General Sterling Price, Confederate States Army
Southern Methodist University libraries added 477 items into our CONTENTdm collections in September. Central University Libraries now has approximately 19,000 published items.
Below are some highlights from September:
- 13 items from the Collection of Civil War and military cartes de visite and portraits
- 6 items from the Alexander Gardner cartes de visite and portraits
- 37 photographs from Partridge’s Alaska photographs, 1887
- 18 items from the Locomotive builders’ photographs
Cowboy Head, ca. 1940, by Jerry Bywaters
- 39 prints from the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest
- 186 items uploaded and/or annotated in the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs collection
- 15 reproduction orders, including 8 photographs by Jack Kilby; a photo of Martin Luther King speaking at SMU in 1966; and 6 items from the Horton Foote collection.
- 20 aerial photographs from the 1930s, including Palm Beach and Long Island estates and the Empire State Building, by Robert Yarnall Richie
- 81 student newspapersfrom 1928
Shown above left: [General Sterling Price, Confederate States Army], watercolor, ca. 1860-1869. Above right: Cowboy Head, ca. 1940, by Jerry Bywaters.
SMU Central University Libraries and Bridwell Library added 716 items into our digital collections in August.
Below are some highlights from August:
Paint Colt, 1937, by Jerry Bywaters
- 61 items from the Photographs of Q.S.T.S. “Lusitania”
- 73 postcards from the Collection of cowboy postcards
- 105 stereographs from the Collection of Carleton E. Watkins western stereoscopic views
- 6 card photographs from D.B. Chase’s Views of Colorado, New Mexico and Mexico
- 9 works of art in the Texas Artists digital collection
- 242 items in the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs collection
- 119 student papers in the Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers collection
- 43 currency notes in the John N. Rowe III Collection of Texas Currency
- 8 items in the Civil War: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection
- 35 fantasy self-portraits by Lynn Lennon
Stern view of Lusitania on stocks showing the propellers and launching cradle
CUL Digital Collections has recently uploaded two photograph albums of the Lusitania and Mauretania passenger ships, held by Southern Methodist University’s DeGolyer Library.
Photos of the Lusitania are part of the Photographs of Q.S.T.S. “Lusitania”. This album contains 59 photographs of exterior and interior views of the Cunard Steamship Company ship, R.M.S. Lusitania. The Lusitania, the sister ship to the Mauretania, was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War I in 1915 off the coast of Ireland and sank in 18 minutes. Over 1, 000 passengers died. Besides civilians, the Lusitania was carrying large amounts of rifle ammunition. Photographs in the album are by Bedford Lemere & Co., architectural photographers to His Majesty the King
At full speed on the measured mile, Mauretania
Photos of the Mauretania are part of the R.M.S. Mauretania accession. An album contains 30 photographs of the Cunard Line luxury passenger ship, the R.M.S. Mauretania. Images include the dining room, lounge, deck areas, and state rooms. Also, included are views of ship construction, the ship in the harbor, the bridge, crew, kitchen, and engine room. Another related set of related photographs includes 21 separate prints of the Mauretania. The Mauretania was the sister ship to the Lusitania and was launched September 20, 1906.
A record 5,700 items were uploaded in July. A major portion of the items were 70 sketchbooks comprising 4,604 pages that were added to the Otis Dozier Sketchbooks collection. All 130 sketchbooks have now been cataloged and uploaded. This collection is a cooperative project with the Dallas Museum of Art.
Below are some highlights from July:
Verandah cafe from the R.M.S. Mauretania
- Bedford Lemere & Co.’s R.M.S. Maurentania in the Europe, Asia, and India: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection.
- DeForrest Judd’s Colorado ’66 Sketchbook (101 pages) in Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper. All nine Judd sketchbooks have now been digitized, cataloged and uploaded into the collection.
- A. A. Forbes’ Arizona and California, album in the U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection.
- The Spanish American War accession in the Latin America: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection. This series of three photographs shows the ceremony marking the end of Spanish rule in Cuba on January 1, 1899, and the beginning of the U.S. occupation of Cuba.
- 113 .pdf files in the Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers collection.
Republic of Texas $100.00 (one hundred dollars) consolidated fund note signed by Francis R. Lubbock on September 1, 1837
- 26 Texas currency notes in John N. Rowe III Collection of Texas Currency
- 437 items in the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
- 2 gigaku masks in the Mary McCord-Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts collection.
- 13 photographs of WFAA and The Dallas Morning News in the Belo Records, 1842-2007 collection.
- Bridwell Library published 66 prints in the Prints by Albrecht Dürer collection.
