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Hamon Arts Library

Bywaters Special Collections

Performing Arts Collections

Ronald Davis Collection

Ronald L. Davis Collection

Consists of approximately seven linear feet of programs from theatre performances, operas, and other events collected by this long-time SMU faculty member, one of the nation's premier cultural historians. It also includes 2 flat boxes of scores by Dallas big band leader Jerry Gray.

Greer Garson

Greer Garson Collection

Includes correspondence, photographs, slides, film and theater scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, programs, awards, and scrapbooks, as well as a sampling of the actress' personal memorabilia. These materials chronicle Greer Garson's acting career from London's West End through her Hollywood and Broadway years and her many philanthropic activities.

Image: Greer Garson receives an Oscar for Best Performance, Greer Garson Collection

Online: Finding Aid | About the scrapbooks

Grofe Collection

Ferde Grofe Collection

Consists of musical scores composed or arranged by this twentieth-century American composer. 

Image: Manuscript score, n.d., Ferde Grofe Collection

Katwijk Collection

Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection

Consists of the manuscripts and printed compositions of the van Katwijks and archival materials related to their careers, as well as music monographs, scores, concert programs, and photographs and other memorabilia documenting musical life in Dallas. Also of considerable importance are a number of autographed letters and manuscripts, many of well-known composers and musicians, including Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Rossini, and others. Dr. Paul van Katwijk was a pianist and long-time SMU faculty member who also served as conductor of the Dallas Symphony; Mrs. van Katwijk was an accomplished pianist and composer.

Image: Signature from letter by Claude Debussy, n.d., Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection

McCord/Renshaw Collection

Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts

The McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, playbills, posters, programs, scripts, set designs, and works of art on paper. While the collection emphasizes the performing arts in Texas and the Southwest, including papers of the Dallas Little Theatre and SMU's Arden Club, it also contains materials related to film and theater productions throughout the United States and Europe.

The McCord/Renshaw Collection includes two Japanese gigaku masks dating from the 8th to 10th centuries, currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art

Image: Cycle Park Theatre, Dallas, 1907, McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts

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Mickwitz Collection

Harold von Mickwitz Collection

Documents the career of SMU's first Dean of Music and activities of the Mickwitz Club. These approximately two linear feet of archival materials include photographs, scrapbooks, annual directories, recital programs, correspondence, and clipping files; references to music activities at other Dallas institutions, such as St. Mary's College, also appear.

Image: Recital program, 1928, Harold von Mickwitz Collection

Visual Arts Collections

Vivian Aunspaugh Art School, ca. early 1900s, Dallas

Vivian Aunspaugh Art Club Collection

Consists of scrapbooks and a few photographs collected by former students of Vivian Aunspaugh, who began teaching art in Dallas in the early twentieth century.

Image: Vivian Aunspaugh Art School, ca. early 1900s, Dallas

Online: Finding Aid

Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur Collection

The Rosa Bonheur Collection contains two linear feet of correspondence of women artists, primarily that of French painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). In 1865, she received the Légion d’honneur from the Empress Eugénie, the first woman artist to receive this award.  Numerous artists, including Dallas painters Otis Dozier and Frank Reaugh, acknowledged her influence on their work. 

Image: Letter to Paul Chardin from Rosa Bonheur, September 1, 1870

'Lost' by Charles T. Bowling, 1939

Charles T. Bowling Collection

Consists of twenty-six lithographs executed by this Dallas painter and lithographer. Bowling completed most of these works in the 1930s and 1940s, the heyday of the loosely affiliated group of Dallas artists since dubbed the "Lone Star Regionalists." An engineer for Texas Power and Light Company, he did not take up the study of art until the age of thirty-five and grew to artistic maturity with younger members of the Dallas art community. Bowling studied with prominent local instructors such as Alexandre Hogue, Frank Klepper, and Olin Travis and developed close friendships with many artists of his day; during the Depression, he assisted in obtaining drafting jobs for Otis Dozier and William Lester. A charter member and president of the Lone Star Printmakers group, Bowling owned one of the few lithographic presses in Dallas during the 1940s, on which he printed his own work as well as that of other area artists. He exhibited his work throughout the United States and is represented in the University Art Collection of Southern Methodist University, the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, the Witte Museum (San Antonio), the Museums of Abilene, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Image: 'Lost' by Charles T. Bowling, 1939

Online: Digital Collection

'Ranch Hand and Pony' by Jerry Bywaters, lithograph, 1938

Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, mural studies, slides, and works of art on paper related to Jerry Bywaters' career as artist, director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and long-time SMU faculty member as well as to the work of many of his artistic contemporaries in the region.

