Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!

                                                                2013 Year of the Library

bookmanHamon Arts Library Book Sale


Thursday, November 21, 2013

10 am – 8 pm

Friday, November 22, 2013

10 am – 2 pm

For more information email lagail@smu.edu

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Aurora Event in Dallas Arts District


Aurora Project 2013 Light of Convergence


October 18th, 6pm to midnight, in the Dallas Arts District

“nearly 90 contemporary works of light, sound, performance, and projection art for a free evening of discovery and engagement.”

Among the Meadows artists participating are:

Brittany Ransom, faculty and Melissa Tran, MFA alumni, Nervous Bodies

Don Relyea, BFA alumni and adjunct facultyWatching You, Watching Me

Eric Trich, former SMU student, with Jordan Castilleja, Transition

Michael Christopher Matson, BFA alumni, Light Grid

Millicent Johnnie, Ira Greenberg, and Center of Creative
Computation /
 Skull and Bones Sketch

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How do you do research?


Take our survey for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Hamonreference


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Hamon Library Welcomes Fashion Media Majors

fashion books

The Division of Journalism in the Meadows School of the Arts has developed its successful Fashion Media minor into a new major. The Hamon Arts Library welcomes Fashion Media students and faculty with a display of recent book acquisitions located on the first floor near the current periodicals section. Hamon and Central University Libraries have also been adding new online resources in fashion, including

The Berg Fashion Library

The Vogue Archive (1892 – present)

The Women’s Wear Daily Archive (1910-present) coming in September

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Jones Collection Films Tour Brazil

Poster for the film series

Poster for the film series

Many of the films from the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection are on tour in Brazil from late July through mid-September.  São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília will each host multiple screenings at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil locations in a series entitled Oscar Micheaux: O Cinema Negro e a Segregação Racial.

Meanwhile, film fans in all parts of the world can still see the Tyler Collection online as part of our Digital Collections.

Just before the FedEx pickup -- nine feature films on thirty-three reels packed in eleven Goldberg cases with a total weight of about 500 pounds

Just before the FedEx pickup — nine feature films on thirty-three reels packed in eleven Goldberg cases with a total weight of about 400 pounds

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Exhibit extended through June 7


“Linda Darnell: from Dallas to Hollywood: Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection” has been extended through June 7.

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Hamon group study room survey


Let us know your thoughts about group study rooms in Hamon by completing this brief survey!

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Learn More About Linda Darnell and Jeff Gordon

This semester, the Jones Collection is celebrating Hollywood star and Oak Cliff native Linda Darnell as well as our good friend and donor Jeff Gordon with the exhibition Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood — Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection. Now is the perfect time to learn more about Jeff and Linda, and it is always a good time to watch some classic movies.

About Jeff Gordon and his gift to SMU         

About Linda Darnell         

Videos of Darnell films in the SMU Libraries

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Lecture and exhibit with Jeff Gordon, Film Historian and Collector

Topic: Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood; Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm preview reception (Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library)
7:00 pm lecture (O’Donnell Lecture Hall, Owen Arts Center)
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About Jeff Gordon

Film historian and New York City native Jeff Gordon (Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari) has bequeathed his extensive collection of posters, lobby cards, scrapbooks, and other film-related items to SMU. He has curated this exhibition drawn from its holdings as a “sneak preview,” with special attention being paid to the acting career of Dallas native Linda Darnell, who was born and raised in Oak Cliff.

The exhibition will be on display from February 3-May 17, 2013; Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library.

RSVP: 214-768-3225. This event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Hamon Arts Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries.

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Two recent gifts expand special collections of SMU’s Hamon Arts Library

Contact: Patti LaSalle or Ann Abbas, 214-768-7660

February 4, 2013


DALLAS (SMU) — Two recent gifts will expand the special collections housed in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library at SMU. A gift of personal materials from the estate of Dallas philanthropist and arts patron Nancy Hamon includes $1 million to endow, preserve and exhibit the collection. In addition, a planned estate gift of movie archives valued at $1.5 million has been made by film historian and collector Jeff Gordon.

