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Jay A. Matthews, Jr.

MILITARY HISTORY OF THE WEST. Military History of the West began in 1961 as a quarterly journal published in Austin by the National Guard Association of Texas. It was first published under the title Texas Military History and edited by Maj. Jay A. Matthews, Jr. H. Bailey Carroll was an early contributor; associate editors included Alwyn Barr, David Gracy, James Day, and Jimmy Skaggs. The journal was distributed to all units of the Texas National Guard; to historical associations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana; to history departments of colleges and universities in those states; and to subscribers. In the late 1960s the board of directors of the National Guard Association of Texas assigned all proprietary rights to the publication to the editor, who continued the journal under the title Military History of Texas and the Southwest. The first issue under the new title was Number 1 of Volume 9, 1971; the National Guard Association and the McAdams Foundation were listed as patrons. With Volume 19 the journal became Military History of the Southwest, a biannual publication of the University of North Texas history department. With Volume 22 the journal became Military History of the West, published in cooperation with the National Guard Association of Texas. Publication became annual with Volume 33 under editors Richard Lowe, Ronald Marcello, and Jane Tanner. Issues range from fifty to 100 pages in length and have featured articles on such topics as the Spanish and French in Texas, the Texas Revolution, the Army of the Republic of Texas, the Texas Navy, the Mexican War, Indian fighting on the frontier, the Civil War, the organization of the Texas militia after Reconstruction, the Spanish-American War, Mexican border service, and the Texas National Guard in the twentieth century, including its service in World War I and World War II. The journal was conceived to encourage scholarly study of the military history of Texas, but in 1971 the editorial board expanded the focus to include the entire Southwest, and since 1993 their focus has included the Mississippi Valley and all states west of that line.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Jay A. Matthews, Jr., "MILITARY HISTORY OF THE WEST," accessed August 04, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/edm01.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on June 29, 2020. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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