Image: 'Ranch Hand and Pony' by Jerry Bywaters, lithograph, 1938

Online: Digital Collection | Exhibitions

Diana Church Research Collection on American and Texas artists

Diana Church (1943 - ) has achieved distinction for her research on early Texas artists and her comprehensive study on Dallas artist Edward Gustav Eisenlohr. Church curated two exhibitions - Edward G. Eisenlohr: Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Scenes of Santa Fe - and wrote articles on Texas art and culture. She is the author of Guide to Dallas Artists, 1890 – 1917. The collection includes artwork, clippings, correspondence, documents, ephemera, photographs and slides, publicity, and published works that were collected or written by Diana Church during the 1980s and 1990s.

Image: Cover, Guide to Dallas Artists by Diana Church

Online: Finding Aid

Calloway and Jerry Bywaters Cochran family papers

The Calloway and Jerry Bywaters Cochran family papers consists of documents and photographs that chronicle the history of both the Cochran and Bywaters families.

Image: Photograph of Calloway and Jerry Bywaters Cochran wedding

Mary Doyle, ca. 1950s

Mary Frances Doyle Art Work and Papers

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and works of art on paper related to the career of this charter member of the Texas Printmakers, formed in the early 1940s by several women artists.

Image: Mary Doyle, ca. 1950s

Online: Finding Aid

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier at work

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Collection

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, mural studies, slides, and works of art on paper related to this Dallas couple's artistic careers throughout the American West. Further information on Dozier's career is available at the Hawn Gallery Exhibit Archives website.

Image: Otis and Velma Davis Dozier at work

Online: Digital Collection

Hillside Adobes, Santa Fe; by Eisenlorh

E.G. Eisenlohr Art Work and Papers

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and works of art on paper related to the career of this early Dallas artist and art instructor.

Image: Hillside Adobes, Santa Fe; by Eisenlorh

Online: Finding aid | Digital Collection

Ann Cushing Gantz, ca. 1960s

Ann Cushing Gantz Papers

Documents all aspects of the operation of the Cushing Gallery and chronicles the activities of such arts organizations as the Dallas Print and Drawing Society. Its approximately five feet of archival material, primarily correspondence, scrapbooks, and clipping files, were donated by Ann Cushing Gantz, a long-time Dallas painter, printmaker, gallery owner, and art instructor.

Image: Ann Cushing Gantz, ca. 1960s

Online: Finding Aid

DeForrest Judd

DeForrest Judd Art Work and Papers

Includes clipping files, correspondence, small enamelings, photographs, sketchbooks, works of art on paper, and a few small wood sculptures related to the career of this Texas artist and long-time SMU faculty member.

Online: Finding Aid | Digital Collection | Digital Exhibition

William Lester, ca. 1960s

William Lester Art Work and Papers

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and sketchbooks related to the career of this art professor at the University of Texas, who was a member of the loosely defined “Dallas Nine” artists group early in his career, along with Bywaters and Dozier.

Image: William Lester, ca. 1960s

Online: Finding Aid

Barbara Maples

Barbara Maples Collection

Includes correspondence, documents, photograph of Barbara Maples, slides taken in Colorado in the 1950s, and handmade holiday cards sent to Barbara Maples in the 1950s and 1960s from art colleagues and members of the Texas Printmakers organization including Janet Turner, Evaline Sellors, and Mary Lightfoot.  

Image: Barbara Maples

Octavio Medellin, 1991

Octavio Medellin Art Work and Papers

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, small examples of fused glass experiments, photographs, and slides related to the career of this Mexican sculptor who lived in the Dallas area for many years and whose work is represented in museums and private collections throughout the United States.

Image: Octavio Medellin, 1991

Online: Finding aid | Digital Collection | Digital Exhibition

Alice Atkins Meredith

Alice Atkins Meredith Art Work and Papers

The Alice Atkins Meredith art work and papers consists of designs, drawings, and notes made by the artist. Born in 1905 in Dallas, Texas, Meredith was a member of the Klepper Art Club and served as the entertainment chairman for the Reaugh Art Club.   Meredith exhibited in the State Fair of Texas art exhibitions and in the Allied Arts exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of [Fine] Arts during the 1930s.

Image: Untitled by Alice Atkins Meredith

Perry Nichols, 1949 (Photo credit:  Borris – Dallas)

Perry Nichols Art Work and Papers

Includes artwork, clippings, correspondence documents, ephemera, photographs, publicity, published works, and scrapbooks chronicling the career of this Dallas artist, who was initially associated with the Texas regionalist artists of the 1930s and 1940s. Nichols worked in various art media throughout his life, including painting, particularly the technique known as "trompe l’oeil" ("trick the eye"), printmaking, and woodworking. He also executed numerous murals in public and private buildings in the Southwest as well as designed sets and costumes for the Dallas Little Theatre and other local venues.

