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DeGolyer Library closing June 1 for renovation

DeGolyer Library entrance, 2015DeGolyer Library will be closed to the general public starting June 1, 2015, as part of the renovation in Fondren Library. Over the next 6-12 months, the library will be moving all of its collections, work spaces, offices, and reading room. Staff will attempt to keep up with reference queries and photo orders as best they can during the renovation, but there will be times when some materials will be completely inaccessible or stored off site. Our various digital collections, of course, will remain accessible: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/

We appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward to serving researchers in renovated facilities in 2016!

For more information about DeGolyer Library and the progress of the renovation itself, bookmark the library’s web page page and the Fondren Renovation blog.

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Manuscripts Photography Recent Acquisitions

Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on the Mexican Revolution

Two Women Soldiers, Matamoros, Mex, ca. 1915
Two Women Soldiers, Matamoros, Mex, ca. 1915

 

 

In December, the DeGolyer Library was the recipient of another generous donation from Elmer and Diane Powell in addition to the thousands of items donated in 2014! Of great historical importance in the study of the Mexican Revolution, the Powell Collection includes many rare materials: real photographic postcards, photographs, prints, original artwork, broadsides, currency, periodicals, books and manuscripts related to the Mexican Revolution. The Powell collection covers the pre-revolution years of president Porfirio Diaz to the post-revolution era in Mexico. Particularly strong in photography, included are images related to such Federal and revolutionary leaders as Diaz, Madero, Huerta, Carranza, Obregon, Villa, and Zapata. There are many pictures by important but little-known photographers of battle sites, executions, street scenes, the Decena Tragica, and locations throughout Mexico and on the U.S. border during the ten year conflict.

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George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

Dallas, Texas, Stereograph
Dallas, Texas, Stereograph

cook-08The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection is an important addition to the DeGolyer Library and is a wonderful resource for research in Dallas and Texas history. A native Dallasite, George W. Cook (1949-2012) collected Dallas and Texas primary sources. He had a special interest in photographs, postcards, advertising souvenirs, trade cards, badges, family collections, documents, art, postal history, and three-dimensional objects such as signs, regional porcelain and glass, and architectural ornaments.

The strength of Cook’s collection lies in its visual images (over 2,200 photographs and 15,000 postcards), but there are also significant manuscripts, diaries, albums, banknotes, ephemera, books, pamphlets, broadsides and objects related to the city of Dallas and Texas. There are approximately 20,000 items altogether – a rich collection with a wide range of materials related to Dallas and Texas history!

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Photography Recent Acquisitions

Collection of photographs by Andy Hanson

A collection of photographs and negatives by Dallas photographer, Andy Hanson (1932-2008). Hanson worked as a press photographer for the Dallas Times Herald newspaper from 1961 until the paper closed in 1991. He continued work as a free-lance photographer until his death. Included in the collection are many photographs of famous, high profile, politicians, celebrities and newsworthy people in Dallas. He also actively documented the theater, opera, musical and social events in the city.

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Exhibit: The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

Oak Cliff Postcard: George Cook Image Collection

First Impressions: The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

Dates: January 30 – May 15, 2015
Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: DeGolyer Library

About the exhibit

Pegasus atop the Magnolia BuildingThe George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection is an important addition to the DeGolyer Library and is a wonderful resource for research in Dallas and Texas history. A native Dallasite, George W. Cook (1949-2012) was a life-long collector, with a focus on Dallas and Texas primary sources. He had a special interest in photographs, postcards, advertising souvenirs, trade cards, badges, family collections, documents, art, postal history, and three-dimensional objects such as signs, regional porcelain and glass, and architectural ornaments. He was also fascinated by the State Fair of Texas, the 1936 Texas Centennial, and the history of aviation.

The strength of Cook’s collection lies in its visual images (over 2,200 photographs and 12,000 postcards), but there are also significant manuscripts, diaries, albums, banknotes, ephemera, books, pamphlets, broadsides and objects related to the city of Dallas and Texas. Chronologically, the collection ranges from a promissory note signed by Davy Crockett in Tennessee in 1829 to photographs of carhops at Sivil’s drive-in in mid-century Dallas. There are approximately 20,000 items altogether – a rich collection with a wide range of materials related to Dallas and Texas history!

Free and open to the public.

Selected items from the Cook Collection are being digitized. See more.

