The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 546
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
inevitable the slips. So, DENTON and WILSON counties, be
not distressed; your entries are in; your names just got dealt out.
Several years ago when I read the manuscript of John Jenkins'
Recollections of Early Texas, with its really prodigious footnotes,
I recognized the author as an individual of parts and determina-
tion. His present multiplicity of interests as editor, author, pub-
lisher, merchandiser, and student confirms that first impression
and almost causes wonder at his undertaking a task that con-
fessedly calls for "physical endurance and mechanical drudgery."
The stream of local history items of Texana being unending as
it is, the author knew that between the time he assembled the
last pages of manuscript and read the first proof there would
already be new titles to be added. For the imposing number that
did get under the wire, librarians, researchers, and collectors of
Texana are grateful.
The listing, limited to "histories of local areas in Texas and
descriptions of local areas in Texas that appear as separate en-
tities," numbers 4,92o items plus general citations to a total of
5,04o entries. The illustrations, title pages of scarce or difficult-
to-obtain items of local history, are most appropriate. Appendices
I and II, population charts and cross indexes for towns and coun-
ties, are so helpful as to be brilliant inclusions. It does seem that
Appendix III and the index might be more speedily used were
the references to entry numbers rather than to page numbers.
The book can be revealing and challenging in fields wider than
the history of a specific area. Do not the entries from the Junior
Historian indicate the whereabouts of enterprising teachers of
Texas history who prod, pull, or praise their students into digging
into the past of their own terrain? Do the listings of special news-
paper editions reveal the editors with the imagination and per-
severance to sell the advertising and have their reporters dig into
the local scene more frequently than the occasion of the Texas
Centennial or the paper's Golden Anniversary? The paucity of
entries for some areas may merely reflect sparsity of population,
but it also reveals where digging is yet to be done. Listing of
items from such local and relatively recent publications as the
Texas Permian Historical Annual and the Navarro County Scroll
may inspire other areas to go and do likewise in the compilation
of local history.
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