SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: August 2023

In August 2023, SMU Libraries uploaded and/or updated 298 items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Celestial showers. No. 1: a collection of gospel songs used in Rev. I. Toliver's meetings, 1895, DeGolyer Library, SMU
Celestial showers. No. 1: a collection of gospel songs used in Rev. I. Toliver’s meetings, 1895, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

150 rare or unique Texas imprints, 1836-1950, including 146 broadsides covering various political events in Texas, from prohibition to opposition to President Truman. Highlights include an article announcing James Garfield’s assassination, Senator Bailey’s campaign platform, and a list of enlisted men from Bridgeport fighting in World War II. Also uploaded are four books written by Black people. Topics include ideas on how to live a proper life, a book of gospel hymns, and a history of Black people in the United States. 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 LS-253655-OLS-23).

16 photographs, ca. 1910-1920, from the Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on Mexico and the Mexican Revolution. The photographs show Venustiano Carranza, his brother General Jesus Carranza, and others: General Joaquin Amara, General Saturnio Cedillo, General  Julian Medina Castillo, and General Alvaro Obregon. Photos include the Carranza brothers meeting with soldiers and civilians, usually in semi-formal photographs with participants seated together in arrangements. Other photographs show General Carranza with soldiers, soldiers and generals, and groups of military and government officials.

8 photographs, 1967 and 1970, from the Andy Hanson Photographs collection, including negative strips of Joan Crawford during an event for PepsiCo’s new bottling plant in Mesquite, Texas, as well as photographs of her with Frito Lay president William B. Oliver.

Descanso funeral car [No. 1], 1951-1952, by Richard Steinheimer, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
Descanso funeral car [No. 1], 1951-1952, by Richard Steinheimer, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
74 photographs, ca. 1950s, by Richard Steinheimer from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. Subjects include the Grand Canyon Limited at the Mojave River and the Descanso funeral car.

22 photographs, ca. 1880s-1910s, relating to Texas by various creators. Subjects depicted include businesses, events and people, including cowboys and a parade in Seguin, Texas.

1 map of Little Rock, Arkansas, ca. 1820s. The hand-drawn plat map shows land lots and streets with ”Territorial Public Square” near center.

3 photographs, ca. 1880s, by Abel Briquet. The photographs are part of his “Vistas Mexicanas” series.

5 political posters, 1888-1944, from the Hervey A. Priddy Collection of American Presidential and Political Memorabilia. The items include one poster about James G. Blaine, two about William McKinley, and two related to Thomas E. Dewey and John W. Brickers’ presidential run in 1944.

[Women in Mourning], ca. 1856-1860s, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
[Women in Mourning], ca. 1856-1860s, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
 4 interviews have been added to the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with An Cao, Kennedy Coleman, Maurice Crandall, and Matthew Merritt are part of the Voices of SMU project.

1 tintype, circa 1856-1860s, showing a group five Mexican women sitting together, wearing what appears to be mourning dress.

“Italian Fortnight”, 1975, by Alvin Colt from the Alvin Colt Design, Drawings, and Photographs for Neiman Marcus Fortnights collection. It is a poster for the eponymous event.

2 drawings, 1902 and 1910, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. This erecting card drawings were made for the Southern Railway (U.S.) and Cauca Railroad.

1 photograph, unknown creator and date, depicting the Mexico Central Railway’s Encarnación Bridge.