SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: October 2023

In October 2023, SMU Libraries uploaded and/or updated 302 items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include:

Souvenir of Dallas and official guide to Texas State Fair, 1899
Souvenir of Dallas and official guide to Texas State Fair, 1899, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

33 manuscripts, documents, and imprints, 1872-1952, comprising 1,581 pages have been uploaded to the Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection. The items include various minutes from Baptist organization meetings, and programs from fairs around the state including souvenir programs for the State Fair. Items of note include a Directory of women’s organizations in Houston, 1933, and a book on The Legal Status on Women in Texas, 1905. 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).

4 interviews have been added to the Southern Methodist University Oral History Interviews and Digital Humanities Student Projects collection. These interviews, with Aiden Egbuchunam, Émilie Lamarsaude, Dinobi Onyeagocha, and Alithia Payan, are part of the Voices of SMU project.

38 WFAA videos from August and September 1971 have been updated and enhanced with annotations that were researched and written by staff at the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. The annotations provide detailed descriptions of each shot based on time-code, making the newsfilms easy to search and retrieve, as well as providing information on the people, places, and events that are depicted.

[Stanley Marcus with Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim], March 8, 1872, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
[Stanley Marcus with Brigitte Bardot and Roger Vadim], March 8, 1872, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
43 photographs, letters, and other materials from the Stanley Marcus Papers collection. Highlights include the cover of the program for the “France by the Sea” fortnight from 1985 and several Christmas cards from the 1950s, which were sent out to friends and family by Stanley Marcus’ and Herbert Marcus’ families. (Note: Several items are only viewable on the SMU campus due to rights restrictions.)

66 postcards, ca. 1907-1948, from the John Miller Collection of Texas Real Photographic Postcards and Photographs. The postcards are from Series 4: Lower Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, and Middle Rio Grande Valley, and Rio Grande. Subjects include local agriculture and flora, a night scene of Raymondville, and 36,780 pounds of melons.

20 oral history transcript excerpts, 1970s, from the Ronald L. Davis Oral History Collection. The interviewees are from all branches of the performing arts, but the emphasis is on motion pictures and popular music. Many interviewees give detailed accounts of personal experience and reflections from their professional career. Highlights include excerpts from interviews with Otto Lang (film producer), Lew Ayres, Joan Leslie, Robert Nathan, and Anna Lee.

35 photographs from the David Goodyear Collection of Foreign Railroad Photographs depicting locomotives, trains and railroad cars from various lines including the Federal Leste Railway, Rede Mineira de Viação, São Paulo Railway, Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana, and the Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas.

Puffing Billy, 1813-1814, DeGolyer Library, SMU.
Puffing Billy, 1813-1814, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

45 images from the Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. United States Railroad Photographs, including scale models, prints and photographs of the locomotives. The images depict historic locomotives  designed by Isaac Newton, Robert Stephenson & Co., Marc Seguin, William Murdock, Timothy Hackworth, John Stevens, Phineas Davis, Richard Trevithick, Asa Whitney, Matthias Baldwin, Andrew Cathcart, and more.

1 drawing, 1892, from the Collection of Baldwin Locomotive Works Records. This erecting card drawing was made for the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

9 stereographs, ca. 1900, from the Amateur Stereos of Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, showing a house with a lush plant nursery in the Coyoacán neighborhood in Mexico City in the early 20th century.

3 cabinet photographs, ca. 1880s-1900, by various creators, from the Collection of Texas Portraits. Subjects are Minnie Barbee, Andrew Birdsall Briscoe, and Catholic Bishop J. A. Forest.

3 postcards, ca. 1907-1936, from the Collection of Texas postcards. Subjects are a cowboy, an event at a park in Copperas Cove, and the home of Dr. F. L. Etter, a Black Texan.