A Southwestern Century:

A Bibliography of One Hundred Books of
Non Fiction about the Southwest

chosen and annotated by
Lawrence Clark Powell


Originally published in 1958 by J. E. Reynolds, Bookseller

Dedicated to the memory of
Phil Townsend Hanna



Bibliography: Part 1


[1] JOHN ADAIR (1913- )
The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths
Norman, 1945 [University of Oklahoma Press] 220 pp.
Silver and turquoise are the twin elements of beauty and meaning which enthrall students of Southwestern Indian culture. This book is the fruit of the author's interest in the history, anthropology, and aesthetics of this craft, with an introduction by Clyde Kluckhohn, and many photographic illustrations of jewelry and its makers.

[2] RAMON F. ADAMS (1889- )
Western Words; A Dictionary of the Range, Cow Camp and Trail
Norman, 1944 [University of Oklahoma Press] 182 pp.
Ernest Haycox, master writer of Western stories, said of this book that it "has the pungency of an old campfire wet down by rain. Unquestionably it will go on the shelves of those who are professional students of the English language, and no doubt it will enrich the working vocabulary of many a writer of Western fiction." True.

[3] CHARLES AVERY AMSDEN (1899-1941)
Navajo Weaving, Its Technic and History
Foreword by Frederick Webb Hodge
Albuquerque, 1949 [University of New Mexico Press] 263 pp.
First published in 1934 by the Fine Arts Press of Santa Ana, this is the book on Navajo textiles, scholarly, readable, significant, and beautiful. This posthumous second edition is slightly revised in the light of subsequent findings, and contains a foreword by the director of the Southwest Museum, where Amsden was employed at the time of his premature death.

[4] MERLE ARMITAGE (1893- )
Operations Santa Fé Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fé Railway System
Edited by Edwin Corle, drawings by P. G. Napolitano
New York, 1948 [Duell, Sloan and Pearce] 263 pp.
Designer-author-traveller Armitage here found his perfect subject in the longest and most romantic of all American railroads, "The Grand Canyon Line," whose transition from steam to diesel power failed to diminish its glamor. In content and format the book is memorably Southwestern.

[5] OREN ARNOLD (1900- )
Hot Irons, Heraldry of the Range
By Oren Arnold and John P. Hale
New York, 1940 [Macmillan Company] 242 pp.
In this indispensable work about cattle brands the authors had a twin goal: (1) to establish a reference work, an "authority," (2) to be entertaining about it. They succeeded.

[6] MARY AUSTIN (1868-1934)
The Land of Journeys' Ending
With illustrations by John Edwin Jackson
New York, 1924 [Century Co.] 459 pp.
Her land is Arizona-New Mexico about which she has written a classic, in the same way that she achieved her earlier masterpiece about Inyo County, California, in The Land of Little Rain. Desert and mountain, myth and folklore, history and legend, are the stuff of this Southwest book about the region Mary Austin called home, after she was driven from the Owens River Valley by the consuming thirst of the Angel City.

[7] HUBERT HOWE BANCROFT (1832-1918)
History of Arizona and New Mexico, 1530-1888
San Francisco, 1889 [History Company] 829 pp.
Based on original documentary sources in his own collection and the Santa Fé archives, this massive work stands as one of the first and one of the best of Southwest histories.

[8] ADOLPH F. BANDELIER (1840-1914)
Final Report of Investigations Among the Indians of the Southwestern United States, Carried on Mainly in the Years from 1880 to 1885
Cambridge, Mass., 1890-92 [Printed by J. Wilson and Son] 2 vols.
Bandelier, the Swiss archaeologist, spent most of the 1880's on pioneer field work in New Mexican and Arizonan aboriginal sites and in corroborating research in the historical archives. "This, of course, led him to overthrow many generally accepted theories," wrote A. V. Kidder in the Dictionary of American Biography, "and resulted in severe controversies with less well-informed or less conscientious writers. His work resulted in the discrediting of the romantic school of American Indian research, and paved the way for scientific, critical research."

