In October 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 473 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:
139 real photographic postcards, 1904-1944, from the John Miller Morris Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs of Texas Collection. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (Grant Number TXT-21010). (2021). These postcards come from the Panhandle and the South Plains regions and show scenes of life in the early 20th century of Texas including pictures of racing, boxing, and parades. Of note are several images of Texas courthouses, including the courthouse in Lubbock, Texas.45 real picture postcards, ca. 1904-1918, also from the John Miller Morris Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs of Texas Collection (but not as part of the TXT-21010 grant). These images were taken in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, in Brownsville, Sharyland, and in and near Fort Brown. Most of these images date to the reactivation of Fort Brown ca. 1914-1918 during the Mexican Revolution. Some images show troops drilling, camping, and practicing shooting and riding. Other images show troops associated with the 1916 Pershing Expedition into Mexico disembarking from trains. Highlights include images showing soldiers at leisure, swimming, and playing football.
46 engine drawing cards 1908-1937, from the Baldwin Locomotive Works Records collection (Series 7: Data books). Per the collection finding aid, “In 1910, Baldwin began keeping engine drawing data on large cards. Records of locomotives after 1903 were transferred to the cards and continued from that point. The cards are arranged by BLW class numbers and include primarily dimensions of various parts of the locomotive.”95 images, 1944-1945, from the Frank J. Davis World War II Photographs collection. These photographs primarily document military service by members of the Museum and Medical Arts Service (MAMAS), both in the European and Pacific Theaters, during World War II. Included are images of daily life and special events at the US Military Installation at La Mostra d’Oltremare, in Naples, Italy; Mr. Davis’s time spent in the Northern Mariana Islands both with the Signal Corps and Western Pacific Base Command Special Services; as well as photographs taken in India while en route to the Pacific Theater from the European Theater.
10 interviews have been added to the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with NeAndre Broussard, James Richardson, Sabreena Robinson, Reverend Richard Stewart, Dominique Earland, Kathy Hubbard, Dr. Iyabo Osiapem, and Timara Tyler are part of the Voices of SMU project.
118 photographs and postcards, 1936-1942, from Photographs – Bywaters/Dozier Sketching Trips – 1930s – 1940s, These images were taken on sketching trips taken by Jerry Bywaters and Otis Dozier to the Southwestern United States. Bywaters and Dozier used these trips as an opportunity to capture images of scenes for their art. This group of images, primarily from the 1930s, includes a photograph labeled “Mexican Cemetery – Terlingua” that likely served as an inspiration for Bywaters’ 1939 work, ”Mexican Graveyard, Terlingua.”
19 scrapbook pages, 1936-1946, from DeForrest Judd Scrapbook, 1936-1950. These pages feature newspaper clippings about Judd’s work in Ohio and Dallas, a number of programs for exhibitions which featured Judd’s work, and several awards and prizes given to Judd over the years.