The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890: Studies in Colonial Administration

The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890: Studies in Colonial Administration

The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890: Studies in Colonial Administration

The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890: Studies in Colonial Administration

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My primary debt is to Professor Frederic L. Paxson of the University of California, who guided my graduate studies and the preparation of the doctoral dissertation on which this volume is based. I hope that his influence may be evident here in some measure.

I wish to thank the custodians of the various collections cited in the bibliography. In particular I am indebted to Mr, Arthur V. Sullivan of the Treasury Department, whose willingness to share his knowledge of his flies made working there an unusual privilege, to Mr, Charles R. Beard of, the Department of the Interior, who allowed me free access to the then unclassified records of the departv ment, and to the late Miss Edna Vosper (Mrs. Stephen Decatur) of the National Archives. Professor Clarence E. Carter of the Department of State, whose monumental series of Territorial Papers is revealing a clearer picture of the earlier territories than we now have of the later, gave his good counsel and encouragement on several occasions. Professor John D. Hicks (then of the University of Wisconsin) read an early draft of the manuscript.

For financial aid I owe thanks to the Native Sons of the Golden West, who, at the recommendation of Professor Herbert E. Bolton, gave travelling and resident fellowships in 1988-40; and to Dean W. W. Pierson and the Smith Graduate Research Fund of the University of North Carolina, who financed two trips to Washington at a time when the University was unable to pay salaries in full.

The chairmen of the Beveridge Committee, Professors R. H. Shryock and A. P. Whitaker, and the Committee's technical editor, Miss Bertha E. Josephson, have been tolerant and ready in offering the fruits of their wide experience to an unpracticed author pressed by other duties. The staff of the University of Pennsylvania Press made wise and helpful suggestions on matters of expression and form, and edited painstakingly,

I completed the manuscript substantially as it is here during the year 1941-42, while at the University of Wisconsin, making some changes in matter of form in the year 1948-44, while at the University of North Carolina. Since the manuscript was submitted, in 1942, much has been published which I would have cited or cited more fully if I had assembled this study in 1946 rather than chiefly in the . . .

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