SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: January 2020

In January 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 208 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

68 photographs and pamphlets, 1861-1940s. 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-20008). (2020). These items include campaign literature, church publications, publications of various religious associations, and images of early settlements, businesses and events in Texas.

5 oral history interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Rev. Richie Butler, Michael Carter, Ava Damri, Ashley Isles, and Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson, are part of the Voices of SMU project.

In Sure and Certain Hope, 1903, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

In Sure and Certain Hope, 1903, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

One issue of Camera Work and 8 individual images from the issue, 1903, from the Jack and Beverly Wilgus History of Photography Collection. Camera Work was an influential photographic quarterly journal, published and edited by Alfred Stieglitz from 1903 until 1917. It is known for its high-quality photogravures reproducing the work of many notable photographers of the Photo-Secession movement, and its editorial purpose to establish photography as a fine art.

9 drawings, 1889-1901, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. These include erecting card drawings for various railroads and companies, including Southern Pacific, Duluth and Iron Range, and Arizona and New Mexico.

[View of Bridge from Boat], 1933, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[View of Bridge from Boat], 1933, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

17 images, 1933, from the Sir Ellice Victor Elias Sassoon Papers and Photographs. These images were taken in various locations, including Shanghai, China, and Mount Fuji in Japan, among others. A particularly striking image shows a busy waterway in Shanghai, with a crowd of people standing on a bridge above.

10 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes, ca. 1837-1862, added to the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. Among the notes are Star Notes from the early Republic of Texas and private scrip from a variety of issuers, including the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway Company, the Texas Telegraph Company, Jones & Dunaway, and unissued private scrip by E. W. Cave.

2 photographs, ca. 1900-1910, from the Vivian J. Aunspaugh Art Club Records. These photographs feature a portrait of Vivian Aunspaugh as a young girl and a group of women painting china while seated around a table.

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa, ca. 1910-1923, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

9 items, 1910-1923, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Among these items are political cartoons featuring Victoriano Huerta and Pancho Villa, as well as five letters written by Emiliano Zapata.

1 pamphlet, 1885, entitled California’s Favorite. The Wind Turbine Mill. This pamphlet contains information and images of a turbine windmill, including construction, uses, and reviews from previous purchasers.

78 news clip and b-roll videos from March, April, and May 1960 from WFAA Newsfilm Collection, ca. 1960-1978. These clips are in black and white, and primarily silent, and feature video of both Dallas news and national news events. Highlights include several clips of events and students at SMU, parts of speeches by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and footage featuring Reverend Ashton Jones, a civil rights advocate from Los Angeles who visited Dallas.

 

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: December 2019

In December 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 235 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

[Firemen, Hempstead, Texas], ca. 1890s, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

65 photographic prints, books, leaflets and pamphlets, 1872-1960s. 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-20008). (2020). Among these are city directories, promotional materials, speeches and photographs of people, buildings, scenic views and businesses throughout Texas.

9 oral history interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Ryan Cole, Greg Hill, Chelsey Kilburn, Rev. Dr. Henry Masters, Mary McFall, Edna Aguilar Mitchell, Alexis Nguyen, Jessica Pires-Jancose, and Rachel Scruggs are part of the Voices of SMU project.

[Artillery] running from Mexico after Villa, June 16, 1919, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

56 photographs, ca. 1914-1919, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Among these photographs are images from the American occupation of Veracruz in 1914, as well as events surrounding the Battle of Ciudad Juarez in June  1919 and refugee camps in Fort Bliss and New Mexico. A particularly striking image shows American troops in pursuit of Pancho Villa after the Battle of Ciudad Juarez.

4 photographs from the David Goodyear Collection of Foreign Railroad Photographs depicting locomotives and trains from four Chinese Railways: Suzhou Railway, Longhai Railway, Peking-Mukden Railway, and Beijing-Hankou Railway.

Obstacle Course, Camp Callan., November 9, 1943, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

28 letters, postcards, and miscellaneous enclosures, 1943, from the John C. Cox, Jr. World War II Papers collection. These items sent from Cox to his family in Dallas discuss his experiences during training at Camp Callan in California, and occasionally include newspaper clippings, postcards, or photographs.

30 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes ca. 1820s-1864, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. Notes originate from various governments and civil institutions, including the interim government of Texas, the Corporation of the Town of San Felipe de Austin, the Republic of Texas, and Dallas County.

Volume 42, Numbers 1 and 3 of the Dallas Archaeological Society’s The Record. These issues, from 1987 and 1988, document the activities and excavations of the club and its members. Included is the 50th anniversary issue, featuring a large number of articles from members past and present and short histories of the club.

