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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.

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.  Back issues can be read and searched on the Portal to Texas History, which are listed in the SHQonline section with the Table of Contents of each volume.

Featured Issues

July 2014 Issue

Cover : A group of late twentieth-century pioneers in the midst of a multiday trek on horseback and by wagon to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, c. 1970. Photo by Geoff Winningham and from William C. Martin and Geoff Winningham, Going Texan: The Days of the Houston livestock Show and Rodeo (Toronto: Herzig-Somerville, 1972), 30. In this issue, Andrew C. Baker explores the ways suburban Texans such as these riders chose to emphasize western tropes that downplayed the region’s southern heritage in “From Rural South to Metropolitan Sunbelt: Creating a Cowboy Identity in the Shadow of Houston.”

April 2014 Issue

Cover : A man piles mesquite for burning at El Indio, Texas, in this
1939 photography by Russell Lee. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. In “Marvelous, Maligned, and Misunderstood: The Strange History of the Mesquite Tree in Texas,” Jason E. Pierce recounts Texans’ ambivalent relationship with this plant, which has been seen as both an essential part of the Texas landscape and an invasive pest.