Archives of Women of the Southwest Exhibits Manuscripts

One foot in front of the other…

Ribbons, Races, and Research Forty Years of the Susan G. Komen Foundation 1982-2022 (1)
Ribbons, Races, and Research Forty Years of the Susan G. Komen Foundation 1982-2022 exhibit banner


Forty years ago, one sister made a promise to another, that she would end the silence around breast cancer; raise money for research; and to one day cure breast cancer for good. This was what Nancy Brinker promised to her sister Susan Goodman Komen who died of breast cancer in 1980. In 1982, Nancy had put her formidable fund-raising talents to work and established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Foundation also awarded its first research grant for $28,000 to Dr. Gary Spitzer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. the first Race for the Cure® took place in Dallas, TX in 1983 with 800 participants.

Just four years after Susan passed away from breast cancer, Nancy found herself in the same situation. Brinker received her breast cancer diagnosis in 1984 which continued to motivate her to seek treatment, spread the word, and continue to search for a cure. October 1986 was the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month; every October since has served as an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.

Brinker turned the Susan G. Komen for the Cure into the most influential health charity in the country and arguably the world. Its pink ribbon is an iconic a symbol of hope everywhere. Each year, millions of people worldwide take part in Race for the Cure events. To date, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has “invested more than $3.3 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries” and “helped reduce deaths from breast cancer by 40 percent between 1989-2016.”

Now on display outside of Hillcrest Hall for the month of October 2022: Ribbons, Races and Research: Forty Years of the Susan G. Komen Foundation 1982-2022. This exhibit chronicles the establishment of the foundation and its impact around the globe on breast cancer awareness and research.

Housed in the Archives of Women of the Southwest at the DeGolyer Library, the Susan G. Komen Foundation records comprise: papers, photographs, clippings, company publications, awards, and artifacts along with an additional terabyte of digital video, photograph, and document files.

Contact Samantha Doddcurator of the Archives of Women of the Southwest for additional information or assistance with accessing the collections. For access to these collections or to learn more about the women of the southwest, be sure to visit the DeGolyer Library and check out our books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and photographs.

In October, think pink!

Pink ribbon pin
Pink ribbon Komen Race for the Cure pin
Archives of Women of the Southwest Exhibits

On the road across Texas…

First Day of the Trip (Greenville-Dallas-Waco)
First Day of the Trip (Greenville-Dallas-Waco)

Needing some inspiration for traveling this summer? Then look no further than in the archives! From maps to travel guides, postcards to posters, diaries to scrapbooks, there are a variety of resources to guides your plans. So plug in that hybrid vehicle, and grab something to take notes. For those looking to venture down to the coast, then this Texas Album – Start Greenville, provides the perfect trip itinerary.

“Lib” and Glen started out their summer travels in Greenville, Texas in June 1922. The first leg of their journey included stops in Dallas, Hillsboro (for lunch) before they spent the night in Waco. This travel album comprises many photographs and annotations by the creator, postcards, maps, and small ephemera. While in Dallas they explored the Fair Grounds, the Jefferson and various streets in town.

The second leg of the trip took them to Austin, where for two days they visited the Capitol grounds, and the law building at the University of Texas.

Scene at Deep Eddy, Austin
Scene at Deep Eddy, Austin

They describe the scene at Deep Eddy as “one of Austin’s good swimming holes.” After Austin, the third leg of their trip brought them to San Antonio (after passing through Buda, San Marcos, and New Braunfels) where they spent another two days. “Lib” and Glen explored various swimming holes, fishing, and did some sightseeing. They saw missions, the Alamo, and Brackenridge Park. While in town they stayed in the Gunter Hotel. The Gunter opened on November 20, 1909, on the site of the earlier Mahncke Hotel. The hotel was built by the San Antonio Hotel Company and named for Jot Gunter, a local rancher and real estate developer who was one of its financiers.

