The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989 Page: 78
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Walter Prescott Webb (right)
on the Rio Grande during his
celebrated float trip through
Santa Elena Canyon in the Big
Bend in May, 1937. Courtesy
Mildred Webb Bugg.
helped to condition his frame of mind. Outwardly the antithesis of an
intellectual, his thinking on various aspects of life was much deeper
than that of most pseudo-intellects that seem to populate university
campuses. Moreover, he did not confine his energies to a narrow focus,
as his intellectual horizon seemed to have few limits. As a result of ex-
posure to his methods of thought, I had to do some heavy thinking be-
fore my research project was finished.
As with all professor-student relationships, a few items stand out.
Since my research was in a relatively uncharted area, the library was
not well stocked in books and materials relating to my project. When
apprised of this fact, Dr. Webb produced about sixty order forms,
signed them, and told me to order what was needed. I was impressed.
Obtaining his approval on your work was a little more difficult. First,
locating him was a problem in itself. As an individual who was con-
stantly in demand and, moreover, having a circle of old friends, he was
not always in his office. As a result of this factor, I relied on my friends,
who established a "Webb alert" network. When notified, I would dash
to his office hoping to catch him. Getting the completed chapters re-
turned was not an easy task either. On occasion, the waiting period
would extend over a period of weeks. His comments were to the point.
One chapter, in a cardboard box by his office, had the comment inside,
Here’s what’s next.
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