Category: DeGolyer Library

“I Was Born into a Red Land”

Everette Lee DeGolyer was born October 9, 1886, in a sod house near Greensburg, Kansas. He was the first-born child of John and Narcissa (Huddle) DeGolyer. The couple had married April 17, 1883, at Iuka, Marion County, Illinois. John DeGolyer was a native of Indiana, born at Napoleonville, January 26, 1859. Narcissa Huddle was born…Continue Reading “I Was Born into a Red Land”

DeGolyer Library goes live at DFW Archives Bazaar

  Reference, Access, Outreach. These words don’t mean much to the public, but for archivists, they describe how we interact with the public. People might understand that we collect old “stuff,” but then what happens? Reference happens.  In the DeGolyer Library we help people find answers through phone calls, via email, and when they come…Continue Reading DeGolyer Library goes live at DFW Archives Bazaar

News from the DeGolyer Library-September 2018

News from the DeGolyer Library September 2018 Southern Methodist University Recent Events Our Current Exhibit This month, the DeGolyer premiered its new exhibit, “Written in a Tropical Glow: Books, Prints and Manuscripts Describing the Biological Exploration of the New World Tropics.” Located in the Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, “Tropical Glow” examines the work of naturalists…Continue Reading News from the DeGolyer Library-September 2018

The Integrated Circuit has just turned 60

During late summer 1958, many of Texas Instruments’ employees were enjoying the company’s annual two-week vacation. Not Jack Kilby, who as a recently hired engineer, had not accrued enough vacation time and kept on working in TI’s Semiconductor Components division in Dallas. TI was developing the micro-module program with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, but…Continue Reading The Integrated Circuit has just turned 60

Doing It–Creating Controversy at SMU

During the summer, our friends at the William G Jones film archives discovered a fascinating, and little known, story about an uproar at Southern Methodist University in its WFAA Newsfilm Collection.  The controversy centered over the student handbook. Student handbooks are often the most mundane of publications—they’re rarely even read by the students who are…Continue Reading Doing It–Creating Controversy at SMU

Archives of the Women of the Southwest 25th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, the Advisory Board of the Archives of the Women of the Southwest celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the board with a celebration at the DeGolyer Library at SMU. The Advisory Board was created in 1993 to: Promote the visibility and scholarly value of archival material related to…Continue Reading Archives of the Women of the Southwest 25th Anniversary Celebration

June 6, 1968 – June 6, 2018: the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy

          Fifty years ago, like his brother President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy – Bobby – was murdered by an assassin’s bullet.  The year 1968 was a tempestuous time in America. The Vietnam War continued, and the anti-war movement peaked. Martin Luther King had been killed earlier in the year,…Continue Reading June 6, 1968 – June 6, 2018: the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Sarah T. Hughes, Only Woman to Ever Have Sworn in a U.S. President

Sarah  T. Hughes (1896 – 1985), American lawyer and federal judge, was a woman of firsts. She moved to Dallas in 1922 with her husband, George E. Hughes whom she had met in law school. George was able to find a job quickly, but no law firm would hire Sarah. Eventually, a small firm gave her…Continue Reading Sarah T. Hughes, Only Woman to Ever Have Sworn in a U.S. President