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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Dedman College General Information

Departmental Records: A – Z

Lectures, Forums, & Symposiums

Major Donor Celebration, CORE, & CEE

Field and Laboratory

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Dedman College records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Southern Methodist University Dedman College records
Inclusive Dates: 1912-2001
Abstract: Dedman College is the oldest and largest academic unit at Southern Methodist University. Renamed in 1981 for philanthropist Robert H. Dedman, Sr., Dedman College encompasses the humanities, social sciences, as well as the natural and mathematical sciences. This collection comprises the records of Dedman College from its earliest times to 2001. The contents include general information about Dedman College, departmental records (listed alphabetically), and records of various endowed lectures, symposiums, and forums.
Accession No: SMU 1997.0296
Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Although Southern Methodist University obtained its charter in 1911, the doors of the University were not opened until September of 1915. Originally, the College of Arts & Sciences comprised the core of SMU’s early curriculum. It was renamed the College of Humanities & Sciences as SMU’s academic course curriculum expanded to include relatively new fields such as Sociology, Women’s Studies, Telecommunications, and Urban & Environmental Studies.

In 1981 the College of Humanities & Sciences was renamed once again, this time as Dedman College, for the late Robert H. Dedman, Sr. (1926 – August 20, 2002) and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman; SMU alumni whose gift endowed the college and enables SMU to remain committed to its legacy as a liberal arts university.

Dedman College is the heart of SMU. It is home to the humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences. Based in historic Dallas Hall, Dedman College provides the solid foundation of a liberal arts education to all SMU students through the University’s General Education Curriculum.

All SMU undergraduate students begin their studies here. Students complete courses while in Dedman College to prepare for their majors and to explore options before declaring a major at the end of their first or second year. About 40 percent of SMU’s undergraduates choose majors in Dedman College.

Not only the oldest academic unit at SMU, Dedman College is also the largest and most diverse. More than 250 full-time faculty members, including 23 endowed professorships, are based in Dedman College. Undergraduate students in Dedman College may major in more than 50 baccalaureate degree programs and minor in more than 50 areas. There are 16 departments, as well as numerous interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. In addition, there are 18 graduate programs leading to a Master’s degree and 12 programs leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection is comprised primarily of departmental records from the founding of SMU until 2001. Notable among the collection are the records of the Biology, Economics, Geology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies Departments. Particular documents include Reports to the President of SMU from 1926-1937, SMU’s earliest MCAT scores, and correspondence relating to SMU’s geological journal, Field & Laboratory.

Also included are records pertaining to the many lectures endowed or sponsored by Dedman College, including the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, the Allman Lecture Series, the Gartner Lecture Series, and the Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: Dedman College General Information
Series 2: Departmental Records: A – Z
Series 3: Lectures, Forums, & Symposiums
Series 4: Major Donor Celebration, CORE, & CEE
Series 5: Field and Laboratory

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

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Related Material

Southern Methodist University origins and history collection (SMU 2006.0378)

Southern Methodist University English Department records (SMU 1998.0320)

Southern Methodist University History Department records (SMU 1998.0319)

Southern Methodist University, University Lecture Series (SMU 1992.0140x)

Southern Methodist University, University Lecture Series tapes, 1984-1989 (SMU 1991.0078)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Methodist University Dedman College records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Processing Information

Collection was re-foldered and re-organized in 2009.

Finding aid written by

Lane J. Sobehrad, May 2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Dedman College General Information
1 box (13 folders)

Box Folder
1 1 Dedman College – General
2 Dedman College – Press Releases (05/04/1968 – 04/23/1991)
3 Dedman College – News Clippings
4 Dedman College – Faculty Information
5 Dedman College – Course/Degree Information (1953-1995)
6 Dedman College – Academic Minors (1984 – 1988)
7 Dedman College – Special Events
8 Dedman College – 3 Year Degree Program (1972, 1979, 1989)
9 Dedman College – The Advising Center
10 Dedman College – Miscellaneous
11 Dedman College – Report of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1926 – 1937) – (1 of 2)
12 Dedman College – Report of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1926 – 1937) – (2 of 2)
13 Dedman College – Honors Exams (1942 – 1948)

