Month: February 2020

Remember the Alamo

It’s been 184 years since the battle of the Alamo was fought between February 23 and March 6, 1836 in San Antonio, Texas. Stephen Hardin’s Handbook of Texas article explains the context of these thirteen days that eventually led to Texas’ independence from Mexico. Lon Tinkle’s papers contain manuscripts for his 1958 book, 13 Days…Continue Reading Remember the Alamo

Kirk Douglas, Passing of a Hollywood Icon

One of the last survivors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 103.  After an impoverished childhood with Jewish immigrant parents and six sisters, Douglas made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas’s rugged…Continue Reading Kirk Douglas, Passing of a Hollywood Icon

Impeachment Season

Impeachment of the President of the United States has been rare. Only three presidents have been impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”: Andrew Johnson (1868), Bill Clinton (1998), and Donald Trump (2019). Richard Nixon resigned from office before he almost certainly would have been impeached by the House and likely convicted by the Senate. Presidential…Continue Reading Impeachment Season

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: January 2020

In January 2020, SMU Libraries uploaded 208 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: 68 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 campaign literature, church publications,…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: January 2020