hilltop history

‘An Excellent Beginning Has Been Made’

SMU was truly fortunate in its first librarian, Dorothy Amann, a remarkable woman who almost single-handedly oversaw the transformation of the library from a miscellaneous assortment of books to a useful working collection with some claims to distinction.

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1960s: The Times, They Were A-Changin’ At SMU

Revisit the 1960s through the pages of SMU’s alumni magazine.

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Willis M. Tate: Champion Of The ‘Free Marketplace Of Ideas’

Willis McDonald Tate was born in the year of the founding of SMU, 1911. As student, faculty member, dean and president, his life was at one with the University. His tenure as president was remarkable not only for its record length (1954-1972 and 1974-1976), but also for his vision for

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History You May Not Know About Moody Coliseum

By Chris Dell ’11 As the University community anticipates the makeover that Moody Coliseum will receive over the next year, a little reflection is called for on the storied history of the arena’s place among sports and public events in Dallas. In addition to serving as the home of SMU’s indoor

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SMU’s Forgotten Medical School

Conventional wisdom holds that Southern Methodist University opened the doors of Dallas Hall to its first students on September 22, 1915, welcoming 456 young men and women to their first classes in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Theology and the Department of Music. These schools, however, were

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Dallas On The Eve Of SMU’s Founding

In 1910 Dallas, a growing, chest-thumping city of commerce in northeast Texas, was earmarked as the best unoccupied site in the nation for a new college. Such was the stated opinion of the executive secretary of the General Education Board of New York. Such matters had received some but not

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Women Played Vital Role In SMU Beginnings

Although most of SMU’s founders were men, women students, faculty and donors played a vital role in the beginning of Southern Methodist University. During the first school year in 1915-16, women made up 21 percent of the student body. Of the 37 professors and instructors, five were women.

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Founding SMU: What Is Our Duty?

To help celebrate the 2011 centennial of SMU’s founding, SMU Magazine introduces a series of articles that chronicle the University’s past. In the beginning … Robert Stewart Hyer and the founding of SMU.

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The Legacy Begins

A 1941 photo captures four young people who would play major roles in SMU’s future.

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‘Mr. Knick’ And The Community Course

SMU’ tradition of drawing area residents to campus for cultural events began with the Community Course series in 1939.

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