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Series 2:
Departmental Records: A – Z
9 boxes (111 folders)

Box Folder
2 1 Archaeology & Anthropology – Undergraduate & Graduate Studies
2 Archaeology & Anthropology – Press Releases (12/13/1967 – 04/23/2001)
3 Archaeology & Anthropology – News Clippings
4 Archaeology & Anthropology – Special Events (1981 – 1999)
5 Archaeology & Anthropology – Miscellaneous
6 Asian Studies Program (1996 – 2001)
7 Bilingual Chicano Studies
8 Biology – General
9 Biology – Press Releases & Publicity (04/07/1959 – 09/03/1974)
10 Biology – Financial Records (09/10/1917 – 12/02/1966)
11 Biology – MCAT & Student Records (1915 – 1939)
12 Biology – S.W. Geiser Correspondence (12/15/1924 – 08/26/1937)
13 Biology – Miscellaneous Correspondence (9/8/1937 – 11/13/ 1977)
14 Biology – Miscellaneous (General)
Box Folder
3 1 Business Administration
2 Chemistry (1917 – 2000)
3 Criminal Justice
4 Economics – Undergraduate Studies & M.A. Program
5 Economics – Graduate Studies (1957 – 1970)
6 Economics – Graduate Studies – Pamphlets (1 of 2)
7 Economics – Graduate Studies – Pamphlets (2 of 2)
8 Economics – Press Releases (10/23/1959 – 06/21/1999)
9 Economics – News Clippings (1923 - ?)
10 Economics – Special Events (1952 – 1989)
Box Folder
4 1 Economics – Publications (1952, 1957, 1959, 1980, 1983)
2 Economics – Publications (1962)
3 Economics – Accrediting Bibliographies
4 Economics – Annual Reports (1991-1992, 1992-1993)
5 Economics – Prudential Committee Reports (1958)
6 Economics – Miscellaneous
Loose "Request for Additional Fellowships for 1962-63 in the Approved Doctoral Program in Economics at Southern Methodist University"
7 Education – Course Studies (1925 – 1985)
8 Education – Workshops (1932 – 1989)
9 Education – Press Releases & Publicity (07/09/1959 – 05/23/1972)
10 Education - Miscellaneous
Box Folder
5 1 Foreign Language & Literature – General
2 Foreign Language & Literature – Press Releases (03/05/1959 – 03/13/2000)
3 Foreign Language & Literature – Goethe Center
4 Foreign Language & Literature – Language Laboratory (1958 – 1966)
5 Foreign Language & Literature – ALTA Conference Newsletters (1983 – 1989)
6 Foreign Language & Literature – French
7 Foreign Language & Literature – German
8 Foreign Language & Literature – Italian
9 Foreign Language & Literature – Latin
10 Foreign Language & Literature – Russian
11 Foreign Language & Literature – Spanish
Box Folder
6 1 Geology – General
2 Geology – History
3 Geology – Departmental Development (1912 – 1965)
4 Geology – Hiring, Firing, Promotions, etc. (1924 – 1962)
5 Geology – Press Releases (01/02/1959 – 09/25/2000)
6 Geology – News Clippings (03/021958 – 09/05/1990)
7 Geology – Special Events (1951 – 1993)
8 Geology – Annual Reports (1978 – 1991)
Box Folder
7 1 Geology – Publications (1 of 2)
2 Geology – Publications (2 of 2)
3 Geology – Miscellaneous
4 Hispanic Leadership Training Program (1987)
5 Home Economics (1917? – 1960)
6 Ibero-American Studies (1967 – 1976)
7 International Studies (May 8, 1991)
8 Institute for the Study of Earth & Man – General
9 Institute for the Study of Earth & Man – Press Releases & Publicity (10/15/1984 – 04/12/1991)
10 Institute for the Study of Earth & Man – Newsletters (June 1972 – Spring 1995)
11 Institute for the Study of Earth & Man – Special Events (1983-1989)
12 Johnson (Richard B.) Center for Economic Studies (1988 – 1992)
13 Mathematics – General
14 Mathematics – Press Releases & Publicity (2/4/1958 – 4/11/1984)
15 Mathematics – Special Events (1957, 1958, 1960, 1991, 1998)
16 Mathematics - JvN Mathematics Seminar (1961 – 1979)
Box Folder
8 1 Mexican American Studies
2 Philosophy
3 Physical Education & Health
4 Physics – General
5 Physics – Press Releases & Publicity (02/19/1959 – 05/25/1999)
6 Physics – Publications & Special Events (1961 – 1964)
7 Political Science – General
8 Political Science – Press Releases & Publicity (04/18/1968 – 01/18/1996)
9 Political Science – Special Events (1935 – 1992)
10 Political Science – John Goodwin Tower Center – General
11 Political Science – John Goodwin Tower Center – Press Releases (04/27/1994 – 04/23/2001)
12 Political Science – John Goodwin Tower Center – Special Events (1994 – 1999)
13 Political Science – Arnold School of Government (formerly "School of Citizenship")
14 Pre-Law
15 Pre-Med & Pre-Dentistry Program
16 Psychology
Box Folder
9 1 Public Administration
2 Religious Studies – General
3 Religious Studies – Press Releases & Publicity (02/25/1969 – 09/13/1999)
4 Religious Studies – Special Events (1968 – 1984)
5 Religious Studies – PhD. Program Development (1958? – 1970)
6 Sociology – General
7 Sociology – Press Releases & Special Events (09/07/1959 – 1961)
8 Sociology – Studies in Sociology (1937 – 1940)
9 Sociology – Budget (1970 -1972)
10 Sociology – Financial Records (1964 – 1974) – (1 of 3)
11 Sociology – Financial Records (1964 – 1974) – (2 of 3)
Box Folder
10 1 Sociology – Financial Records (1964 – 1974) – (3 of 3)
2 Statistics – General
3 Statistics – Press Releases & Special Events (05/226/1961 – 02/08/1996)
4 Statistics – "Themis Signal Analysis Statistics Research Program" (no. 3,8,9,66) & other publications
5 Telecommunications
6 Urban & Environmental Studies – General
7 Urban & Environmental Studies – Press Releases & Publicity (02/13/ 1968 – 11/18/1975)
8 Urban & Environmental Studies – Special Events (1967 – 1976)
9 Urban & Environmental Studies – Publications
10 Women’s Studies – General
11 Women’s Studies – Press Releases & Special Events (1982–1999)
Box Folder
11 1 Women’s Studies – Women’s Studies Council (1980-1981)
2 Women’s Studies – Women’s Studies Network (1990-1995)
3 Women’s Studies – Revisions (Spring 1977)
4 Women’s Studies – SMU Women’s Studies Journal (1975-1976) & other publications

