Digital Collections

Chisos Mts. from Terlingua

Bywaters Special Collections: Texas Artists Archives

Chisos Mts. from Terlingua, ca. 1930s

The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, May, 1940; [The Cleveland Museum of Art Entry Card for ''The Broken Hoop'']; ''Print Club Buys Pieces'' Newspaper Clipping; Third Annual New Year Show Catalogue; [New Year Show Entry Card for ''Finale'']

DeForrest Judd Scrapbook,
1936-1950, [Page 4]
Mexican Cemetery - Terlingua

Mexican Cemetery - Terlingua
[Three Photographs of Edward G. Eisenlohr]

[Three Photographs of
Edward G. Eisenlohr]
South-Western Arts. August

South-Western Arts. August
Chisos Mts.

Chisos Mts.

About the Collection


Holding library: Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts LibraryMineral Wells, Otis & Jerry, 1936

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The Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing is a unit of the Hamon Arts Library, which is located in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts’ Owens Art Center. The archives include myriad collections concentrating on visual and performing arts in the U.S. Southwest, with a special strength in the papers of renowned Texas Regionalist artists.

Holdings include photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, art exhibit catalogs, sketches and sketchbooks, lithographs, slides, articles, and manuscripts. The collections document the lives, careers, and/or works on paper of artists such as Jerry Bywaters, Otis and Velma Davis Dozier, Octavio Medellin, Everett Spruce, Edward G. Eisenlohr, DeForrest Judd, William Lester, Olin Travis, Janet Turner, Esther Webb Houseman, Vivian Aunspaugh, and more.

The largest artist’s collection, the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest, includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, photographs, mural studies, slides, and works of art on paper related to Jerry Bywaters' career as artist, director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and long-time SMU faculty member as well as to the work of many of his artistic contemporaries in the region. He is considered to be a Texas Regionalist artist and one of several artists working in this style in Dallas during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

The Bywaters Special Collections: Texas Artists’ Archives digital collection contains a variety of digitized research materials from and about these Texas artists. A small sample of their works are included in the Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper digital collection; some artists’ collections are also provided separately (click the link at the top to “View more collections”).


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A growing number of research materials from major artists’ collections are being digitized, based on selections from the curators and requests from researchers. Currently, materials in this digital collection are from the following accessions:


Items in SMU Libraries Digital Collections are digitized following the nCDS Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the Digital Collections Workflow and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite Bywaters Special Collections, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

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