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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

Film Negatives, ca. 1920-1959

Southern Methodist University

Collection of Southern Methodist University negatives and prints

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Collection of Southern Methodist University negatives and prints
Inclusive Dates: circa 1920-1959
Abstract: This collection contains photographic negatives of Southern Methodist University, the surrounding area, and SMU students, faculty, and staff. The majority of the images are of sports, buildings, and campus life. The materials roughly date from 1920 to 1959. There are 314 negatives and just a few photographic prints. The images are on glass plate and acetate negatives in different sizes.
Accession No: SMU 2010.0424
Extent: 10 boxes (2.75 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

Southern Methodist University was established in Dallas by an Educational Commission appointed in 1910 by the five Annual Conferences of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Texas. These Annual Conferences confirmed the work of the Commission, which resulted in the University being chartered by the state of Texas on April 17, 1911. Classes began in September 1915.

In 2010, Southern Methodist University is on the verge of commemorating its 100-year anniversary, to be celebrated in 2011. Boasting an enrollment of roughly 11,000 students, SMU confers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through seven schools: humanities and sciences; business; performing, visual, and communication arts; engineering; education and human development; law; and theology.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of 8x10 and 4x5 glass plates and plastic negatives. There are 130 8x10 glass plates, 145 8x10 plastic negatives, 19 4x5 glass plates, and 4 4x5 plastic negatives. Some glass plates have their corresponding prints. Some prints do not have corresponding negatives.

The glass plate negatives date from the 1920s and 1930s. The plastic negatives date from the 1930s to 1950s.

Almost half of the images deal with athletics, including football, basketball, baseball, tennis, track, and swimming. There are also images of early SMU buildings, including Dallas Hall, Fondren Library, McFarlin Auditorium, the Men’s and the Women’s dormitory (Women’s dormitory is now Clements Hall--the Men’s dormitories no longer exists), and Kirby Hall. There are several unidentified buildings that may be houses in the University Park neighborhood.

Additionally, there are landscape photographs showing trees and a creek, others of theater productions, SMU graduations, a cornerstone/groundbreaking ceremony, letters and checks from the Graduation Education Committee in New York, and portraits of students and staff.

Some photographs were shot by Laughead Photography. Earlier photographs may have been taken by Frank Rogers, a commercial photographer in the Dallas area.

In general, notes on the negatives were transcribed as written. Numbers after the date may refer to job numbers from photographer’s studio.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 1 series:
Series 1: Film Negatives, ca. 1920-1959

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

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Related Material

Some of the negatives are the same as some of the photographs found in SMU 1991.0012.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Collection of Southern Methodist University negatives and prints, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Processing Information

Due to their weight, the glass plates are kept in 6 quarter boxes. The tenth box houses glass plates that are stuck together. The plastic negatives are contained in one half box. The 4x5 negatives are kept in a small 5x7 box.

Several 8x10 gelatin silver group portrait prints date from the 1920s to 1950s and are stuck to pieces of glass, damaged by an unknown substance. Lastly, one of the boxes originally had “Frank Rogers Negatives” written on it. Rogers was a commercial photographer in the Dallas area. It is unclear, however, which photographs were taken by him.

Processed by

Sasha Garza, Spring 2009

Worlynn Ow, Fall 2009

Lane Sobehrad, Summer 2010

Judy Kingkaysone, Fall 2010

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla and Ada Negraru, 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Film Negatives, ca. 1920-1959
10 boxes

