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Crater of Dos Bocas, looking southwest

DeGolyer Library: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

Crater of Dos Bocas, looking southwest by Everette DeGolyer, Sr., ca. 1910

Chihuahua Oil Lands.

Chihuahua Oil Lands.,
ca. 1910-1929

 R. M. B. (Richmond, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby

R. M. B. (Richmond, Va.) to
Elizabeth H. Mosby, 1837

Rancho Encinal, [page 41]

Rancho Encinal, [page 41], 1939

[Edwin B. Hopkins]

[Edwin B. Hopkins], ca. 1910

 [Gold Star Mothers and Widows Pilgrimage Badges with Cords]

[Gold Star Mothers and Widows
Pilgrimage Badges with Cords],
ca. 1930

[Potrero del Llano]

[Potrero del Llano], 1910

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DeGolyer Library: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints provides a sample of the photographs, images, albums, and more held by SMU's DeGolyer Library. Please note that many other DeGolyer Library digital collections exist that fall into thematic or geographical categories.

Collection Materials

SMU’s DeGolyer Library holds 110,000 rare books, over 2,500 separate manuscript collections, more than 1 million photographs, approximately 3,000 early maps, over 2,000 periodical and newspaper titles, and a sizable collection of printed ephemera. The great strengths of the DeGolyer Library include early travel and exploration accounts, especially those related to the European discovery and exploration of the New World. The Texas, Mexican, and Western Americana materials are among the finest in the country. Geology and the history of the oil business are also well represented in the book and manuscript collections. The DeGolyer Library digital collection contains items from many accessions and collections held by the DeGolyer Library.

Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers

Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr., a major figure in the twentieth-century oil business, was known for his pioneering work in petroleum geology and geophysics. Throughout his career, DeGolyer founded several major corporations including the Amerada Petroleum Corporation, the Geophysical Research Corporation and DeGolyer and MacNaughton. Mr. DeGolyer was also an extraordinary book collector and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he gave his collection of American and English literature to the University of Texas and his history of science collection to the University of Oklahoma. After Mr. DeGolyer's death in 1956, the family library was maintained by the newly-incorporated DeGolyer Foundation and was aggressively expanded by the son of the founder, Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. In 1974 the DeGolyer Foundation gave the library to SMU, where it is now housed in the original Fondren Library building.

Even in its early days the DeGolyer Library played a significant role on the cultural scene in Dallas. It was housed in its own splendid library room at “Rancho Encinal,” the DeGolyer estate overlooking White Rock Lake. The City of Dallas purchased the DeGolyer estate in 1982 and opened an arboretum and botanical garden in 1984.

This digital collection contains a growing number of documents and photographs from Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. (1886-1956) Papers. A finding aid to the collection is also available in TARO.

Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers on Mexico Oil

The Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers available online provide a rich sample of the photographs, maps, albums, and more, relating to Mexican oil. For example, dozens of maps of Mexican oil fields and related documents on oil exploration and development in Mexico in the early 20th century are now online. Many of these maps represent oil fields from each of the three most important areas of exploration in Mexico at that time: the Ebano-Panuco area in Veracruz, the "Golden Lane" in Veracruz, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Together these geologic and topographic maps shed light on the work being conducted in Mexico by noted oil exploration companies, like the Mexican Eagle Oil Company, for whom Mr. DeGolyer worked from 1909-1919. You may also view hundreds of additional items on petroleum development in Mexico in the DeGolyer Library's Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection.

Below is a non-inclusive list of examples of the Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers relating to Mexican oil exploration and development in the early 1900s.


Holdings and Highlights

Listed here are some of the accessions held by the DeGolyer Library that are represented in this digital collection:

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 DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

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