The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 49, July 1945 - April, 1946 Page: 23
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Lester Gladstone Bugbee
that Professor Sloane of Columbia University, had called his
attention to the article in the San Antonio Express. In reply,
Bugbee sent him, from the Austin Papers, some sample pages
of the diary of Moses Austin on his journey from Virginia to
Missouri in 1796-97. Jameson accepted the diary with unwonted
enthusiasm in a letter of February 4, 1899. Bugbee was to send
him the remaining pages, and presumably was to edit the
document for the Review. For some reason, however, it was
edited by Professor Garrison and appeared in the Review of
It is necessary now to turn again to Bugbee's work in and
for the University. I have spoken of his teaching and writing
and of his agency in acquiring the Bexar Archives. According
to the hierarchical practice of the period, instructors were not
assigned to faculty committees. Pending promotion to the rank
of adjunct professorship, therefore, he had to find employment
for his few spare moments in other directions. He edited the
section of Alumni Notes in the University Record and headed
an unsuccessful movement to establish an alumni fellowship.
Then, in 1897, he became secretary and treasurer of the Texas
State Historical Association, and, according to my own recollec-
tion, never had another idle moment. After his promotion in
1900, he was appointed to a heavy quota of standing committees:
on University Bulletins (serving also on the editorial board of
the University Record), on Forensics and Oratory, Catalogue,
Schedule, and Sick Students. Later, he and John A. Lomax
assumed the management of Brackenridge Hall, which was
then the prize problem of University administration. Mr.
Lomax's recollection of that experiment and his appreciation
of Bugbee's extraordinary qualities of leadership are much too
good to condense and too long to incorporate here; therefore
I have annexed his statement as a separate article. I should
add, for the sake of chronology, that Bugbee was actually in
charge of the Hall for only a few months, though his ideas no
doubt ruled much longer. He wrote, in a letter of July 27, 1900:
"Prof. Houston and I are getting 'chummy'; he came to see
me a day or two ago and we talked over the B. Hall situation.
He is really sensible - that is, he accepted my ideas about the
Hall and has gone to work to put them into practical operation."
Evidently, however, Houston did not possess the magic touch
that was needed. On January 2, 1901, Bugbee wrote: "B. Hall
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