Bywaters Special Collections

Below is a listing of our major collections. BSC holds much additional material on the cultural history of the Southwest; please email staff at bywatersspecialcollections@smu.edu for more information.

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Major Collections

Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur Collection

The Rosa Bonheur Collection contains two linear feet of correspondence primarily that of French painter Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899). In 1865, she received the Légion d’honneur from the Empress Eugénie, the first female artist to receive the award. 

Image: Letter to Paul Chardin from Rosa Bonheur, September 1, 1870

Online: Finding Aid

'Ranch Hand and Pony' by Jerry Bywaters, lithograph, 1938

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.

Image: 'Ranch Hand and Pony' by Jerry Bywaters, lithograph, 1938

Online: Digital Collection | Exhibitions

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier at work

Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Collection

The papers of Dallas artists Otis and Velma Davis Dozier, consist of a wide variety of archival material totaling approximately fifty linear feet. The couple was active in the Dallas art scene from the 1920s until shortly before their deaths in the late 1980s.  Otis Dozier at one time taught classes at SMU and was a close friend of SMU professor and former director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Jerry Bywaters; along with Bywaters, he was a member of a circle of artists later dubbed the "Lone Star Regionalists."  Velma Davis Dozier was co-founder of the Dallas School of Creative Arts in 1933 and one of the founders of the Craft Guild of Dallas in 1948, Velma was extraordinary in her pursuit of complicated metal techniques and incorporating them into unique and well-made metalwork and jewelry which today can be seen in the Dozier Study Room at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Image: Otis and Velma Davis Dozier at work

Online: Digital Collection | Finding Aid

Greer Garson

Greer Garson Collection

Includes correspondence, photographs, slides, film and theater scripts, newspaper and magazine articles, programs, awards, and scrapbooks, as well as a sampling of the actress' personal memorabilia. These materials chronicle Greer Garson's acting career from London's West End through her Hollywood and Broadway years and her many philanthropic activities.

Image: Greer Garson receives an Oscar for Best Performance, Greer Garson Collection

Online: Finding Aid | About the scrapbooks

Sketch by Nancy Hamon, ca. 1940

Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers

 This collection contains the personal papers of Jake and Nancy Hamon and include a wide variety of materials, consisting primarily of correspondence, photographs and scrapbooks. The bulk of the materials can be dated from 1940 to 2000. In addition, the collection contains artwork, clippings, documents, ephemera, manuscripts, published works, scrapbooks, photographs and three-dimensional objects. The collection offers insights into Dallas social and cultural history.

Image: Untitled by Nancy Hamon, ca. 1940

Online: Finding Aid | Exhibition | Digital Collection

Katwijk Collection

Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection

The collection was donated to SMU by Mrs. van Katwijk, an accomplished pianist and composer, over the course of several years, beginning in 1974. Her husband, Dr. Paul van Katwijk, was associated with SMU from 1918 to 1955, serving as Dean of Music and as head of the Piano Department. He also served as conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 1925 to 1936. Of considerable importance is their collection of over 100 autographed letters and manuscripts, many of well-known composers and musicians, including Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Rossini, and others.

Online: Finding Aid 

Image: Signature from letter by Claude Debussy, n.d., Paul and Viola van Katwijk Collection

William Lester, ca. 1960s

William Lester Art Work and Papers

Includes clipping files, correspondence, photographs, and sketchbooks related to the career of this art professor at the University of Texas, who was a member of the loosely defined “Dallas Nine” artists group early in his career, along with Bywaters and Dozier.

Online: Finding Aid

Image: William Lester, ca. 1960s

McCord/Renshaw Collection

Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts

The Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts is an extensive collection that encompasses a diverse cross-section of performing arts and includes significant holdings in the history of theatre, film, music and dance. While the collection emphasizes the performing arts in Texas and the Southwest, such as papers of the Dallas Little Theatre and SMU's Arden Club, it also contains materials related to film and theater productions throughout the United States and Europe.

Image: Cycle Park Theatre, Dallas, 1907, McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts

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Octavio Medellin, 1991

Octavio Medellin Art Work and Papers

Includes catalogs, clipping files, correspondence, small examples of fused glass experiments, photographs, and slides related to the career of this Mexican sculptor who lived in the Dallas area for many years and whose work is represented in museums and private collections throughout the United States.

Image: Octavio Medellin, 1991

Online: Finding aid | Digital Collection | Digital Exhibition

Everett Spruce, ca. 1940s

Everett Spruce Art Work and Papers

Consists of approximately two and-a-half feet of archival material, three of the artist’s sketchbooks, and forty-four additional works on paper. A native of rural Arkansas, Spruce studied under Olin Travis and Tom Stell at the Dallas Art Institute and taught in the department of studio art at the University of Texas at Austin from 1940 to 1974.

Image: Everett Spruce, ca. 1940s

Online: Digital Collection | Finding Aid | Exhibition

'Iguana I' by Janet Turner, c. 1975

Janet Turner Collection

Contains prints as well as etching plates and linoleum blocks related to these works by this member of the Texas Printmakers who served on the art faculties of universities in Texas and California.

Image: 'Iguana I' by Janet Turner, c. 1975

Online: Digital Collection