Dallasites will receive a preview of the Gordon collection through an exhibition, “Linda Darnell from Dallas to Hollywood: Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection,” on view from Feb. 3 to May 17 in the Hawn Gallery of the Hamon Arts Library. A preview reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, will be followed by a lecture by Jeff Gordon at 7 p.m. in the Hamon Arts Library. RSVP online at www.smu.edu/friends or by calling 214-768-3225.

Nancy Hamon, who died in 2011, provided $5 million in 1988 to establish the Hamon Arts Library at SMU, which opened in 1990. A branch of SMU’s Central University Libraries, it houses materials relevant to the visual, performing and communication arts in support of Meadows School of the Arts. Its archives include the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, which will house the Gordon Collection, and the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, where the Hamon materials are located.

“These two new collections will greatly enrich and broaden the holdings of the Hamon Arts Library,” said Gillian M. McCombs, dean and director of SMU’s Central University Libraries. “The Gordon gift will significantly increase our ability to support teaching and research in American film. And the Hamon collection will draw researchers interested in Dallas history and the cultural history of the Southwest.”

The Gordon Collection

The Gordon collection bequeathed to SMU includes several hundred original movie posters and lobby cards, more than 15,000 35-millimeter slides of movie memorabilia (some of which have already been delivered to SMU), several thousand original movie photos, a 16-millimeter film collection with more than 200 features, more than 20 Warner Bros. cartoons, 100 television programs and a group of Elvis Presley materials. The Gordon archives focus primarily on movies made from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Although the entire collection will not be transferred to SMU until a future date, Gordon is curating the Linda Darnell exhibition as a sneak preview of his collection. The exhibition will include posters, photographs and materials from recently acquired scrapbooks of Darnell, a Dallas native who grew up in Oak Cliff and became a major movie star in the 1940s. She starred in cinema classics with leading men including Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. Her career peaked with Forever Amber in 1947. She later appeared on television and stage before her tragic death in a house fire in 1965.

Gordon’s interest in film dates back to his childhood. He earned degrees in film production and cinema studies at New York University. In 1984 he formed Jagarts, a business dealing with the history of American movies. Since 2004 he has operated a film group in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the author of Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari, and has written for several entertainment-oriented publications.

The Hamon Collection

The Hamon materials include photograph albums, diaries, records of Nancy Hamon’s elaborate theme parties in the 1950s and ’60s, memorabilia, personal correspondence with seven U.S. presidents and other prominent leaders, and materials related to her husband’s long career in the oil business. Among highlights of the collection are photos of the Hamons’ trip to China with George H.W. and Barbara Bush in the 1970s.

“Nancy Hamon had a profound impact on the arts at SMU and in Dallas,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful to Jack Roach, executor of her estate, for his efforts in bringing this extraordinary collection to SMU and providing funds to maintain the collection.”

A native of San Antonio, Mrs. Hamon is remembered as a woman with a Texas-sized personality. She appeared in several Hollywood movies in the 1940s before marrying legendary oil wildcatter Jake Hamon in 1949. She provided multimillion-dollar support to SMU, including the Hamon Arts Library and Hamon Galleries in the Meadows Museum, and several Dallas medical and arts organizations. Her honors include an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from SMU in 2000 and the prestigious Linz Award for her humanitarian and civic efforts.

In 2013, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU will commemorate The Year of the Library — the 100th anniversary of the University’s library collections, which began with the acquisition of the first books in 1913. In addition to marking historic milestones, the commemoration will recognize new commitments to further develop campus libraries for the future. New gifts such as the Gordon and Hamon collections count toward Second Century Campaign goals, which include new investments for library facilities, endowments for acquisitions and library staff positions, and expansion of special collections.

SMU’s Second Century Campaign coincides with celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. To date, the campaign has raised $653 million toward a goal of $750 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

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