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ods and fur fortunes. And Ralph E. Morrow, of Washington Univer-
sity, urged a closer look at the relationship between the breakdown of
organized religion and western development before 1850.
Other conference participants reported on a wide variety of topics.
Jules Zanger of Southern Illinois University and George Brooks of
the Missouri Historical Society explored frontier literature. Oscar O.
Winther of Indiana University analyzed the ever-changing transpor-
tation frontier; Donald Jackson, director of the University of Illinois
Press, gave the Spanish view of three early American entradas in the
Southwest; Preston Holder, a University of Nebraska anthropologist,
traced the evolution of Indian-white animosity in the Dakota country;
and historian Joe B. Frantz, raconteur of the University of Texas,
narrated his unsuccessful search for the cowboy's philosophy.
Three conferees discussed research materials. Herman R. Friis of the
National Archives and John C. Ewers of the Smithsonian Institution
called for fuller and more careful use of maps and illustrations in
publication, and Oliver W. Holmes of the National Historical Publi-
cations Commission summarized the history of the territorial manu-
scripts held by the federal government and recommended that the
states survey the territorial manuscripts they hold.
Professor McDermott has assembled the conference papers in a hand-
somely illustrated volume. Although the papers vary in length and
readability, all are provocative and some are brimful of "fresh in-
sights" into the great west.
University of Texas at Austin JOHN E. SUNDER
Western America in 1846-1847: The Original Travel Diary of Lieu-
tenant J. W. Abert who mapped New Mexico for the United
States Army. Edited by John Galvin. San Francisco (John Howell-
Books) , 1966, Pp. x+ 116. Illustrations, appendices, glossary, bib-
liography, maps, index. $7.5o.
This is a beautiful book. Not only collectors of Western Americana
but book lovers in general will delight in the results attained by the
editor and his publishers.
Lieutenant James W. Abert of the United States Topographical
Engineers, son of the long-time commander of the Topographical
Corps, crossed the plains from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe in 1846-
1847. Abert was one of the party of engineers assigned to serve with


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