The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 82, July 1978 - April, 1979 Page: 428
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Since its founding in 1897, the Association has been closely linked to
the University of Texas and that important institution has always pro-
vided the physical home and intellectual environment for the TSHA.
Both have profited immensely from the connection. During the early
1940s the University strengthened its commitment to the Association by
establishing a department called Research in Texas History. This de-
partment played a vital role in enabling the Association to produce the
Handbook of Texas and to develop the Junior Historian program as
we know it today.
The Association, lacking an endowment, would never have gotten
beyond the Quarterly and the annual meeting functions without the
financial aid of the University and the moral support of the history de-
partment. Thus the Association and the cause of Texas history owe the
University a great debt of gratitude and all of us should recognize that
At the same time, however, the Association has served the University
well. It has played an important role in bringing historical materials to
the institution. The Quarterly and annual meeting have served as out-
lets for the work of UT scholars. The Handbook of Texas provided a
training ground for many graduate students to learn the methods of
historical research and editing. The Junior Historian program brings
hundreds of the state's brightest youngsters to the campus every year or
so, many of whom eventually become UT students.
But the Association serves another vital function for the University.
It provides an outlet through which the University can serve its con-
stituency, the people of Texas, with a viable organ committed to con-
tinually holding the long, varied, and diverse history of this state before
its citizens. For the University to do otherwise would be a failure in its
Until September, 1978, the University funded the Department of
Research in Texas History through what is simply called Organized
Research, a kind of umbrella embracing many different categories of
activities. Money for Organized Research comes both from legislative
appropriated funds and from the University Available Fund, income
derived from the Permanent University Fund (approximately 2,100,000
acres of land and cash and securities). Until recently the funds were
commingled. Two years ago the legislature cut the appropriated funds
for Organized Research and in order to maintain the high level of fund-
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