Southern Methodist University

Layton W. Bailey collection on Southern Methodist University

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Bailey, Layton W.
Title: Layton W. Bailey collection on Southern Methodist University
Inclusive Dates: 1916-1968
Abstract: Layton W. Bailey worked as a business administrator for SMU for over thirty years. This collection contains programs, pamphlets, news clippings, and full-size newspaper editions detailing various campus events: convocations, building dedications, dinners, athletics, and the inaugurations of Umphrey Lee and Willis Tate. The ephemera in this collection covers roughly a forty-year time period, from the mid-1920s through the late 1960s.
Accession No: SMU 1991.0030
Extent: 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Layton W. Bailey served as business manager, treasurer, and Board of Trustees secretary for Southern Methodist University. He began at SMU in 1924, working nearly thirty-five years there until his retirement in 1958.

Bailey was born in Dallas and attended Emerson College and SMU, where he majored in finance and general business.

In addition to his role as a business administrator of SMU, Bailey also worked for the National Hemophilia Foundation as Board of Trustees chairman of the Dallas chapter, and as a board member for the national organization. His many years of service to SMU were recognized by the Trammell Crow family in 1985 when they requested that a room in the new graduate wing of the SMU business school be named after him.

Bailey died in 1987 at the age of 97.


"Bailey Heads Trustees." Dallas Morning News, September 16, 1972, pg. 16.

Nogami, Doug. "Crows Give SMU $6 Million—Gift to Help Expand Cox Business School." Dallas Morning News, November 21, 1985, pg. 34A.

"Services Monday for Layton Bailey." Dallas Morning News, April 17, 1987, pg. 32A.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bailey collection is comprised of printed material from campus events that Mr. Bailey acquired during and after his tenure at SMU. The first series contains programs and pamphlets for building dedications, class reunions, convocations, and dinners. These have been arranged according to the type of event they detail. This series also includes some SMU-related news clippings, as well as two copies of the Dinkey, the spoof campus newspaper issued each year on April 1.

Series 2 is made up of full-size newspaper editions on SMU events. These have been arranged both according to topic and according to newspaper. Major events/headlines related to SMU are arranged by themselves.

Users should note that this collection does not contain any papers related to Mr. Bailey’s work as a SMU business administrator.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: SMU event programs and news clippings
Series 2: Saved newspapers, SMU-related


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.

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.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
Universities and colleges -- Texas -- Dallas -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Layton W. Bailey collection on Southern Methodist University, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, 1991.

Finding aid written by

Paul H. Santa Cruz, 2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

SMU event programs and news clippings

Box Folder
1 1 SMU building dedications, 1926-1970
2 Campus banquets, 1939-1967
3 Campus lectures, 1965-1969
4 SMU pamphlets and publications, 1940-1954, 1962
5 SMU football, 1928, 1939, 1959
(NOTE: Also see Box 2, Folder 4, "SMU football, Dallas Morning News, 1928-1957.")
Box Folder
1 6 SMU calendar, 1926
7 SMU annual reports, 1934-1938, 1936 (covering two different conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South)
8 SMU convocations, 1928-1965
9 SMU Pigskin Revue, 1961, 1967
10 Class reunions—classes of 1933, 1935, 1936, 1939
11 News clippings, inauguration of Umphrey Lee, 1939
(NOTE: Also see Box 2, Folder 7, "Inauguration of Umphrey Lee, 1939.")
Box Folder
1 12 Inauguration of Willis Tate, May 5, 1954
(NOTE: Also see Box 2, Folder 8, "Inauguration of Willis Tate, 1954.)
Box Folder
1 13 Miscellaneous SMU events, 1929, 1968
14 Dinkey issues, 1920, 1924
(NOTE: Also see Box 2, Folder 3: "Dinkey and Campus Tirade issues, 1916-1937.")
Box Folder
1 15 News clippings, dedication of Perkins School of Theology quadrangle, 1951
16 News clippings, miscellaneous SMU events

Saved newspapers, SMU-related

Box Folder
2 1 SMU Campus issues, 1927-1930
2 SMU Campus issues, 1931-1947
3 Dinkey and Campus Tirade issues, 1916-1937
(NOTE: Also see Box 1, Folder 14, "Dinkey issues, 1920, 1924.")
Box Folder
2 4 SMU football, Dallas Morning News, 1928-1957
(NOTE: Also see Box 1, Folder 5, "SMU football, 1928, 1939, 1959.")
Box Folder
2 5 "SMU Asks Million," Semi-Weekly Campus, April 22, 1936
6 "Perkins Hall Opening Slated Today," Semi-Weekly Campus, February 8, 1939
7 Inauguration of Umphrey Lee, 1939
(NOTE: Also see Box 1, Folder 11, "News clippings, inauguration of Umphrey Lee, 1939.")
Box Folder
2 8 Inauguration of Willis Tate, 1954
(NOTE: Also see Box 1, Folder 12, "Inauguration of Willis Tate, May 5, 1954.")
Box Folder
2 9 Miscellaneous SMU issues and events, Dallas Morning News, 1939, 1953
10 SMU issues, Daily Times Herald (1947), Dallas Journal (1937), Park Journal (1936)