The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 284
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Texas. Their correspondence reposes in the archives of the State,
but to a busy man manuscript archives bound with a lot of red
tape are not very handy. I-ow different it is in these respects in
many of the other States, that in size, wealth and population by
no means equal our State, is shown by the number of volumes
published by those States and the long lists of publications de-
voted to local and State history put forth by their historical and
patriotic societies. They display thrift in the utilization (one is
almost tempted to say exploitation) of their materials for local
and State history from which Texans could get invaluable sug-
The materials for the study of the Civil War are notoriously
much more complete in the Northern States than in the Southern
States. What the result has been upon the histories of that war
is also well known to those who have had the patience to read
them. The Southern States emerged from that contest at a great
disadvantage as regards obtaining the historical data to illus-
trate their side. If the Northern States make a better showing
of the part they played in the winning of the present war, it
will be because they have given greater and more systematic at-
tention to the records of their participation and to their greater
promptness in appropriating sufficient funds for employing the
necessary agencies required to collect, arrange, publish and pre-
serve those records. "History is a matter of record, made up of
facts, not opinions and theories alone. If the historian cannot
find the record, his account must be mythical; if he finds only
a part, his account is likely to be distorted, be his intentions ever
so honest." Or to quote the words of a French scholar: "His-
tory is studied from documents. Documents are the traces which
have been left by the thoughts and actions of men in former
times. There is no substitute for documents: no documents, no
E. W. W.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919, periodical, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117156/m1/299/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.