(Shown above right: Verandah cafe from the R.M.S. Mauretania, ca. 1904-1907. Above left: Republic of Texas $100.00 (one hundred dollars) consolidated fund note signed by Francis R. Lubbock on September 1, 1837.
Mrs. Keegan putting on lipstick, ca. 1930s, by Robert Yarnall Richie
Robert Yarnall Richie was a corporate industrial photographer, whose main body of work spans the 1930s-1970s. We are constantly amazed by the ingenuity of his photography.
We are adding many more items to the Robert Yarnall Richie Photographs digital collection. The latest uploads include a series of negatives for S.K.F. Bearing, a wonderful photo of Mrs. Keegan putting on lipstick, a set on scientific work being done on the Mount Palomar Observatory by Corning Glass Works telescope, and a large group of prints and negatives of the New York Central Twentieth Century Limited steam locomotive 5453.
Take a look. You won’t be disappointed!
There are many photos of American Indians in CUL Digital Collections.
We recently added 9 postcards of American Indians, including three of Quanah Parker, into the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs. Quanah Parker was a well-known Comanche chief, whose Caucasian mother was captured at a young age and raised by the tribe. CUL Digital Collections also contains the the earliest extant image of Quanah Parker’s mother, Cynthia Ann Parker.
Shown right is a recently-uploaded gelatin silver postcard of two young Kiowa women from 1913 entitled “Kiawa [sic] Indian Girls in Buckskin dress.”
May was a very busy month at CUL Digital Collections.
El cinco de Mayo de 1862 y el sitio de Puebla, published in 1901 by Heriberto Frias, cover art by Jose Guadalupe Posada.
In May 2011, we uploaded 20 items into our Flickr: The Commons account, including 2 related to Cinco de Mayo, 4 related to VE Day, 6 on the Mexican Revolution, and 8 from the Lawrence T. Jones photography collection.
Shown left: El cinco de Mayo de 1862 y el sitio de Puebla, published in 1901 by Heriberto Frias, cover art by Jose Guadalupe Posada.
Page 97 from Album Artistico, ca. 1856-1873, by Bernardo Olivares Iriarte
We added 809 items into our CONTENTdm collections in May. SMU now has 12,184 published photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art.
In May, we added:
- 174 items in the Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection, including the 153-page Album Artistico by Bernardo Olivares Iriarte.
- 54 Texas currency notes in John N. Rowe III Collection of Texas Currency
Page 201 from DeForrest Judd's Big Bend, Hill Country, Caddo Lake Sketchbook
- DeForrest Judd’s Big Bend, Hill Country, Caddo Lake Sketchbook (124 pages) in Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper
- 277 items in the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
- 25 reproduction orders in the Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection
- 53 items, including 47 reproduction orders, in the Railroads: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints collection.
- 39 items in the Robert Yarnall Richie Photographs collection.
- 60 .pdf files in the Cantonment Burgwin Postings collection.
As always, we welcome your questions and feedback.
Everyone Loves the Cat
Most of the time, we know precisely what is in each collection of photographs. Sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised. The Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection never fails us, in this regard.
Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe at the 1936 Randall's Island Olympic trials
Robert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) worked as a free-lance commercial and industrial photographer for many large corporations including those in the automobile, aviation, chemical, mining, petroleum, railroad, shipping, steel and other industries, both in the U.S. and overseas. The collection contains corporate and industrial photographs made by Richie from 1932-1975.
As we begin scanning more of Richie’s negatives, we are always amazed at what turns up. From the Hindenburg to the Twentieth Century Locomotive, we find Richie’s work is significant for its artistic qualities as well as documentary information. Last week, we found a set of negatives showing athletes trying out for the 1936 Olympics at Randall’s Island, New York. Among this series is a unique, new photograph of Jesse Owens and Ralph Metcalfe.
Take a look at the Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection online. You will not be disappointed!
Everyone seems to love this photo of a tabby cat posed with a Mexican serape.
Taken ca. 1862-1868, it is presented as a cased, ambrotype photograph. Views of domesticated animals from this time period were very rare, indicating that the owner loved this cat very much.
For one thing, ambrotypes were much more expensive than the cartes-de-visite that were popular during the 1860s. Ambrotype cases were designed to emulate miniature painting cases, making them more special and jewel-like. For most people, getting an ambrotype was considered a special occasion. Few people even considered having their pet photographed as an ambrotype, given the expense. The fact that the owner(s) invested in a pricey, cased image during the turbulent time of the Civil War, when this image was probably made, makes it even more unusual. Exposures were long, and one can only imagine how hard it was to keep an animal still.
“Cat posed with Mexican serape” is part of the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs collection, held by SMU’s DeGolyer Library. On SMU’s Flickr: The Commons Photostream, “the cat” is one of the most popular images.