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Series 3:
Lectures, Forums, & Symposiums
2 boxes (8 folders)

Box Folder
11 5 Allman Lecture in History (1988 – 1995)
6 Alexander & Clive Gilbert Endowed Lecture (1994, 1997)
7 Al & Sayde Gartner Lecture (1972 – 1995)
8 HART Global Leaders Forum (1996 – 2001)
9 Jo Faye Godbey Lecture Series (1991 – 2001)
10 Leaders in Science Lecture Series (1996)
11 Mexican American Leadership Program
12 Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series (1973 – 1996)
Box Folder
12 1 The Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women’s Studies (1998)
2 Stanton Sharp Symposium in History (1996 – 2001)
3 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series – Faculty/Staff Announcements (1983 – 2001)
4 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series – Press Releases (06/26/1984 – 04/12/2000)
5 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series – News Clippings
6 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series – Flyers, Pamphlets, etc.
7 Collegium Da Vinci

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Series 4:
Major Donor Celebration, CORE, & CEE
2 folders

Box Folder
12 8 Major Donor Celebration (1995)
9 CORE & Common Educational Experience (CEE)

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Series 5:
Field and Laboratory
1 box (2 folders)

Box Folder
13 1 Field & Laboratory – Correspondence (1933 – 1942)
2 Field & Laboratory – Mailing Lists

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