To honor the centennial of Southern Methodist University, Bridwell Library presents from its archival holdings eighteen documents produced between 1911 and 1920 which offer insights into the development of the university and its School of Theology.

The training of ministers and other church leaders was an important part of SMU’s founding vision. In 1915-1916, the university’s opening year, thirteen students enrolled in the Bachelor of Divinity degree program, twelve students enrolled in the theology certificate program, forty-seven undergraduates took courses at the school of theology, and eighteen Dallas-area pastors took continuing education extension courses.

Report of the Educational Commission
January 18-19, 1911
Texas Methodist Dallas Rally Day Star
October 27, 1911
“The Great Achievement of the Southern Methodist University” Texas Christian Advocate
July 3, 1913
Photograph of Edwin D. Mouzon
Circa 1920
“Dallas and the University” Address by Dr. R. S. Hyer
List of Courses, Southern Methodist UniversitySession
  Program from the Dallas District Epworth League Union Banquet
September 22, 1915
  “The Opening of Southern Methodist University” Texas Christian Advocate
September 23, 1915
S.M.U. Cheer Book
School of Theology Faculty Meeting Minutes
October 1915-June 1920
Report and Cover Letter from Francis Reedy
November 10, 1915
SMU First Graduation Announcement
Spring 1916
Photograph of SMU’s First Graduating Class
Spring 1916
Baccalaureate Sermon, First Commencement of SMU 
June 11, 1916
Brochure for the Summer Session of the School of Theology
Invitation to Attend the Fondren Lectures
March 30-April 1, 1920
First Issue of SERVICE 
May 1920
Photograph of Professor Frank Seay (1881-1920)
circa 1910

To learn more about the history of Perkins School of Theology, please consult these works:

Allen, Joseph L. Perkins School of Theology: A Centennial History. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2011.

Grimes, Lewis Howard, and Roger Loyd. A History of the Perkins School of Theology. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1993.

Patterson, Stanley, and Ruth Patterson Maddox. Building SMU, 1915-1957: A Warm and Personal Look at the People Who Started Southern Methodist University. [Lewisville, Texas]: Odenwald Press, 1995.

Thomas, Mary Martha Hosford. Southern Methodist University: Founding and Early Years. Dallas: SMU Press, 1974.