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Special Collections

Engraving by Albrecht Durer: Melencolia I

Bridwell Library

Bridwell Library is home to several premier collections related to church history, theology, biblical studies, and music, and serves as a major research institution for North Texas. The collection holds an array of rare books, unique manuscripts, Bibles, specialized art books, papyri, material culture from antiquity, and over one thousand incunabula. It is also one of the most significant collections of Wesleyana in the United States with a major repository of Wesley letters.

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 In the Mountains, by Jerry Bywaters, 1942

Bywaters Special Collections

Bywaters Special Collections is a repository for work of art on paper and archival materials illuminating aspects of the history of the visual and performing arts in the United States, especially the Southwest; concentration is on the first half of the 20th century, with supporting materials from the mid-20th century. The mission is to preserve, protect, acquire, and disseminate these holdings to the SMU community, general public and scholars through research, exhibitions and publications.

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 [Barclay Railroad, Locomotive 2 with Tender and Cars], 1895

DeGolyer Library

The DeGolyer Library is the principal repository at SMU for special collections in the humanities, the history of business, and the history of science and technology. Its rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other materials are available to all SMU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and other researchers. DeGolyer Library’s holdings of primary sources are complemented by exhibitions, lectures, publications, and other programs.

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Dallas Historic Aerial Photographs, 1930 Fairchild Survey

Foscue Map Library

Located in Fondren Library, the Foscue Map Library is one of the preeminent collections of cartographic resources in the American Southwest. It supports the key disciplines of geology, archaeology and anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and environmental science.

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G. William Jones Film & Video Collection

G. William Jones Film and Video Collection

The G. William Jones Film & Video Collection supports instruction and research in the Meadows School of the Arts, the Southern Methodist University, and the global moving image preservation and research community. The Collection’s primary purpose is to support education through the study, preservation, and presentation of moving images.

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Texas law license certificates for J.L. Turner and his son.

Underwood Law Library

Part of the Dedman School of Law, SMU’s Underwood Law Library is the largest private academic law library west of the Mississippi River. Its collections include approximately 666,576 law-related volumes and equivalents, ranking the library among the top 20% of law libraries in the United States.

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