Europe, India and Asia: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

About the Collection

Purser's office, Lusitania, ca. 1905-1909

Europe, India, and Asia: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection provides a sampling of the holdings related to Europe, India, and Asia in SMU's DeGolyer Library.

In general, collecting at the DeGolyer Library emphasizes the U.S. West, exploration, business history and transportation, particularly the railroads. Many of the photographs, albums, and materials shown here depict railroad and shipping throughout Europe and Asia, from the 1850s through the turn of the century. More items will be added as materials are scanned.

DeGolyer Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.  

Holdings and Highlights

Canarese Brahmins, India, ca. 1855-1862, by William Johnson

In the Europe, India, and Asia: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection, the DeGolyer Library has made available a growing number of its accessions:

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the SMU CONTENTdm Guide: Framework for Building a Collection, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

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