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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 HistoryJSTOR, and Project MUSE.    

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

July 2015 Issue

Cover: This issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly marks a significant transition for the Texas State Historical Association. After more than six years at the University of North Texas in Denton, the TSHA is returning to where it all began: Austin. Cover illustration: Abe Frank Cigar Co., publisher, Curt Teich Co., printer. The State Capitol, Austin, Texas. ca. 1920. Tinted halftone. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.

April 2015 Cover
April 2015 Issue

Cover: G. W. R. Bailey, Map exhibiting the fixed location of the main trunk of the New-Orleans, Opelousas & Great Western Railroad of Louisiana, together with its proposed branches, connections and extensions in Louisiana, Arkansas & Texas; also its connecting steamship routes from Berwicks Bay to ports in the Gulf of Mexico, together with the advantages in point of directness & diminished distance to the Pacific Coast, New Orleans, La. January 24th, 1859. Map from the collection of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C. This wildly ambitious map illustrates the mostly proposed extent of the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad of Louisiana, including possible extensions to the “wheat region” and “sheep region” of Texas, which are labeled on the western portion of the map. In this issue of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, the hopes for the arrival of a railroad to “the wheat region of Texas” are plainly evident in the letters of Navarro County resident (and wheat farmer) Solomon Van Hook to his brother in North Carolina featured in the article “‘Destined to Be the Finest Country on Earth after a While’: Letters by Solomon Van Hook from Navarro County, Texas, 1852–1868,”compiled and edited by Stephen E. Massengill and Robert M. Topkins.