U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

Old Monarchs of the Plains, 1907

U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

Old Monarchs of the Plains, 1907

Mooney Falls, ca. 1902-1916

Mooney Falls, ca. 1902-1916
Stick to your saddle, ca. 1908-1912

Stick to your saddle, ca. 1908-1912
The two races, at Fort Mojave, Arizona, 1867

The two races, at Fort Mojave,
Arizona, 1867
Huntley irrigation project, Montana, 1909

Huntley irrigation project,
Montana, 1909
Seth Kinman, California Hunter and Trapper, 1864

Seth Kinman, California Hunter
and Trapper, 1864

Eastern court of Oraibi, ca. 1873-1881

Eastern court of Oraibi,
ca. 1873-1881

Yosemite Valley from Rocky Ford, 1872About the Collection

Holding library: DeGolyer Library

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Collection Materials

In general, collecting at the DeGolyer Library emphasizes the American West, the borderlands, exploration, business history and transportation, particularly the railroads. The DeGolyer houses extensive photographic collections totaling over 900,000 images. Included are photographs by such important Western landscape photographers as Carleton Watkins, Andrew Russell, Alexander Gardner, William Henry Jackson, John Hillers, Charles Roscoe Savage, F. Jay Haynes, Edward Curtis, Robert Benecke and Laura Gilpin. The DeGolyer has several rare Western accessions, including Alexander Gardner’s 1867 portfolio, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel), which is one of only four known copies of this early, significant western landscape project.

In the DeGolyer collections, there are also examples of early photographic processes and formats covering the history of photography such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cartes de visite, photographically illustrated books, real photographic postcards, and albumen and gelatin silver prints from ca. 1846 to 1960s.

Holdings and Highlights

In the U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection, the DeGolyer Library is making available all or part of a growing number of its accessions:

 

Sola-motor at the Ostrich Farm, 1902

Items in SMU Libraries Digital collections are digitized following the nCDS Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the Norwick Center's Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting degolyer@smu.edu.

For more information about the collection, please contact degolyer@smu.edu.