Box 1-2: 8x10 in. film negatives. SMU campus, basketball, track, football, baseball, tennis, fine arts, ceremonies.
Box 3: 4x5 film & glass negatives. Football
C906 = Commercial File no. 906
Box 4-8: 8x10 in. Glass negatives. SMU campus, letters.
Box 9: Photographs with glass attached [damaged]
Box 10: Damaged plates
Box Folder
1 1 Outdoor Ceremony
2 One-story medium-sized building made of brick and possibly wood or aluminum siding in prairieland; another one-story building far in the background
3 Group picture SMU 1923, #470
4 Group picture SMU 1923
5 Signing up for classes
6 Check from General Education Board for $61,692.37 on Jan. 21, 1925
7 Group picture of Old Men in the corner of Dallas Hall circa 1920
8 Group picture – Dallas chapter A.B.C.
9 SMU Graduating Class
10 Group picture in front of Perkins Administration (One story building) SMU 4-5-9
11 Group picture (with President Selecman?)
12 Man (faculty or administrator) at desk
13 Man (faculty or administrator) at desk looking at closed issues of The Daily Campus on the desk
14 Group picture. Everyone holding guitar or banjo
15 2 women gardening
16 Dallas Hall
17 Hyer and Selecman at Selecman’s inauguration 1923
18 Hyer Hall
19 McFarlin Auditorium
20 Virginia Hall and Snider Hall
21 Left to Right: Virginia Hall, Snider Hall, and Clements Hall
22 Patterson Hall
23 Interior SMU auditorium, September, 1937
24 Basketball photographs
Item 1 - Basketball players negatives circa 1923 & 1930
Item 2 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 3 - Fraternity basketball Delta Sigma Phi 1923
Item 4 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 5 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 6 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 7 - Basketball team photograph circa 1930
Item 8 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 9 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Item 10 - 2 basketball players circa 1930
Box Folder
1 25 Track photographs
Item 1 - Runners negatives circa 1930
Item 2 - Track team in race circa 1930
Item 3 - Runners jumping hurdles circa 1930
Item 4 - Runner finishing race circa 1930
Item 5 - Runners starting a race circa 1930
Item 6 - 2 runners circa 1920
Item 7 - 2 track men circa 1930
Item 8 - Track team photograph circa 1930
Box Folder
2 1 S.M.U. Band on steps of S.M.U -- Crook adv aggt cm #598 (?) – 49445
2 People in Fort Worth Chair car: The ‘Miss Arlington.’ The Dallas – Ft. Worth Safety Coach Co. SMU, July 1956
3 S.M.U. Orchestra April 5, 1949 58596. Orchestra on stage of McFarlin Auditorium C906
4 S.M.U. Music Dept. Mar. 25, 1950. Dallas Symphony & mixed chorus on stage at McFarlin C906
5 S.M.U. 12/11/1949. 59110. Mixed chorus & symphony orchestra on stage at McFarlin C906
6 S.M.U. 12/18/1941. 52977. Band on stage and on steps. C906 [4 negatives and a photographic print]
7 S.M.U. Symphony Orchestra Nov. 29,1950. 59771. Orchestra on stage at McFarlin. C906
8 S.M.U. Band. Nov 17, 1949. 59062. S.M.U. Orchestra on stage
9 S.M.U. Nov. 1, 1951. 60382. Concert Band on stage. C906
10 S.M.U. Jan. 17, 1951. 59855. Chorus with Dallas Symphony Orchestra on stage of Fair Park Auditorium. C906
11 S.M.U. Band. Mar. 12, 1950. 59317. S.M.U. Concert Band on stage at McFarlin. C906
12 S.M.U. Band 12/13/1950. 59792. Mustang Concert Band on Stage. C906
13 S.M.U. Sep 22,1949. 58933. Mustang Band on Stage & in Front of Auditorium. C906
14 S.M.U. Mustang Band. May 11, 1952. 60778. Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma Intercollegiate Band on stage & delegates to convention on steps at S.M.U. C906
15 S.M.U. Band. Nov. 1956. On stage at McFarlin.
16 (2) S.M.U. Concert Board Oakley H. Pittman – Dir. 1956-1957
17 S.M.U. Band Nov. 21, 1952. 61064. Concert Band on stage. C906
18 S.M.U. Band Dec. 11,1953. 61666. Concert Band on stage at McFarlin.
19 S.M.U. Nov. 4, 1954. 62010. Concert Band on stage. C906
20 S.M.U. 41191. 7/9/1931. Photographs—Band at McFarlin Auditorium. (3) Southwestern Band Conservatory. C906
