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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
an "intimate connection." The Association's constitution requires that
the director be connected with the University of Texas.'
The director of the Association, who is also the editor of the South-
western Historical Quarterly, has always been a member of the history
department at the University. The "intimate connection" Garrison
noted is very evident in the direct lineal descendancy, figuratively
speaking, that has marked the directorship of this learned society. Gar-
rison's successor, Eugene C. Barker, had been his student. Walter P.
Webb, H. Bailey Carroll, and Joe B. Frantz all studied under Barker,
and Webb served as Carroll's and Frantz's major professor and mentor.
I took courses from Webb and Frantz, and the latter was my mentor.
Probably no other learned society in America has seen the director-
ship pass through such a scholarly kinship that spans an eighty-eight
As a member of the history faculty, the director enjoys a prestige that
he would not otherwise have. Faculty status gives the director an access
to the rest of the faculty at the University and to the scholarly world
that is most useful to the individual and important to the Association.
In 1941 President Homer P. Rainey, at Walter P. Webb's request, set up
the Department of Organized Research in Texas History (now called
the Center for Studies in Texas History). Through this department the
University provided financial support to the Association, enabling
Webb, the new director, to launch both the original Handbook project
and the Junior Historian program.'
The TSHA also plays an important role in the University's life by
serving a vast constituency-the people of Texas-in a way that the
University could not do otherwise, i.e., by the promotion of Texas stud-
ies through a learned society. President Rainey recognized that fact,
and for that reason he authorized funding for the Department of Or-
ganized Research in Texas History. He realized the intellectual stimula-
tion that would result from such support and also the benefit of good
rapport with the public that would come to the University as a result.
Texans probably have more interest in the history of their state than
many other Americans have in theirs. The Quarterly, the Junior Histo-
'"The Organization and Objects of the Texas State Historical Association," Quarterly of
the Texas. State Ha topical A.soiathon, I (July, 1897), 71-74 (this journal is cited hereafter as
QTSHA); TSHA Constitution, TSHA files (TSHA, 2.307 Sid Richardson Hall, University of
Texas, Austin). Garrison's quotation is used in Don E. Carleton and Katherine J. Adams, "'A
Work Peculiarly Ourt Own': Origins of the Barker Texas History Center, 1883-1950," South-
western Historical Quarterly, LXXXVI (Oct., 1982), 200 (the Quarterly is cited hereafter as SHQ).
'Walter Prescott Webb to Homer P. Rainey, May 28, 1940, University of Texas President's
Office Records, Department of History (Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center, University of
Texas, Austin); Rainey to Webb, June 5, 1940, ibid.
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