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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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: February 2021

In February 2021, SMU Libraries uploaded 547 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

[Barnum & Bailey Circus at El Paso], September 24, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Barnum & Bailey Circus at El Paso], September 24, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

163 postcards, ca. 1900-1975, 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 include images of everyday life in cities and small towns across a number of Texas counties, as well as images from the Texas-Mexico border. Of particular note are photographs of the U.S. Army in Marfa and of the Barnum and Bailey circus in El Paso.

5 interviews from the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, Priscilla Garza, Brittany Levingston, Rev. Payton Parker, Lisa Tran, and Rev. Christian Watkins with are part of the Voices of SMU project.

To my Valentine, 1916, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

To my Valentine, 1916, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

14 postcards, 1907-1916, from the Calvin Clyde, Jr. collection of postcards. These vintage Valentine’s Day postcards feature images of flowers and cherubs, romantic poems, and cartoons.

286 engine drawings, 1908-1941, from Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. These drawings were created for a number of foreign railroads from all over the world, including railways in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and more.

Dallas Fire Department, undated., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Dallas Fire Department, undated., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

79 film negatives, ca. 1876-1935, from the Collection of Dallas Morning News negatives and copy photographs. All of these images depict scenes of Dallas and nearby environs, including images of the State Fair of Texas and the Trinity River Levee Project. Of particular note are images of the State Fair of Texas which show the evolution of the fairgrounds buildings from the late 1800s to the 1930s, as well as a portrait of the Dallas Chief of Police J.C. Arnold and several images of early Dallas Fire Department firefighters and fire engines.

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