The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985 Page: 408
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The Association will hold its ninetieth annual meeting in Austin,
March 6-8, 1986.
The Association will also sponsor a two-day conference on "Women
and Texas," on October 25-26, 1985, in Austin. Through lectures, audi-
ence participation, and workshops, the conference will focus on all as-
pects of women and the Texas experience. The primary purpose of the
conference will be to generate topics and authors for the revised Hand-
book of Texas. Certain aspects of Texas history and culture-women, re-
ligion, and the arts, for instance-were not given comprehensive treat-
ment in the old Handbook, and we hope to correct that problem in the
new edition. We want the new Handbook of Texas to contain an entry on
every significant aspect of women in the history of our state. Contact
George B. Ward at the Association for further information.
A conference on the black experience in Texas, similar to the one on
women, is now being planned by the Association. This meeting will also
be a forum for generating Handbook topics and authors. Through
meetings focused on specific topics and regions, the Association has
been filling the gaps in the old Handbook's coverage. As a result, the new
Handbook of Texas should have an entry on every important aspect of the
state's long and complex history.
The Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library was recently given a col-
lection of individual maps from the Pacific Railroad Surveys of the mid-
nineteenth century. The maps were the gift of Joseph R. Rubini, a spe-
cialist in internal medicine in Coral Gables, Florida, and they join the
thirteen-volume set already at the library as a gift from Mrs. John W.
Murphy of Tucson, Arizona. In 1853 and 1854 Congress authorized
the Pacific Railroad Surveys, which resulted in six expeditions that cov-
ered the country from Canada to Mexico. The work of these expedi-
tions was later compiled in Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain
the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippz
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