The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992 Page: 526
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
American Collection with their complimentary collections made the
Center for American History a natural choice.
Association member William H. Morrow, a longtime collector of
Texana, has continued his generous donations to the center, a process
begun in 1982. Mr. Morrow's donations range in date from the 166o
manuscript will of Ana Maria Martin Fragosa to post-World War II
letters from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and include manuscripts,
broadsides, pamphlets, paintings, photographs, and maps. A native of
Snyder, Texas, Mr. Morrow first became interested in collecting Texas
books and manuscripts in 1930 when he attended UT Austin and took
J. Frank Dobie's then-new course "Life and Literature of the South-
west." Defining his collecting interests as "Texas history-at any time or
any place," Mr. Morrow's gifts to the Barker Center include such rare
and important documents as: "Ordinances Passed by the State Conven-
tion. Austin: 1861," a Texas Confederate imprint that documents the
organization of Texas as a Confederate state, and a 1779 letter from
then governor of Louisiana Bernardo de Galvez, after whom Galveston
Bay is named, referring to Indian hostilities in San Antonio and an
early Texas cattle drive. These are just a hint of the wonderful his-
torical materials that Mr. Morrow has shared with us all through the
Yet another significant acquisition is the Townsend Miller Collection,
documenting the life and work of the late Townsend Miller, a country
music critic and supporter who was perhaps best known for his country
music column in the Austin American-Statesman and for his support of
the "progressive country" music scene in Austin during the mid-197os.
In his many roles as collector, critic, promoter, and writer, Townsend
Miller amassed a collection of manuscript, printed, graphic, and audio
materials, including some 8,ooo sound recordings from the early 1920S
to 1989. This important collection joins the center's growing music col-
lections, including the archives of Austin's Armadillo World Headquar-
ters and Soap Creek Saloon, the Bill "Cowboy Rambler" Boyd Papers,
and the Texas Poster Art Collection, among others. For those inter-
ested in the history of music and the music industry in Texas and the
South, the Center for American History has become an imperative stop
on the research trail. For more information about the center and its
many collections, contact Don E. Carleton or Katherine J. Adams at the
Center for American History, Sid Richardson Hall, UT Austin, Austin
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 95, July 1991 - April, 1992, periodical, 1992; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117153/m1/602/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.