Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints
About the Collection
The Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection contains hundreds of photographic images, real photographic postcards, books, historic documents, and maps of Texas held by SMU’s DeGolyer Library. Each item includes information about Texas and Texas history.
Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints reflects the state's rich history during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The digitized files in this online collection illustrate historical events such as the development of the Texas oil industry, relations with Mexico, the Texas Revolution, Mexican Revolution and Civil War. The collection also includes images of cultural experiences like the iconic State Fair of Texas and everyday life in the state.
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
- Advertisements in rhyme for business enterprises in Texas, Louisiana, and Indian Territory
- Album of views of Arizona, New Mexico and the southwest, 1892: Mary Jacobson photographs of San Antonio
- Amateur stereos of Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, ca. 1895-1905, containing 15 views of Texas
- American border troops and the Mexican Revolution: snapshots, real photographic postcards and panoramas made in Texas during the Mexican Revolution
- Battle of San Jacinto: a variety of maps, illustrations, engravings, and images
- Brownsville, Texas: a collection of cartes-de-visite of Brownsville, Texas, ca, 1865, attributed to Louis DePlanque
- Collection of Adelsverein Documents. This collection includes 44 documents relating to the German colonization of Texas and the Adelsverein, also known as Society for the Protection of German Emigrants to Texas (Verein zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas). The Adelsverein brought thousands of German emigrants to Texas beginning in 1844. These documents include land grants, emigration contracts, promotional materials, and fiscal documents.
- Collection of Dallas morning news negatives and copy photographs
- Collection of Texas portraits: early Texas portraits from all walks of life, as well as a group from the Collection of African American portraits
- Collection of Texas postcards, Collection of real photographic postcards of Texas, and Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views: a growing number of rare, early photographic postcards showing Texas railroads, railroad depots, early oil fields and rigs, courthouses, military camps, parades, and events in small Texas towns from several collections of Texas postcards
- Collection of Texas stereographs: stereoviews that show various locations in/around Texas, ca. 1880s-1930s, including Galveston (during the 1900 hurricane), San Antonio, El Paso, Austin, Brownsville, King's Ranch, and more.
- Collection of Walter H. Horne photographs: Real photographic postcards made during the Mexican Revolution era in Texas
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- Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views: a group of early images of shipping and the maritime industry in Texas
- El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico album
- El Paso, Texas and Paso del Norte, Mexico
- George A. McAfee photographs
- Henry A. Doerr Texas Stereographs depicting missions and everyday city life in San Antonio during the late 19th century
- Historic documents, such as the Texas constitution and the Confederate States of America constitution; A declaration of the causes which impel the state of Texas to secede from the federal union; and Texas Unanimous Declaration of Independence, 1836
- J. Allen Hansley photographs
- John N. Rowe III collection of Texas centennial and sesquicentennial posters. The Texas Sesquicentennial posters are re-creations of stamps designed for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition held at Fair Park, Dallas, Texas. The event celebrated Texas' independence from Mexico in 1836.
- Lynn Lennon photographs of the State Fair of Texas: Photographs of the State Fair, ca. 1980s-1990s
- Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas, 1873, H. B. Hillyer, Photographer. A composite photograph of the 1873 Texas legislators, including five African Americans, in the original frame.
- Ranger, Texas, and the Ranger oil fields: digitized book documenting the development of the Ranger oil fields in 1919
San Antonio, Texas boudoir card photographs, ca. 1885-1889, by
E. K. Sturdevant
- San Antonio, Texas stereos, ca. 1885-1889
- Texas Centennial stereo set
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In FY2012 digitization of early Texas postcards was funded and supported by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as part of the TexTreasures program. The TexTreasures program was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
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