DeGolyer Library


OK, I'll Do It Myself: Narratives of Intrepid Women in the American Wilderness, Selections from the Caroline F. Schimmel Collection

January 18 - March 28, 2017

Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library West, open Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, except University holidays 

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DeGolyer Library presents a traveling exhibition curated by book collector and bibliographer Caroline Schimmel featuring materials from her own collection. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Library Service at Columbia University, Schimmel, over the last 45 years, has gathered over 23,000 narratives and representations of women in the American wilderness, including the North and South Poles. The fiction portion of her collection, except for the items included in the exhibit, was donated to Penn in 2014. She continues to seek and document known and unknown intrepid women, both in fact and fiction and reminds us that "anonymous" is most likely a woman. The 145 books, photographs, manuscripts, and memorabilia in the exhibit, by 101 women and one man and dating from 1682 to 2015, reflect the sweep of women's experiences in the American wilderness. The materials range from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (1705), Maria Sibylla Merian's hand-printed and hand-colored copy of her monumental study of flora and fauna of Surinam; sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley's travel trunk and gloves, as well as an envelope she shot through the small printed heart from 20 feet away; Mary Godfrey's illustrated account of the "horrid massacre" of her family in 1825; Dale Evans's scruffy rhinestoned pink boots; and much more. Free and open to the public.

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Past Exhibits

Bill Wittliff—Texas Man of Letters, Selections from the Virgil Musick Collection


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The State Fair of Texas, 1886 - 2016: Celebrating 130 Years of a Texas Institution

September 8 – December 16, 2016

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Books, Buildings, and Benefactors

April 15 – Summer 2016

George Cook

First Impressions: The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

January 30 – May 15, 2015

Parables of Promise

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March 27 – May 23, 2014

Year of the Faculty

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August 20 – October 1, 2014

Defined by Light

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October 23 – December 19, 2014

100 Years of Collecting

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October 24, 2013 – February 28, 2014

John Maley

John Maley, An Account of Four Years Travels

April 23 – May 24, 2013

Joe Coomer: Decatur Road

Joe Coomer: A Life in Letters

March 21 – May 24, 2013

Civil War

Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection

January 15 – March 15, 2013

Remember the Ladies!

Remember the Ladies! Discovering Women's History at DeGolyer Library

September 10 – December 14, 2012


Charles Dickens: The First 200 Years

January – May 12, 2012