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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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: October 2019

In October 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 303 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections.

Highlights include:

[Men Dumping Liquor at U.S. Customs House], ca. 1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Men Dumping Liquor at U.S. Customs House], ca. 1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

30 photographic prints, ca. 1880s-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).

This collection contains photographs of buildings, landscapes, events, and people throughout Texas. Included are photographs taken on the Ox Ranch in Childress County, ca. 1920s. There are also images of local businesses in Aransas Pass, Aurora, Austin, Bells, Brownwood, Carson and Port Aransas. Of particular interest is a photograph of men dumping liquor at U.S. Customs House, taken by photographer Robert Runyon.

30 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes, ca. 1838-1880, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. The notes originate from Houston and Rockdale. Private scrip originates from the following issuers: W. H. Eliot, Thos. F. Hudson & Son, Woody & Perry. All other notes are Government of Texas Treasury Warrants issued during the administrations of Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar.

4 oral history interviews from the the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Yvette Blair-Lavallais, Keisha Crane, Ambassador Antonio Garza, and Malachi Haines, Jr., are part of the Voices of SMU project.

63 items, ca. 1943, from the John C. Cox, Jr. World War II Papers, including letters, photographs, and postcards sent from John C. Cox to his family in Dallas, Texas. The photos consist mainly of Cox in his gear while at Camp Callan. Postcards are from either Camp Callan itself or other California locations like San Francisco and San Diego. His letters detail his activities at Camp Callan, and sometimes include newspaper clippings or church programs that he found interesting.

33 course catalogs, 2012 and 2013, from the Southern Methodist University Course Catalogs collection. These catalogs contain general information and course descriptions from each of SMU’s programs of study.

[Cactus Division], ca. 1918, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Cactus Division], ca. 1918, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

7 photographs and real photographic postcards, ca. 1918, from World War I, featuring images of American soldiers in camps around Texas. One of the more interesting photographs is an overhead shot of the Cactus Division from San Antonio, Texas. It features the entire division, including horses, standing in the formation of a giant nopal cactus.

1 erecting card drawing, 1893, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works. This drawing was created for W.L. Bass on behalf of Central Consuelo.

9 photographs and real photographic postcards, ca. 1917, from World War I, featuring images of French soldiers Europe, mainly Champagne, France, during World War I. Some of the photos feature aspects of the war like trenches and prisoners.

8 photographs, ca. 1875-1890, from the Collection of Lorenzo Becerril photographs of Mexico. This collection contains photographs by Mexican photographer Lorenzo Becerril. The images include a photograph of the custom house in Veracruz and photographs of various depots.

[General Obregon, Pancho Villa, General Pershing], August 27, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[General Obregon, Pancho Villa, General Pershing], August 27, 1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

87 images, 1910-1969, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Included are a number of portraits of the Mexican general Francisco “Pancho” Villa; his family, including several of his wives and children; and a number of his military exploits. Of particular interest are images of his meeting with General John “Black Jack” Pershing, who later led a punitive military operation against Villa in response to his raid on Columbus, New Mexico, in 1916.

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SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: September 2019

In September 2019, SMU Libraries uploaded 563 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections.

Highlights include:

31 photographs and real photographic postcards, ca. 1910-1920, from the American Border Troops at the Mexican Revolution collection, featuring images of American soldiers in camps around Texas and Mexico. These photographs portray the life soldiers experienced while on base at Camp McArthur in Waco and Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and also while in camps around the U.S. and Mexico border.

4 oral history interviews have been added the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Byron Meshram, Erin Crosby, SMU Trustee Gerald Alley, and Maya Nair, are part of the Voices of SMU project.

216 student newspapers from 1996, 1997, and 1998 from Southern Methodist University Student Newspapers. These issues include reporting on the AIDS epidemic, tensions with Iraq, and a visit from Barbara Bush, among others.

El Rey de la Leva. Traidor, Asesino, Hipocrita., ca. 1913-1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

El Rey de la Leva. Traidor, Asesino, Hipocrita., ca. 1913-1914, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

119 photographs and postcards, ca. 1910-1918, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. Among these images are portraits of President Francisco Madero and his family, as well as portraits of President Victoriano Huerta, who deposed and assassinated Madero in 1913. Several images of the event surrounding Madero’s assassination, known as La Decena Tragica (The Ten Tragic Days) are featured within these photographs.

4 photographs, ca. 1908-1913, from the Portraits of People of Mexico collection, featuring images of Mexican soldiers such as Colonel Agustin Sangines and General Manuel Mondragon.

46 negatives by Richard Steinheimer, taken between 1949 and 1966, from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. Included in these images are photographs of a number of Santa Fe locomotives, taken in California, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. One example is  Santa Fe No. 47 on the tracks alongside the Union Pacific No. 1434 in Cajon Pass, California.

8 issues of the Dallas Archeological Society’s The Record. These issues, whic span the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, document the activities and excavations of the club and its members.

30 obsolete and canceled Texas currency notes ca. 1836-1864, from the Rowe-Barr Collection of Texas Currency. These notes originate from Austin, Belton, Corpus Christi, Fredericksburg, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio, and other cities. Two examples are a Republic of Texas Treasury receipt and a private scrip issued by Ziegler’s Saloon in Corpus Christi during the Civil War.

8 builder’s cards, ca. 1860-1945, from the Baldwin Locomotive Works Builder’s Cards, including images and specifications for Idaho & Washington Northern Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad Company, and other railroad and power companies.

50 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.”

U.S. Infantry in Parade, El Paso, Tex., ca. 1910-1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

U.S. Infantry in Parade, El Paso, Tex., ca. 1910-1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

12 real photographic postcards, ca. 1910-1920, from the Collection of Walter Horne photographs, featuring images of American soldiers at Fort Bliss and around the U.S. and Mexico border. This set of photographic postcards also includes various images of the border and downtown areas of El Paso, Texas, during the early 1900s.

35 course catalogs, 2011, from the new 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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