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We would like to thank everyone who joined us on the Riverwalk in San Antonio for 2014 Annual Meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, our 118th. Particular thanks are due to the speakers, presenters, commentators, presiders, board members, and program committee members whose contributions form the core of Annual Meeting activities, and we also owe an immense debt of gratitude as well to the meeting sponsors, session sponsors, exhibitors, and our host, the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. Many of you trek all across the wide expanse of Texas to join us every year, and the TSHA appreciates your efforts. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly will report the news of the Annual Meeting, including award winners and new board members, in the July 2014 issue. We would also like to extend an invitation for you to join us at the next Annual Meeting, which will be March 5–7, 2015, in Corpus Christi. [End Page 410]

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Breakwater, Corpus Christi, Texas, February 1939. Photograph by Russell Lee. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

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Calls for Papers

The East Texas Historical Association (ETHA) invites proposals for papers and sessions for its annual fall meeting to be held in Nacogdoches from October 2–4, 2014, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University at the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Topics that cover any aspect of the East Texas regional heritage and history receive some preference, but any proposal that deals with Texas history is welcome. The ETHA prefers the submission of complete sessions (presider and three presenters or presider-commentator and two presenters), but individual submissions are also encouraged.

For session proposals, please include the names, physical addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of the presider-commentator and presenters, along with a session title, titles of presentations or topics, and no more than a one-page summary of each presentation. Individual proposals should submit the same information. The ETHA welcomes innovative formats for sessions, including discussion panels, poster presentations, and forums as well as traditional paper presentations.

The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. Send proposals to Program Chair Mary L. Scheer at Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 3, 2014. Please make all submissions electronically. For more information visit or call 936-468-2407.


The history department at Lamar University and the Texas Gulf Historical Society have published volume 49 of The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record. In this issue Cynthia Beeman explores the tension between 1960s rock star Janis Joplin and her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. Beeman conducted several oral history interviews and charts the evolution of this relationship from alienation to celebration, marking key moments like Joplin’s attendance of her high school reunion in 1970 and the unveiling of a bust in her honor in 1988. Late attorney Robert Keith and current associate editor of The Record Robert Robertson examine the role of US Judge Joe Fisher in the landmark case Borel v. Fibreboard (1973), in which the plaintiff received damages for an illness resulting from exposure to asbestos products. This decision opened the way for 730,000 personal injury plaintiffs, who received $70 billion in settlements and established precedent for the filing of numerous property damage suits. Jimmy L. Bryan Jr., editor of The Record, and Collin Rohrbaugh, a Lamar University graduate student, put together a photo-documentary essay featuring the work of photographer Lewis Hine. In November 1913, Hine traveled through Southeast Texas and documented child workers in [End Page 412] the area sawmills and newsboys in downtown Beaumont. This issue also marks the return of book reviews.

Issued annually since November 1965 and indexed in national databases, the Record publishes multidisciplinary articles and edited primary sources focused on the history and culture of the Texas Gulf Coast and Southeast Texas broadly conceived. We consider submissions year round and work with authors and scholars of diverse levels of experience, expertise, and backgrounds. Deadline for full consideration of the 2014 volume is June 30. Submissions should conform to The Chicago...


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