News from the DeGolyer Library
April 2019

Southern Methodist University
Recent Events
On March 27th, Ron Tyler spoke in the Texana Room about his new book, Western Art, Western History: Collected Essays .
Tyler, a celebrated historian and former director of the Amon Carter Museum, shared the stories of key artists, both famous and obscure, whose provocative pictures document the people and places of the 19th century American West.

Thank you to everyone who attended this standing-room-only event.
The following day, the DeGolyer hosted Jane Leavy and Ron Rapoport, to talk about their latest books, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created and Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks.

SMU Dedman School of Law Professor (and baseball fan) Paul Rogers lead an informative and witty discussion with the writers. Thanks to all who joined us in kicking off the 2019 season!

The DeGolyer hosted the Spring 2019 Metroplex Archivists meeting in the Texana room on April 4th. This semiannual gathering brings together archivists and records managers from across the region, providing a space for networking and discussion about the industry, where members can share updates from their repositories. Organized by DeGolyer librarian Ada Negraru, the meeting featured highlights from Degolyer staff, and a tour of our library.
Our Current Exhibit
"A Highway to the Pacific": Building the Transcontinental Railroad.
On May 10, 1869, the last rail was laid, a golden spike was driven, and the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met at Promontory, Utah, having built together the first transcontinental railroad in the world.

Our current exhibit tells the story of this "highway to the Pacific" through original pamphlets, maps, photographs, government surveys, and more. Visit the Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall to learn more about this great technological achievement, the intense political debate surrounding it, and how it played a leading role in the long-term development of the American west.
Located in the Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall in the Fondren Library, “Highway to the Pacific runs till May 17
News & Notes
Samantha Dodd marked Women's History Month with A, E, I, O, U: The Childs Spelling System which examined the life and career of Sally B. Childs. A lifelong educator, Childs trained Dallas teachers in the Orton methodology for aiding students with language disabilities. The Sally B. Childs papers are part of the Archives of the Women of the Southwest.
In The Prison Letters of Albert Horsley, Christina Jensen introduced readers to Albert Horsley, also known as Harry Orchard, an assassin at the center of the first 'trial of the century' of the 20th century. The start of an ongoing series on the Horlsey collection, this post features a transcription of the initial correspondence and some background on Horley's life and the collection of letters. Click here to view the catalog record.
From the Stacks
Collections Highlight
It's not unusual to get distracted by a beautiful book in the DeGolyer stacks. This was the case with our copy of Thomas Ryves’ Historia Navalis , printed by Thomas Harper in London in 1629. Its eye catching off-white velum biding features gold embossed details on the cover and spine. Inside are three foldout woodcut illustrations, and multiple bookplates.  Click here to view the catalog record.

New Accessions

"If you elect me governor of Kansas, I promise to cause Every Open Saloon in the Sate to be PERMANENTLY CLOSED within ninety days of my inauguration" reads the text on a I. O. Pickering campaign poster recently acquired by the DeGolyer. To save you a Google search--this was not a winning campaign strategy!

Newly Digitized Items

17 images from the Dallas Aviation School at Love Field were recently digitized by the team at the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions . The collection includes a number of photographs of female air pilots, photographed during World War II. Click here to view the collection.
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