The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 13
The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software:
Edward Dixon Westfall
This was his intention, but it seems to have become lost in the
writing. The journals reveal him as a good man, who worked at
the day-by-day business of making a living, of broadening his
knowledge, and of being as good a citizen as he knew how to be.
There is no glamorizing and no false romanticizing of the times
in his journals. What they do present is a picture of a man one
would like to have had as a neighbor and friend, an honest busi-
nessman who would have dealt fairly, and certainly librarians
would have enjoyed him as a patron. He was a generous man. The
books and the library building he gave to the citizens of San
Antonio attest to that fact. Through his journals one can see or
glimpse the man behind the gift.
So much of history has come down to the current world through
letters and journals, but perhaps the present generation does not
need to rely on personal journals to record current events. Hun-
dreds of books on every activity and event are being printed each
month. Printed materials are being microfilmed for more efficient
preservation as well. To take one example: Why should a farmer
record presently each day's weather when United States Weather
Bureau records, almanacs, and newspapers are available to all
those who need weather data?
There may still be reasons, however, for keeping a journal.
Perhaps society is losing something of value when individuals
express their thoughts and observations only by the telephone, the
memo, or in casual conversation. Newspapers and books do not
record completely present reactions to the times, or to the minutiae
and trivia of daily living which might well become of interest
to forthcoming historians. The current generation might think
more deeply and observe more closely, were it to consider that a
generation yet unborn might read present journals and learn how
it was to live in the 1960's and thereby judge more adequately
the texture of current citizens.
Here’s what’s next.
This issue can be searched. Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document.
Citing and Sharing
Basic information for referencing this web page. We also provide extended guidance on usage rights, references, copying or embedding.
Reference the current page of this Periodical.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965, periodical, 1965; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/m1/33/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.