DeGolyer Library

Exhibits

Political Poster featuring Grover Cleveland, James G. Blaine, and their running mates

"Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion": James G. Blaine, Grover Cleveland, and the Election of 1884

If remembered at all in the popular mind, the Presidential election of 1884 is best known, perhaps, as one of the most scurillous campaigns in American history. Instead of the "bloody shirt," both sides waved the "dirty shirt." But the election of 1884 is notable in several other respects. It resulted in the first Democratic victory since 1856. Beyond the personal scandals associated with both candidates and the campaign, other issues were at stake: women's rights, civil rights for African Americans, growing disparities in wealth (and what to do about that), prohibition, civil service reform, and the challenges immigration raised in creating a more pluralistic society. If many of these sound familiar to us today, the election of 1884 is worth a second look.

 

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Women's Voices, Women's Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment 

August 26th, 2020

 

“Women’s Voices, Women’s Votes: An Exhibition Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment” features over 100 objects from the collections of Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, and the DeGolyer Library. The exhibit includes materials such as rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, photographs, sheet music, manuscripts, and ephemera documenting the history of the women’s rights movement, from the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) through the 19th century and early 20th century, with emphasis on the roles women played first in the abolitionist movement and then in the suffrage movement. Represented are well-known figures such as the Grimke sisters, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth, as well as more local figures and organizations, such as the Women Suffrage Association of Oklahoma. 

 

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Past Exhibits

"Andy Hanson: Picturing Dallas, 1960-2008"

"Andy Hanson: Picturing Dallas, 1960-2008"

December 6 – January 31, 2020

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"Walt Whitman at 200"

September 3 to November 15, 2019

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"A Highway to the Pacific": Building the Transcontinental Railroad"

January 29 - May 31, 2019

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

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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

Dickens

Charles Dickens: The First 200 Years

January – May 12, 2012