Image: Perry Nichols, 1949 (Photo credit:  Borris – Dallas)

Online: Finding Aid

Untitled (self-portrait), by Mary Beasley Nye, block print, n.d.

Mary Nye Collection

Consists of archival material chronicling the history of Nye Galleries (1956-1963) as well as works on paper by artists Otis Dozier, E. G. Eisenlohr, John Guerin, Frank Reaugh, and Hiram Williams. After closing her gallery, Mary Beasley Nye (1916-1998) continued to represent Texas artists until 1983. In addition to the above artists, she exhibited work by Henri Bartscht, Ed Bearden, Ethel Brodnax, Cecil Casebier, Ben Culwell, Wilfred Higgins, DeForrest Judd, Octavio Medellin, Fred Mitcham, Herb Rogalla, Stephen Rascoe, Olin Travis, Dorothy Poulos, Ruth Tears, Broar Utter, and Betty Winn. Her husband, Hermes, was a well-known Dallas attorney, writer, and folk singer.

Image: Untitled (self-portrait), by Mary Beasley Nye, block print, n.d.

Sketch from Potter Metal Studios, Dallas (lantern design for Highland Park Village, Dallas)

Potter Iron Studios Collection

Consists of almost two thousand shop sketches and accompanying invoices from Potter Metal Studios in Dallas, which fashioned lighting fixtures, furniture, and other items, primarily in iron, for North Texas businesses, private residences, and institutions (e.g., Dallas Little Theatre, SMU, Highland Park Shopping Village, Highland Park United Methodist Church, and Highland Park Presbyterian Church), from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Image: Sketch from Potter Metal Studios, Dallas (lantern design for Highland Park Village, Dallas)

Online: Digital Collection

Evaline Sellors with bust of Octavio Medellin (by Sellors)

Evaline Sellors Art Work and Papers

Consists of a bound portfolio of photographs documenting the career of this Texas sculptor as well as two drawings depicting scenes from the ruins of Chichen-Itza by Octavio Medellin.

Image: Evaline Sellors with bust of Octavio Medellin (by Sellors)

Online: Finding Aid

Everett Spruce, ca. 1940s

Everett Spruce Art Work and Papers

Consists of approximately two and-a-half feet of archival material, three of the artist’s sketchbooks, and forty-four additional works on paper. A native of rural Arkansas, Spruce studied under Olin Travis and Tom Stell at the Dallas Art Institute and taught in the department of studio art at the University of Texas at Austin from 1940 to 1974.

Image: Everett Spruce, ca. 1940s

Online: Digital Collection | Finding Aid | Exhibition

Olin Travis, 1951 (Photo credit:  Squire Haskins Photographers)

Olin Travis Collection

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and other archival materials related to the career of this art instructor who taught in Dallas and Arkansas from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Image: Olin Travis, 1951 (Photo credit:  Squire Haskins Photographers)

'Iguana I' by Janet Turner, c. 1975

Janet Turner Collection

Contains prints as well as etching plates and linoleum blocks related to these works by this member of the Texas Printmakers who served on the art faculties of universities in Texas and California.

Image: 'Iguana I' by Janet Turner, c. 1975

Online: Digital Collection

Esther Webb Houseman, 1936

Esther Webb Houseman Art Work and Papers

Includes archival materials, primarily clippings and a scrapbook, on the Dallas School of Creative Arts (now the Craft Guild of Dallas). It was founded by Esther Houseman and Velma Davis Dozier, who began their careers as metalsmiths in Dallas in the 1920s and were known as the "Lady Blacksmiths.".

Image: Esther Webb Houseman, 1936

Online: Finding Aid

Dan Wingren, 1965 (Photo credit:  Bill Edwards, Photography – Dallas)

Dan Wingren Art Work and Papers

Consists of twenty-three charcoal drawings and a sketchbook of thirty-three additional charcoal drawings executed during a 1956 stay in Cannes, France by this long-time faculty member of SMU's Division of Art, who was described by Jerry Bywaters as "a versatile performer of distinction in many areas."

Image: Dan Wingren, 1965 (Photo credit:  Bill Edwards, Photography – Dallas)

Online: Finding Aid | Digital Collection

Sketch by Nancy Hamon, ca. 1940

Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers

 This collection contains the personal papers of Jake and Nancy Hamon and include a wide variety of materials, consisting primarily of correspondence, photographs and scrapbooks. The bulk of the materials can be dated from 1940 to 2000. In addition, the collection contains artwork, clippings, documents, ephemera, manuscripts, published works, scrapbooks, photographs and three-dimensional objects. The collection offers insights into Dallas social and cultural history.

Image: Untitled by Nancy Hamon, ca. 1940

Online: Finding Aid