[9] JOHN RUSSELL BARTLETT (1805-1886)
Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora, and Chihuahua, Connected with the United States and Mexican Boundary Commission, During the Years 1850, '51, '52 and '53
New York, 1854 [D. Appleton and Company] 2 vols.
"For me very little rewritten history has the freshness and fascination of these strong, firsthand personal narratives, though I recognize many of them as being the stuff of literature rather than literature itself." - J. Frank Dobie.

[10] HERBERT EUGENE BOLTON (1870-1953)
Anza's California Expeditions
Berkeley, 1930 [University of California Press] 5 vols.
By his prodigious capacity for research in the Mexican and Spanish archives, field work by foot, horse, and car, creative imagination, and ability to write good narrative, Bolton achieved undisputed stature as the greatest modern western historian, a colossus to stand alongside Bancroft, of whose vast library, acquired by the University of California in 1905, he was the Director for many years.

This noble work on Juan Bautista de Anza, who led expeditions overland from Sonora to California in the 1770's and who is properly ranked by Bolton with Lewis and Clark, beautifully combines scholarship and readability. Of special note are the illustrations from field photographs by Bolton, and Fray Font's great diary of the second Anza expedition which forms the fourth volume of the set.

[11] JOHN G. BOURKE (1843-1896)
On the Border with Crook
Columbus, 1950 [Long's College Book Co.] 491 pp.
First published in 1891, the year after General Crook's death, this work by one of his staff is a readable primary source for the campaigns which subjugated the Apaches. In Edwin Corle's words, "General George Crook was the only white man who ever made the Apaches cry .... he understood them and the best of them loved him. It is a great pity he couldn't have guided their destinies for another twenty years."

[12] E. BOYD (1903- )
Saints and Saint Makers of New Mexico
Santa Fé, 1946 [Laboratory of Anthropology] 139 pp.
Miss Boyd of Santa Fé based this work on her examination of a thousand examples of carved and painted santos, those indigenous works of art whose collection is no longer possible, virtually all examples having been gathered into museums and private collections. The volume has a glowing format by Merle Armitage.

[13] J. ROSS BROWNE (1821-1875)
A Tour Through Arizona, 1864; or, Adventures in the Apache Country
Illustrated by the author
Tucson, 1950 [Arizona Silhouettes] 292 pp.
First published in 1869 as Adventures in the Apache Country, this is one of the admirable series of reprints issued by George Chambers of Tucson, to make available original source books on the Southwest. Browne was a journalist and a good one, with an eye to see and a pen to tell, as well as a lively and humorous illustrator.

[14] ROSS CALVIN (1889- )
Sky Determines
Illustrations by Peter Hurd
Albuquerque, 1948 [University of New Mexico Press] 333 pp.
First published in 1934, this revised edition consolidates the book's position as a modern classic of New Mexico, based on the thesis that absence of rainfall and presence of sunlight are the all powerful determinants in the past, present, and future of the Land of Enchantment. Dr. Calvin, formerly rector of St. James's Episcopal Church in Clovis, now lives in retirement at Albuquerque.

[15] RAYMOND CARLSON (1906- )
Gallery of Western Paintings
New York, 1951 [McGraw-Hill Book Co.] 85 pp.
Color plates and text reproduced from Arizona Highways, with a succinct definition by Editor Carlson of where the West begins. Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, Maynard Dixon, and five lesser Southwestern artists are included.

[16] J. SMEATON CHASE (1864-1923)
California Desert Trails
With illustrations from photographs by the author, and an appendix of plants, also hints in desert travelling
Boston, 1919 [Houghton Mifflin Company] 387 pp.
Lying east of the San Bernardinos which wall off Southern California from the Southwest, the Colorado or Mohave Desert is the subject of this delightful book by a wandering Englishman who writes with the same personal flavor as Robert Louis Stevenson, and from intimate knowledge of the region to which he first came in the 1880'S and where he lies buried, in the graveyard at Palm Springs, in the shelter of San Jacinto.

