SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: April 2020

In April 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 183 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Baptism Service on our old home place, […] Van Zandt Co., Texas, ca. 1940s -1950s, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

27 photographs and pamphlets, 1899-1945, relating to Texas history. 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 items are images taken from Van Zandt to San Antonio, as well as cookbooks from groups in Wharton and Waxahachie and a publication by the Breckenridge Women’s Group. One example is a photograph of a group at an outdoor baptism service in Van Zandt.

47 images, 1906-1957, from the David Goodyear Collection of Foreign Railroad Photographs. Among these images are photographs of locomotives for various Mexican railways, as well as train yards in Mexico, France, and China. Of particular note is a photograph of a train on a bridge in France; this train was the first to make the run between Cherbourg and Paris after France’s liberation in World War II.

90 engine drawing cards, 1908-1937, from the the Baldwin Locomotive Works Builder’s Cards collection. 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.” Of note is a humorous card featuring design specs for “Self-Repairing Loco[motive]s,” with a small sketch of an elephant pulling a cart of bricks.

19 course catalogs from academic year 2014-2015 from the Southern Methodist University Course Catalogs collection. These catalogs contain general information and course descriptions from each of SMU’s programs of study.

 

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: March 2020

In March 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 204 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

74 photographs and pamphlets, 1885-1953. 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 course catalogs for schools, informational materials about various clubs and organizations, and images of a number of towns across Texas. One image shows a man standing in front of a produce display at the Hemphill County Fair around 1920.

9 volumes/issues from The Record, Dallas Archeological Society. These issues, published from the late 1980s through 2006, detail a variety of Texas archaeological finds and day-to-day business of the Society and its members.

Naples and Mt. Vesuvius eruption, 1944, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

40 photographs, 1944-1945, from  Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs. The images were primarily taken during the time Melvin Shaffer was assigned to the 15th Medical General Laboratory in Naples, Italy, as part of the Medical and Museum Arts Services (MAMAS). Notable images from the Italy material include the 1944 eruption of Vesuvius taken at night, the Cupola at the Pontificio Santuario della Beata Vergine del Rosario di Pompei, and several scenes in the Italian Alps.

3 ration books, 1942-1943, from the J. Erik Jonsson Papers. These ration books were issued during WWII to J. Erik Jonsson, his wife, and his five year-old daughter.

15 images, ca. 1902-1966, from the Isabel T. Kelly Ethnographic Archive. Included among these are negatives of photographs taken in Mexico and Pakistan, as well as several hand-drawn maps of Mexico and the Western U.S. Southern Paiute Indian area of Utah. Of particular interest are several negatives taken by Gabriel Ospina of the El Tajin site in Mexico, which include images of the Pyramid of the Niches.

D Day Finds News-Radio Ready for Event, June 14, 1944, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

4 photographs, 1940-1954, from the Belo Records, 1842-2007. Among these images are a portrait photograph of Commander Sam Dealey, nephew of George B. Dealey; a U.S. Navy warship named after Commander Dealey in Boston; a photograph of Dallas Morning News employees registering for the draft; and a photograph of news outlets preparing for reporting on D-Day.

4 interviews from Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects. These interviews, with Quinton Crenshaw, David Huntley, Jaywin Malhi, and Charis Rodgers are part of the Voices of SMU project.

[Ray Charles], November 1, 1974, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

50 photographs from the the Andy Hanson Photographs and Papers, circa 1955-2008 collection. These images are primarily portraits of notable celebrities such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Katherine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor, along with Dallas luminaries like Robert and Nancy Dedman and Stanley Marcus.

2 drawings from the David Rousar Papers collection of a compound pumping engine and a hoisting gear.

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: February 2020

In February 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 759 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Melissa 4-13-21

Melissa 4-13-21, April 13, 1921, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

83 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 promotional materials for towns in Texas, schools, and events such as a singing festival in Austin in 1889. Of particular note are images of a school explosion in New London and the aftermath of a tornado in Melissa.

3 oral history interviews from Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects. These interviews, with Rosemary Hinojosa, Carmen Maciel, and Forest Turner, Jr., are part of the Voices of SMU project.

Ferdinand Foch

Ferdinand Foch, November 21, 1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

29 photographs, 1917-1967, from the Joseph Zeppa Portrait Collection. These items include portraits of military leaders and other prominent figures from World War I and World War II, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franz Halder, and Ferdinand Foch, among others.

3 letters from the Joseph Zeppa Collection of Correspondence and Ephemera, including a postcard written by Franz Halder to his wife with an accompanying transcript and English translation.

1 photograph from the Blackie Sherrod papers showing Sherrod in his Navy uniform.

Eisenhower, Gentile, Blakeslee

Eisenhower, Gentile, Blakeslee, 1944, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

10 photographs, taken in 1944, from the Len Morgan World War I and World War II Collection. These photographs show an Air Force squadron in various scenes, including in front of a list of combat claims and with airplanes. One particularly noteworthy image is  of General Dwight Eisenhower pinning a medal on fighter pilot Major Don Gentile.

2 letters and 2 photographs from the Dowell family papers, related to Greer Dowell’s time serving on the USS Ault.

Infanterie - Gebirgsjager. Die Gebirgsjager drucken sich an die Felsen un beginnen die Feindstellung zu umgehen

Infanterie – Gebirgsjager…, ca. 1939-1945, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

4 photographs, ca. 1939-1945, from the Collection of World War II Photographs and Posters. These images show various scenes from Europe during World War II and include a portrait of a German soldier, bomb damage in France, and German troops scaling a mountain.

54 new videos, September and October 1969, from the WFAA Newsfilm Collection, ca. 1960-1978. Highlights include footage of discussion on and a visit to the construction site of DFW airport, footage of the opening of Neiman Marcus’ “East Meets West” fortnight, and footage of Oink, a singing pig in “Uncle Heavy’s Pork Chop Revue.”

83 engine drawing cards, 1908-1937, from the Baldwin Locomotive Works Builder’s Cards collection. 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.”

467 student newspapers, 2003-2006, from Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers collection. The reporting in these issues includes stories about the war in Iraq, planning in 2005-2006 for the “Centennial Campaign,” and the 2006 gubernatorial election.

18 course catalogs from academic years 1969-1970, 1973-1974, and 1994-1995 from Southern Methodist University Course Catalogs. These catalogs contain general information and course descriptions from each of SMU’s programs of study.

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