports and documents, in the proceedings of learned so-
cieties, in the discussions and reports of philanthropic bodies, to
mention but a few sources, exist, as far as the average man is en-
tombed, a literally countless number of facts and conclusions of the
greatest value. Why does it not fall within the legitimate role of a
state university to convey to the people these highly useful items of
Clearly the Association is one agency that is fulfilling Mezes'
prophecy of fifty years ago. Through the publication of the Quar-
terly, the Junior Historian, and frequent monographs, valuable
and often priceless facts of state and local development that might
otherwise have been irretrievably lost have been launched into the
main stream of Texas and national history. In addition, the Asso-
ciation has become a clearing house for historical information
and, in co-operation with various archival institutions and local
organizations, a preserver of the irreplaceable documentary
sources of the state's history. The operations and accomplishments
of the Association in the wide dissemination of contributions to
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