DeGolyer Library


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The World at War, 1939-1945: Stories and Images

March 2020


For the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the DeGolyer Library will draw on its holdings to examine the conflict through the experience of participants, in combat and on the home front, from SMU and Dallas to the theaters of war in the South Pacific, North Africa, and Europe. Highlights will include the photographs of U.S. Army photographer Melvin Shaffer, whose memoir we are publishing, as well as materials documenting the work of Stanley Marcus (War Production Board) and E. DeGolyer (Petroleum Administration for War). Letters, diaries, photographs, posters, books, and other memorabilia will be on display to illustrate the monumental impact of the war on American and global society.


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


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