The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 551
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no conflicts have arisen or appear in prospect. The Association
membership has always been open to all sufficiently interested
in the historic past of Texas to pay dues; we have always
been democratic and at least mildly evangelical. Texans should
pause to consider that if each member of the Association would
secure one new member, the Association would become the
largest in the nation in point of membership.
Probably no state historical group exceeds the Association
in the degree to which amateur historians are enlisted and
made a functioning part of its program. The Association
pioneered in Junior Historian work, and Dr. Alexander recog-
nizes this, saying: "The work among high school clubs in
Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York is yielding valuable results
and should be studied and emulated in other states."
Financial support of the Association is not adequate, although
we are not at all in distressing circumstances. We are financially
sound because expenditures are so carefully balanced against
income. Dr. Barker explains that the Association has existed
for decades on a policy of "nickel-nursing." With a larger
income the Association's services could be increased quite
Augmented income would make it possible to expand the size
of the Quarterly and the Junior Historian and to enlarge our
book publishing program. As we increase these services we
tend to become more alive, more active, and of greater value
to the people of Texas.
By way of summarizing the historical situation in Texas
Dr. Alexander says, "Texans revere their state and stand up
for it against all other states, and Texans know their history
and have strong historical organizations keeping it before the
Evaluation of the Association by the Executive Council,
the membership, and the citizens of Texas is highly desirable.
The Winter, 1944-1945, American Scholar contains an article
by Ruth and Edward Brecher entitled "Footprints on the Sands
of Time: The Dictionary of American Biography," which is of
value for its own worth as well as that of its subject matter.
The article besides presenting the history of the D.A.B. project,
which has been called by critics "a pageant of America," "a
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