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Horton Foote: Photographs and Manuscripts

DeGolyer Library

About the Collection


Horton and Lillian Foote laying on the beach, ca. 1950s

Horton Foote: Photographs and Manuscripts provides a sample of the photographs, images, albums, and more, relating to American author and playwright Horton Foote (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009) that are held by SMU's DeGolyer Library. These items depict Horton Foote's life and career.

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.  

Collection Materials

SMU's Horton Foote papers, 1838-2011, comprises approximately 276 linear feet of material documenting the career of the Academy Award winning screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. The collection includes manuscripts, scrapbooks, handwritten drafts of screenplays, diaries, letters, photographs, and family memorabilia of the Wharton, Texas, native who spent over 60 years in film, stage, and television. A finding aid to the collection is also available.

The digital collection contains a variety of images and photographs of Horton Foote, his family, and his career. Also available online is a digitized file of the kinescope, A Young Lady of Property. Some images are only available on campus at SMU due to copyright restraints.

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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