4th leg of the trip
4th leg of the trip

The fourth leg of the trip took the couple through Karnes City, Kennedy, Cuero, Yorktown, Victoria, and Edna. However, a muddy spot in the road caused a traffic jam. “Cars stuck to the rear of us; cars stuck ahead of us. Nothing to do but sit in the car until daylight.” After getting unstuck, they arrived in Houston. In addition to images of their muddy ride, photographs of this leg of the journey show various scenes of Rice University including the main building, the Power building, and the boy’s dormitory.

Finally, the last leg of the road trip brought “Lib” and Glen to Galveston. They drove around the sea wall, and participated in the Crystal Plunge. They swam, they fished, and enjoyed the sites and scenes of Galveston.

Bathing Girl Revue, Galveston
Bathing Girl Revue, Galveston
Crystal Plunge
Crystal Plunge




"Lib" and Glen
“Lib” and Glen


This album is one of many featured in the exhibition “Send Me a Postcard! Women on the Road across 19th-20th Century America,” which examines women motorists/automobilists and their travels across the country.

Contact Samantha Dodd, curator of the Archives of Women of the Southwest for additional information or assistance with accessing these materials. “Send me a Postcard! Women on the road across 19th-20th century America” will be on display in the Hillcrest exhibit hall through August 2022. View additional materials in the companion digital exhibit. The DeGolyer continues to expand our digitization efforts, adding new content weekly. We have thousands of items digitized and searchable in our digital collections with many thousands more

Archives of Women of the Southwest Exhibits Manuscripts

Send me a postcard!

Send me a postcard exhibit banner
Send me a postcard exhibit banner


On exhibition this summer in the DeGolyer Library’s Hillcrest Hall Send me a postcard! Women on the road across 19th-20th century America examines women motorists/automobilists and their travels across the country. The concept for this exhibit developed from a series of blog posts written over the course of a few summers. “That’s Where the West Begins…” featured the Elizabeth Dalrymple manuscript. Filled with humorous adventures, Elizabeth’s narrative describes her road trip from Pennsylvania to Colorado and back with her girlfriends Lillian, Aldine, Ethel in June 1940. The follow-up post “On the Road Again” featured the Margaret Burkhalder’s scrapbook, which contains a travel journal and diary, postcards, clippings, programs, and ephemera from a five-week trip from Buffalo, New York to the Midwest and Western United States and Canada with a group of nurses from Buffalo General Hospital, June 11 to July 14, 1936.

The open road stood as a symbol of freedom. It offered women means of exploration and an opportunity to become rugged adventurers. Automobiles started to appear at the same time women were striving for autonomy in the home and in politics. Women’s growing independence and the suffrage movement coincided with the rise of the motoring. To set out on the road required a sense of adventure and determination, an ability to cope with at times harsh conditions, and the know-how to troubleshoot repairs or problem-solve.

A woman’s world tour in a motor cover
A woman’s world tour in a motor cover

Highlights from the exhibit include: Harriet White Fisher’s (1865-1939) A woman’s world tour in a motor. Harriet White Fisher Andrew was an American known for being the first woman to circle the globe in a Locomobile. Alice Huyler Ramsey’s (1886-1983) Veil, duster and tire iron provides a description of an automobile trip from New York to San Francisco. Alice Huyler Ramsey was the first woman to drive an automobile across the United States from coast to coast, a feat she completed on August 7, 1909. Ramsey became the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on October 17, 2000.

Newly acquired materials from the DeGolyer can also been seen in this exhibit. Elizabeth Albertha Taylor’s Western Wonderland [privately printed account of a western trip], 1903 recounts a western journey of a group of women beginning in Denver with sightseeing. The group then made their way to Manitou; Cheyenne Canyon for a “botany expedition”; Pike’s Peak; Garden of the Gods; and Glenwood Springs where they celebrated Fourth of July. They went on to stay at Yellowstone. Her account is an illustrated diary which includes many photographs of scenery and towns, as well as photos of the group and their activities.

