Defined by Light: Exhibit opens at DeGolyer Library

Defined By Light: Photography’s First 75 Years.

Images and Objects from the Collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus in Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Announcement of Photography

 

Location: DeGolyer Library
Dates: October 23 – December 19, 2014
Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Defined by Light: example from the exhibitAbout the exhibit: Jack and Beverly Wilgus have an exceptional collection of images and objects related to the history of photography. The latest DeGolyer exhibit begins with materials from before the invention of photography with the camera obscura and ends in the 20th century. Photographs of various subjects and processes will be displayed: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cameras, viewers, early color work and more.

Exhibition Catalogue: Defined by Light: Photography’s First 75 Years by Jack and Beverly Wilgus

Exhibit Opening and Reception: Defined by Light, Oct. 23

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Exhibition Opening: Defined By Light: Photography’s First 75 Years

Defined By Light: The Wilgus Collection at DeGolyer Library

Images and objects from the collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Announcement of Photography 6 p.m. Reception, Texana Room

6:30 p.m. Remarks by Jack and Beverly Wilgus and curator Anne E. Peterson, Stanley Marcus Reading Room

Location: DeGolyer Library, SMU Campus (View campus and parking maps)

RSVP: 214-768-3637 or degolyer@smu.edu

Jack and Beverly Wilgus have an exceptional collection of images and objects related to the history of photography. The latest DeGolyer exhibit begins with materials from before the invention of photography with the camera obscura and ends in the 20th century. Photographs of various subjects and processes will be displayed: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cameras, viewers, early color work and more. There will be a book signing and copies of a new book by Jack and Beverly Wilgus, Defined by Light: Photography’s First 75 Years available for purchase.


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Year of the Faculty Exhibit at Fondren

The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

Fondren Library Center Lobby

October 1 – December 31, 2014

facultyProfessors teach classes— everyone knows this—but how do they spend their time outside of that MWF 8:00am seminar? Get a glimpse into the roles of Southern Methodist University professors as mentors, writers, researchers, donors, administrators, and more through this exhibition of faculty letters, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, publications, and artifacts from the SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.

This exhibit is hosted in honor of SMU’s Year of the Faculty.

Darwin Payne Book Signing, Sept. 18

Darwin Payne Book Signing

Book signing and lecture by Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne

No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson—Texas Visionary

Date: September 18, 2014

6 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture with book signing to follow

Location: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

About the book: Darwin Payne brings us this biography of J. Erik Jonsson, the industrialist who led Texas Instruments during its meteoric rise from obscurity into one of the nation’s leading electronics firms and who became Dallas’ greatest mayor as he guided his adopted city to recovery after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. During his seven years as mayor Jonsson led Dallas to its greatest triumphs. Projects that bore his dominant imprint included ending the long-time aviation feud with neighboring Fort Worth and partnering with that city to build the huge D/FW International Airport, creating the groundbreaking Goals for Dallas project in which ordinary citizens for the first time helped plan the city’s future, founding the research institute that became the University of Texas at Dallas, leading the campaign to build a new downtown public library that later was named for him, and winning the difficult struggle to build a unique and architecturally significant new city hall. No Small Dreams is the story of a determined man who always dreamed big and then made his dreams come true.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.


Sponsored by the DeGolyer Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries, in conjunction with the Year of the Faculty exhibit, “The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty,” at the DeGolyer Library through October 1, 2014.

For additional information or to RSVP: 214-768-3637 or degolyer@smu.edu.
Image of J. Erik Jonsson courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.

New DeGolyer Exhibit: The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

The Secret Life of Professors

DeGolyer Library

Professors teach classes— everyone knows this—but how do they spend their time outside of that MWF 8:00am seminar? Get a glimpse into the roles of Southern Methodist University professors as mentors, writers, researchers, administrators, and more through this exhibition of faculty letters, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, publications, and artifacts from the SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.

This exhibit is hosted in honor of SMU’s Year of the Faculty.


Exhibit: The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

Location: DeGolyer Library

Dates: August 20 to October 1, 2014; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reception: Thursday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m.

The reception will include a book signing and lecture by Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne, author of No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson—Texas Visionary.  For additional information or to RSVP: 214-768-3637 or degolyer@smu.edu.

The reception is co-sponsored by DeGolyer Library and the Friends of the SMU Libraries.

