Month: April 2023

The Charm Offensive

In 1956, the business leaders of Dallas were watching the flight of businesses from the city center to the suburbs. To combat this exodus, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and local businesses decided to launch a campaign focusing on the purchasing power of the 112, 308 “career girls” concentrated in downtown office buildings. The Dallas…Continue Reading The Charm Offensive

The Bridwell Quarterly & The Bridwell Quill, Winter 2023

Cover of Bridwell Quarterly

From the Office of Anthony J. Elia Dear Friends- Thank you to all who made Codex Fest a great success!  The three-day public viewing of the Codex Sassoon at Bridwell Library, co-hosted with Sotheby’s, was a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Nearly 6,000 registered and more than 3,500 eventually came through our doors to view the world’s oldest…Continue Reading The Bridwell Quarterly & The Bridwell Quill, Winter 2023

Modern Love

In 1965 Maurice Acers proposed marriage to Ebby Halliday. They first met in 1958 in Beaumont, Texas when they shared a limousine to the airport. He was going to Houston, she was returning back home to Dallas. Today, think of it as a shared-Uber, meet-cute. The following letters from Maurice written shortly after their first…Continue Reading Modern Love

Codex Fest Visitor Information

    PLEASE READ—CLEAR BAG POLICY: Only clear bags and small clutch purses are allowed in the exhibit. No large backpacks or purses are allowed. Visitors will go through security screening and metal detectors before entering the exhibit. SMU is a no-carry campus. No firearms, knives or other weapons will be permitted in the library.   Codex Fest…Continue Reading Codex Fest Visitor Information

Bridwell Edible Book Fest (BEBFest) 2023

3rd ANNUAL BEBFest (“Bridwell Edible Book Festival” Contest): Call For Entries! Bridwell proudly announces its 3rd Annual Bridwell Edible Book Festival (BEBFest).                       How it works: Contributors to the contest make “edible book or book-related objects” to share with the community.  Each person or group…Continue Reading Bridwell Edible Book Fest (BEBFest) 2023

Tino Ward: Phosphenes – Interview with the Artist

Detail of Phosphenes work

  Assistant Director, Hamon Arts Library, and Curator of the Hawn Gallery, Beverly Mitchell, talked with Tino Ward, artist, about his exhibition, Phosphenes, in the gallery. The exhibition continues to May 12. Phosphenes opened on March 3 in the Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library. The symbols you use in these three large works, composed of…Continue Reading Tino Ward: Phosphenes – Interview with the Artist

Texas League opening day

April 6 is opening day for the Texas League, the minor league baseball organization that includes teams from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, and Tennessee. The Frisco Rough Riders are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and over the years these notable players have moved up to the Texas Rangers: Elvis…Continue Reading Texas League opening day

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: March 2023

''The Alamo'' San Antonio, Tex., ca. 1911, DeGolyer Library. SMU.

In March 2023, SMU Libraries uploaded 646 items into SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: 211 postcards, ca. 1905-1950,  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…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: March 2023