What’s New in Special Collections - March 2019
This new monthly post will update our readers about archival collections that have been processed and additions to our print holdings. These are items that are ready for research and class use. These items are just a sampling of the many resources available in SU Special Collections and Archives.
Boatright, Mody C.Gib Morgan, Minstrel of the Oil Fields. Austin: Texas Folklore Society, 1945. Print.
Boatright’s publication resulted from a study of the impact of the oil industry upon the folklore and folkways on the American people. It includes stories about Gib Morgan and the stories he told. This work was printed by Carl Hertzog and includes a personalization by Mody C. Boatright.
Battle-Baptiste, Whitney and Britt Rusert, eds. W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits Visualizing Black America: The Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2018. Print.
This edited volume marks the first time that W.E.B. Dubois’s groundbreaking data visualizations from the 1900 Paris World Exposition have been collected together in a book. DuBois created approximately 60 data visualizations to advocate for African American Progress. This edited volume provides each of the data visualizations in full color plus historical context and photographs.
SU Special Collections received a transfer of books from Southern Methodist University [SMU] DeGolyer Library. These books were extra copies from the now shuttered SMU Press. We will highlight a couple here, but please see the following for a complete listing of items: SMU Press Books.
Weber, David J. and Jane Lenz Elder, eds. Fiasco: George Clinton Gardner’s Correspondence from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, 1849-1854. Dallas: SMU Press, 2010. Print.
Fiasco pulls together the correspondence of George Clinton Gardner while he was working on the team completing the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey. Gardner received an appointment at the age of seventeen as the junior assistant to the chief astronomer of the U.S. boundary commission. His correspondence, mainly to his family, details the numerous issues that the commission faced between 1849 and 1852. Gardener leaves before the survey is fully completed, but his correspondence allows us to start looking into how the federal government was run in the 19th century and the border relations of this period.
Flint, Richard. Great Cruelties Have Been Reported: The 1544 Investigation of the Coronado Expedition. Dallas: SMU Press, 2002. Print.
Two years after the Coronado Expedition explored what is now New Mexico, Spanish officials held an inquiry into the effects of the expedition on the native people. This work pulls together the documents of the investigation. Presented in both the original Spanish and an English translation, these documents present a wealth of information about the native responses to the expedition and the attitudes of the Europeans towards native people.