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SMU Faculty in front of Dallas Hall

SMU’s Believe It Or Not! Part II – on exhibit at Fondren

SMU’s Believe It Or Not! Part II

SMU's Believe It or Not Exhibit - Part IIBION_II_TITLE_RIGHT_PRINTThe bizarre. The strange. THE UNUSUAL.

Exhibit on display: June 9 – September 22, 2014, Fondren Library Center Lobby

All right here from the SMU Libraries. Spanning multiple collections (including the George W. Cook Collection, Blackie Sherrod Papers, Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts, and the SMU Archives) these items are among the many oddities held by the various libraries here on campus.

Examples from the Exhibit

SMU Toms
SMU Toms

SMU Toms: Blake Mycoskie ’99 received the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the past 15 years. (Distringuished Alumni Award) in November 2011. Blake Mycoskie entered SMU in 1995 and got his start as an entrepreneur while he was an undergraduate in Cox School of Business. He credits Jerry White’s entrepreneurship course in the Cox School with inspiring him to launch his own businesses and several times has returned to SMU to speak to White’s classes. Mycoskie’s first venture was a campus laundry service begun during his sophomore year at SMU and which expanded to seven universities. He launched several other businesses before establishing TOMS Shoes in 2006, combining business savvy with a humanitarian spirit. The idea grew from a trip to Argentina during which he saw countless children without shoes, unable to afford shoes. He returned to California with an inspiration to manufacture shoes based on a traditional Argentinean design and the commitment to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair sold. These are specially designed Tom’s given by Blake when he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award.


Joan Blondell’s fake eyelashes
Joan Blondell’s fake eyelashes

Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts

Joan Blondell’s fake eyelashes

Hamon Arts Library


Battleship picture puzzle cubes
Battleship picture puzzle cubes

Battleship picture puzzle cubes

New York : McLoughlin Bros., [between 1910 and 1919?]

1 puzzle, 6 chromolithographs : paper, wood, color ; in box 28 x 34 x 7 cm

This picture puzzle cube game by McLoughlin Brothers of New York is housed in a wood box with twenty 2.5 inch square wood blocks with a different U.S. battleship on each side. Laid in the bottom of the box are five 10 x 12.5 inch chromolithographs describing the Texas, Brooklyn, Oregon, Maine, and Olympia battleships. These prints are guides for arranging blocks in the proper order.

DeGolyer Library


Matchbooks / Sivil’s tray / Life magazine cover
Matchbooks / Sivil’s tray / Life magazine cover

Matchbooks / Sivil’s tray / Life magazine cover

Sivil’s Drive In Restaurant was a Dallas institution for almost 30 years. It opened in 1940 at the corner of West Davis and Fort Worth Avenue on a three-acre lot. The attendants were called “curb girls” instead of car hops and wore specially tailored uniforms, one of whom was pictured on the cover of Life magazine in Feb., 1940.  Sivil’s closed in 1967, when Mr. and Mrs. Sivil retired.  This memorabilia is part of a large gift from the estate of Mr. George W. Cook. For most of his life, George W. Cook (1949-2012) collected Dallas and Texas primary sources. He had a special interest in photographs, postcards, advertising souvenirs, documents, art, postal history, and three-dimensional objects such as signs and architectural ornaments. He was also fascinated by the 1936 Texas Centennial, the State Fair of Texas, and the history of aviation. The strength of Cook’s collection lies in its visual images (over 2,200 photographs and 12,000 postcards, many real photographic postcards), but there are also significant manuscripts, diaries, albums, banknotes, ephemera, books, pamphlets, and broadsides. Chronologically, the collection ranges from a promissory note signed by Davy Crockett in Tennessee in 1829 to photographs of carhops at Sivil’s drive-in in mid-century Dallas. There are probably 20,000 items altogether. Not yet ready for research but the collection is being processed as we speak.

George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

Gift, 2014

DeGolyer Library


Hermes “Baby” Typewriter
Hermes “Baby” Typewriter

Hermes “Baby” Typewriter

Made in Switzerland

Ca. 1940s

Before there were laptops or I-pads, there were TYPEWRITERS! On display is a well-used and still functional model used by legendary sportswriter Blackie Sherrod, who used this piece of equipment in the pressbox of many a sporting event.

Blackie Sherrod was a Texas sports writer for almost six decades, writing for several newspapers, including both the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. The Blackie Sherrod papers contain his notes from his sports reporting; letters, mostly from the general public; newspaper clippings on a variety of issues; sports publications from various special events (e.g., official programs from Super Bowl games, golf tournaments, and college bowl games); and photos of Sherrod with friends, celebrities, and work associates. Sherrod has written in pencil on the inside cover: “New ribbon Tues., Apr. 12, 1955.”

