SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: May 2021

In May 2021, SMU Libraries uploaded 424 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

International Bridge Across the Rio Grande, ca. 1907-1908, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

208 real photographic postcards, ca. 1872-1940s, 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 images showcase views of the Texas Hill Country, the Golden Crescent, and the Rio Grande Valley, and include towns such as Bandera, Medina, Laredo, Victoria, New Braunfels, and others. Also of note are several images of the international bridge in Laredo, connecting the Rio Grande into Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

6 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Creesha Anthony Hardee, Grace Colbert, Nykesha Cole, Echo Dickerson, Derek K. Hubbard, and Dr. Kimberly Mendoza are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Literary Festival 1990, November 11-16, 1990, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Literary Festival 1990, November 11-16, 1990, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

11 posters promoting SMU’s Literary Festival for the years between 1989 and 2010 from the Southern Methodist University Campus Memories collection. Some of these posters are signed by widely-acclaimed writers who came to SMU to speak at the events, including Allen Ginsburg (1989), Ray Bradbury (1990)Alice Walker (1997), and current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (1998).

Toledo Spain, 1927, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Toledo Spain, 1927, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

73 photographs from the the Bywaters Special Collections – Texas Artists Archives collection. These are from three major trip locations: Bywaters’ 1927 summer trip to Europe, Bywaters’ time working and studying with his fellow artists in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and four pictures of Bywaters’ time working and studying at the Olin Travis Summer Art School.

[Man on Camel, Aramco Refinery], ca. 1946, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Man on Camel, Aramco Refinery], ca. 1946, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

13 photographs and 19 negatives, ca. 1946, from the Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection. Taken in Saudi Arabia, these images feature the headquarters, production fields, and refinery for the Arabian-American Oil Company (Aramco). Among the images are a number of aerial views of the company’s headquarters at Dhahran and the production field at Dammam, as well as one photograph taken at the palace of Ibn Saud.

Now available in SMU Scholar: the second volume of Field and Laboratory (1932-1933). This publication contains papers published by faculty, students, and alumni from SMU’s Science Division, from 1932-1959. The articles cover many scientific areas, including biology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, earth sciences, and the history of science.

21 course catalogs 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 for academic years 1926-1927, 1951-1952, and 1966-1967.

Federales en la refriega., ca. February 9-18, 1913, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Federales en la refriega., ca. February 9-18, 1913, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

70 real photographic postcards, ca. 1913-1914, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. The postcards show scenes from the Decena Tragica and its aftermath. Included are images of Federal soldiers and Felicista revolutionaries fighting in the streets of Mexico City, bombarded buildings and streets, military equipment and uniforms, generals and other military officials, and the people of Mexico City who witnessed the battle.

Bridwell Library update:

Bridwell Library added two letters to the Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon collection. One letter addressed to William Wilberforce, a British politician, Member of Parliament for Yorkshire, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade was added to the Methodism in the United Kingdom and Ireland collection.

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: April 2021

In April 2021, SMU Libraries uploaded 298 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Proctor St. Shreveport Ave., August 15, 1915, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Proctor St. Shreveport Ave., August 15, 1915, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

192 real photographic postcards, ca. 1896-1892, 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 feature images from across Texas, including towns such as Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Longview, Matagorda, Port Arthur, and many others. Of particular note are several images of or relating to the 1915 flood in Port Arthur, including a photograph of four men standing in shoulder-deep water on a street corner.

4 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Dr. Kevin Lias, Marc Patrick, Ailey Pope, and Brianna Rollins are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Emplazando un cañón en una de las calles de Nuevo México., ca. February 9-18, 1913, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Emplazando un cañón en una de las calles de Nuevo México., ca. February 9-18, 1913, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

30 real photographic postcards, ca. 1913-1914, from Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. These images show scenes from the Decena Tragica and its aftermath (note: some are graphic). Included are images of Federal soldiers and Felicista revolutionaries fighting in the streets of Mexico City, bombarded buildings and streets, military equipment and uniforms, generals and other military officials, and the people of Mexico City who witnessed the battle.

1 roll of film negatives, ca. 1937-1941, from the Isabel T. Kelly Ethnographic Archive. The images in this roll were taken by Bertha B. Harris in Mexico.

[Navajo Tribe Members Riding Donkey], ca. 1930s-1940s, Bywaters Special Collections, SMU.

