The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record, Volume 52


by Lamar University History Department|Texas Gulf Historical Society

In this issue, Dan K. Utley, a leading Texas oral historian and folklorist, contributes an essay about Woodville artist Clyde E. Gray and the 1976 outhouse airlift. It is a story about storytellers that attests to the need to preserve regional folklore with all of its quirks and uniqueness. Alecia Machele Ross, this year’s winner of the Dr. Andrew J. and Betty H. Johnson Editor’s Prize, reassesses the Beaumont Riot of 1943. Drawing upon new research and scholarship, she determines that it was part of a larger, national story about racial tensions present in war-industry cities during the Second World War. In “Museum Corner,” Mary L. Scheer, Chair of the Lamar University History Department, outlines the mission of the recently established Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast, and in “Primary Sources,” Theresa Hefner-Babb continues to preserve the personal histories of soldiers who served in the 373rd Combat Sustainment Battalion, U.S. Army Reserves, in Uzbekistan. With a new feature, “Biographical Notes,” Grayson H. Meek shares a rare tintype photograph of Capt. William J. Spurlock and provides an overview of his service during the Civil War.

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About The Record

Published in conjunction with the Lamar University History Department, The Record is devoted to the history of Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast. Issued since 1965, 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 encourage submissions from authors and scholars of diverse levels of experience, expertise, and backgrounds.

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