[17] AGNES MORLEY CLEAVELAND
No Life for a Lady
Illustrations by Edward Borein
Boston, 1941 [Houghton Mifflin Company] 356 pp.
On the west side of the Rio Grande, between Albuquerque and E1 Paso, lies the ranch country around Datil and Magdalena, adjoining the region celebrated in the stories of Eugene Manlove Rhodes, and the setting of this outstanding book by a Southwestern woman writer. Her New Mexican girlhood comes to life in a series of colorful episodes of ranch scenes and characters.

[18] ROBERT GLASS CLELAND (1885-1957)
A History of Phelps Dodge, 1834-1950
New York, 1952 [Alfred A. Knopf] 307 pp.
The history of corporate development of the Southwest has yet to be written. Less important in New Mexico, it is the major factor in the economic history of Arizona, and of all the corporations which have made fortunes from the material resources of the state, none is more important than Phelps Dodge. Since 1885 P. D. has mined copper in Southern Arizona, at Bisbee, Ajo, and Morenci, and with the acquisition in 1935 of Clark's United Verde mine at Jerome-Clarkdale, it became the copper king of the Southwest.

Cleland's history is an official one, based on the company's records, and tells the story in the conscientious way characteristic of all the writings of this able historian.

[19] WOODWORTH CLUM (1879-1946)
Apache Agent, The Story of John P. Clum
Boston, 1936 [Houghton Mifflin Company] 296 pp.
Civilian agent on the San Carlos Reservation, founder-editor of the famous Tombstone Epitaph, ministerial in mien and soft spoken, John Clum will live in history as the greatest Apache pacifier of them all. This book is by his son.

[20] EDWIN CORLE (1906-1956)
The Gila, River of the Southwest
Illustrated by Ross Santee
New York, 1951 [Rinehart and Company] 402 pp.
Rising in the Mogollon Mountains of New Mexico and flowing west through Safford to junction with the San Pedro, Salado, Verde, and the Hassayampa, finally to yield to the Colorado at Yuma, the Gila is wholly within the Southwest as is no other major stream, bearing with it the burden of Indian, Spanish, and Anglo history, all of which the author skillfully highlights in this work, perfectly embellished by the illustrator.

[21] JOHN H. CULLEY
Cattle, Horses, and Men of the Western Range
Illustrations by Katherine Field
Los Angeles, 1940 [Ward Ritchie Press] 337 pp.
Graduate of Harrow and Oxford and pupil of Walter Pater, Jack Culley came early to New Mexico, and eventually became the manager of the great Bell Ranch, and in this volume of reminiscences wrote one of the most civilized of all Southwestern range books, a prime favorite of J. Frank Dobie.

[22] LENORA S. M. CURTIN
By the Prophet of the Earth
Santa Fé, 1949 [San Vicente Foundation] 158 pp.
Ethnobotany of the Pima Indians in the Salt River Valley of Arizona, based on field work by Mrs. Curtin, sponsored by the Pueblo Grande Laboratory of the city of Phoenix. The volume is another of the stunning Southwest series designed by Merle Armitage. "Prophet of the Earth" is the Pima appellation for God.

[23] LENORA S. M. CURTIN
Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande
Drawings by P. G. Napolitano
Santa Fé, 1947 [Laboratory of Anthropology] 281 pp.
Ethnobotany and medical folklore of the Pueblo Indians and Spanish settlers of northern New Mexico, again in Merle Armitage format. That Mrs. Curtin was a protegée of F. W. Hodge is all the pedigree her work requires.

