News from the DeGolyer Library
November 2019

Southern Methodist University
Upcoming Events
Andy Hanson:
Picturing Dallas, 1960-2008
Exhibit Opening

Thursday, December 5th
Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library
The reception will start at 5:30 as we celebrate the holiday season and Andy Hanson’s long career in Dallas, where he was a staff photographer for the  Dallas Times Herald , covering society, politics, the performing arts, and the major news events of the day.

Highlights from his vast photographic archive, held by the DeGolyer Library, will be on display through January 29, 2020.

We hope you'll join us! RSVP not required but appreciated at

Fondren Library is located at 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane, SMU, Dallas.

News & Notes
Click here to read " All the Ways the Trinity River Connects Urban and Rural Texas Should Matter to Dallas" by Scot McFarlane, a PhD candidate in American History at Columbia University whose dissertation, on which this article is drawn from, is based in part on research done at the DeGolyer.

Scot conducted this research as Clements Center Fellow. Through grants and fellowships, the Clements Center at SMU brings academics from around the world who study the American Southwest to SMU and the DeGolyer Library. Click here to learn more.
In 'The Court is Adjourned' Archives of Women of the Southwest intern Melissa Calderon shares the story of Paula Sue Waddle, a Dallas native and judge who broke barriers in the legal field and serves as an inspiration to Melissa, an aspiring attorney.

What's the oldest item in your collection?

What's your favorite item at the DeGolyer?

Why don't you just put everything online?

Click here to read about some of the questions Samathan Dodd fielded at the 2019 DFW Archives Bazaar.
From the Stacks
Collections Highlight
A Clements Center travel grant recipient researching southern United States borderlands during the mid 19th century requested the journal of William Jackson Palmer, treasurer of the Kansas Pacific Railroad who was surveying a southern route in 1867. Pictured here is a page from the journal featuring notes, a geological survey, and a pressed plant. Click here to learn more.
New Accessions

Earlier this month, Marinell Turnage walked into the DeGolyer with a diary she had purchased at a Highland Park garage sale for $2. Marinell began paging through the journal she had bought on a whim, which became her "can't-put-it-down weekend reading entertainment, like a romance novel that was missing its last chapter." The diary was written by a SMU freshman in 1930, and Marinell was kind enough to donate both the diary and a typed transcription to SMU. Stay tuned to learn more about this exciting accession!

Newly Digitized Items

30 photographs taken between 1880 and 1940 were recently digitized as part of the TexTreasures grant. The images featured Texas buildings, landscapes, and events. Featured here in an image of men dumping liquor at a U.S. Customs House in Brownsville during prohibition.
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