Year: 2024

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: May 2024

[Railroad Standoff, No. 3450], ca. 1910-1920, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

In May 2024, SMU Libraries uploaded or enhanced 225 items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: 48 negatives, ca. 1950-1954, by Richard Steinheimer, from the Richard Steinheimer Photograph Collection. Subjects include the entrance to Angels Flight Railway in Los Angeles, California, and Southern Pacific train no. 3672 at night. 46 postcards, ca. 1906-1960, from the…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: May 2024

Early Yosemite Photographs

Carleton Watkins photograph of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley (1861)

Yosemite: The Manchester Album The Rees-Jones Collection expands its holdings in masterworks by pioneering photographers of the American West with the recent acquisition of Yosemite: The Manchester Album. The unique compilation of 25 mammoth-plate images, captured by Carleton Watkins between 1861 and 1867, includes beautifully composed views of Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan and…Continue Reading Early Yosemite Photographs

Endings and New Beginnings

This spring, we moved five of our largest collections (Stanley Marcus, J. Erik Jonsson, Texas Instruments, Belo Corporation, and JCPenney) from the basement of the Science Information Center to the East Basement. The move is in preparation for the construction of the new Trevor Rees-Jones Library. With the help of our awesome student assistants—Jeremy Baron,…Continue Reading Endings and New Beginnings

The William Halsey Locomotive Drawings Collection

DeGolyer Library has added 23 illustrations to its William Halsey locomotive drawing collection. The Halsey illustrations were first purchased by Everette DeGolyer Jr. from Kennedy Galleries in New York in 1963. DeGolyer Jr., much like his father who founded our library, was a passionate bibliophile and collector. One of his greatest interests was railroads, and…Continue Reading The William Halsey Locomotive Drawings Collection

Announcing the Jalesia Horton Memorial Library School Scholarship

close up of red flowers with Fondren Library in the background

SMU Libraries is proud to announce that our Friends of SMU Libraries Library School Scholarship has been renamed in honor of our friend and colleague, Jalesia Horton. Jalesia joined SMU Libraries in 2019 and worked here until her passing on February 28, 2024, following a courageous battle with cancer. The newly renamed Jalesia Horton Memorial…Continue Reading Announcing the Jalesia Horton Memorial Library School Scholarship

What’s New at Bridwell Library? Winter 2024

Bridwell Library has been busy acquiring new manuscripts and hosting a number of exciting events over the winter months. You can read all about them in our latest publications, which are now available to view online. We hope you will enjoy the Winter 2024 issues of The Bridwell Quarterly and The Bridwell Quill, a Note from the Director. …Continue Reading What’s New at Bridwell Library? Winter 2024

Congratulations to James Glenn, Access Services Manager, Hamon

James standing with his diploma

Among the graduations this spring semester, the Hamon Arts Library congratulates James Glenn on attaining his Master’s of Science in Library Science degree with a concentration in Archival Studies & Imaging Technology from the University of North Texas on May 12. Coincidentally, his graduation date took place exactly twelve years to the date that he…Continue Reading Congratulations to James Glenn, Access Services Manager, Hamon

SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: April 2024

Mercado, El Oro, Mexico [No. 313], ca. 1908-1924, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

In April 2024, SMU Libraries uploaded or enhanced 349 items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections. Highlights include: The JCPenney Collection was created and added to SMU Libraries Digital Collections, with 92 items in the inaugural upload. The collection will feature items from James C. Penney’s papers in addition to corporate records and materials, including photographs…Continue Reading SMU Libraries Digital Collections Update: April 2024

Generative AI for Research

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of the new educational landscape. It may feel like the current conversation focuses on all the potential dangers, but using appropriate generative AI tools can help experienced scholars save time and effort with some of the more tedious parts of the research process. Here are some important considerations…Continue Reading Generative AI for Research