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SMU: A Leading Role in Oscar's History

Artifacts Such As Greer Garson's Oscar for "Mrs. Miniver" a Part of the Hamon Arts Library

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While Hollywood prepares to celebrate the 82nd annual Academy Awards, North Texas need look no further than SMU to find priceless pieces of Oscar history.

SMU library collections include almost 70 years of Academy Award history, such as Greer Garson's 1942 Oscar for Mrs. Miniver, four 1951 Academy Award envelopes complete with red seals and winners' names, and Horton Foote's original screenplay and dialogue notes for the 1983 Oscar-winning screenplay, Tender Mercies.

The Hamon Arts Library includes the following notable Oscar-related collections:

The Greer Garson Collection includes the actress' personal memorabilia such as correspondence, photographs, slides, scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, programs, awards and nearly 100 scrapbooks. The materials chronicle Garson's acting career beginning in London's West End and continuing through her years in Hollywood. 

The Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts in Hamon Arts Library includes a wide array of materials related to theater, film, dance and music, especially in the Southwest. The collection began in 1933 at SMU as the McCord Theatre Museum. It includes treasures ranging from ancient Japanese gigaku masks to costume sketches for Cecil D. DeMille's Cleopatra.

Read the full article on SMU Libraries' Academy Award ties.

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