The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982 Page: 344
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
made of the historic photographs through the years-the first student
body, the first Aggie band (1894), the first football team (1894), the
Corps of Cadets (many photos), the physical growth of the campus, the
tiny railroad station, the first aerial view of the campus (1917), the
A8&M "shopping center" (1921), Sbisa Hall, various agricultural and
forestry activities, athletic teams and athletes, recipients of distin-
guished alumni awards, and personalities prominent in the history
of the school.
Extensive and well-written, Dethloff's narrative follows the history
of the institution from the struggles of the early years and the turn of
the century through World War I, growth in the twenties and thirties,
World War II, and the challenges and changes of the postwar decades.
He points to the significant role of the Corps in establishing Aggie
traditions-Silver taps, the Twelfth Man, the Aggie muster-with
emphasis on the outstanding contribution to the nation's military
effort in two world wars.
Margaret C. Berry's The University of Texas: A Pictorial Account
of Its First Century, while not quite as well organized as the A&M
story, follows essentially the same pattern, with less emphasis on narra-
tive history. A project inspired by the late Harry H. Ransom, it seems
to me that perhaps the Berry book can best be described as an elongat-
ed and expanded edition of The Cactus, the UT yearbook, in which
the photographic history of the University is charted from its meager
beginnings in 1883 to the present day. Berry divides her book into
"chapters," beginning with the Austin environs of the University and
including sections on the campus; building development; the regents;
the faculty and administration; student activities; ex-students; seals,
signs, symbols, and statues; unforgettable incidents; libraries and spe-
cial collections; and, finally, laboratories, museums, and centers. The
more than one thousand photographs of persons, places, and events
are all significant, but it seems to me that the heart of the book has to
be the section on the faculty and the administration. It is a section
where the reader and viewer finds pictures of the legendary giants of
yesteryear-men and women who gave a life of service to the institu-
tion they loved. Further along, the history of Longhorn athletics can
be traced from their origin in 1892 through the two-decade reign of
Collectively, these two noteworthy publications represent a monu-
mental contribution to the history of higher education in Texas and
the nation. It matters little whether you wear the Maroon and White
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 85, July 1981 - April, 1982, periodical, 1981/1982; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101208/m1/390/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.