The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 163

Texas Collection

The West Texas Historical Association Year Book (October,
1961), contains articles by S. S. McKay, "John Nance Garner,"
Margery Taylor, "The Establishment and Early History of the
Abilene State School," Curtis S. Manley, "Early Background and
Break-up of the Matador Ranch," Charles Kenner, "John Hittson
Cattle King of West Texas," C. Richard King, "Lillie Langtry in
Texas," Ralph A. Smith, " 'Long' Webster and 'The Vile Industry
of Selling Scalps,' " Roy Sylvan Dunn, "Drouth in West Texas,
1890-1894," Grover C. Ramsey, "Camp Melvin, Crockett County,
Texas," John Thomas Duncan (ed.), "Some Civil War Letters of
D. Port Smythe," and Odie B. Faulk (trans. and ed.), "A Descrip-
tion of the Comanche Indians in 1786 by the Governor of Texas."
The Value of Business History in Oilfinding by Wallace E. Pratt
was published in August, 1961, by the Gulf Coast Historical Asso-
ciation as Volume V, No. 2 of their Publications Series.
April lo, 1962, will long be remembered by librarians and his-
torians as the day that Texans realized a "dream come true" with
the dedication of the magnificent new $2,500,000 Archives and
Library Building. The impressive ceremony was witnessed by
more than 850 persons, representing most areas of the state,
according to Dorman H. Winfrey, director-librarian. Present as
a part of the crowd were the white-uniformed Ross Volunteers
of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, the Long-
horn Band from the University of Texas, and dignitaries who were
introduced by C. Stanley Banks, a distinguished member of the
Association, at the podium. Banks, of San Antonio, who acted
as master of ceremonies, is chairman of the Texas Library and
Historical Commission. The building also houses the General
Land Office, under direction of Commissioner Jerry Sadler.
Texas Library and Archives Building is something more than
"just another of the beautiful and functional buildings of the
capitol complex"-it is a shrine to thousands of Texans who re-
fused to believe that citizens wanted their Library and Archives
given a "third-rate" treatment. Henceforth the proud heritage of
Texas will be safe from the elements, and library-service has a
dignified focal point that compares with the finest in the nation.


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