[24] FRANK HAMILTON CUSHING (1857-1900)
Zuñi Breadstuff
New York, 1920 [Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation] 673 pp.
Pioneer Southwestern ethnologist and adopted member of the Zuñi tribe, Cushing was the man who first brought Frederick Webb Hodge to the Southwest, as secretary of the Hemenway Expedition to excavate in the Salt River Valley. Ostensibly about the foodstuff (corn) of the Zuñis, this book is actually an encyclopedia of Zuñi culture, a work of profound meaning and beauty by one of the first and greatest Southwesterners.

[25] EDWARD EVERETT DALE (1879- )
The Indians of the Southwest; A Century of Development Under the United States
Norman, 1949 [published in co-operation with the Huntington Library by the University of Oklahoma Press] 283 pp.
Here in one scholarly, readable volume is the story, whether "development" or "deterioration" time will tell, of what happened when Indians were forcibly displaced by Whites. Personalities treated range from Carson, Crook, and Clum to Collier.

[26] ROLAND F. DICKEY (1914- )
New Mexico Village Arts
Drawings by Lloyd Lózes Goff
Albuquerque, 1949 [University of New Mexico Press] 266 pp.
Adobe, wood, silver, and wool are some of the artists' materials, whose products are lovingly described in this colorful book by the present director of the University of New Mexico Press.

[27] J. FRANK DOBIE (1888- )
The Longhorns
Illustrated by Tom Lea
Boston, 1941 [Little, Brown & Co.] 388 pp.
One of the major works of American history, natural history, folklore, and the range, by a man who was born and bred in the Longhorn country, deep in the brush covered heart of Texas, and powerfully illustrated by his friend from E1 Paso.

[28] J. FRANK DOBIE (1888- )
The Mustangs
Illustrated by Charles Banks Wilson
Boston, 1952 [Little, Brown & Co.] 376 pp.
The fact that the horse is a nobler creature than the cow raises this "sequel" to The Longhorns to the highest pinnacle of Dobie's art, in which he sees the wild horse as symbolic of all that is best in the free and individualistic American tradition.

[29] SILVESTRE VÉLEZ DE ESCALANTE (fl. 1768-1779)
Pageant in the Wilderness; The Story of the Escalante Expedition to the Interior Basin, 1776, Including the Diary and Itinerary of Father Escalante
Translated and annotated by Herbert E. Bolton
Salt Lake City, 1950 [Utah State Historical Society] 265 pp.
Less significant historically than the Anza expeditions, the Escalante trek from Santa Fé through Colorado, Southern Utah and back through Northern Arizona, short of the California Missions which were its goal, is one of the great explorations of the Southwest, to the treatment of which Bolton brought his prodigious archival and field scholarship. Escalante came within a few miles of discovering the cliff dwellings on the Mesa Verde.

[30] ALPHEUS H. FAVOUR (1880- )
Old Bill Williams, Mountain Man
Chapel Hill, 1936 [University of North Carolina Press] 229 pp.
Born in North Carolina in 1787 and killed by the Utes on the upper Rio Grande in 1849, Bill Williams was the greatest of the Mountain Men -- trapper, fur trader, guide, toughest of the tough, with the peculiar trail gait which did not see him "walk on a straight line, but go staggering along, first on one side and then the other" -- whose name is preserved forever on the map by the Bill Williams Fork of the Colorado and Bill Williams Mountain, up in Coconino County, on whose aspened shoulders the Verde rises.

[31] ERNA FERGUSSON (1888- )
Dancing Gods, Indian Ceremonials of New Mexico and Arizona
New York, 1931 [Alfred A. Knopf] 276 pp.
The quality of Miss Fergusson's achievement in this beautiful book is evident in her conclusion, "Suddenly I knew how alien I was in that Indian world. It is a separate world. The white man sees it, he touches it, some even have the temerity to try to break into it, to change it. But they cannot. For this is a world apart, a brown world of brown people. They come out of their world sometimes to speak to us, for they understand our language; but when they withdraw into their world, we cannot follow. They live close to the earth. The mass for a pale god who died on a cross did not reach these people. They do not understand. A religion of an idea, of an ideal, is foreign to them. Their religion is of earth and the things of earth. I thought of all these brown people whom I had seen dancing their prayers, pounding them with their feet into the earth, which is their mother. Her ways are close to them, even when they are hurt. They understand the earth, they dance their prayers into the earth, and they pray for real things, for sun and rain and corn. For growth. For life."