Examples from the Collection

Five People in a Touring Car Prop with 1915 State Fair of Texas in Dallas Banner
Greetings from Dallas, TexasView of Exall Lake, Dallas, TexasDallas, Texas

 Dallas Sky Line, January 1st, 1914


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Exhibit – Defined By Light: Photography’s First 75 Years

Defined By Light: Photography’s First 75 Years

Images and Objects from the Collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus in Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Announcement of Photography

Location: DeGolyer Library
Dates: October 23 – December 19, 2014
Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Defined by Light: example from the exhibitAbout the exhibit: Jack and Beverly Wilgus have an exceptional collection of images and objects related to the history of photography. The latest DeGolyer exhibit begins with materials from before the invention of photography with the camera obscura and ends in the 20th century. Photographs of various subjects and processes will be displayed: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cameras, viewers, early color work and more.

Exhibition Catalogue: Defined by Light: Photography’s First 75 Years by Jack and Beverly Wilgus

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Exhibit – The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

The Secret Life of Professors

DeGolyer Library

Professors teach classes— everyone knows this—but how do they spend their time outside of that MWF 8:00am seminar? Get a glimpse into the roles of Southern Methodist University professors as mentors, writers, researchers, administrators, and more through this exhibition of faculty letters, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, publications, and artifacts from the SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.

This exhibit is hosted in honor of SMU’s Year of the Faculty.


Exhibit: The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

Location: DeGolyer Library

Dates: August 20 to October 1, 2014; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reception: Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m.

The reception will include a book signing and lecture by Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne, author of No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson—Texas Visionary. For additional information or to RSVP: 214-768-3637 or degolyer@smu.edu.

The reception is co-sponsored by DeGolyer Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries.

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SMU Faculty in front of Dallas Hall

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Exhibit – Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014DeGolyer Library Exhibit

About the exhibit:
One could say that a piece of fiction is always selling something, such as a political idea, a belief of how the world operates or how people (especially men and women) interact, or the promotion of religious or philosophical ideas. So it is not surprising that fiction—simply put, a non-true or non-realistic story—has also been used to sell material goods, whether plows, windows, patent medicines, cereals, the telephone, bicycles, railroad travel, or insurance, to name a few topics found in this exhibit. American companies and their advertisers have long exploited the medium. The golden age of the genre was roughly 1890-1930, but, as our exhibit shows, examples exist to the present day. We think our show breaks new ground (“Father, have you ever tried any other chilled plows besides the Oliver?”) and we encourage you to be the first to see these long-neglected but culturally important pamphlets from the past.

Dates: March 27 – May 30, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Place: DeGolyer Library

Examples from the Exhibit

A Chicken WeddingA Chicken Wedding

Brief tale of Billy Brown Leghorn and Dolly Dominique, two chickens who elope. After the ceremony, the newlyweds settle down in their own coop, but then Dolly becomes ill. Fortunately, Dr. Duck (who is a quack!) prescribes Dr. Hess’s Poultry Pan-a-ce-a as well as a can of Instant Louse Killer.

Ashland, Ohio, ca. 1910. 12mo [8]pp + color pictorial wraps.

chauffeur6 Talks by the Jolly Fat Chauffeur with the Double Chin

The Chauffeur—the “Original Carburetor Kid” as he calls himself—pontificates about Ford motorcars to anyone who will listen. “’A’ford a Ford? Why, Goldielocks, take it from Your Uncle Dud, you can’t afford anything else and keep it running.”

Detroit, 1911. 12mo. 40pp. Color pictorial wrappers.

Oakland Fours, Sixes, and EightsThe Oakland Fours, Sixes, Eights

Attractive little booklet, with the main feature actually being a 12-page story entitled, How Charlie and Mary Decided. That is, how Charlie and Mary Sumners decided to purchase a new Oakland after they had exited the auto show. As Charlie explained to a friend: “Tom, we’ve been studying automobile catalogues for the past week, and Mary and I have wandered through this labyrinth of buzz-wagons till we’re dog tired”.

A Car of Beauty, refined and distinctive, sturdily built insuring comfort and economy and withal. Remarkable in performance and reliability. Pontiac, (1915). 16mo. [20]pp + two foldout illustrated plates + pictorial wrappers. Text vignettes of automotive scenes.

