Highlights from SMU’s Central University Libraries’ Digital Collections
Posted on August 2, 2016 by Cynthia Boeke
256 items from the George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection as part of the TexTreasures FY2016 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
37 items are related to the Texas Centennial Exposition, held at Fair Park, Dallas, 1936. A group of 46 trade cards includes advertising materials from buggy and wagon makers, shoe companies, soap manufacturers, etc. in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Photographic prints include images of the African American State Thomas Historic District, various baseball teams and managers from the Texas League, aerial views of Downtown Dallas, Dallas businesses from the early 1900s, and construction shots of Central Expressway. The Road to Independent Living photograph album contains 102 photographs marketing the farmlands and farming in the Texas Panhandle, including crops, livestock, irrigation, and prospective buyers from areas such as North Dakota and parts of Canada.20 videos from WFAA Newsfilm, 1960-1978, containing news clips and a- and b-roll footage from the Dallas ABC Television station covering May-June 1970.
14 photographs from the Collection of H. C. Tibbitts Photographs: 6 images, 1895-1910, depicting everyday life and scenery of Sinaloa, Mexico are in Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints, and 8 images of an oil train, oil wells, and Steywood Oil Syndicate in Jennings, LA; a Native American cliff dwelling and the San Xavier Mission in Tucson; and three Central Pacific Railroad photographs in California, are in U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints.Vera Cruz, ca. 1866-1867, an album containing 54 photographs documenting locations of importance to French activities in the state of Veracruz. Included are city views, public buildings, churches, markets, houses, ships, harbor scenes, railroads, landscapes, and native people, and also an image of French naval personnel and women on shipboard.
44 postcards of the Tampico region, ca. 1906-1929, from the Collection of Early Postcards of Mexico, including real photographic postcards and photomechanical prints showing street scenes, local businesses, and residents.
8 postcards from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution.
15 postcards from the American Border Troops and the Mexican Revolution Collection.12 photographs from the Sir Ellice Victor Elias Sassoon Papers and Photographs, including portraits of Sir Victor with friends and celebrities in London, Shanghai, Monte Carlo, and India; a photograph of the Eves House in Poona, India; a portrait drawing of Sir Victor; and a newspaper clipping describing an honorary lunch given to him by the Royal Air Force Association.
51 stereographs of Palestine (now modern day Israel and the West Bank), ca. 1870s-1900, from the Banks McLaurin, Jr. Stereograph Collection. The stereographs show the people and places of turn-of-the-20th century Palestine. A number of stereographs highlight sites and ruins believed to have ties to biblical figures and events. Highlights included The Temple Mount, The Garden of Gethsemane, and scenes of baptisms in the River Jordan.
50 slides by Octavio Medellin, 1970s, showing the creation of
sculptureware; a suspended Mosaic of St. Paul the Apostle; and various relief prints/visual study sketches made from Mayan art in Chichen Itza.
A Brief History of Early Days in North Texas and the Indian Territory, 1930, a short history detailing the history of settlers in North Texas and the Indian Territory.
Memorial on Behalf of the Citizens of Western Texas, Setting Forth the Grievances of the Loyal Union Men of that State..., 1866, a document referred to the Committee on Reconstruction, United States House of Representatives, petitioning for the creation of a separate state for Western Texas. This request was due to the area’s pro-Union views during and after the Civil War and its mistreatment by the state government.134 photographs from the newly-created Collection of Photographs by Andy Hanson digital collection showing various American political figures from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Notable persons include Lady Bird Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush. Most of the photos are of these persons in the Dallas area, with many photos dating to the days of various presidential campaigns.
10 stereographs, including 1 stereograph from the Collection of Stereographs of People, 1 stereograph from the Western Expedition, Railroad and Survey Stereographs, and 8 stereographs from the Collection of Texas Stereographs.
70 photographs from the Love Field Air Corps Training Depot Album, Dallas, Texas, which depicts the Flyin’ Frolic event that took place November 12-13, 1918. The images show Love Field officers and officers of visiting air fields, spectators at the Flyin’ Frolic, and the various forms of entertainment provided at the event, including aerial photographs of parachute jumps, stunting, and flight formations.