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DeGolyer Library Closed for Renovation

DeGolyer Library will be closed to the general public starting June 1, 2015, as part of the renovation in Fondren Library. Over the next 6-12 months, we’ll be moving all our collections, work spaces, offices, and reading room. We’ll attempt to keep up with reference queries and photo orders as best we can during the renovation, but there will be times when some of our materials will be completely inaccessible or stored off site.  Our various digital collections, of course, will remain accessible: see

We appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward to serving researchers in renovated facilities in 2016! For more information about DeGolyer Library and the progress of the renovation itself, bookmark our web page and the Fondren Renovation blog:

The DeGolyer Library is the principal repository at SMU for special collections in the humanities, the history of business, and the history of science and technology. Its rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other materials are available to all SMU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and other researchers. DeGolyer Library’s holdings of primary sources are complemented by exhibitions, lectures, publications, and other programs. Dedicated to enhancing scholarship and teaching at SMU, the DeGolyer Library is charged with maintaining and building its various collections "for study, research, and pleasure."

Recent Publications

A Throttled Peacock: Observations on the Old World by C.W. Smith, is available for purchase through the library for $25.00.

Defined by Light: Photography's First 75 Years by Jack and Beverly Wilgus, is available for purchase through the library for $25.00.

No Small Dreams: J. Erik Jonsson – Texas Visionary by Darwin Payne, is available for purchase through the library for $25.00.

The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection, is available for purchase through the library for $20.00.

Recently added finding aids

Horton Foote papers

Howard Green papers

Top image: Baldwin Locomotive Works, Santa Fe type Locomotives built for Southern Pacific lines, "Prosperity Special."
[Samuel M. Vauclain standing in front of "Prosperity Special"] Photograph, Ag1986.0414x

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