“Safety First on Your Trip to California”
“Safety First on Your Trip to California”

Henrietta Heacock’s Safety First on Your Trip to California was created for Elisabeth by Henrietta, as a present for a girl’s trip by train to California. The entire book was compiled from different periodicals’ humorous clippings, cartoons, and illustrations, combined to form chapters. Some of the chapter headings: “The Way to Travel,” “The Gateway to the West,” “Are You an Optimist.” The album allowed Elisabeth (and future owners) to enjoy contemporary “railroad humor” while passing the time. It is a valuable reflection of railroad culture in American life.

Contact Samantha Dodd, curator of the Archives of Women of the Southwest for additional information or assistance with accessing these materials. “Send me a Postcard! Women on the road across 19th-20th century America” will be on display in the Hillcrest exhibit hall through August 2022. View additional materials in the companion digital exhibit. The DeGolyer continues to expand our digitization efforts, adding new content weekly.

Archives of Women of the Southwest Exhibits

Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes

Women's suffrage ephemera

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day. It is celebrated in the United States each year on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.


“Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment” features over 100 objects from the collections of Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and the DeGolyer Library. The exhibit documents the history of the women’s rights movement, from the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) through the 19th century and early 20th century, with emphasis on the roles women played first in the abolitionist movement and then in the suffrage movement.


We thank Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Helen LaKelly Hunt for their generous loans and enthusiastic support. We also thank Bonnie Wheeler and the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, New Feminist Discourses and Social Change.

View the Online Exhibition
Suffrage sheet music
Suffrage sheet music

Video Introductions

Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, New Feminist Discourses and Social Change

Lolita Buckner Inniss

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner

Susanne Scholz

Crista DeLuzio

Bonnie Wheeler

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Andy Hanson’s Dallas

This winter, we celebrated the life and professional legacy of Andy Hanson with our exhibit Andy Hanson: Picturing Dallas 1960-2008.  The exhibit allowed visitors to appreciate Hanson’s incredible talent and reflect on the history of Dallas. If you were unable to visit the exhibit, you can explore the virtual exhibit at any time by clicking the link below:  

 Andy Hanson

You can also view the digital Andy Hanson collection via the link below:  


Much of Andy’s career was spent in a Dallas newsroom, covering the city’s politicians and leaders.  If you’d like to learn more about the political history of Dallas, consider the following collections:  


Earle Cabell Papers 

Earle and Elizabeth Cabell with campaign supporters

Earle Cabell (1906 – 1975) was a dairyman, food merchant, Dallas mayor, and United States Congressman. In serving as mayor of Dallas, Cabell followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His term was from 1961 to 1964, during which time he guided the city through the John F. Kennedy assassination and aftermath. Cabell served four consecutive terms as Texas’ Fifth District Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1964 to 1972.   

You can view the finding aid, in two parts, here: Part 1 Part 2   

And see photographs of Cabell from the Hanson collection here:,%20Earle,%201906-1975/mode/exact 


Erik Jonsson papers

Erik Jonsson

Erik Jonsson (1901-1995) was the Brooklyn-born co-founder and president of Texas Instruments, and mayor of Dallas from 1964 to 1971, which saw among other achievements the development of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.  A strong advocate for education, Jonsson founded what would become The University of Texas at Dallas.

You can view the finding aid, in three parts, here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 

And explore the digital collection here: 


James M. Collins Congressional papers  

James M. Collins

James M. Collins (1916-1989) was raised in Dallas and earned a bachelor’s degree from SMU before serving as a captain in Patton’s Third Army, where he earned a Purple Heart.  After years of working in his family’s insurance firm, he was elected in 1968 to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Texas’ Third Congressional District. After leaving politics in 1983, Collins served as president of SMU Alumni, and as a member of the SMU Board of Trustees.   

