The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 220
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
ana Territory. It is obvious that the rules followed in the earlier
volumes of the series are being enforced more strictly, and
that new ones are being adopted to conserve space. In the first
place, previously published papers are not generally republished.
This is a policy which seems very unobjectionable, and yet it
means that the student must search through many volumes pub-
lished by many agencies and not equally available if he is to
find all the documents relating to the field. Perhaps the most
serious omission in these volumes is the Executive Journal of
Indiana Territory. In the introduction the editor uses nearly a
page to call attention to a considerable number of volumes which
contain other material not included in these volumes. In the
second place, the omission of papers relating to Indian affairs,
particularly those concerning the difficulties centering around
Tecumseh, and those concerning the War of 1812 seems quite
unfortunate because it leaves an important gap in the history
of the Territory of Indiana. In contrast every extant letter
relating to the extension of the postal service, and the papers
concerning the administration of the public lands, except much
purely routine correspondence, have been published in these
volumes. Still other papers which "are purely cumulative in
effect" are omitted. This very likely is a very defensible policy
but it is possible that the cumulative effect may be an impor-
tant consideration to the historian. Nearly one-half of a page
(I, 184) is required to list acts which have been omitted, but
which concern the same general subject as the act which is
published. The footnotes have had to bear their share in the
process of economy. Biographical sketches and cross references
have been omitted. The extensive indexes prevent the latter
from being objectionable, but the former, no doubt, will be
missed by many who have found them very useful in the pre-
viously published volumes. It is not always easy to understand
why certain documents are included under the announced rules
and why others are omitted. An instance is the reprinting of
the enabling act for the formation of the state government,
which has been printed more than once and which is fairly
available. In contrast is the omission of the journal of the con-
stitutional convention, which was published in a little known
and generally inaccessible volume.
These critical remarks are not intended to reflect unfavorably
upon the significance of this publication or upon the splendid
work of the editor, but merely to call attention to the possi-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942, periodical, 1942; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/m1/234/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.