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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
be cited in the first paragraph of Eldon Stephen Branda's introduc-
tion, and that the review copy would bear an inscription from him
stating that my article had encouraged him during almost a decade
of work on its preparation. It is a pleasure, but no surprise, to find
that the Supplement maintains the high standards of the original
Handbook, of which it becomes a third volume.
A work of reference that covers topics "from prehistoric times to the
present" can never be considered finished, for the "present" has slipped
into the past long before the manuscript is typed, much less printed.
The Dictionary of American Biography, sponsored by the American
Council of Learned Societies, was published in twenty volumes that
appeared between 1928 and 1936, yet in 1944 Supplement One was
issued, containing 652 memoirs of persons who had died before the end
of 1935 but too late for inclusion in alphabetical order. Three other
supplements have already dealt with subjects who died between 1936
and 1950, while a fifth covering the years 1951-1955 is in press, and
a sixth (1956-1960) is in active preparation. Similarly the Texas State
Historical Association began work on this Supplement in 1964 under
the late H. Bailey Carroll.
In 1967 when Branda was appointed editor, it was thought that a
slim volume might appear in a short time. But over nine years, as he
remarks, "the supplement just grew, like a child who wanted to be
as big as his parents."
Biographies of Texans who have exchanged this world for the next
in the past quarter of a century account for many pages. Presidents
Eisenhower and Johnson, Vice President Garner, "Ma" Ferguson,
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (Texan by birth) and Lieutenant
General Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (Texan by adoption) are
included, as is an account of the preservation of the Nimitz Hotel in
Fredericksburg, built in 1847 in the likeness of a steamship by the
admiral's grandfather. Letters and history are represented, among
others, by accounts of Roy Bedichek, Frank and Bertha Dobie and the
Paisano Ranch, Miss Ima Hogg and the Winedale Museum, Walter
Prescott Webb and the Friday Mountain Ranch. As the distinguished
scholar of English balladry, Hyder Edward Rollins, was born and
buried in Abilene, he is included, although the greater part of his
career was at Harvard. There is even a rogues' gallery for types like
Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. New Houston institutions as
diverse as the Astrodome and the Rothko Chapel are described.
As the Handbook serves as a historical gazetteer, articles have been
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