SMU Digital Collections Update: April 2019

In April 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 884 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections.

Highlights include:

82 national bank notes and 37 obsolete Texas notes, ca. 1840-1929, added to the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency as part of the TexTreasures FY2019 grant program, sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. National Bank Notes in this set originate from banks in Houston, Huntsville, Itasca, Jacksboro, Jefferson, Killeen, Kingsville, Madisonville, and others. Of note among these items is an Original Series $100 bank note from 1871, as well as a number of county scrips, land scrips, and private scrips, all of which are obsolete Texas notes.

Yulise Waters Interview, 2018, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Yulise Waters Interview, 2018, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

3 oral history interviews have been added the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Janet White, Shanterra McBride, and Yulise Waters are part of the Voices of SMU project.

447 personal letters, legal documents, and business records added to the Fowler Family Papers. These documents were created or collected by Methodist minister Rev. Littleton Fowler (1803-1846), his wife, Missouri M. Porter Fowler (1807-1891), their son, Rev. Littleton M. Fowler (1841-1917), Mrs. Fowler’s third husband, Rev. John C. Woolam (1813-1894), and descendants. Rev. Littleton Fowler arrived in Texas in 1837 as one of three ministers officially appointed to organize the Texas Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Rocks in Echo Canon, under the Amphitheatre., ca. 1866-1874, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Rocks in Echo Canon, under the Amphitheatre., ca. 1866-1874, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

31 stereographs have been added to the U.S. West – Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection. Highlights include a number of images of the distinctive rock formations in the American West and an image of a hydraulic mining operation.

182 student newspapers from 1995 and 1996 to Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers. These issues feature stories about the AIDs epidemic, the Oklahoma City bomber, and a debate on legalizing marijuana.

The Record, Volume 45, Number 1, October 1990, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

The Record, Volume 45, Number 1, October 1990, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Four volumes and two issues of the Dallas Archeological Society’s The Record have been added to The Record, Dallas Archeological Society digital collection. These issues, from the 1940s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, detail a variety of Texas archaeological finds and day-to-day business of the Society and its members. [Some issues are restricted to on-campus viewing only.]

7 volumes, 1909-1963, to the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records, including two junior law books detailing the laws on the construction of locomotive tenders, a roster of electric and gasoline locomotives, and a two-volume roster of single expansion locomotives.

Bridwell Library exhibitions:

Twentieth-century printers and artists developed aesthetic principles that articulated the power of the book to influence the reader’s experience of a text. They endeavored not simply to copy or illustrate Scripture but to embody it in a meaningful form. Whether austere or exuberant in design, these books were conceived to give countenance to the spirit within. On view now in the Prothro Galleries in Bridwell Library, The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts.

The dissemination of classical Greek literature and Byzantine scholarship was greatly advanced by the advent of printing with movable type in Europe in the fifteenth century. Printers in Italy were especially significant in the promotion of classical education, aided by an influx of Greek scholars fleeing centers of learning such as Constantinople and Thessaloniki in the Byzantine Empire as it fell to the Ottoman Empire. Monuments of Early Greek Printing is on view now in the Entry Hall, Bridwell Library.

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