21 S.M.U. Band, May 16,1947. (2) Negatives 57168. Frank Malone. 1 playing, 1 not playing. C476
22 Southern Methodist University Band Personnel 56119 1-11-46. 476. Ordered by Ernest Schaefer – paid for by SMU
23 S.M.U. Band Oct. 27, 1955. 63297. Band on Stage. C906
24 Frank Malom. 51279. 9/2/1939. S.M.U. Band. Fall & Spring 1939- 1940. C906
25 S.M.U. Band. C906. 50745. Jan. 21, 1939
26 S.M.U. 3/18/1941. 52465. 2 band on stage. 2 band on steps. C906
27 S.M.U. Co-eds 39599. 10/2/1930. Gym. Doings. C906
28 Group at Ownsby Stadium -- Crook adv. aggt. 49539. C598
29 S.M.U. Mothers Club #42110 3/26/1932. Group at Atkins Hall. C906
30 S.M.U. Rotunda 40666. 3/20/1931. Photograph—Group, Mothers Club, at Atkins Hall, 3/23/1931. C906
31 S.M.U. 4222 Apr. 23, 1932. Class Group. 3324 Daniel St. C906
32 S.M.U. 37295 03/17/1930 Mother’s Club – Atkins Hall
33 S.M.U. 43540. C906
34 People on stage in Oriental Garb. SMU September, 1943
35 Group portrait of women. SMU, July, 1955
36 Group portrait of women. SMU, July, 1955
37 Group picture of women dressed like school girls
38 People in Oriental costumes on stage
39 5 people in costume
40 S.M.U. 7/10/1941. 52690. 6 Interiors of machine shop at engineering bldg. C906
41 Women’s Gym, circa 1920s
42 Robert Hyer Home
43 Kappa Sigma House
44 2-story house [unidentified]
45 Landscape (Arden Forest)
46 2 story house [unidentified]
47 Side of Dallas Hall
48 Clements Hall close-up
49 Kirby Hall B963
50 Clements Hall SMU-145
51 2-story house [unidentified]
52 Football team photograph 1925
53 Football negatives
Item 1 - Football team negatives circa 1925 & 1930
Item 2 - Football team photograph circa 1925
Item 3 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Item 4 - Football team photograph 1925
Item 5 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 6 - 2 football players stand circa 1930
Item 8 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 9 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 10 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Item 11 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Item 12 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Item 13 - Football team in position circa 1930
Item 14 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Item 15 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 16 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 17 - 2 football players standing circa 1930
Item 18 - Football team photograph circa 1930
Box Folder
2 54 Football team negatives
Item 1 - Football team negatives circa 1920
Item 2 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 3 - Football team photograph 1920
Item 4 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 5 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 6 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 7 - Football players circa 1920
Item 8 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 9 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 10 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 11 - 2 football players circa 1920
Item 12 - Football player circa 1920
Box Folder
2 55 Football team negatives
Item 1 - Football team negatives circa 1920 & 1930
Item 2 - Football player & Friend circa 1920
Item 3 - Football Team photograph 1920
Item 4 - Football Team photograph circa 1930
Item 5 - 3 football players circa 1930
Item 6 - 2 football players circa 1930
Item 7 - 3 football players circa 1930
Item 8 - Basketball team photograph circa 1930
Box Folder
2 56 Baseball team negatives
Item 1 - Rotunda baseball players negatives 3/14/1930
Item 2 - Rotunda 3 Baseball players 3/14/1930
Item 3 - Rotunda 3 Baseball players 3/14/1930
Item 4 - Rotunda 3 Baseball players 3/14/1930
Box Folder
2 57 Tennis team negatives.
Item 1 - Tennis team negatives circa 1930
Item 2 - Tennis Team circa 1930
Item 3 - 4 tennis players circa 1930
Box Folder
2 58 Miscellaneous Athletics negatives circa 1926 & 1930
