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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: October 2019

Posted on November 1, 2019 by Elisa McCune

In October 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 303 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections.

Highlights include:

[Men Dumping Liquor at U.S. Customs House], ca. 1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Men Dumping Liquor at U.S. Customs House], ca. 1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

30 photographic prints, ca. 1880s-1940s, from the Collection of Texas Photographs as part of the TexTreasures FY2020 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This collection contains photographs of buildings, landscapes, events, and people throughout Texas. Included are photographs taken on the Ox Ranch in Childress County, ca. 1920s. There are also images of local businesses in Aransas Pass, Aurora, Austin, Bells, Brownwood, Carson and Port Aransas. Of particular interest is a photograph of men dumping liquor at U.S. Customs House, taken by photographer Robert Runyon.

30 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes, ca. 1838-1880, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. The notes originate from Houston and Rockdale. Private scrip originates from the following issuers: W. H. Eliot, Thos. F. Hudson & Son, Woody & Perry. All other notes are Government of Texas Treasury Warrants issued during the administrations of Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar.

4 oral history interviews from the the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Yvette Blair-Lavallais, Keisha Crane, Ambassador Antonio Garza, and Malachi Haines, Jr., are part of the Voices of SMU project.

63 items, ca. 1943, from the John C. Cox, Jr. World War II Papers, including letters, photographs, and postcards sent from John C. Cox to his family in Dallas, Texas. The photos consist mainly of Cox in his gear while at Camp Callan. Postcards are from either Camp Callan itself or other California locations like San Francisco and San Diego. His letters detail his activities at Camp Callan, and sometimes include newspaper clippings or church programs that he found interesting.

33 course catalogs, 2012 and 2013, from the Southern Methodist University Course Catalogs collection. These catalogs contain general information and course descriptions from each of SMU’s programs of study.

[Cactus Division], ca. 1918, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Cactus Division], ca. 1918, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

7 photographs and real photographic postcards, ca. 1918, from World War I, featuring images of American soldiers in camps around Texas. One of the more interesting photographs is an overhead shot of the Cactus Division from San Antonio, Texas. It features the entire division, including horses, standing in the formation of a giant nopal cactus.

1 erecting card drawing, 1893, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works. This drawing was created for W.L. Bass on behalf of Central Consuelo.

9 photographs and real photographic postcards, ca. 1917, from World War I, featuring images of French soldiers Europe, mainly Champagne, France, during World War I. Some of the photos feature aspects of the war like trenches and prisoners.

8 photographs, ca. 1875-1890, from the Collection of Lorenzo Becerril photographs of Mexico. This collection contains photographs by Mexican photographer Lorenzo Becerril. The images include a photograph of the custom house in Veracruz and photographs of various depots.

[General Obregon, Pancho Villa, General Pershing], August 27, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[General Obregon, Pancho Villa, General Pershing], August 27, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

87 images, 1910-1969, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Included are a number of portraits of the Mexican general Francisco “Pancho” Villa; his family, including several of his wives and children; and a number of his military exploits. Of particular interest are images of his meeting with General John “Black Jack” Pershing, who later led a punitive military operation against Villa in response to his raid on Columbus, New Mexico, in 1916.


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