Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts, Hamon Arts Library

About the Collection


Uncle Tom's Cabin, ca. 1892

The Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts digital collection includes a sample of materials from this extensive collection, housed in the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing of the Hamon Arts Library.

Hamon Arts 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.

The photograph pictures (left to right) Aaron Spelling and Marilyn Nix in the 1946 Arden Club production ''The Hasty Heart'' performed in the Arden Playhouse.The treasures of the collection encompass a diverse cross-section of performing arts and represent the wide-ranging forms of theater, music, dance and film.

Collection Background

The McCord/Renshaw Collection originally began as the McCord Theatre Museum at Southern Methodist University in 1933 and was first located in Dallas Hall. It was founded by Department of Speech faculty members, including David Russell and Edyth Renshaw, and named in honor of Mary McCord, the first speech professor at SMU.

While the museum succeeded in acquiring wonderful items throughout its 57 years as a separate entity on campus, a lack of funds and adequate staffing prevented a complete inventory from ever being completed.

The collection is currently being processed and many rare and important items have been discovered, the majority of which have never been exhibited. A number of these items are featured in the digital collection and concentrate on the collection’s noteworthy resources in the history of SMU and Dallas, as well as the performing arts.

The collection is divided into 24 subcollections and series. Below are links to subcollections and series that contain items in the digital collection.

Related Collections

Twelfth Night in Arden Forest, 1917

The Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection of the Performing Arts digital collection is one of a growing number of unique digital collections from the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing of the Hamon Arts Library that are available through SMU's CUL Digital Collections.

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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.


Some of the files in this collection are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of the copyright holders. Copyright information is included in the metadata record for each item. Some items may be available on a restricted access basis only. For items in the public domain, please cite Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, Hamon Library, Bywaters Special Collections when using the file. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

For more information about the Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection of the Performing Arts (including how to cite the works), please write to