Category: Special Collections

What’s New at Bridwell Library? Summer 2023

Buddhist Prayer Wheel at Sanbangsan Bomunsa Temple, Jeju Island, South Korea.

Bridwell Library’s new exhibition, The World Methodist Museum Collections and the Saint John’s Bible opens October 2, 2023 in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries. Read about the acquisition and display of the World Methodist Museum Collections and more in our publication, The Bridwell Quarterly. We hope you’ll also enjoy the newest issue of The Bridwell…Continue Reading What’s New at Bridwell Library? Summer 2023

Have you heard the tale of the haunted library?

a dark library floor

Legend has it that the ghost of former SMU President Umphrey Lee prowls the west stacks of Fondren Library.  Visitors have reported hearing unexplained noises, walking through strange cold spots, and finding books that have mysteriously fallen off the shelves and onto the floor. Is the ghost of SMU’s fourth president to blame?   As…Continue Reading Have you heard the tale of the haunted library?

Traveling to the Borscht Belt in the Catskills this summer or fall?

Directional road signs in the Catskills

If so, the newly launched Borscht Belt Historical Marker Project features a self-guided audio tour with a QR code for this region in upstate New York. If you happen to be hitchhiking (not recommended), there’s a tune from the film Catskill Honeymoon (1950, in Yiddish and English) headlining Hy Jacobson’s Yiddish-American Musical Revue.   This…Continue Reading Traveling to the Borscht Belt in the Catskills this summer or fall?

The Ken Heckmann Film Collection

Three tapes and four film cans in the Ken Heckmann collection

The G. William Jones Film & Video Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Ken Heckmann Film Collection, an eclectic cross-section of Dallas media and local filmmaking spanning 30-plus years. After graduating from film school in Southern California, Heckmann’s career began in Los Angeles, California, working on a number of CBS productions including…Continue Reading The Ken Heckmann Film Collection

“You’re in Ebby Halliday Country”

An award-winning advertising strategy played an important role in Ebby Halliday Realtors, Inc. decades long success. Weekly ads in the major newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star Telegram reached millions of potential clients and made the company’s brand a household name and generated millions in sales.  The Ebby Halliday papers…Continue Reading “You’re in Ebby Halliday Country”

Ebby and SMU

Ebby Halliday did not graduate from SMU, but many in her close circle of friends and family did. Her husband Maurice Wilson Acers belonged to the class of 1925, majoring in political science with a minor in religion and received the SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984. Her mother-in-law, Effie Elizabeth Acers was a charter…Continue Reading Ebby and SMU

Ebby and M.L.S. Enter the Computer Age

Ebby Halliday Realtors, Inc. was operating for eight years when Ebby opened her second office at 8117 Preston Road on December 13, 1953. It was during this time that Ebby became an early adopter of the multiple listing service (M.L.S.) organized by the Dallas Realtor Board and was one of the brokers to handle the…Continue Reading Ebby and M.L.S. Enter the Computer Age

Diplomats in DeGolyer Library

Ambassadors and members of the Foreign Service represent United States interests abroad, implement foreign policy, and maintain peaceful relationships with other countries. The DeGolyer Library has a few collections from United States diplomats who served in Latin America. The earliest manuscript is not from an American, rather it is a diary from Spanish Minister to…Continue Reading Diplomats in DeGolyer Library

The Charm Offensive

In 1956, the business leaders of Dallas were watching the flight of businesses from the city center to the suburbs. To combat this exodus, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and local businesses decided to launch a campaign focusing on the purchasing power of the 112, 308 “career girls” concentrated in downtown office buildings. The Dallas…Continue Reading The Charm Offensive

Modern Love

In 1965 Maurice Acers proposed marriage to Ebby Halliday. They first met in 1958 in Beaumont, Texas when they shared a limousine to the airport. He was going to Houston, she was returning back home to Dallas. Today, think of it as a shared-Uber, meet-cute. The following letters from Maurice written shortly after their first…Continue Reading Modern Love