View the finding aid here:  


Dallas in the second half of the 20th century was known for its booming businesses and high-society, marked by glamour and decadence.  If you’d like to read more about some movers and shakers captured by Andy, check out the following collections:  

                                Caroline Rose Hunt  papersCaroline Rose Hunt photoCaroline Rose Hunt (1923-2019) was the third of  legendary oilman H.L. Hunt’s fifteen children. As an adult she was recognized as the richest woman in the world, thanks to careful management of her inheritance, and bolstered by the success of the numerous hotels she opened and operated under the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts banner. In addition to her business interests, Hunt published a novel and two cookbooks, and was a dedicated supporter of the arts and humanities.   

The Caroline Rose Hunt papers are currently being processed   

Click below to learn more about the collection: 


Stanley Marcus papers  

Sophia Loren and Stanley Marcus

Stanley Marcus (1905-2002) was the eldest son of Neiman Marcus department store founder Herbert Marcus. He joined the family firm after attending Harvard Business School, and became the creative heart of the company, launching numerous initiatives including in-house fashion shows, industry awards, and the annual Fortnight celebrations, which brought international culture and fashion to Dallas.  “Mr. Stanley” was also a noted patron of the arts and humanities in Dallas, as well as a critical voice for social justice in the city. 

The Stanley Marcus papers are open to researchers 

Click below to view the digital Stanley Marcus collection: 


Ebby Halliday papers  

Ebby Halliday  

Ebby Halliday (1911-2005) went from selling women’s hats to founding and leading one of the world’s largest independently owned real estate firms, earning her the nickname the “First Lady of Real Estate” and recognition as one of the business leaders of Dallas. 

The Ebby Halliday papers are open to researchers. You can also check out her biography Ebby Halliday: the first lady of real estate. 


If you’d like to learn more about the history of Dallas, consider the following titles: 

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Big D: triumphs and troubles of an American supercity in the 20th century by Darwin Payne 




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The Dallas Myth: the making and unmaking of an American city by Harvey J. Graff 





Book Cover


Dallas: A History of ‘Big D’ by Michael V. Hazel 







If you have any questions about the collections mentioned above, please email Christina Jensen at, or stop by the DeGolyer reading room.

Exhibits Manuscripts

Under Construction–Putting the Pieces together for an Exhibit

When people think about working in a rare book library, they imagine librarians reading books all day. What they don’t imagine is the hard physical work that we do many days.


Lifting boxes of books. Shelving and reshelving books. Putting the pieces together for an exhibit. Moving the cases. Lifting the lids. Putting material in the cases. Putting the lids back on. Changing our minds and rearranging the cases. Climbing ladders and adjusting the framed pictures. Sweeping up the mess from our behind the scenes supplies.


But at the end of the day, when the exhibit is installed, we forget about the lifting and moving. We are happy when our readers enjoy the displays. And this particular exhibit we know you will not forget.

“OK, I’ll do it Myself” is the newest exhibit at the DeGolyer Library.

Book collector and bibliographer Caroline Schimmel has selected and organized 144 books, photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia by 101 women, dating from 1682 to 2015. Items include Maria Sibylla Merian’s hand-printed and colored copy of Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium(1705); Annie Oakley’s travel trunk, photos, gloves, and color-printed envelope she shot through the heart; Mary Godfrey’s illustrated account of the “horrid massacre” of her family in 1825; and Dale Evans’s scruffy rhinestoned pink boots.

You will be able to remember the exhibit long after your visit. Caroline Schimmel has put together a remarkable catalog of this collection. It is available for purchase.

After the grand opening, NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth interviewed both SMU history professor Christa DeLuzio and Caroline Schimmel.

“OK, I’ll do it Myself” will be in the Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall between January 18, 2018 and March 29, 2018. The Exhibit Hall is located in the Fondren Library on the Southern Methodist University Campus and is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 5.






