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Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly brings the latest and most authoritative research in Texas history to a wide audience of history lovers and scholars. Since the Quarterly can only publish approximately sixteen articles each year, it is our editorial policy to publish original research on Texas history topics that have the greatest historical significance and the broadest reader interest.

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, continuously published since 1897, is the premier source of scholarly information about the history of Texas and the Southwest. The first 100 volumes of the Quarterly, more than 57,000 pages, are now available online with searchable Tables of Contents.Select issues are also available online at the Portal to Texas History. Access to the Quarterly through JSTOR and Project MUSE is also available at certain institutions.    

Printed copies of the Quarterly are a benefit of membership in the Texas State Historical Association and are widely available in public and private libraries. 

Featured Issues

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October 2017 Issue

Cover: This German lithograph, c. 1845–1850, shows “Houston, Haupstadt von Texas,” which translates to “Houston, Capital of Texas.” The Museumof Fine Arts, Houston, The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of the estate of Miss ImaHogg, B.79.163. Residents may be surprised to see a settlement that looks more like it should be in Bavaria rather than near the Gulf Coast. The lithograph is one of several derived from a similar illustration in Texas andthe Gulf of Mexico; or Yachting in the New World, written by Matilda Charlotte Houstoun, and published in London in 1844, based on a journey she and her husband made to the emerging Republic of Texas in 1842. Stephen C. Cook’s article in this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, “The Audacious Launch of the City of Houston: Capital of the Republic of Texas,” details the bold visions that accompanied the city’s founding.

July 2017 Issue

Cover: This striking map shows Texas’s railroads in 1883. Drawn for the Galveston Daily News (September 1., 1883) by A. E. Hensoldt. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C.