Highlights from SMU’s Central University Libraries’ Digital Collections
Posted on February 2, 2018 by Elisa Welder
47 documents, ca. 1878-1910, into the Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts and Imprints digital collection as part of the TexTreasures FY2018 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These pamphlets include promotional materials published by railroad companies, which feature scenic photography of Texas landmarks and notable features, such as the Rio Grande. Other promotional pamphlets advertise land and property, advertising regions throughout Texas, including the Panhandle and the Hill Country. The pamphlets describe and illustrate the most interesting and useful characteristics of each area, town, and city. Information about climate, soil quality, nearby bodies of water, and the range of agricultural possibilities available to settlers are usually included in these descriptions. One such pamphlet, The oasis of Texas, highlights the history of German immigration to central Texas, and the trials and tribulations settlers faced before discovering the area of the Hill Country Germans called “Little Germany.”3 images, ca. 1840s-1901, from the Cockrell Family Papers. These images are: a salt print portrait photograph of Sarah Horton Cockrell, a cabinet card portrait photograph of Mrs. Cockrell with a short note from her son Frank on the verso, and a portrait photograph of a seated woman identified only as “Mrs. Noble.”
1 portrait photograph, ca.1980s-1990s, of Horton Foote has been added to the Horton Foote Photographs and Manuscripts collection. This headshot was taken by photographer David Spagnolo.
57 images, ca. 1880s-1960s, from the Collection of African American Photographs. This collection features portraits of African American men, women, and children. Many of these images were taken at portrait studios throughout Texas, but others show their subjects in their homes, churches, or workplaces. Subjects range from children in baptismal outfits to soldiers in uniform to official portraits of clergymen, such as Rev. E.M. Griggs, District Secretary of the Southwestern District National Baptist Convention.
6 items from the SMU-in-Taos Records have been added to the Southern Methodist University Campus Memories collection. These include five brochures from the 1990s advertising the May term and summer session course offerings for SMU-in-Taos, and a flyer of the 1960s from the newly-opened Fort Burgwin Research Institute soliciting donations to support the center’s work.
14 magazines, published between 1926 and 1935, from the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest. Jerry Bywaters worked either as an editor or contributor to these publications, which cover a wide array of topics, but largely focus on the art and literature of the Southwest. Also among these periodicals are several issues of SMU’s student publication, The Crimson Colt, which Bywaters edited and illustrated.
11 images from the David Goodyear Collection of Foreign Railroad Photographs have been added to the Railroads: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection. These images of Soviet and pre-Soviet-era trains include a photograph of an armored train which was seized from the Bolsheviks, and a photograph of the Soviet streamlined locomotive, the “Joseph Stalin.”
1 map made by Jan Jansson in 1680, has been added to North America- Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints. This map shows the known world at that time, including parts of North and South America, and features an illustrated border with depictions of Roman gods, elements, seasons, and wonders of the world.
2 images from the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest, including a portrait photograph of Barbara Maples and a black ink sketch by Jerry Bywaters of the stage set for “Where the Dear Antelope Play.”
1 drawing, 1911, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. This erecting drawing is of a locomotive for Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad.
1 photograph from Collection of Photographs of Indians and the West. This photograph shows anthropologist, Frank Hamilton Cushing, and five members of the Zuni Indian tribe wearing full Zuni dress.