Askansas MuleAn Arkansas Mule

Story about a mule named “Moses” and an Oliver Patent Chilled Plow and how the pair unearthed a pot of gold that had been buried in Madison County, Tennessee during the Civil War. The piece claims to be a true story. Romaine (American Trade Catalogues) cites other catalogues under the product name, Oliver Chilled Plow Works [the Company was also known as the South Bend Chilled Plow Co.].

(South Bend, 1891). 12mo. 14pp. Illus. Pictorial wraps.

Shat-r-proof reporterThat Shat-R-Proof Reporter

Part of the tale is told throughout a sequence of captioned photos of an elderly woman who has a cracked window-shield, and how she is helped by a dapper tie-wearing mechanic who provides her with a new window and the Shat-R-Proof Guarantee.

Detroit, 1963. [12]pp including pictorial wraps.
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Exhibit – Treasures of DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting

Travels in the Interior of North America …Travels in the Interior of North America … Karl Bodmer, artist

Treasures of DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting

Americae Pars I-XIII
Theodore de Bry (1528-1598)
Americae Pars I-XIII
Frankfurt, 1590-1634

The exhibition features rare treasures from DeGolyer Library’s major collecting areas of Western Americana, exploration and discovery, history of science, history of business, photography, transportation, and literary works. Highlights include the 1493 “Columbus Letter;” Martin Waldseemüller’s 1513 map entitled Tabula Terre Nova, one of the earliest maps to depict the New World; a first edition of Francis Bacon’s first published philosophical work from 1605; the first authentic history of the Lewis and Clark expedition published in 1814; photographs by Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner; and much more.

Location: DeGolyer Library

Exhibit dates:
October 24, 2013 through February 28, 2014

Exhibit hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Listen to a brief introduction: mp3 file

Examples from the exhibit

Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company

Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company
Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad: The Old Reliable Route to the West via Quincy

Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., [1880]

Railroad timetables are always informative and sometimes, as in this example, they are colorful and attractive works of art as well.

Davy Crockett's Almanack of Wild Sports of the West and Life in the Backwoods: Calculated for All States in the Union

Davy Crockett’s Almanack of Wild Sports of the West and Life in the Backwoods: Calculated for All States in the Union

Nashville: Snag & Sawyer, [1834]

“Snag & Sawyer,” as the name suggests, was a fictional publisher. Crockett almanacs became widely popular annuals, and they continued for decades after Davy’s death, contributing to his mythical status in American literature and folklore.

 


Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)

Alexander Gardner (1821-1882)
Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel)
Washington [D.C.]: Alex. Gardner, Photographer, [ca. 1868]

Alexander Gardner’s especially rare and important portfolio of Western photographs were made in 1867 and 1868. The portfolio consists of 125 mounted albumen prints, each with letterpress titles and captions documenting the photographic survey from Saint Louis to San Francisco.

Vues des Cordillères, et Monumens des Peuples Indigènes de lA̓mériqueAlexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
Vues des Cordillères, et Monumens des Peuples Indigènes de lA̓mérique
Paris: F. Schoell, 1810.

In 1799, Humboldt, the great German naturalist, explorer, and scientist, undertook scientific investigations in all the Spanish possessions in America with privileges never before granted to any traveler. Accompanied by the French botanist Aimé Bonpland, together they made observations on geology, geography, zoology, botany and the political and social character of the regions.

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia MathematicaIsaac Newton (1642-1727)
Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica
London: G. & J. Innys, 1726

Third edition of “the greatest work in the history of science.” In the Principia, Newton formulated the three laws of motion. In addition to its universal significance, our copy has a distinguished local provenance. “To Dr. R.S. Hyer, President Emeritus, Southern Methodist University, Affectionately, Chas. C. Selecman, Oct. 1, 1927.”
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Exhibit: John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels

John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels

Exhibit at DeGolyer Library

Maley Journal

John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels, a previously unknown manuscript account of the Mississippi Valley, 1808-1812, will be on display April 23-May 24, 2013 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. A free souvenir keepsake, describing the manuscript and its significance, is available as part of the exhibit. The Maley manuscript was acquired by the SMU Centennial Host Committee as the 4 millionth volume in SMU Libraries and as a gift in honor of George W. Bush and Laura Welch Bush (SMU ’68) and the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

A link to the entire manuscript will soon be available on the DeGolyer Library website.

Souvenir Keepsake

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