The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 611
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Many persons in Texas, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, were
aroused when the Mission Church of Ysleta near El Paso, built
about 1682 was destroyed in 1922. This started a movement by
the Knights of Columbus to form a "Committee on the Preserva-
tion of Historical Places in Texas," which finally led to the organ-
ization of the Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission.
After three years of organization the Catholic Archives of Texas
were established at St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas, un-
der the direction of Dr. Paul Foik. The archives began from
scratch. When Dr. Foik died in 1941 there had been acquired
70,000 photostat pages of Spanish and Mexican documents cover-
ing the years from 1519 to 188o. In addition there were collected
a large number of parish histories and ecclesiastical records. In
1948 the accumulated archives were transferred from St. Edward's
University to the Catholic Historical Society, Inc. This Society
was founded by the Bishop of Amarillo, His Excellency, Most
Rev. L. J. FitzSimon, who was a devoted collector of Texana.
The Archives were moved to Amarillo where they remained until
Bishop FitzSimon's death in 1958 when they were moved to their
present location in Austin in June of 1959.
Sister M. Claude Lane's acquaintance with the Archives had
an interesting beginning. While attending the Institute on Ar-
chival Management held at the University of Texas in the sum-
mer of 1960, she helped unpack the numerous cases of records
that had arrived from Amarillo. She then became the first full-
time archivist of the Catholic Archives of Texas. Little is generally
known of the history of the archives. No one was better qualified
than she was to write a concise history and description of them.
Thus this history became her thesis in partial fulfillment of a
master's degree in The University's Graduate School of Library
Science. She was responsible for the first authentic history of the
forty years of research done by the group of historians who cre-
ated the Catholic Archives of Texas. Her work opens the door for
scholars to this valuable collection of historical data, gathered
in this country and in Europe, pertaining not only to the history
of the Catholic Church, but also to the secular history of Texas
and the Southwest. In Chapter I she gives the origin, history and
scope of the Catholic Archives and the student's relationship to
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