The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 547
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The dust wrapper for the Chronicles has a bit of a plaint that
the bane of history writing in Texas is failure to utilize sufficient
primary materials. The inference should not be that the listings
in the book are themselves primary, for few of them could be so
considered. In the preparation of the work there was never any
intent to weigh the relative merit of entries, but in some cases
there is a key to relative scarcity of the imprints. The pagination
is given for books, but not for articles within books. This can
sometimes be misleading; Item 4204, for instance, numbers 5
pages, not 190o.
One of the excellent features of the Chronicles is the inclusion
of such a number of histories of Texas schools and colleges and of
approximately eighty-five local churches as distinct from studies
of denominations. Here again a check is revealing. Dallas County
is a populous county, and Big D is a city of churches; yet not one
history of a local Dallas church is entered. This is not the fault of
the bibliographer or the bibliography; either the histories have
not been written or they have not been contributed to libraries
for cataloging. Histories of various community corporate bodies
are listed, including a few Masonic lodges, but that particular
compilation is far from complete. As business history writing
receives more attention there will be more records of local insti-
tutions for future inclusion. Frank Tolbert's Neiman-Marcus,
Texas (New York, 1953) must be a valid entry for Dallas County.
It is a baffling fact of Texas geography that a Texas town is not
necessarily located in a county that bears the same name-Hous-
ton or Tyler or Rusk, for instance. Yoakum, alas, is not in Yoa-
kum County. This means that Item 4875 must be transferred
to DeWitt County. DeWitt County, however, must give up Items
1360, 1361, 1365, and 1366. Delete also Item 4080 from Sherman
For the Jenkins' file of addenda for which he solicits titles, I'll
suggest Edgar Rye, The Quirt and Spur; Vanishing Shadows of
the Texas Frontier (Chicago, 1909) for Shackelford County, and
Annie Lee Williams, A History of Wharton County, 1846-1961
(Austin, 1964). For the compiler there is congratulation that a
goal has been achieved; for the book there is a greeting: "Wel-
come to the shelf; you are needed!" LLERENA FRIEND
The University of Texas
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