DeGolyer Library


Old Friends and New Arrivals: Selected Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections

April 14 - August 10, 2018

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

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Take Your Pick

Like all libraries, the DeGolyer Library and the Bywaters Special Collections benefit greatly from donors. In fact, both collections were originally gifts to SMU and have been sustained and supported by gifts (of materials or money) ever since. While we always thank our donors in our annual reports, from time to time we also like to mount exhibitions of recent (and not so recent) gifts as a way to highlight the delightful variety that comes our way.

Here, then, are “Old Friends and New Arrivals,” an eclectic blend of materials from a host of generous donors. Our staff has selected pop-up books, postcards, ephemera, rare books, photographs, manuscripts, maps, games, and SMU memorabilia from the University Archives.


As one promotional flyer on display puts it, “Take Your Pick”!

Image Caption:

"Take Your Pick of the Books We Make and Sell"

Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1986

A tri-fold flyer, promoting recent publications and antiquarian books for sale by the firm

Gift, Tom Taylor, 2017



Past Exhibits

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


Go West, Young Man (or Woman): Children’s Books and the American West, 1830-1930

State Fair candy apples

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

September 8 – December 16, 2016

William Jennings Bryan poster

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

Parables of Promise: American Advertising Fiction, 1856-2014

March 27 – May 23, 2014

Year of the Faculty

The Not So Secret Life of the Faculty

August 20 – October 1, 2014

Defined by Light

Defined By Light: Photography's First 75 Years

October 23 – December 19, 2014

100 Years of Collecting

Treasures of DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting

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