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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Early History of SMU

Southern Methodist University

J.W. Blanton, Sr. papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Blanton, J.W., Sr.
Title: J.W. Blanton, Sr. papers
Inclusive Dates: 1910-1954
Abstract: Jephthah W. Blanton was a member of the Educational Commission of 1910 which established Southern Methodist University. He remained a friend and donor to the university for many decades. This collection includes correspondence, papers and signed notes by J.W. Blanton, Sr. concerning SMU and its financial history, two scrapbooks given to Robert Hyer and Umphrey Lee by Blanton. Especially note that Dr. Lee's scrapbooks contain photographs of campus buildings circa 1938.
Accession No: SMU 1992.0139
Extent: 1 box (0.25 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Jephthah W. Blanton was a member of the Educational Commission of 1910 which established Southern Methodist University. He was also an outstanding Methodist layman and a leader in the business and civic affairs of Dallas. He worked on behalf of vital interests in the community and region and remained a dedicated friend of Southern Methodist University for half a century. In 1961, he was conferred a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from SMU.

Mr. and Mrs. Blanton donated the funds for the Blanton Student Observatory in 1934 when SMU was more in the country than it is today, as well as a scholarship and many numerous donations to SMU.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains a number of documents from and about Southern Methodist University’s early history. Among them are two histories of SMU’s first years written by J.W. Blanton. Sr., documents concerning the founding of SMU by the Methodist church, and documents concerning a loan given by Mr. Blanton in the amount of $2,000 to SMU in 1919.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 1 series:
Series 1: Early History of SMU

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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.
Blanton, J. W., Sr.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
College benefactors -- Texas -- Dallas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J.W. Blanton, Sr. papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Finding aid written by

Lane J. Sobehrad, 2010.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Early History of SMU
1 box (10 folders)

Box Folder
1 1 Concerning the Founding of SMU
2 The Southern Methodist University Faces a Crisis
3 Concerning a $2,000 loan given by J.W. Blanton, Sr. to SMU
4 Early History of Southern Methodist University and Jephthah Wallis Blanton Scholarship and also Miscellaneous Information
5 Early History of Southern Methodist University
6 The Beginning of a Great University
7 Certificate of Appreciation
8 Correspondence
9 News Clippings
10 Binder with inscription: "Presented to Dr. Umphrey Lee, President, The Southern Methodist University by J.W. Blanton, Sr." (originally contained the contents of Folder 4)

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