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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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Exhibit – Joe Coomer: A Life in Letters

Joe Coomer: A Life in Letters

Exhibition at DeGolyer Library

30th Anniversary Edition
The Decatur Road,
Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Available April 18th

Acclaimed author Joe Coomer ’81 recently donated his literary archive — more than 20 boxes of materials – to the DeGolyer Library. The current exhibit draws on this wealth of material, from Coomer’s earliest undergraduate essays and exams to manuscripts of his most recent novels. Known for his graceful prose and memorable characters, Coomer has published 11 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. “A Life in Letters” explores Coomer’s creative process through handwritten manuscripts, typed drafts, galley proofs, first editions, and translations. In conjunction with the exhibit, DeGolyer Library is republishing Coomer’s first novel, The Decatur Road, in a limited “thirtieth anniversary edition,” available April 18.
Joe Coomer Manuscript
Location: DeGolyer Library
Dates: March 21 – May 24, 2013
Time: 8:30 – 5:00 pm, M – F

This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pamalla Anderson at degolyer@mail.smu.edu or 214-768-3231.

Also by Joe Coomer More Books by Joe Coomer

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Exhibit – Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection

Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection Exhibition

Federal Camp at Johnsonville, Tenn. This view taken at Johnsonville the day before the evacuation…. In the foreground is the depot platform and just back of that is the 1st Tennessee Colored Battery. The War for the Union. No. 6646. The War Photograph & Exhibition Company, Hartford. Stereo, Robin Stanford Collection. Union soldiers standing on a platform at the Johnsonville depot overlooking the supply camp of the First Tennessee Colored Battery, an African American light artillery battery. This was taken just before the Confederate attack, November, 1864.

About the opening program

Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection Exhibition Opening and Program

Location: DeGolyer Library
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: Reception 6pm Texanan Room, Lecture 6:30pm with Richard McCaslin, PhD; Stanley Marcus Reading Room
RSVP: RSVP Online

About the exhibit (January 15th – March 15th, 2013)

Brownsville during Federal occupation, Pontoon Bridge over Rio Grande River. ca. 1866, Louis de Planque (attributed). Carte de visite, Robin Stanford Collection.

Over the course of forty years of collecting, Robin Stanford has amassed an exceptional group of Civil War photographs, numbering in the thousands. The most striking aspect of her collection is not only the sheer quantity of images, mostly stereographs, but the number of rare views by almost unknown photographers and in locations not much documented. For the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the DeGolyer Library is displaying the Robin Stanford photograph collection.

A book on the collection by curator of photographs Anne E. Peterson, The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection, will be available for purchase through the library for $20.00.

Additional images from the exhibition

Earth Entrenchments and Cannon, Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry. War Views. No. 2168. 1861, published by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., New York. Stereo, Robin Stanford Collection.
Camp Dinner. War Views – Army of the Potomac. No. 2056. ca. 1862, Thomas C. Roche (attributed), published by E. & H.T. Anthony & Co., New York. Stereo, Robin Stanford Collection.
Dead Confederate soldier in trenches before Petersburg. The War for the Union. April, 1865, Thomas C. Roche, War Photograph & Exhibition Company, Hartford. Stereo, Robin Stanford Collection.
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Exhibit – Remember the Ladies! Discovering Women’s History at DeGolyer Library

Remember the Ladies! Exhibit

Remember the Ladies! Discovering Women’s History at DeGolyer Library

About the exhibit: September 10 – December 14, 2012, DeGolyer Library

Ruth Holloway's Letter
Ruth Holloway photograph and letter to her mother in Dallas about her experiences in the Marine Corps Reserve, 1945. A1989.1613

From writers of recipes to writers of novels, the “Remember the Ladies! Discovering Women’s History at DeGolyer Library” exhibit presents over 100 years of the words and images of women, their families, daily activities, organizations, professions, and pastimes. Letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, newspapers, and other printed and visual materials illuminate women’s roles in society and the manner in which they shaped the culture, arts, education, business, social issues, law, and politics in Texas, the Southwest, and beyond.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and runs from September 10 through December 14, 2012. The DeGolyer Library is located in the Fondren West Building at 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75205. Hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit http://www.smu.edu/cul/degolyer/ or call (214) 768-3231.

More examples from the exhibit:

Christina Lettie Amanda Moore Diary, 1901-1902.
Christina Lettie Amanda Moore Diary, 1901-1902
Arkansas girl’s diary includes a handmade cover which reads “Sunshine Diary” and provides a detailed picture of the life of a twelve-year-old girl and her activities, including school, family life, love of food, quilting, fishing, holidays, and singing lessons. A2002.0038c
Scrapbook belonging to Kathryn M. Jefferson, captain of Troop 20, from Silberstein Elementary School in Dallas.1939-1940, Mss 49x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCP Fashions and Fabrics catalog, 1942 A2004.0007
JCP Fashions and Fabrics catalog, 1942 A2004.0007
Big Tex, photographer Lynn Lennon
“Big Tex, Symbol of the State Fair of Texas,” 1984-1993 by photographer Lynn Lennon Ag2002.1405