Since our founding, Friends of SMU Libraries has been committed to helping the libraries maintain their excellence and has funded over $1,000,000 in materials and library services. In addition to providing funds for reference materials and fine press books, the Friends provide much-needed support for electronic resources and equipment.
Friends also provides opportunities for book lovers to become acquainted with each other and with the many resources of the SMU Libraries through a series of programs each year.
Kortney Nelson, President
Diana Blackman, Vice President
Stephanie Amsel, Secretary
Cindy Ruppi '14, Treasurer
Sam Childers '97, Past President
Paul Santa Cruz
Ex OfficioHolly Jeffcoat, the dean of SMU Libraries
Amy Carver `94, Friends director
The founding meeting of Friends of SMU Libraries was held September 3, 1970. The founders were in agreement as to the purpose of the organization. It was "to provide opportunities through which associates may become acquainted with each other and with the resources of the University library system; to share enthusiasm for learning, books, prints and related materials; and to establish Southern Methodist University’s libraries as centers of cultural activities enriching the whole community." They also selected a name for the group: "Colophon," a term referring to the graphic device by which printers marked their books.
- From Colophon: The Friends of the SMU Libraries: The First Twenty Years, by Mike Hazel to commemorate the Friend's 20th anniversary.
The Colophon Collection of Moderns contains approximately 1,700 items: books, broadsides, a few manuscripts and letters representing those writers whose works are believed to be definitive in establishing the contours of the spirit-soul-mind of man for the period of 1950-75.
Although Colophon originally foresaw the project lasting only two or three years, it continues to the present. The Moderns Collection is available to scholars for research at DeGolyer Library.
View Colophon collection in Library Search