[32] ERNA FERGUSSON (1888- )
Our Southwest
Photographs by Ruth Frank and others
New York, 1940 [Alfred A. Knopf] 376 pp.
Best of all introductions to every aspect of the Southwest, by the First Lady of the region, native daughter of New Mexico, learned, humane, and abundantly blessed with that quality in a writer valued by Dobie above all others--perspective.

[33] HARVEY FERGUSSON (1890- )
Rio Grande
Drawings by Colden Whitman
New York, 1955 [William Morrow & Co.] 296 pp.
First published in 1933, this interpretative volume by a native son of New Mexico remains the most penetrating and illuminating of all books about the river valley which is the true heart of the Southwest. His sister Erna says, "His Rio Grande is the river he has swum in, hunted along, jumped when it was low, fought when it was high. He grew out of it as truly as did the cattails along its margin; he comes back to it as surely as a migrating duck."

His book of reminiscences, Home in the West, although not exclusively about the Southwest, contains memorable chapters about boyhood and youth in Albuquerque and its river environs.

[34] FLOWERS OF THE SOUTHWEST
Southwestern Monuments Association Popular Series No. 4, 5, & 7:

  1. Flowers of the Southwest Deserts
    by Natt N. Dodge; drawings by Jeanne R. Janish
  2. Flowers of the Southwest Mesas
    by Pauline Mead Patraw; drawings by Jeanne R. Janish
  3. Flowers of the Southwest Mountains
    by Leslie P. Arnberger; drawings by Jeanne R. Janish
Santa Fé, 1952-53 [3 vols.] 112 pp. ea. vol.
These three volumes are grouped as forming a single set, as well as the best treatment of Southwestern flora. They are accurate, well written and illustrated, and easy to use, and should form part of every traveller's equipment, along with map and water bag.

[35] FRANCISCO GARCÉS (1738-1781)
On the Trail of a Spanish Pioneer, The Diary and Itinerary of Francis Garcés (Missionary Priest) in His Travels through Sonora, Arizona, and California, 1775-1776
Translated from an official contemporaneous copy of the original Spanish manuscript, and edited with copious critical notes, by Elliott Coues
New York, 1900 [Francis P. Harper] 2 vols.
One of the great source works on the Southwest. The entradas of Garcés, the Franciscan, from Sonora into the lands of the desert tribes, clear to the San Joaquin Valley in California, are among the most heroic of all Southwest travels, and his observations en route are precise, lucid, and moving. Garcés was martyred by the Yumas in 1781. This translation was suggested by Hodge, and the ethnological notes signed F.W.H. are his.

[36] LEWIS H. GARRARD (1829-1887)
Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; or, Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, with a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire
With an introduction by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
Norman, 1955 [University of Oklahoma Press] 298 pp.
First published in 1850 and reprinted several times, this narrative of a young man's adventures has a springtime freshness that places it among the very few indisputable Southwest classics. Garrard made the trip at seventeen and wrote the book soon after: thereafter he wrote nothing else of interest, making inevitable a comparison of him with R. H. Dana and his Two Years Before the Mast.

[37] FABIOLA CABEZA DE VACA GILBERT (1898- )
The Good Life, New Mexican Food
Drawings by Gerri Chandler
Santa Fé, 1949 [San Vincente Foundation] 94 pp.
Flavorful essays and recipes about native cooking in a volume colorfully designed by Merle Armitage.

