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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
As part of the grant, the Center will produce a general description of
the collection as a whole and of its microfiche reproduction, both to be
entered in several national bibliographic databases. The Center will
also publish a guide to the collection and make a microfiche reproduc-
tion of the 8,700 one-of-a-kind images, which will allow researchers to
inspect and select images for reproduction without having to handle
the original negative or print. Lawrence A. Landis, the Barker Center's
photographs archivist, will supervise the project; Claire Maxwell has
been employed to serve as project manager.
Some months back the Wall Street Journal opened an article with
Henry Ford's famous comment, "History is more or less bunk," and
then went on to lament that many corporations apparently agree with
Ford. It seems that in this era of cost cuts and restructuring, many cor-
porate archives are simply being carted off to the dump. This is, of
course, disastrous for historians but also for a corporation that may
need valuable data about its past sometime in the future. Given the
glum report in the Wall Street Journal, it was a pleasant surprise to hear
from Gerald D. Saxon, assistant director for special collections at the
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, that they have acquired the
papers of George Washington Armstrong, a prominent Texas business-
man. Armstrong made, and then lost in the 192os, a great fortune in
oil, steel, ranching, and other interests in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missis-
sippi. Beginning from scratch, he created a second fortune in many
of the same fields. His many business interests and his prolific writing
add up to approximately loo linear feet of material, including business
and personal correspondence (c. 1914-1976), contracts, invoices, his
published writings, deeds, scrapbooks, and other items. "Through his
papers," says Saxon, "a researcher can trace much of the economic
growth in Texas and the South during the first half of this century." For
more information contact Saxon at the UTA Libraries, P.O. Box 19497,
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