SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: August 2020

In August 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 196 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

[Lago Refinery, Lago Petroleum Corp.], ca. September 1939, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Lago Refinery, Lago Petroleum Corp.], ca. September 1939, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

90 film negatives, ca. 1930-1959, from the Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection. These images were taken in Aruba and Venezuela and focus on the area’s petroleum industry. Subjects include the Lago Oil and Transport Co. refinery in Aruba, scenes of offshore drilling on Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, the Sun Flow Station on Lake Maracaibo, and related photographs of workers, ships, equipment, and industrial structures.

5 photographs, taken in June 1957, from the Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. Collection of United States Railroad Photographs. Included among these images are two photographs of a roundhouse in Austin, Texas, which were combined to make a panorama, as well as two views of a railroad station in Llano.

12 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with George T. Diaz, Nazia Hossain, Emem Inyang, Yvonne Johnson, Valerie Contreras-Gomez, Shasta Foy, Kayla Griffis, Audrey Ngo, Asad Rahman, Anna Ramirez, Cheryl Roseborough and Trina Sriram are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Entrance to Southern Pacific Norden cook shack next to track 1, January 27-29, 1967, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Entrance to Southern Pacific Norden cook shack next to track 1, January 27-29, 1967, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

52 images, 1955-1968, from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. These photographs were taken throughout the U.S. West and feature views from the Sierra Mountains to Pyramid Lake in Nevada. A particularly striking set of photographs, taken in January 1967, shows the Southern Pacific cook shack at Norden, which burned down later the same year. Several images include the entrance of the cook shack covered in several feet of snow.

In Battle of Juarez., 1911, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

In Battle of Juarez., 1911, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

30 real photographic postcards, by Jim A. Alexander, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. These photographs primarily depict the events during and around the Battle of Ciudad Juarez, which took place in April and May of 1911, and include a photograph of two men with rifles drawn during the battle itself.

7 drawings, 1875-1912, from the Baldwin Locomotive Works Records collection. Included among these are three erecting card drawings for Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, two for Indiana Northern Railroad, and one for a county rail line. Also included is a detail drawing for a tender frame for Mason County Logging.

Posted in Dallas, Mexican Revolution, Mexico photography, Oral History, Railroads, Robert Yarnall Richie, SMU history, U.S. West, Video | Leave a comment

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: July 2020

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

50 images, 1956-1967, from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. These images were taken in California, Oregon, and Washington, and showcase views from Portland to the Sierra Mountains. Included is a series of photographs taken at the Granite Rock Company in Gilroy, California, as well as a number of photographs taken near Crystal Lake, which feature snow on the ground in May as the trains move through Southern Pacific train sheds.

143 items, 1893-1931, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Included are number of images of important Revolution figures such as Pablo Gonzalez, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Jesus Carranza, and Manuel M. Mondragon. Also of note is a postcard with the signatures and portraits of Francisco Madero and his close colleagues.

1 sketch, 1965, from the Octavio Medellin Art Work and Papers collection. This image is a colored pencil preliminary sketch for a stained glass window titled “Our Lady of the Seat of Wisdom.” The finished stained glass artwork was originally installed in the main wall of the Sanctuary of the Kennedy Memorial Chapel, in the Student Center of the University of Texas at Austin, in 1965. The piece has since been relocated to the University Catholic Center, at the University of Texas at Austin.

8 items, ca. 1910-1916, from American Border Troops and the Mexican Revolution. Most images are of General Pablo Gonzalez, best known as the main conspirator behind the assassination of Emiliano Zapata.

6 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Chase DrexlerJeremiah GainesBiko McMillanDaniela MendozaToluwalase Olawale, and Raul Reyes III are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Posted in Dallas, Mexican Revolution, Mexico photography, Octavio Medellin, Oral History, Railroads, SMU history, Texas artists | Leave a comment

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: June 2020

In June 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 379 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

19 images, ca. 1910-1920, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. These images, taken around Mexico, feature Mexican and United States soldiers, several Mexican generals, and various other scenes. One example is a squadron of airplanes being prepared for use in the campaign against Pancho Villa.

5 interviews from  the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Isabel Arecellana, Ify Achu, Natalia Albores, Chandler English, and Rev. Dr. Kwesi Kamau, are part of the Voices of SMU project.

[4th Replacement Depot Chapel], ca. 1944, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

7 photographs, ca. 1944, from the the John C. Cox, Jr, World War II Papers collection. These images are from Cox’s time serving in the Philippines, and show a slice of military life that doesn’t involve combat, including a makeshift chapel and a busy marketplace.

14 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes ca. 1821-1865, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. Among these items are a Republic of Texas treasury warrant from Austin, a certificate of stock in the town of Menard, and centavo notes from Nacogdoches in the Mexican province of Coahuila y Tejas, among others.

E/b Southern Pacific Railroad freight…, May 7, 1967, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

100 negatives, 1949-1963, from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. These images, taken primarily in California, showcase views throughout San Francisco and into Sierra Nevada. Included are images of San Francisco Municipal Railway cars on various streets throughout the city, as well as views of the Muni’s yard and rail car barn at night. There are a number of striking photographs taken in snowy conditions around Donner Pass, Cold Stream Canyon, and Crystal Lake in Sierra Nevada.

Construction of Triple Underpass, October 1, 1935, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

234 copy negatives, 1870s-1930s, from the Collection of Dallas Morning News negatives and copy photographs. Highlights include numerous photographs of the WFAA station in Grapevine under construction and photographs of the construction process for the triple underpass (Elm, Commerce and Main Streets) in downtown Dallas.

Posted in currency, Dallas, Mexican Revolution, Mexico photography, Oral History, Railroads, SMU history, World War II | Leave a comment