April 23, 2010
Researchers are gaining a window on the history of a major Texas media company, thanks to Belo Corp.'s donation of its corporate archives to DeGolyer Library.
The archives include thousands of documents and other materials from the company, owner of Dallas' WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News. It also contains records from A. H. Belo Corporation, which was formed to own The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers that were spun off from Belo Corp. in February 2008.
"Belo has been instrumental in the development of Dallas as a major media market and is a leader in corporate civic responsibility," says President R. Gerald Turner. "The gift of these archives is one more way that Belo is adding to the educational resources of our University and the community."
Established in 1842, Belo is the oldest continuously operated business institution in Texas. The archives include the private and business correspondence of company leaders, the company's operational business papers, annual reports and recordings of important company-related events.
"We are proud of this collection and believe it is best situated in a permanent curatorial setting such as the DeGolyer Library," says Robert W. Decherd, chairman of Belo Corp. "The board of directors and management of Belo Corp. are very pleased that SMU will be home to the archives and thereby enhance the University's already significant collections."
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