Part of the Blackie Sherrod Papers. Gift, Blackie Sherrod, 2003.

DeGolyer Library


King Arthur and His Knights Pinball game
King Arthur and His Knights Pinball game

King Arthur and His Knights

[game]

St. Louis: Northwestern Products, ca. 1950s?

Before there were videogames, there was PINBALL!  This exciting game would have kept Junior occupied for hours.  In the original box, with instructions for fun variations on the basic game. Part of the Frank Fogleman Collection on Arthurian Myth and Legend, which consists of over 1000 books, periodicals, and comics, as well as ephemera, art work, recordings, and games, with an emphasis on Arthur in popular culture.

Gift, 2011.

DeGolyer Library


Coins of Palestine
Coins of Palestine

Coins of Palestine

[Place of production not identified] : [producer not identified], [1948?]

27 coins mounted on paper board with a mat overlay : color illustration ; 43 x 74 cm

This framed collection of 27 mounted coins of Palestine dated 1927-1935, has a gold illustration of Palestine printed in the middle on the mat overlay with this text: Palestine was lost to the Turks in 1917 during World War I. In 1920 the League of Nations placed it under a British Mandatory Government. In 1948, following the precepts of the Balfour Declaration, the new state of Israel became a home for Jews.

DeGolyer Library; gift, Helga Feldman, 2013


All this on display… and more!

Related: SMU’s Believe It Or Not!  Exhibit Part I: June 25 – September 10, 2012

 

DeGolyer Library Exhibit – Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014DeGolyer Library Exhibit

About the exhibit:
One could say that a piece of fiction is always selling something, such as a political idea, a belief of how the world operates or how people (especially men and women) interact, or the promotion of religious or philosophical ideas. So it is not surprising that fiction—simply put, a non-true or non-realistic story—has also been used to sell material goods, whether plows, windows, patent medicines, cereals, the telephone, bicycles, railroad travel, or insurance, to name a few topics found in this exhibit. American companies and their advertisers have long exploited the medium. The golden age of the genre was roughly 1890-1930, but, as our exhibit shows, examples exist to the present day. We think our show breaks new ground (“Father, have you ever tried any other chilled plows besides the Oliver?”) and we encourage you to be the first to see these long-neglected but culturally important pamphlets from the past.

Dates: March 27 – May 30, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Place: DeGolyer Library

Examples from the Exhibit

A Chicken WeddingA Chicken Wedding

Brief tale of Billy Brown Leghorn and Dolly Dominique, two chickens who elope.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds settle down in their own coop, but then Dolly becomes ill.  Fortunately, Dr. Duck (who is a quack!) prescribes Dr. Hess’s Poultry Pan-a-ce-a as well as a can of Instant Louse Killer.

Ashland, Ohio, ca. 1910.  12mo  [8]pp + color pictorial wraps.

chauffeur6 Talks by the Jolly Fat Chauffeur with the Double Chin

The Chauffeur—the “Original Carburetor Kid” as he calls himself—pontificates about Ford motorcars to anyone who will listen.  “’A’ford a Ford?  Why, Goldielocks, take it from Your Uncle Dud, you can’t afford anything else and keep it running.”

Detroit, 1911.  12mo.  40pp.  Color pictorial wrappers.

Oakland Fours, Sixes, and EightsThe Oakland Fours, Sixes, Eights

Attractive little booklet, with the main feature actually being a 12-page story entitled, How Charlie and Mary Decided. That is, how Charlie and Mary Sumners decided to purchase a new Oakland after they had exited the auto show. As Charlie explained to a friend: “Tom, we’ve been studying automobile catalogues for the past week, and Mary and I have wandered through this labyrinth of buzz-wagons till we’re dog tired”.

A Car of Beauty, refined and distinctive, sturdily built insuring comfort and economy and withal. Remarkable in performance and reliability. Pontiac, (1915). 16mo. [20]pp + two foldout illustrated plates + pictorial wrappers. Text vignettes of automotive scenes.

Askansas MuleAn Arkansas Mule

Story about a mule named “Moses” and an Oliver Patent Chilled Plow and how the pair unearthed a pot of gold that had been buried in Madison County, Tennessee during the Civil War. The piece claims to be a true story. Romaine (American Trade Catalogues) cites other catalogues under the product name, Oliver Chilled Plow Works [the Company was also known as the South Bend Chilled Plow Co.].

