Bywaters Special Collections

The Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing is located in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library and holds materials on the cultural history of the American Southwest.

These archival collections, focused on the visual and performing arts primarily in the 20th century, particularly highlight Texas artists. Bywaters Specials Collections is a repository for works of art on paper and archival materials illuminating aspects of the history of the visual and performing arts in the United States, especially the Southwest; concentration is on the first half of the 20th century, with supporting materials from the mid-20th century.

The mission is to preserve, protect, acquire, and disseminate these holdings to the SMU community, general public and scholars through research, exhibitions and publications.