The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978 Page: 92
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
This is no longer news, but we can't help repeating: The Handbook
of Texas: A Supplement has been published. After thirteen years which
witnessed a regular reshuffling of schedules and calendars, this 1,150-
page addition to the original two volumes published under the aegis of
Walter Prescott Webb and H. Bailey Carroll is now a bibliographical
fact, is being ordered, and is already in use.
For what comfort he could get, the director looked back over issues
of the Quarterly in the late 1940s and early 1950s to catch a glimpse of
the problems encountered in getting the first two volumes through the
front door and out into the light. One set of paragraphs that struck
him was written by Carroll in October, 1952, in which Carroll listed
those people who had served as staff writers, and had utilized their as-
sociation to achieve a Ph.D. degree. In the intervening quarter-century,
several have gone on to be stanchions of the TSHA or otherwise nota-
ble. Robert W. Amsler is one of the veteran professors at the University
of Texas at Arlington. Seymour V. Connor of Texas Tech University
and Dorman H. Winfrey of the Texas State Library have been presi-
dents of the Association. Betty Brooke Eakle, now Mrs. Dobkins, wrote
a solid book on Spanish water rights and has been in considerable de-
mand as an expert witness in Indian water and land claims. William
C. Pool is probably the senior professor of history at Southwest Texas
State University, both from a standpoint of time and service and from
the amount he has haid published. Merrill F. Rippy taught in Texas
colleges and universities before moving on to glory in the field of Latin
American studies in the Midwest. David M. Vigness is the long-time
chairman of the Department of History at Texas Tech, while his wife,
Winifred W., has been extremely active in teaching and other pursuits
Then look at these other names of students who contributed articles
to the first two volumes: Elmer Flaccus, Jack Gunn, John R. Whitaker
(deceased), W. W. White, Robert Lee Williamson (also deceased), and
Ernest R. May (one of the big names in the Department of History at
Harvard). Llerena B. Friend grew from an editorial assistant to the
librarian of the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center and a profes-
sor at the University of Texas at Austin.
The first two volumes had a Handbook Advisory Council, most of
which reads like a necrology. But what a line-up! Eugene C. Barker,
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 81, July 1977 - April, 1978, periodical, 1977/1978; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101205/m1/110/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.