Southwestern Historical Quarterly

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January 2020 Issue

On the cover: Although Indianola, Texas, is now a ghost town, it was once an important port on the Gulf Coast. This 1860 illustration by Helmuth Holtz shows how the settlement might have appeared about the time of the events in one of the articles in this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, “‘A Chicken for Breakfast at the Expense of Mr. Rebel’: The Journal of Sergeant Nelson Howard, Company E, 13th Maine Infantry on the Texas Coast, 1863–1864,” edited by Jerry Thompson. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

cover image: october 2019
October 2019 Issue

On the cover: Photograph of a football helmet hanging from two strings by Dewy G. Mears, May 24, 1949. SPL_DM-49-C5707, Dewey Mears Photography Collection, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. October is the time of year for the sport most famously associated with Texas: football. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, authors Benjamin Downs, Patrick Tutka, Chad Seifried, and Cameron Dean explore the early history of the game in the Lone Star State with their article “The Development of TCU Football and the Construction of TCU Stadium: Building Community and Establishing Legitimacy, 1896–1930.”

cover image: july 2019
July 2019 Issue

On the cover: A colorized version of a steel engraving depicting Galveston that appeared in Meyer’s Universum in 1856. The panorama was possibly executed by Swiss artist Conrad Caspar Rordorf, who is the subject of James C. Kearney’s “The Murder of Conrad Caspar Rordorf: Art, Violence, and Intrigue on the Texas Frontier,” which appears in the issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Colorized print courtesy of J. T. Koenig.

Cover image: april 2019
April 2019 Issue

Cover caption: Sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney poses with The Scout, her portrait of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA: P. 69.0517. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, historian Jacob W. Olmstead details the furor that erupted over the prominent placement of the statue at the Texas Centennial celebration in Dallas in 1936. The battles waged in newspaper editorials and the courtroom revealed some of the changing ways Texans identified themselves and their state in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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