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Noteworthy among the digitized maps is John Melish's Map of the Unit-
ed States with the Contiguous British and Spanish Possessions, published by
James Emlayson, 1823. Richard Bruce Winders, historian and curator at
the Alamo, observed, "No other map defines the geography of North
America in 1820o as well as the Melish; it sets the stage for the colonization
of Texas, the Republic Period, and the subsequent war with Mexico."
Other maps of interest are Samuel Augustus Mitchell's A New Map of
Texas, Oregon and California with the Regions Adjoining, 1846, and William
H. Emory's Map of the Territory of the United States from the Mississippi to the
Pacific Ocean, i854-57. Also included in the digitization project are two
1838 land surveys by John W. Smith, the last messenger from the Alamo
and the first mayor of San Antonio.
The Tobin Map Collection is a tribute to Robert Tobin's personal
knowledge of maps and their influence on historical events. Library di-
rector Elaine Davis commented, "The Tobin Map Collection is a fitting
tribute to Mr. Tobin's keen interest in historical cartography and his fam-
ily's full Texas heritage."
TSHA member Arnoldo De Le6n has sent us his annual update on
works in Tejano history.
Numerous topics outside their traditional field of history attracted the
interest of scholars over the last year or so, among them education, mu-
sic, sports, and geography. Carlos Kevin Blanton, for instance, wrote "The
Strange Career of Bilingual Education: A History of the Political and Ped-
agogical Debate Over Language Instruction in American Public Educa-
tion, 1890-1970" (Ph.D. diss., Rice University, 1999); Guadalupe San
MiguelJr. branched out from his own specialization in education to write
about music in Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century (Col-
lege Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002) ;Jorge Iber continued his
interest in sports, publishing "Becoming Raiders Rojos: Using Sport to
Claim Hispanic 'Space' at Texas Tech Union," West Texas Historical As-
sociation Yearbook, 77 (2oo01), as well as "Mexican Americans of South
Texas Football: The Athletic and Coaching Careers of E. C. Lerma and
Bobby Cavazos, 1932-1965," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, 105 (Apr.,
2002); and the noted cultural geographer Daniel D. Arreola added an-
other work to his long list of articles on Tejanos with Tejano South Texas: A
Mexican Cultural Province (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002).
Tejano political activity and interest were covered in several articles, in-
cluding William Clayson, "'The Barrios and the Ghettos Have Organized':
Community Action, Political Acrimony, and the War on Poverty in San
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