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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Business Records

Membership (Rolls and Directories)

Speeches

Southern Methodist University

Town and Gown Club records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Town and Gown Club (Dallas, Tex.)
Title: Town and Gown Club records
Inclusive Dates: 1927-(ongoing)
Abstract: Town and Gown is a Southern Methodist University organization founded in 1927 by both SMU representatives (gown) and prominent Dallas residents (town). The original goals of the organization were to promote fellowship, intellectual stimulation, and dialogue between Southern Methodist University and the greater Dallas community. Early membership included notable Dallasites such as Robert E. Lee Saner, Charles Selecman, and John Avery Lomax. The group’s papers include correspondence, budgetary information, membership rolls, event invitations, membership nominations, and directories.
Accession No: SMU 1991.0048
Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Town and Gown was founded on October 31, 1927 by both SMU representatives and prominent Dallas residents. The original goals of the organization were to promote fellowship, intellectual stimulation, and dialogue between Southern Methodist University and the greater Dallas community.

At its inception, membership was distributed evenly between both "town" and "gown," each were allowed 15 persons. Topics discussed at these early meetings varied from communism to birth control to the Davis Mountains. Membership was limited to men only, although at the end of each year wives were allowed to attend the final meeting. The exclusion of women from membership changed in 1974 at the behest of resigning member, SMU Political Science professor Franklin Balch. It was not until 1976 that women were allowed to attend Town and Gown meetings regularly, not only as spouses but as invited guests. There is some confusion as to who was the first woman member of Town and Gown. However, records show on February 24, 1977, that Judge Annette Stewart appears as the first woman member appointed to Town and Gown. Although correspondence show's Stewart's nomination and acceptance in the Spring of 1977, her name does not appear on the membership directory until the 1977-1978 year.

Early membership rolls boasted prominent Dallas figures such as Robert E. Lee Saner, John Avery Lomax, John O. Beaty, as well as Southern Methodist University presidents. Currently, Town and Gown still boasts a membership of prominent Dallas civic and corporate leaders, as well as university representatives. Membership has increased to 60 members, still divided evenly among the "town" and "gown." The organization has celebrated both its 70th and 80th anniversaries and has met regularly since its creation in 1927. This makes Town and Gown one of the oldest organizations associated with SMU.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Town and Gown papers contain information about the organization since its inception in 1927.

The collection contains event programs, topics presented to the organization, membership rolls, directories, budgetary information, membership nominations, membership acceptances, membership resignations, correspondence, and biographies.

Of particular interest in the collection includes a letter of condolence to the spouse of John Avery Lomax (March 11, 1948; Box 3, Folder 16), a speech delivered by one of the "Town" members entitled "Summary of WWII" by Harry C. Withers (October 15, 1945; Box 4, Folder 10), and a speech delivered to Town and Gown by Marshall Terry commemorating the 75th Anniversary of SMU entitled "Towards 2011: Charting a Course for SMU" (October 20, 1986; Box 4, Folder 11), and a speech entitled "The Curious Case of the Bible in America: From the Colonists to Clinton," delivered by SMU theology professor Victor Paul Furnish (April 15, 1996; Box 4, Folder 12).

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: Business Records
Series 2: Membership (Rolls and Directories)
Series 3: Speeches

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Town and Gown Club (Dallas, Tex.)
Southern Methodist University -- Societies, etc.
Community and college -- Texas -- Dallas
Universities and colleges -- Texas -- Dallas -- Public services.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Town and Gown Club records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Gift, Darwin Payne.

Finding Aid written by

Aaron Sanchez, June 2008.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Business Records

Box Folder
1 1 Town and Gown Club, 1927-69
2 Town and Gown Club, 1972-75
3 Town and Gown Club, 1976-83
4 Town and Gown Club, 1984-86
5 Town and Gown Club, 1987-91
6 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1988
7 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1989
8 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1990
9 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1991
Box Folder
2 1 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1992-1993
2 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1994-1995
3 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1995-1996
4 Town and Gown – Receipts and Account Statements, 1996-1997
5 Town and Gown – Programs, 1999-1995
6 Town and Gown – Programs, 1992-1990
7 Town and Gown – Programs, 1989-1988
8 Town and Gown – Programs, 1987-1985
9 Town and Gown – Programs, 1984-1983
10 Town and Gown – Programs, 1982-1977
11 Town and Gown – 80th Anniversary
12 Town and Gown – 80th Anniversary (Misc.)
13 Town and Gown – Photographs
Box Folder
3 1 Town and Gown – Correspondence and Notices, 1997-1998
2 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1996-1992
3 Town and Gown – Correspondence,1991-1990
4 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1989-1979
5 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1989-1984
6 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1983-1982
7 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1981-1980
8 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1971-1970
9 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1969-1968
10 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1967-1966
11 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1965
12 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1964-1963
13 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1962-1961
14 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1960-1954
15 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1953-1950
16 Town and Gown – Correspondence, 1949-1938
Box Folder
4 1 Town and Gown – Correspondence, undated

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Series 2:
Membership (Rolls and Directories)

Box Folder
4 2 Town and Gown – Membership Rolls, 1988-1992
3 Town and Gown – Membership Rolls, 1993-1996
4 Town and Gown – Membership Rolls, 1997-1998
5 Town and Gown – Membership Rolls, undated
6 Town and Gown – Membership – Ballots for Election on 1/27/93
7 Town and Gown – Member Biographies, 2007
8 Town and Gown – Treasurer Reports, 1996-1998
9 Town and Gown – Miscellaneous
Box
5 Directories: 1952-53; 1964/65-1989/90; 1991/92-2008/09

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Series 3:
Speeches

Box Folder
4 10 Town and Gown – Speeches, Harry C. Withers, Fall 1945
11 Town and Gown – Speeches, Marshall Terry, 10/20/86
12 Town and Gown – Speeches, Victor Paul Furnish, 4/15/96
13 Town and Gown – Speeches, Darwin Payne, Anniversary Speeches 1997 & 2007
14 Town and Gown – Speeches, William B. Lawrence, Fall 2010
15 Town and Gown – Interview, R. Gerald Turner and Darwin Payne, April 25, 2011

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