2 cartes de visite, 1866, by Louis de Planque from Early Texas Town Views. One card shows a city and street seem of Matamoros, as viewed from Brownsville, Texas. The other card shows the ferry landing and buildings in Santa Cruz, Mexico, viewed from across the Rio Grande River in Brownsville. The ferry provided international crossings between Mexico and the United States before the Gateway International Bridge was built in 1928.

39 newsletters and 2 fliers, 1985-1999, from the Southern Methodist University Office of Information Technology records collection. These newsletters discuss various technology and computing issues, advances, and events on campus. Highlights include a 1986 issue discussing new legislation defining “computer crimes” and a 1987 issue with an article celebrating the addition of “on-line” searchable databases to the SMU Libraries’ offerings — charges for which could be paid by personal check or departmental account to reimburse the university for computing time based on the search. There are also numerous reviews of computer hardware and software throughout.

Bridwell Exhibition:

The Shape of Content in Christian Books, Broadsides, and Devotional Objects is the featured online only exhibition for Bridwell Library. The exhibition originally was exhibited August 24–December 18, 2015. From the late Middle Ages through the twentieth century, books produced for Christian worship, study, or private devotion have taken a great variety of shapes. Their many sizes, configurations, systems of organization, and special features have varied widely according to the requirements of their contents and the needs of their owners. Shorter texts intended for ephemeral purposes often appeared as single-sheet broadsides, while certain devotional objects functioned much like books yet conveyed their meaning in innovative ways. This exhibition explores how handwritten or printed examples of Christian texts from past centuries have transcended traditional expectations, bringing new meaning and enhanced understanding to their readers.

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: November 2019

In November 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 670 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

1970 Cotton Bowl Festival Parade, 1970, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

1970 Cotton Bowl Festival Parade, 1970, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

66 photographic prints and pamphlets, 1872-1960s. 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-20008). (2020). Among these are cookbooks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, booklets describing county fairs and their attractions, and images from various locations throughout Texas depicting life in both urban and rural areas.

First and Last Chance $1.00 (one dollar) private scrip, May 20, 1864, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

First and Last Chance $1.00 (one dollar) private scrip, May 20, 1864, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

31 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes ca. 1862-1864, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. These private scrip originate from Houston businesses operating during the U.S. Civil War, including W.H. Eliot, Westheimer & Billig, First and Last Chance, and others.

8 oral history interviews have been added to the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Troy Alley, Thonisha Barnes, DaNaysia Jones, Reverend Robin Murray, Ana-Maria Ramos, Xavier Henderson, Matt Houston, and Rickie Wright are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Cab ride on Calif. Zephyr to Helper, Utah. [No. 6], March 1966, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Cab ride on Calif. Zephyr to Helper, Utah. [No. 6], March 1966, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

40 negatives, taken between 1949 and 1967, from the Richard Steinheimer Collection. Among these images are photographs of the interiors and exteriors of a number of trains in California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Montana, and Idaho. An image of the California Zephyr, taken in Utah in March of 1966, showcases the striking landscape of the U.S. West.

461 student newspapers, 1999-2002, from the Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers collection. Included among these issues is reporting on the September 11, 2001 attacks and the 2000 presidential election.

Estatua de Carlos IV [No. 2168], ca. 1880-1899, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Estatua de Carlos IV [No. 2168], ca. 1880-1899, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

4 photographs, ca. 1880-1899, by Alfred Briquet, from the [Collection of Alfred Briquet Views of Mexico and the Caribbean]. Among these images are views of the Vigal Canal and the Cathedral of Mexico in Mexico City, as well as a photograph of the Statue of Charles IV when it stood in front of the plaza de toros del Paseo Nuevo in Mexico City, Mexico.

19 course catalogs from the 2015-2016 academic year have been added to the Southern Methodist University Course Catalogs collection. These catalogs contain general information and course descriptions from each of SMU’s programs of study.

El Hijo Ahuizote Semanario Político de Caricaturas, July 20, 1912, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

El Hijo Ahuizote Semanario Político de Caricaturas, July 20, 1912, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

12 images, 1912-1919, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Included are a number of pages from newspapers and magazines describing the situation in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. Of particular interest is a page from El Hijo del Ahiuzote, which was a satirical political cartoon published in Mexico.

42 items, ca. 1943, from the John C. Cox, Jr. World War II Papers, including letters, newspaper clippings, and postcards sent from John C. Cox to his family in Dallas, Texas. The postcards are from mostly from Camp Callan. His letters detail his activities at Camp Callan, and sometimes include newspaper clippings or church programs that he found interesting. One particular item of interest is a program for the Mercury Wonder Show that was put on by Orson Welles for enlisted men during World War II in Los Angeles, California. Cox attended the show while on leave for a weekend.

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