The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995 Page: 138
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Great Britain, and Mexico, as well as records concerning government ex-
hibits at various international expositions held in the western United
Publication of this initial volume will alert readers to the research po-
tential of these records and assist in their location, whether in the Wash-
ington, D.C., area or in microfilm form in regional archives. Two more
volumes of the guide are being prepared for publication. Part II, cover-
ing the records of the Department of Justice for the territorial period, is
scheduled to appear later this year, while Part III, on the records of the
Department of Agriculture, should be available by mid-1995. Additional
volumes will be issued periodically thereafter.
The Trans-Mississippi West, I804-1912, Part I: A Guide to Records of the
Department of State for the Territorial Period is available in softcover for
$8.oo (plus $3.00 shipping and handling) from the National Archives
Trust Fund, P.O. Box 100793, Atlanta, Georgia 30384. For a catalog of
other National Archives publications, call 301/763-1891.
James Ward Lee, the director of the Center for Texas Studies at the
University of North Texas, is well known for his humorous speeches and
articles, eleven of which are included in Texas, My Texas (Denton: Uni-
versity of North Texas Press; $9.95, paper). Five appear for the first time
in this collection, including "Sidekicks" and "Old-Time Buryings." "You
can't be a hero if you don't have a sidekick," opines Lee in the former,
"and we may have overlooked the sidekicks as we have written our histo-
ries of the world. Now it's time to give them their due" (p. 42). Receiv-
ing their due are the likes of George "Gabby" Hayes, "Smiley" Burnett
(a.k.a. Frog Milhouse), Walter Brennan, Slim Pickens, Andy Devine, and
Chill Wills, who were sidekicks to more famous Western stars like
William Boyd, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. "Old-Time Buryings" recalls
a past when funerals across the South were "homemade," the duty of
friends and relatives. "Customs made the preparations doleful but loving
rituals, touched often with maudlin sentimentality" (p. 87).
Also available from North Texas is A Month of Sundays ($16.95, pa-
per), a generous sampling of Kent Biffle's picturesque, humorous, and
sometimes quirky "Texana" columns in the Sunday Dallas Morning News.
Biffle claims to have the "world's best job," prowling "the four corners,
well, the eight or ten corners of Texas" (pp. ix-x) for columns. Texas?
What Do You Know About the Lone Star State? by Archie P. McDonald (Fort
Worth: Texas Christian University Press; $12.95 paper) provides ques-
tions and answers on Texas history, politics, sports, and much more.
These two titles would make a nice gift for any fan of the Lone Star
State's colorful past.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 98, July 1994 - April, 1995, periodical, 1995; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101216/m1/166/: accessed March 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.