[38] FRANCES GILLMOR (1903- )
Traders to the Navajos, The Story of the Wetherills of Kayenta
By Frances Gillmor and Louisa Wade Wetherill
Albuquerque, 1952 [University of New Mexico Press] 265 pp.
First published in 1934, this remains the best book about Indian trading posts. Originally of Mancos, Colorado, the Wetherills were the discoverers of the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and later of the Rainbow Bridge. If all traders were of the character of this family, our record of Indian relations would be brighter.

[39] LAURA GILPIN (1891- )
The Rio Grande, River of Destiny; An Interpretation of the River, the Land, and the People
New York, 1949 [Duell, Sloan & Pearce] 244 pp.
To this chronicle of the Great River, Miss Gilpin of Santa Fé brings her talent as one of the Southwest's great photographers, as well as an able writer. During three years she made as many field trips the length of the river, from its source in the San Juans near Silverton to its debouchement into the Gulf of Mexico at Brownsville, Texas, patiently seeking to be at the right place at the right time for the right picture. This book is a beautiful record of her success.

[40] JOSIAH GREGG (1806-1850)
Commerce of the Prairies
Edited by Max L. Moorhead
Norman, 1954 [University of Oklahoma Press] 469 pp.
First published in 1844 Commerce of the Prairies, in the words of the editor of this most recent reprint "has been recognized for more than a hundred years as the classic description of the early southern plains and as the epic of the Santa Fé Trail. What has set it above other personal narratives of early western travel more than all else is its genuineness. Josiah Gregg, though an amateur as a writer and a naturalist, was a professional trader, an experienced frontiersman, and a keen observer. To this day historians, botanists, ethnologists, and other scholars still find his descriptions inspiring and reliable, and their popular appeal seems only to have increased with the passage of time. J. Frank Dobie, the foremost exponent of Southwestern lore, names Gregg's narrative as his personal favorite."

[41] J. EVETTS HALEY (1901- )
Jeff Milton, a Good Man with a Gun
With drawings by Harold D. Bugbee
Norman, 1948 [University of Oklahoma Press] 430 pp.
Ranger, United States Marshal, Customs Patrolman in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, fearless Jeff Milton was anathema to bad men to the end of his 85 years on earth. This single biography has been chosen in place of shelves of bad-man books, of the writing of which there seems to be no end.

[42] GEORGE P. HAMMOND (1896- ) ed. and tr.
Don Juan de Oñate, Colonizer of New Mexico, 1596-1628
By George P. Hammond and Agapito Rey
Albuquerque, 1953 [University of New Mexico Press] 2 vols.
Although Coronado came half a century earlier, it was Oñate who colonized the upper Rio Grande and left the first inscription on E1 Morro--Pasó por aqui . . . These two massive volumes, forming part of the Coronado Cuarto Centennial series, translate the original documents of the colonization preserved in the Archives of the Indies at Seville, as suggested to Hammond thirty-odd years ago by Bolton. Royal directives, reports, inventories of goods, lists and letters, notarizations and oaths--from these minutiae is made the mosaic of the past and our history meaningful.

[43] ALICE CORBIN HENDERSON (1881-1949)
Brothers of Light, The Penitentes of the Southwest
Illustrations by William Penhallow Henderson
New York, 1937 [Harcourt, Brace and Company] 126 pp.
Brought to New Mexico in the sixteenth century by the Franciscans with Oñate, the custom of penitential flagellation, though no longer sanctioned by the church, has never died out. Deep in the Sangre de Cristos above Santa Fé, at Truchas, Trampas, and Mora, the Brotherhood survives, testified to by stacked crosses in back of their moradas and by such beautiful first-hand works as this book.

[44] EDGAR LEE HEWETT (1865-1946)
Ancient Life in the American Southwest
With an introduction on the general history of the American race
Indianapolis, 1930 [Bobbs-Merrill Company] 392 pp.
Best of all treatments of the ethnology and archaeology of New Mexico and Arizona and adjacent cultures, this book weds learning and expression in a fruitful way.