Item 1 - 2 athletes standing circa 1930
Item 2 - Dedication plaque to R.N. Blackwell *Stadium* 1926 [damaged]
Item 3 - Man standing circa 1930
Item 4 - SMU Rotunda 3/14/1930. Athletic photographs. [stuck together]
Box Folder
3 1 Football players standing circa 1920
2 Football team at practice circa 1920
3 Football player standing circa 1920
4 Football team at practice circa 1920
5 Football team practice on field circa 1920
6 Football player throwing ball circa 1920
7 Sports team on field circa 1920
8 2 athletes circa 1920
9 Football player circa 1920
10 Football player circa 1920
11 Football player catching ball circa 1920
12 Football player circa 1930
13 Football player circa 1920
14 Football player standing circa 1920
15 Football player running circa 1930
16 Football player circa 1930
17 Football player on field circa 1930
18 Dormitory from slightly above
19 High Jumper
20 Fondren Library S.M.U. Stock neg. Jan. 1942. [3”x4” film neg.]
21 Landscape, bench
22 S.M.U. Athletic Dept., Mr. Stewart of letter #47518 Jud 906. [5x4” film neg]
23 S.M.U. Band 1958 – Band on stage. 8 -8x10 [3x4” film neg.]
Box Folder
4 1 Interior – Dallas Hall
2 Close-up of Dallas Hall
3 Close-up front door of Dallas Hall
4 Interior Rotunda of Dallas Hall
5 Dallas Hall 23
6 Dallas Hall from the side
7 Dallas Hall oculus
8 Side of Dallas Hall by Frank Rodgers Commercial photographer. Dallas, TX
9 Clements Hall from Dallas Hall
10 Man standing in front of Dallas Hall
11 Dallas Hall
12 Library in Dallas Hall
13 Swimming Pool
14 Clements Hall
15 Landscape (Arden Forest)
16 Clements Hall
17 Clements Hall
18 2 small, 2 story, adjacent buildings
19 2 small wood cabin 1923
20 2 story house 1923
21 Copy of Drawing of Women’s Dormitory (Architectural)
Box Folder
5 1 SMU Fraternity House (Interior Group) 3/10/1928
2 3 Buildings SMU (Rankin Hall centered) March, 1937
3 2 Buildings (Rankin Hall on right) 1935
4 Proposed buildings on upper hald of campus (Architectural)
5 “Laying corner stone ceremony” Jesus Christ himself being the one cornerstone. Ephesians 2.20
6 Swimming pool
7 Copy of picture of Men’s dormitory (Architectural rendering)
8 Women’s Gym
9 Clements Hall
10 [Classroom or gym. Back of chairs say Athletic Dept.]
11 Clements Hall
12 Top of column, Corinthian style [see also Stanley Patterson & Ruth Patterson Maddox, Building SMU (Dallas: Odenwald Press, 1995), p.41, for this photograph]
13 Women’s Gym
14 Clements Hall with people outside
15 One-story building
16 School of Theology [Not Kirby]
17 McFarlin Auditorium under construction [emulsion flaking off]
18 Landscape of empty field with grouping of trees cutting across the field; dirt tracks the end at part of a shed
19 Landscape from above. Shows water tower & train tracks
20 Check from General Education Board. Feb. 20, 1925. $24,627.26
21 Letter from General Education Board. April 23, 1924
22 Letter from General Education Board. January 21, 1925
23 Check from General Education Board. Apr. 21, 1924. $247,013.37
24 Letter from General Education Board, February 21, 1925
25 Letter to Dr. Bradfield from Mr. & Mrs. Kirby. March 26, 1923.
Box Folder
6 1 Women dressed in Mexican costume [emulsion flaking off]
2 People in and around a creek
3 5 men and 2 women spread out around trees & tall grass
4 Glee Club 1937 in McCord Theatre
5 Sea of people during celebration
6 Portrait of woman in German or Dutch costume and man in 1930’s suit in the background
7 Portrait of woman in 19th century dress sitting in chair on stage? [same woman as folder 8]
8 Portrait of woman in 19th century dress standing on stage? [same woman as folder 7]
9 Group picture of women
10 Women’s Gym with 11 men around door
11 Group picture around bench in front of trees. 6 men. 2 women.
12 Man & woman in Mexican garb
13 Hyer Hall Groundbreaking, circa 1925
14 Dedication of Dallas Hall
15 Dallas Hall Dedication
16 Portrait of President Selecman and unidentified man
17 Dallas Hall Dedication
