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Using Archives: A Guide

We help people discover SMU history. Information about SMU history can be found in the SMU Archives, as well Fondren Library, Bridwell Library, and in the University’s digital collections. To help you find all sources easier, we have created two specialized LibGuides, or research pathfinders.

Currently, the Southern Methodist University Archives has over 500 separate collections. These collections reflect different campus constituencies -- administration, faculty, students, and alumni. Materials in these records can include letters, publications, reports, oral histories, photographs, and videotapes.

Finding aids can be simple box listings to detailed online encoded archival materials. Check with the Archivist for access to these and other materials.

Dr. Charles C.Selecman

Presidential papers

Each presidential collection is different, but most have biographical materials and speeches.

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Fred Benners

Students or student groups

Collections include the papers and records of the SMU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the SMU Student Senate, and Fred Benners, a football star.

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Eleanor Tufts

Faculty and staff files

SMU faculty and staff members have given office files, correspondence, and research materials to the Archives. These files show us what was going on at SMU during their tenure.

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SMU Dallas Hall

General SMU history

These collections document different topics and decades of SMU history.

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Rendering of Bush Presidential Center

Bush Presidential Center

The collection includes the agreements between SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

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Rotunda Yearbooks

Rotunda Yearbooks

Search the pages of nearly 100 years of SMU Rotunda yearbooks online. This special offering is made possible by Richard Ware '68 as part of The Second Century Celebration.

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Image of early SMU Times newspaper

Digital Collections

The SMU Archives has been digitizing some materials for researchers. The Daily Campus is available online from 1915 to 1963. There is also a collection of some of our most popular images of campus places and people.

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