Southern Methodist University

Graduate School Faculty of Southern Methodist University records

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Graduate School Faculty of Southern Methodist University records
Dates: 1920s–1970s
Abstract: The records of the graduate school faculty of Southern Methodist University (SMU) relate mostly to faculty members who worked in the humanities and sciences, although the entire collection predates the naming of Dedman College in 1981. The collection includes reports for the graduate school, correspondence, as well as other types of documents. The collection is small and provides only a snapshot into the Graduate School Faculty’s activities for the inclusive years.
Accession No: SMU 2010.0422
Extent: 9 folders (.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

SMU has offered graduate degrees since its inception in 1915. The graduate school appears to have grown quite slowly during the 1910s and 1920s, thus, much of the documentation in the early part of the collection relates to enrollment numbers and expenses incurred for the school. The graduate school has grown rapidly over the course of the twentieth century, the university having added a number of master’s and doctoral programs at its various colleges, including Dedman College.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection includes reports from the graduate school to the board of trustees on enrollment figures, budgetary reports, and correspondence between faculty members about issues related to the graduate school. This is a small, incomplete collection for the inclusive years. Interested researchers should note that both the Faculty Senate Records and the Dedman College Faculty Council records will contain more extensive materials on graduate studies at SMU.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is nine folders and thus not separated into any separate series.


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Southern Methodist University--Graduate work.
Southern Methodist University--Faculty.
Universities and colleges--Texas--Dallas--Graduate work

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Graduate School Faculty of Southern Methodist University records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Transfer, Southern Methodist University Faculty Senate, 2010.

Processing Information

Materials were found in several boxes in rough order. Most were labeled. Records were sorted, re-foldered and paper clips were removed. Duplicate minutes were deaccessioned.

Tim Bowman processed the collection and wrote the finding aid, 2006-2010.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 The Graduate School, 1920s
2 The Graduate School, 1920s (2)
3 The Graduate School, 1930s
4 The Graduate School, 1930s (2)
5 The Graduate School, 1940s
6 The Graduate School, 1950s
7 The Graduate School, 1960s
8 The Graduate School, 1960s (2)
9 The Graduate School, 1970s