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DeGolyer Library

Current Exhibit

William Jennings Bryan

Books, Buildings and Benefactors

Through summer 2016

Come visit the new Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall!

This premier exhibition space for SMU’s DeGolyer Library Special Collections, is a modern, spacious venue that is currently housing its inaugural exhibition, “Books, Buildings and Benefactors.” The exhibition highlights signature items in the library collections, including rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and ephemera. Political items, such as a 1900 William Jennings Bryan presidential campaign poster, first edition books by William Faulkner and J.D. Salinger as well as historic SMU photos are included in the exhibit.

Left: Liberty,Justice, Humanity, campaign poster, 1900
From the Hervey A. Priddy Collection of American Presidential and Political Memorabilia


View past exhibits and catalogs

Sample Selection: Books, Buildings and Benefactors


Catcher in the Rye, First Edition

J.D. Salinger
The Catcher the Rye
Boston : Little, Brown, 1951.

From the Stanley Marcus Collection, DeGolyer Library.


Dallas Hall

Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University, 1921

SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.


William Faulkner, First Edition

William Faulkner
Miss Zilphia Gant
Dallas, Texas: The Book Club of Texas, 1932.

From the Stanley Marcus Collection, DeGolyer Library.


Peruna Advertisement

Peruna Cures Winter Catarrh, c.1900

SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.


Allen Ginsberg - Howl

Allen Ginsberg
Howl, and Other Poems
San Francisco: City Lights Pocket Books, 1956.

Part of the Colophon Collection of Moderns, DeGolyer Library.


Fondren Groundbreaking

Fondren Library Groundbreaking, 1940
Mrs. And Mrs. W. W. Fondren, President Selecman, and others

SMU Archives, DeGolyer Library.