18 Two women in costume on tricycle
19 Group picture [students outside dormitory]
20 Dallas Hall Dedication [duplicate of Box 6, Folder 15]
21 Group of people in swimming pool
22 Group picture [students in front of dormitory?]
23 Graduation (earliest-? Exterior with cars in Front of Dallas Hall) [very fragile]
24 SMU Graduating class (student group shot) File 762
25 Graduation – Selecman & Hyer lead Selecman’s Inauguration ceremony 1923
26 Graduation – Interior ceremony
Box Folder
7 1 Football team photograph circa 1920
2 2 football players separate frames circa 1930
3 2 football players separate plates circa 1930
4 Football coach standing circa 1930
5 2 football players separate plates circa 1930
6 Football team photograph circa 1930
7 2 football players separate plates circa 1930
8 Football player and man separate plates circa 1930
9 Misprint of 2 football players circa 1930
10 2 football players circa 1930
11 2 football players standing circa 1930
12 2 football players standing circa 1930
13 2 football players separate plates circa 1930
14 2 football players separate plates circa 1930s
15 Football team circa 1920
16 2 football players circa 1920
17 2 football players circa 1930?
18 2 football players headshots circa 1920
19 2 football players circa 1920
20 2 football players circa 1920
21 2 football team photograph circa 1920 [damaged]
22 2 football team players circa 1920
23 Football team photograph circa 1920
24 Football players, practicing circa 1920
25 3 basketball 1 track circa 1930
26 Basketball team on court circa 1930
27 Basketball team photograph 1925
28 1 basketball player circa 1930 [damaged]
29 Basketball team photograph circa 1930
30 Basketball team photograph circa 1930
Box Folder
8 1 2 baseball players [emulsion flaking off]
2 4 baseball players circa 1930
3 2 baseball players circa 1930
4 4 baseball players circa 1930
5 2 baseball players circa 1930
6 2 baseball players circa 1930
7 2 baseball players circa 1930
8 4 tennis players circa 1930
9 Tennis courts
10 Tennis team circa 1930
11 2 runners circa 1920 [emulsion flaking off]
12 2 runners circa 1920
13 2 track runners circa 1930
14 Runner w/ person circa 1930
15 Track team circa 1920
16 2 track runners circa 1930
17 2 runners standing circa 1930
18 Track team group photograph circa 1930
19 Track team group photograph circa 1930
20 2 athletes
21 2 athletes circa 1930
22 4 athletes circa 1920
23 5 men circa 1930
24 2 men circa 1920
25 3 athletes standing circa 1930
26 Track team group photograph circa 1930
27 2 men – separate plates circa 1930
28 2 men – separate prints circa 1930
Box Folder
9 1 First Life Insurance seminar April 2-6, 1951. University of Oklahoma. CAUTION: BROKEN GLASS
2 4 Tennis players circa 1930, 2 prints
3 Runner and 3 baseball players circa 1920
4 SMU Basketball team and dog circa 1920
5 SMU Gymnasium and basketball players circa 1930, 2 prints
6 SMU Football team circa 1920
7 SMU Football team circa 1920, away game vs. UCLA
8 Group photograph of men in suits standing on the steps of off-campus building by Robert C. Frampton circa 1959, stuck to glass
9 Group photograph of men holding drinks and wearing suits and of 2 nurses inside sports building circa 1940
10 Group photograph of officers [signed]. Class Officers basic 15 (?). Pres. – Frank Flynn, Vice Pres. Bob Marshall, Secy. Tres. – AL Wright, tail twister – Stormy Davis, Warobu – Howard Harpole
11 General Seminar S.M.U. 1948
12 State Farm Group – senior 17 and 18
13 4 award winners (Keifer Marshall, Douglas C. Macdonald, F.S. Pruitt, & Horlaw W. Scheize)
14 Class Officers senior class 17-18
15 Award winners, senior class 25. James Dalton, Lolly Aranow, James Monk, Travis T. Wallace, Jay Poynor
16 Class officers Base 24
Box
10 Material Unsorted because they are negatives stuck to each other. May include:
Athlete jumping pole [5x7 in. negative]
Tennis Athletes
SMU baseball team group

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