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The DeGolyer Library is currently closed due to library renovation.
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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:

SMU Archives - Gazing Adoringly Alexander Gardner images at DeGolyer Library Mexico Collection Robert Yarnall Richie

SMU Archives

The SMU Archives celebrates the Year of the Student each and every year.

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Civil War Photographs by Alexander Gardner

The DeGolyer Library owns several photographs by Alexander Gardner, noted Civil War photographer.

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Mexico Collection

The Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection provides a sample of the photographs, images, albums, books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and more, relating to Mexico held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.

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Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection

Robert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) worked as a free-lance commercial and industrial photographer for many large corporations including those in the automobile, aviation, chemical, mining, petroleum, railroad, shipping, steel and other industries, both in the U.S. and overseas.

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DeGolyer Book Stamp

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.”

DeGolyer Library


Fondren Library West
6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

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Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. **
Closed University Holidays

** The reading room is currently closed due to library renovation.
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Phone: 214-768-3637

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DeGolyer Library News & Notes

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Exhibits & Events

No events or exhibits are currently scheduled due to library renovation.

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