An Evening Reminiscing

The Wittliffs and Virgil Musick
L to R: Bill Wittliff, Virgil Musick, and Sally Wittliff


On February 23, 2017, Bill Wittliff and Virgil Musick reunited for the first time in 20 years. Bill and Sally Wittliff, creators of the Encino Press, joined Virgil Musick, a faithful collector of their work, for an exhibition opening and panel discussion at the DeGolyer Library. Brought together nearly 30 years ago by Musick’s admiration for Wittliff’s talent creating fine press books, the three spent the evening reminiscing about the years the press was in operation. Before the panel discussion began, the special guests browsed among the cases of Wittliff’s materials that comprise the exhibit, Bill Wittliff, Texas Man of Letters: Selections from the Virgil Musick Collection. On display are awarding winning books from Wittliff’s time at the SMU Press and Encino Press as well as broadsides, exhibit catalogs, and photographs.


Bob More book
J. Frank Dobie
Bob More, Man and Bird Man
Dallas: The Encino Press, 1965
Introduction, design, and inscription by William D. Wittliff


Wittliff recounted that publishing houses in the Southwest were significantly fewer in number in the early 1960s than those found on the East Coast, and fine presses were even scarcer.  Nonetheless, the Wittliffs jumped in. Although his degree was in journalism, Wittliff had a knack for selecting typeface, paper, and colors, which when combined resulted in a distinctive Encino Press style, something noticed by Musick. Wittliff thanked Musick not only for collecting the works of the Encino Press, but also for being a “paying customer,” not always a given in the early years. The Wittliffs agreed that despite working out of a carport for a time, a warehouse fire that destroyed a significant part of their inventory, printing mishaps, and more, the years of the Encino Press were wonderful times. Musick shared the sentiment, clearly enjoying the opportunity to trade stories and recollections with the Witliffs. He related an anecdote about one of the last Encino Press publications that he tracked down years after its publication and joked that his wife never did know how much he paid for it.


Panel Discussion
Panel discussion with Bill Wittliff (L) and Virgil Musick (R)


The exhibit runs through June 1, 2017, in the Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall.


THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS, 1886-2016: Celebrating 130 Years of a Texas Institution

[Map in back pocket, State Fair of Texas] 1984, Lynn Lennon
This year, the State Fair of Texas is celebrating its 130th anniversary, a real Lone Star State tradition! Joining in the celebration, the DeGolyer Library will be kicking off the fun with an exhibition of State Fair photographs by Dallasite Lynn Lennon. In addition to Lennon’s images, there are several cases of related ephemera. Included are State Fair tokens, badges, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, handkerchiefs and more dating from the 19th into the 20th century from various DeGolyer collections.

Lynn Lennon’s slice-of-life photographs illustrate the excitement and diversity of the State Fair. Lennon was born in Dallas in 1927, a third generation Texan. Her interest in photography began when she was a child. For Christmas one year, she requested a camera and received a Baby Brownie. Her father set up a darkroom, and together they developed her negatives and made contact prints. Lennon never forgot the magic of seeing images slowly emerge in the developing tray.

After graduating from Baylor University, Lennon made paintings and assemblages. In 1970, she again became interested in black and white photography and took up the art with renewed interest. She photographed in Dallas, Louisiana, China and Europe and had one woman shows in galleries in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, London, Paris, and other cities. Her work was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, and other museums. Lennon has published two books of photographs, Categorically Speaking and Dogmatically Speaking.

Although she had always loved attending the Fair, in 1984 Lennon took on a long-time photographic project. She decided to document the State Fair of Texas for ten years. During the run of the Fair, for the first few years, she went out every day, often staying all day. There was much to see and capture on film – people from all walks of life, livestock, the Midway, traditional and novelty foods, performers and entertainment of all kinds, and changing weather. Her work at the Fair captures the timeless essence and variety of a Texas institution!

DeGolyer Library Exhibit, September 8 to December 16, 2016

Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library Center, SMU

Hours: 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday


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