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Dear TFRW members:

We are delighted that your organization has chosen the Archives of Women of the Southwest, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University as the institutional home for your organization’s records. I am looking forward to working with each chapter of TFRW to ensure that the materials documenting women’s experiences, activities, and political activism at the county, state, and national level are arranged, described, preserved, and made available to students, faculty, researchers, and historians for generations to come. This guide provides information on DeGolyer Library, our collections, the donation process, advice on what to donate, the logistics of transferring materials to DeGolyer, and what happens to the collections once they reside permanently at DeGolyer Library. Should you have questions about any part of the donation process, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Pamalla Anderson
DeGolyer Library
(214) 768-0829

One of the special collections at Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library began in 1914 with the early and intelligent collecting interests of Everette L. DeGolyer, Sr. After “Mr. De’s” death in 1956, the library was aggressively expanded by his son, Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr. For years, the collection was housed in the family home near White Rock Lake in Dallas. In 1974, the DeGolyer Foundation gave the library to SMU, where it is now located in the original Fondren Library building.

From its beginnings as a private collection, DeGolyer has grown into a nationally-known research library. DeGolyer holds approximately 120,000 volumes of rare and scholarly works in many fields, with notable strengths in the discovery and exploration of the Americas, the Trans-Mississippi West, English and American literature, the history of science, and the history of business. In addition to printed books, the library preserves over 2,500 separate manuscript collections and over 500,000 photographs. DeGolyer Library is also the home of the Archives of Women of the Southwest and the University Archives. Each year, hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, writers, researchers, and friends in the community consult and study materials at DeGolyer. Our complementary goals are to build our collections and to support advanced research.

While we purchase as many items as we can afford, our funds are not unlimited. Like all research libraries, we rely heavily on donations of materials, especially in the case of personal, organizational, or business papers. This guide is designed to highlight some of the existing archival strengths of DeGolyer and to suggest ways potential donors might help us in expanding collections of primary materials at SMU.

Archives of Women of the Southwest documents the historical experience of women from the 19th century to the present. The Archives includes papers of leaders in women’s organizations and social and political reform movements; papers of women in the professions, business, the arts, and voluntary service; papers of families and of women in private life; and records of women’s organizations. In a short period of time, the Archives has grown to include over 125 collections. Papers include those of journalist Lee Cullum, realtor Ebby Halliday, civic leader Anita Martinez, bookseller Elizabeth Ann McMurray, activist Maura McNeil, attorney Louise Raggio, publisher Charlotte Whaley, and the family papers of Frances Golden Ware, among others.

Read the entire Guide for Donation of Archival Materials here.
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Archiving Records at SMU
Clubs and individuals are encouraged to contribute to the Texas Federation of Republican Women archives, which are being preserved at the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University. Please contact both Pamalla Anderson, Head of Public Services, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, PO Box 750396, Dallas, TX 75275, 214-768-0829, andersonp@smu.edu, and Carol Van de Walle, TFRW Archives chairman, carolvdw@sbcglobal.net.

If you need help in deciding what to donate, telephone Pamalla and explain what is being considered for contribution, i.e, club histories, newsletters, membership directories, photos, etc.  The club can retain original material (e.g., scrapbooks) and contribute copies of the important papers to the archives.  If boxes of material are contributed, enclose a list of the contents of each box.

Before driving to the SMU campus, it's important to get instructions from Pamalla about how to get to the DeGolyer Library and suggestions about where to park.

If you are donating to the DeGolyer Library, or need more information, please email Carol Van de Walle, TFRW Archives Chair at carolvdw@sbcglobal.net.  Carol would like to know which clubs are donating.