In July 2018, SMU Libraries uploaded 277 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections.
26 documents, ca. 1910-1936, in the Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts and Imprints digital collection as part of the TexTreasures FY2018 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These documents feature promotional literature from the early 20th century that supports both urban and rural development throughout Texas.
Cities featured include Abilene, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio. Literature promoting settlement and development in these locations focuses on industrial and agricultural development, and lists local businesses, services, and resources to prove the worthiness of the cities to prospective new residents. Several of these works were produced by local chambers of commerce, yet others were produced by businesses. The smaller cities of Almeda, Alpine, Memphis, Mercedes, and Rosenberg emphasize agriculture, climate, natural resources, and the availability of land. Rural cities were also promoted as tourist destinations, with promotional literature concerning them describing natural scenes, recreation activities, and cultural or historical points of interest.25 items were added to the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers collection. These include 8 invitations to the Hamons’ famed theme parties, as well as 9 photographs of Jake and Nancy at the events. One photograph shows Jake and Nancy with prolific jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Also included are two color snapshots of Jake and Nancy from 1982, and 3 images of Nancy on the set of the 1943 film The Heat’s On.
One audio file of a Jackson lecture by Rabbi Levi Olan titled, “The Prophetic Faith in a Secular City – The Kingdom of God”, given on February 4, 1971 to the Perkins School of Theology digital collection.35 images taken by Andy Hanson from about 1960 through 1986, to the Collection of Photographs by Andy Hanson. These images feature musicians, actors, athletes, and political figures who visited the Dallas area, including Ron Howard, Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Henry Kissinger, and James Brown, to name but a few. Among this set is an image Hanson captured of Johnny Cash on stage in Fort Worth, wearing his signature “Man in Black” outfit.
22 images to the Bridwell Library’s Fifteenth-Century Printed Books digital collection for a total of 1100 items in the collection. Each book in this collection was printed in Europe prior to 1501.
3 videos from the Hilltop Annual Videos. These videos, produced by the Student Media Company, document student and administrative life of the SMU campus from the years 1987-1990. Topics covered in these videos include fallout from the NCAA suspension, sorority and fraternity life, and the 1988 presidential election.114 photographs, taken between the late 1800s to the early 1960s, from the George A. McAfee Photographs collection. Many of the images were taken by local photographer George A. McAfee, while some were by other photographers but in his personal collections. McAfee took many photographs of the streets of downtown Dallas, especially notable buildings and the streetcar system. The images also include Love Field Airport and train stations around DFW.
1 image from the World War I collection was added to Europe, Asia, and Australia- Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints. This German postcard features a soldier and a woman standing near an ocean with a submarine surfacing behind them.
6 stereographs, taken in 1867 by Alexander Gardner, from Across the continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division. These stereographs feature views along the route of the Union Pacific, Eastern Division, later the Kansas Pacific Railroad, and geological features in Missouri and Kansas.16 images, ca. 1880s to 1902, by Alfred Briquet, from [Collection of Alfred Briquet views of Mexico]. Briquet spent nearly 50 years photographing Mexico, and his subjects include churches, historical monuments, gold mines, Bosque de Chapultepec, and the Mexican Railway.
3 images, ca. 1890-1920, from Collection of African American Photographs, featuring images of African Americans in Texas and Oklahoma. Among these items is a family portrait depicting various members of the Porter family, who resided in Oklahoma.
8 lantern slides, ca. 1902-1935, from the Cullum & Boren Advertising Collection. The slides are advertisements from the Dallas sporting goods store Cullum & Boren, promoting cameras and film, bicycles, and an automobile tent.
15 stereographs, ca. 1880s-1890s, from the William Henry Jackson Stereographs. These images, taken by photographer W.H. Jackson, were taken in Mexico with a focus on churches, cityscapes, and landmarks.
12 stereographs, taken between 1896 and the 1940s, from the Collection of Texas Stereographs. These stereoviews are primarily from Keystone View Company. Most of the images are of rural Texas, including livestock, farm fields, and a cotton mill.
9 items, taken between 1868 and 1949, featuring the U.S. West. The items include 8 postcards depicting studio pictures of cowboys from the early 20th century and one stereograph by Alexander Gardner featuring Arapaho children.
Events and other exhibits:
Mandalas: Dean Joseph Quillian continues on display in the Entry Hall of Bridwell Library through August 19, 2018. Joseph Quillian served as Dean of the Perkins School of Theology from 1960–1981.