(South Bend, 1891). 12mo. 14pp. Illus. Pictorial wraps.

Shat-r-proof reporterThat Shat-R-Proof Reporter

Part of the tale is told throughout a sequence of captioned photos of an elderly woman who has a cracked window-shield, and how she is helped by a dapper tie-wearing mechanic who provides her with a new window and the Shat-R-Proof Guarantee.

Detroit, 1963. [12]pp including pictorial wraps.

DeGolyer exhibit opening March 27: Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

Opening Event: Reception and talk by guest curator Marc Selvaggio

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 reception, 6:30 lecture
Place: DeGolyer Library

About the exhibit

One could say that a piece of fiction is always selling something, such as a political idea, a belief of how the world operates or how people (especially men and women) interact, or the promotion of religious or philosophical ideas. So it is not surprising that fiction—simply put, a non-true or non-realistic story—has also been used to sell material goods, whether plows, windows, patent medicines, cereals, the telephone, bicycles, railroad travel, or insurance, to name a few topics found in this exhibit. American companies and their advertisers have long exploited the medium. The golden age of the genre was roughly 1890-1930, but, as our exhibit shows, examples exist to the present day. We think our show breaks new ground (“Father, have you ever tried any other chilled plows besides the Oliver?”) and we encourage you to be the first to see these long-neglected but culturally important pamphlets from the past.

Exhibit dates: March 27 – May 23, 2014
Location: DeGolyer Library (view website)
Times: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

SMU Lit Fest : Then & Now – exhibit at Fondren Library Center through June 9

LitFest Then… And Now Exhibit

Lit Fest: Then and Now exhibitMarch 17 – June 9, 2014
Fondren Library Center Lobby

The first SMU Literary Festival was held in 1975 and for many years thereafter it attracted major stars of the literary world to Dallas.  John Updike, Eudora Welty, Kurt Vonnegut, John Cheever, T.C. Boyle, Louise Erdrich, Joseph Heller and Horton Foote were among the writers who filled McFarlin Auditorium at various times between 1975 and the mid-nineties.  This festival is credited with putting SMU on the literary map for many years.

Jack Myers, SMU Professor and one of the original advisors of the Literary Festival , contributed a fascinating essay describing some of the highlights (and low lights) of these early days.  A few excerpts from this essay are included in the exhibit, along with some of the early LitFest posters, signed by the authors.  This essay can be found in Marshall Terry’s history of SMU “From High on the Hilltop” along with many more personal reminiscences by various SMU faculty and staff members about SMU’s early days.

Students in SMU’s English Dept. were in control of the early LitFests.  Eventually Program Council took over.  The festival was held over 10 days each autumn.  There was much drinking and carousing and some hair-raising moments when advertised speakers cancelled at the last minute or showed up just minutes before they were to go on stage.

A few years ago, a group of industrious Creative Writing students from Professor David Haynes’ classes revived the LitFest in a slightly different format.  It is now focused on novelists and poets who, although  relatively early in their careers, are rising stars with recognition of their talents in the form of prizes, awards and fellowships.  This year’s LitFest authors will read and sign books, meet with creative writing students in workshops, and bring a fresh perspective to Professor Haynes’ creative writing classes during the week of March 18-22.  Go here for information on LitFest authors and activities: http://smulitfest2014.wordpress.com/  .  All readings are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

This year, the LitFest has teamed with the Writers Garret to add a Local Small Press Fair to the LitFest lineup.   On March 18th, representatives of several local small presses will participate in a panel discussion about the changing world of publishing.  Following the panel discussion will be a reception and readings by several of the participants.

Examples from the exhibit

SMU Literary Festival 1980SMU Literary Festival 1989Lit Fest 1991SMU Literary Festival 1980, program

Fold This: The Foscue Map Library – on exhibit January 13 – March 17, 2014

Fold This: The Foscue Map Library

foldThis

January 13, – March 17, 2014
Fondren Library Center Lobby

From navigating the SMU campus to the Solar system, maps have helped us locate, learn, uncover and discover throughout time. This exhibit highlights a variety of maps from CUL’s very own Foscue Map Library: maps of Dallas’ planned growth, three dimensional maps of mountain ranges, and globes of the moon, along with a selection of SMU campus maps from the DeGolyer Special Collections.

Examples from the exhibit

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Related: Digital Map Collections


About Fondren Exhibits

The Fondren Exhibits Committee is charged with providing educational exhibits for the SMU community that showcase special events, academic areas and individuals associated with the SMU campus.