The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 22, July 1918 - April, 1919 Page: 285

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The History of Texas in the World War.-By the advice and
request of the School of History of the University of Texas the
President and Regents of that institution made provision in Octo-
ber, 1918, for the collection and preservation of the records of
the State's activities in the Great War. Professor Milton R.
Gutsch, who had already built up a very comprehensive and val-
uable collection of war posters for the University Library, was
relieved temporarily of teaching duties and appointed to direct
the work. To carry out the undertaking successfully Mr. Gutsch
will need the assistance of local county and community com-
mittees throughout the State. One needs only to remember the
complaints almost constantly heard in the South that historians
have never done justice to the South's part in the making of the
nation to understand the supreme importance of making this col-
lection as complete as possible. History can only be written
from the authentic records of the past; and the State which neg-
lects to preserve its historical materials has no right to complain
of the partiality of the historian who fails to give it full credit
for its efforts and sacrifices. Indeed, no more lasting and fitting
monument to the patriotism of a community can be established
than to preserve fully and authentically the record of its work
in the war. It is the hope of the history teaching staff of the
University that the service record of every man who enlisted in
the State for any branch of the army and navy, as well as the
data for the history of the State's industrial, agricultural, finan-
cial, and social organization for the war can be obtained and
permanently preserved in the University Library.
To assist local committees and give them an idea of the com-
prehensive nature of the material desired, Professor Gutsch has
prepared the following suggestions:
1. Military Material: (a) Have questionnaires printed ex-
actly like the sample which will be furnished by the Director, one
for every man in the military or naval service of the United
States government.1 (b) Fill out the questionnaires. If pos-
IThe questionnaire indicates the scope of the biographical information
desired: NAME (in full). PHOTO: yes-no. Race (white, Indian or


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