The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 354
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
preservation, and publication of the materials" especially relating
to Texas.' Basically the Association has followed the original
purpose and objective ever since.
Almost half the persons invited showed up that March 2. A con-
stitution was adopted, and former Governor O. M. Roberts was
named president. Four vice-presidents, a librarian, a secretary-
treasurer, and a fifteen-member executive council were chosen.
Membership dues were $2.oo.2
Two months later-on May 28-the Executive Council met
and set June 17, 1897, as the date for the first annual meeting.
At the annual meeting four hundred more persons joined.
Secondary purposes were announced: (1) to stimulate produc-
tion of historical matter for presentation at meetings and to
publish such materials as fast as finances permitted; and (2)
to gather private manuscripts, to arrange for their suitable
housing in proper vaults, and to work for a library and museum
as expeditiously as possible.3
In 1902 the date of the annual meeting was moved from June
to April 21 to help celebrate San Jacinto Day and not inciden-
tally to coincide with meetings of the Veterans of San Jacinto
and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas held that year in
Lampasas.4 In 1905 the date was again changed to March 2
"because of the special fitness of this day for the occasion.""
By the time the Association had passed its first decade and a
half, its leadership began to feel that the word "Texas" in the
title of its journal was too restrictive for a publication repre-
senting an area whose natural boundaries don't stop at state
lines. Consequently at the March 2, 1912 meeting the name of
The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association was
changed to The Southwestern Historical Quarterly to "enable
the Association to enlarge the scope of the Quarterly by publish-
ing material on other portions of the Southwest. This, it is hoped,
'Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, I (July, 1897), 71.
'Ibid., 71, 73.
'Ibid., V (April, 19o2), 357.
"Ibid., IX (April, 1906), 289.
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