The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 398
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The seventy-fourth annual meeting of the Texas State Historical
Association will be held at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in Austin,
April 3o-May 2, 1970. Eleven sessions are planned for the meeting,
beginning with a Thursday evening program on Reconstruction in
Texas and concluding with the luncheon on Saturday. Dr. Rupert N.
Richardson, president of the Association, will give the address at the
Friday night dinner. The annual book auction will be held on Friday
afternoon, May 1. How about looking around for some good Texana
material to send in for the auction?
The Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University has announced
a number of archival acquisitions, including the papers of Isaac Van
Zandt, Texas envoy to the United States in 1842, and his son, Khleber
M. Van Zandt, Fort Worth banker and civic leader; the records of the
Ellwood Estates, dealing with the family and business matters of barbed
wire inventor Isaac Ellwood; the records of the Lone Star Land Com-
pany's activities in the South Plains from 1910 to 1954; and the records
of the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company.
In the fall of 1893, Owen Wister, then a Philadelphia lawyer and
fledgling short-story writer for Harper's, made a brief visit to Forts
Bowie and Grant in Arizona Territory, gathering material for a series
of stories. At Fort Bowie his guide was a Corporal Skirdin, who was
to emerge from Wister's memory nine years later as the hero of The
Virginian. Wister later wrote, "He seemed to me to be a sort of incar-
nation of my imaginary Virginian; he ratified my imagination." In the
spring of 1894 Wister returned to gather more material, to talk with
Corporal Skirdin again, and to take some photographs. The photo-
graphs have recently been acquired by the Arizona Pioneer's His-
torical Society, 949 East Second Street, Tucson. They depict daily life
at Fort Bowie, Fort Grant, and San Carlos, as well as other towns, stage
stations, and ranches.
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