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DeGolyer Library

Southern Methodist University

6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane
Dallas, TX 75205
 

Description:

The purpose of the DeGolyer Library is to acquire primary materials, to arrange and describe them, to preserve them for the future, and to promote their use by scholars and students. In this effort, the DeGolyer offers fellowships; sponsors lectures, conferences, and social events; hosts graduate and undergraduate classes; regularly mounts exhibitions for the public; and publishes catalogues, checklists, finding aids, and other works that interpret its holdings and make them more readily accessible.

DeGolyer Library began as a private collection around 1913 with the early and intelligent collecting interests of Everette L. DeGolyer, Sr., a major figure in the twentieth-century oil business. In addition to his pioneering work in petroleum geology and geophysics, Mr. DeGolyer was an extraordinary book collector and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he gave his collection of American and English literature to the University of Texas and his history of science collection to the University of Oklahoma. After Mr. DeGolyer's death in 1956, the family library was maintained by the newly-incorporated DeGolyer Foundation and was aggressively expanded by the son of the founder, Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. In 1973 the DeGolyer Foundation gave the library to SMU, where it is now housed in the original Fondren Library building.

Categories: James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Ulysses S. Grant,

Collections:
John A. Campbell to General O.E. Babcock, Washington, D.C, 6 May 1871
Calvin Coolidge to Hon. James M. Beck, 20 Jan 1926
George Mifflin Dallas diary, 1848-1849
James Buchanan to M. C. Meigs, 9 May 1858
Ulysses S. Grant to Hon. C. Delano, Sec. of the Int., 25 July 1873

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


John A. Campbell to General O.E. Babcock, Washington, D.C, 6 May 1871

2 p.
Campbell defends his support of Judge William T. Jones against U.S. Marshal Church Howe as the Republican candidate for delegate to the U.S. Congress and affirms his loyalty to President Grant's administration in this letter to Grant's private secretary.
First governor of Wyoming Territory (1869-1875); Assistant Secretary of War under President Grant (1868-1869).
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/19106813

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1 item

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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Calvin Coolidge to Hon. James M. Beck, 20 Jan 1926

Letter, 1926 January 20, Washington, D.C. [to] Hon. James M. Beck, Washington, D.C. Typed letter, signed, on White House letterhead. Thanks Hon. James M. Beck for sending a copy of an address to be delivered to the organization meeting of the National Advisory Commission.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/24924965

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1 page

Presidential content includes:

- Calvin Coolidge

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George Mifflin Dallas diary, 1848-1849

1 diary.
This diary contains entries written December 4, 1848 through March 2, 1849, the last three months of Dallas' Vice-Presidency under James K. Polk. Dallas describes activities in the Senate, especially the Tariff of 1846 controversy and the Wilmot Proviso. Other topics include the California gold rush, relations with Mexico, Great Britain, and France, and other matters concerning territorial expansion. Also, Dallas discusses the difficulties of public life and mentions the following political figures: James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, John C. Calhoun, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert Walker.
Diplomat and U.S. Vice-President (1845-1849).
Material is in English.

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/18369454

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- James K. Polk

- Zachary Taylor

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James Buchanan to M. C. Meigs, 9 May 1858

1 item (1 p.) ; 21 x 16 cm.
Autograph letter, signed.
Attests to the character of Jacob F. Kantz, who is seeking the contract for digging the trench & laying the pipe on the aqueduct.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/24933994

Size
1 item

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Ulysses S. Grant to Hon. C. Delano, Sec. of the Int., 25 July 1873

1 item (4 p.) ; 20 x 25 cm.
Autograph letter, signed.
Suggests the replacement of Dr. M.K. Hogan by Dr. Phelps to the "Examining Surgeons" of New York. Dr. Phelps is vouched for by General Robinson, a retired officer of the regular Army, now Lt. Govr. of New York.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/24932676

Size
1 items

Presidential content includes:

- Ulysses S. Grant

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