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Southern Methodist University Campus Memories

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About the Collection


Peruna III bucking, ca. 1940s

Welcome to the Southern Methodist University Campus Memories digital collection.

Here, you will find a wide variety of photos, texts, and videos of SMU during all phases of its history.

Although classes at Southern Methodist University started on September 1915, photographs of the Hilltop depict events that took place even before classes started. We have images of Dallas Hall under construction and during its building dedication.

Collection Materials

SMU has a rich tradition of recording its history through photographs. Ronald C. Knickerbocker, the first director of publicity, was hired in 1931. Mr. “Knick” (as he was known) served as the official SMU photographer for many years, and he took many of the aerial views that we have from the early decades. We even have several silent films that he recorded in 1939, 1941, and 1942.

Students, faculty, Presidents, staff and visitors are represented in these images. Visit your favorite buildings, or request images that you want to see. We might have them — and, if we do, we will post them.

Dallas Hall columns under construction, 1914

During Southern Methodist University’s Centennial, more images will be added, so please keep visiting our pages. For many more sports images and videos for viewing and purchase, please visit SMU Heritage Hall.

Some technical information: We have described or given dates for most of these photographs using our best judgment. Many of the photographs were taken by SMU staff or Laughead Photographers for publicity purposes. If you find mistakes in dates or in labeling pictures, please contact the SMU Archivist. We do our best at identifying images, but we appreciate it when you tell us what you know about the photographs. Don’t be shy. Email us, and let us know.

Thanks go to interns and student assistants: Marci Mauriello, Carla Mendiola, Allison Osborn, Judy Kingkaysone, Joe Hesse, and Doug Mann for digitization, metadata and process improvement. Thank you, Dennis Moser, former digital projects manager, for originally encouraging the beginnings of this project. More thanks go to Cindy Boeke, digital collections developer, and her assistant Adrianne Pierce, for their patient guidance and assistance in building the infrastructure of this collection.

SMU Archives 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.

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 nCDS Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, 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 SMU Archives, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

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