The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 414
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The Handbook of Texas
The revised Handbook of Texas project has recently taken on an
important new dimension. Earlier I mentioned that the University of
Texas, Austin, and Texas Tech University had joined in the work as
cosponsors and that each is funding a senior editor. Over the past three
months Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas Medi-
cal Branch, Southwest Texas State University, Lamar University, Ste-
phen F. Austin State University, North Texas State University, and
the Institute of Texan Cultures have also accepted invitations to be-
come cosponsors. The first six of these institutions will fund research
assistants to work in the Association's office on the revision. These uni-
versities will either send one of their own graduate students or, through
an interinstitutional transfer of funds, provide financial assistance for
a graduate student. The Institute of Texan Cultures does not have
graduate students, but assignments in research and writing will be done
by the staff for the project.
From the very beginning of the conception of the revised edition, it
has been seen as a statewide project because the work deals with every
part of Texas. It is our intent to include everything significant, regard-
less of the field of interest, about the state. To accomplish that goal, of
course, means that the authorities who prepare the articles will repre-
sent all areas of Texas and many institutions. The widening base of
cosponsorship will strengthen and improve the final product, making
the Handbook a work of the first importance. The growing cosponsor-
ship also emphasizes recognition of the significance of Texas studies by
our institutions of higher learning. With the sesquicentennial of the
Texas Revolution in sight, in 1986, and with the sesquicentennial of the
annexation of Texas not far behind in 1995-the publication date of
the revised Handbook-it is entirely appropriate that all Texas institu-
tions commit themselves to a program of awareness of our history and
culture. We hope and anticipate that other colleges and universities
will join in as cosponsors.
The Handbook is projected to be published in six volumes in 1995.
Many people wonder why it will take so long. The revised edition will
contain 40,000-50,000 entries, and will fill some 6,ooo printed pages.
Whole areas not touched in the present excellent three volumes will be
included. The revised Handbook is, essentially, a long-term project of
research and development and it is important to understand that. But
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