[45] RICHARD J. HINTON (1830-1901)
The Handbook to Arizona: Its Resources, History, Towns, Mines, Ruins, and Scenery
Tucson, 1954 [Arizona Silhouettes] 431 pp.
This first attempt at an encyclopedic guide to Arizona, published originally in 1878, remains a basic work on the youngest state. It is the fifth in a series of facsimile reprints by George W. Chambers of Tucson.

[46] FREDERICK WEBB HODGE (1864-1956) ed.
and HERBERT EUGENE BOLTON (1870-1953) ed.
Original Narratives of Early American History:

  1. Spanish Explorers in the Southern United States, 1528-1543
    The narrative of Alvar Nuñez Cabeša de Vaca, ed. by Frederick W. Hodge. The narrative of the expedition of Hernando de Soto by the gentleman of Elvas, ed. by Theodore H. Lewis; The narrative of the expedition of Coronado, by Pedro de Castañeda, ed. by Frederick W. Hodge; with maps and a facsimile reproduction

  2. Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542-1706
    Edited by Herbert Eugene Bolton, with three maps
New York, 1908-1916 [Charles Scribner's Sons] 411 pp. and 487 pp.
The latter title reprinted: New York, 1952 [Barnes & Noble].
These two volumes, treated here as a set, are the best source in English translation of Southwestern beginnings. To read these original narratives, edited by the two old masters, Hodge and Bolton, is to leave the muddy present and ascend the stream of history to its crystalline headwaters.

[47] GENE MEANY HODGE (1898- )
The Kachinas are Coming, Pueblo Indian Kachina Dolls with Related Folktales
Foreword by Dr. Frederick Webb Hodge, with eighteen color plates of Kachina dolls from original drawings by the author
Los Angeles, 1936 [Steller-Miller] 129 pp.
The folktales of the Zuñi and Hopi are from Cushing and others, the drawings are by Mrs. Hodge from Kachinas in the Southwest Museum, the whole forming one of the loveliest books of the Century.

[48] PAUL HORGAN (1903- )
Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History
New York, 1954 [Rinehart & Co.] 2 vols.
Fourteen years of study, in field and library, by Roswell's novelist, painter, and finally historian, went into the making of this labor of love and learning which, though attacked for its occasional errors, carried off the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes for historical writing. Packed with detail and written in sensuous, evocative language, the book succeeds in recreating the ebb and flow of human destiny up and down the Great River, from the time of the Basket Makers to that of the Bomb Builders.

[49] W. H. HUTCHINSON (1910- )
A Bar Cross Man, The Life and Personal Writings of Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Norman, 1956 [University of Oklahoma Press] 432 pp.
This is one of the finest of Southwest biographies, written with skill, gusto, and sympathy about the best cowboy-novelist of them all, whose range was the Rio Grande country around Alamogordo and the San Andreas, and of whom Dobie wrote, "He was not a world compeller. He was more big-hearted than great. He was not many-sided or 'infinitely various.' He had but one string to his fiddle, but he played it with infinite variations and got tunes out of it honest and old and plain like the ballads and they 'danced like a bit o' the sun.' This is something rare in American literature. It is very precious."

[50] EUSEBIO KINO (1644-1711)
Kino's Historical Memoir of Pimería Alta; A Contemporary Account of the Beginnings of California, Sonora, and Arizona, 1683-1711, from the Original Manuscript in the Archives of Mexico
Translated into English, edited, and annotated by Herbert Eugene Bolton
Berkeley, 1948 [University of California Press].
First published in 1919, this is a photo-offset reprint in one volume of another of Bolton's great pioneer works on the history of the farthest Southwest, the Jesuit endeavor to missionize southern Arizona and Sonora, that vast area known as Pimería Alta. It was Bolton who discovered Father Kino's manuscript in the Mexican archives and who did the immense research in field and library to make its translation fully meaningful. One should read also his biography of the great Jesuit founder of Mission San Xavier del Bac called Padre on Horseback.






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