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Texas: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

DeGolyer Library

About the Collection


International Bridge Across the Rio Grande, Between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, ca. 1900-1909 Texas and German Emigration Company Certificate of Stock, June 15, 1859 Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas, a promotional piece for the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, February 1846

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.

In particular, 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

Fourth Mission, San Antonio, Texas, ca. 1885-1889, by E.K. Sturdevant

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 DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting


Texas State Library and Archives CommissionInstitute of Museum and Library Services

In FY2012 digitization of early Texas postcards was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) as part of TSLAC’s TexTreasures program. The Institute of Museum and Library Services 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.

In FY2018, the Institute of Museum and Library Services funded the digitization of a number of pamphlets, brochures, and books of Texas promotional literature through the same TexTreasures grant program.

Contact Info

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