[Navajo Tribe Members Riding Donkey], ca. 1930s-1940s, Bywaters Special Collections, SMU.

42 items, one folder and 41 individual photographs, from the Bywaters Special Collections: Texas Artists Archives collection. Highlights include a number of photographs and postcards of the Navajo people and two photographs of a statue of Jose Antonio Navarro designed by artist Allie Tennant.

15 photographs, mostly of indigenous people in traditional dress, from the Collection of PIX photographs of Mexico. Highlights include an image of a man in a plumed headdress and  a woman in an elaborately embroidered dress which the caption indicates she embroidered herself.

12 folders of press releases, covering all or part of the years 1958-1962, from the Texas Instruments Records Collection. These cover events such as acquisitions and mergers, promotions, new hires, and product announcements, as well as financial reports for the company.

1 diary, 1940, from Sir Ellice Victor Elias Sassoon Papers and Photographs. This handwritten diary contains daily records of Sir Sassoon’s life in 1940 and includes newspaper clippings and a number of personal photographs.

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: March 2021

In March 2021, SMU Libraries uploaded 360 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Free Bridge Across the Colorado River Bastrop Tex, ca. 1907, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Free Bridge Across the Colorado River Bastrop Tex, ca. 1907, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

140 real photographic postcards, 1904-1937, from the John Miller Morris Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs of Texas. 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 feature images from across Texas, including Kimble, Junction, Sonora, Llano, and others, and includes views of Texas landscapes, local school buildings, and a number of bridges. One example is a photograph of a bridge crossing the Colorado River in Bastrop, which bears a sign reading, “Any Person Who Shall Ride or Drive Across This Bridge Faster Than A Walk May Be Fined In The Sum Of One Hundred Dollars.”

4 interviews from the the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Adrieanna Reyes, Briantria Smocks, Astrud Villareal, and Gina Weber, are part of the Voices of SMU project.

104 film negatives, ca. 1868-1936, from the Collection of Dallas Morning News Negatives and Copy Photographs. These images show portraits and group photos of many of Dallas’ notable residents and visitors. Included are members of the SMU founding commission, the Belo and Bryan families, assorted civic leaders and public figures, sports teams, trade unions, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Rangers, and veterans of the Texas Revolution. Miscellaneous negatives show artifacts on display in G. A. Holland’s Double Log Cabin museum in Weatherford, as well as President William Howard Taft and Congressional Representative William Jennings Bryan visiting Dallas.

21 items, 1909-1950, primarily portraits of Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr., from the Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers. Highlights include a portrait of Mr. DeGolyer with his son, Everett Jr.

1 book, 1897-1898, the Siloam Springs, Arkansas City Council Minutes. This book contains handwritten minutes taken for the Siloam Springs city council in the years 1897 and 1898.

Now available in SMU Scholar: the first two issues of Field and Laboratory (1932-1933). This publication contains papers published by faculty, students, and alumni from SMU’s Science Division, from 1932-1959. The articles cover many scientific areas, including biology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, earth sciences, and the history of science.

1 photograph, ca. 1914, from American Border Troops and the Mexican Revolution, which shows the Naval School in Veracruz, Mexico, damaged after the Battle of Veracruz.

[Consul's Square after the Bombardment of Alexandria], ca. July 1882, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Consul’s Square after the Bombardment of Alexandria], ca. July 1882, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

42 photographic prints, ca. 1875-1889, from Bengal Nagpur Railroad and Views of India. These photographs feature scenes from India, Egypt, and Portugal, and include a number of photographs of construction sites. Of particular note are a series of cyanotypes which showcase the construction of a railroad tunnel, and photographs of the aftermath of the Bombardment of Alexandria, ca.  July 11-13, 1882.

Bridwell Library updates:

A non-profit in Tokyo, Japan is using 22 lantern slide images from the William E. Muse Lantern Slides for a film for missionary schools in Japan. The non-profit will profile a Japanese pastor whose life was greatly influenced by an American Baptist missionary, Captain Bickel, which is part of the Muse collection.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Vatican) is using several archival images from the Second Vatican Council (which promoted non-Catholic observers to attend as delegates) for a publication of the 60th anniversary of the office. Several images from the Albert Cook Outler Papers will be included in the publication.

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