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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Do you have ancestors in Texas? How about Louisiana, Alabama, Arizona or surrounding States – even Latin America? If you do, then The Southwestern Historical Quarterly might have a surprise waiting for you! The publication has been digitized and made available for free on The Portal to Texas History website. The digitized journal spans the years 1897 through 2004 and “… has been a major source for most of the textbook accounts of Texas and Southwest history.”[1]

 To search inside The Southwestern Historical Quarterly is quite simple. Just enter your search term(s) into the search box and hit “enter”. You will be taken to a “results” page. From there click on one of the results and you’ll be taken to the volume of interest. You will notice your search word(s) in another search box in the upper right side of the page already. Simply click on “search” one more time to reveal which page(s) they appear on. Click on the image to open the page and voilà! The nice thing is the word(s) you searched for are highlighted in yellow for locating quickly. 

Source:http://www.library.unt.edu/sites/default/files/images/featured-item/the_portal_to_texas_history.jpg 

 As I was researching this database, I found an extensive and in-depth article on the Confederate soldiers who emigrated to Latin America and in particular, Brazil after the Civil War. My own paternal 2nd. great grand uncle, Brig. Gen. Alexander Travis Hawthorn, emigrated to Brazil abt. 1870 and lived there for almost a decade before moving back. This article entitled, “The Confederate Exodus to Latin America”, can be found in Volume XXXIX, No. 3, pages 161-199. [2] 

 Such a wealth of knowledge within these pages await you, and this is just the tip of the iceberg that The Portal of Texas History has amassed! I myself haven’t spent enough time prying into the inner depths of this mega historical website. [3] Truly, it is as big as Texas is!

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[1] Southwestern Historical Quarterly (http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/SWHQ/ : accessed 25 Jan 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association, Denton, Texas.

 [2] Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936, Eugene C. Barker, editor, Journal/Magazine/Newsletter, 1936; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101095/  : accessed 25 Jan 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association, Denton, Texas.

[3] The Portal to Texas History (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ : accessed 25 Jan 2015).


2 comments:

  1. I have been on this site, but it's been awhile and I have never searched the quarterly. Just took a minute to do a quick search and came up with some very interesting hits. Thanks for pointing this source out!

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  2. Same with me, Michelle. Lots of great info!

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