Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Dedications and Rites programs

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: Southern Methodist University Dedications and Rites programs
Dates: 1926-2004
Abstract: The Dedications and Rites Program collection contains programs of services that dedicate new buildings as well as various architectural structures on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus. The collection covers a wide array of dedications that have taken place on campus throughout the twentieth century.
Accession No: SMU 1991.0070
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The collection includes the dedications of some of the most commonly used buildings and locations on campus. Dedication programs in the collection include, but are not limited to: the Perkins Administration building; the Fondren libraries; Residence Halls; the Umphrey Lee Student Center; and buildings within the Owen Fine Arts Center.

Also included are programs for campus ceremonies such as the inauguration of Willis M. Tate, the unveiling of the Robert S. Hyer bust, and the dedication of the World War II Memorial Plaza.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains programs for building dedications and other major campus events from 1926-2004. Most of the records stem from the middle of the twentieth century. The collection is organized in chronological order. Although only years are listed, folders are organized down to the month and dates of the event. This information will be of interest to researches who are hoping to find basic general information on the histories of buildings on the SMU campus.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 1 series:
Series 1: Dedications and Rites programs, 1926-2004


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 -- Buildings.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Programs -- Texas -- Dallas.

Related Materials

Southern Methodist University plaques project (SMU 1991.0083)

Southern Methodist University campus building files (SMU 1997.0290)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southern Methodist University Dedications and Rites programs, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information


Finding aid written by

Tim Bowman, 2010, Judy Kingkaysone, 2011, Jae Suh, 2012

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2011, Ada Negraru, 2012

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Dedications and Rites programs, 1926-2004
2 Boxes

Box Folder
1 01 McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, 1926
02 Perkins Administration, 1939
03 Fondren Library (West), 1939-40
04 “Twenty-five Years Later”, 1940
05 Perkins Gymnasium, 1942
06 Perkins Theology, 1945-51
07 World War II Memorial Services, 1946
08 Fondren Science Building, 1949
09 Residence Halls, 1950-59
10 Institute of American Freedom, 1953
11 Seismological Observatory, 1953
12 Perkins Theology-Selecman Hall, 1954
13 J. W. Fincher Memorial Building, 1954
14 Willis M. Tate Inauguration, 1955
15 Umphrey Lee Student Center, 1955
16 Bust of Robert Stewart Hyer, 1956
17 Coliseum, 1956
18 Perkins Theology-Methodist Historical Library, 1957
19 Perkins Gymnasium-Natatorium, 1958
20 Memorial Health Center, 1960
21 Owen Fine Arts Center-Music Building, 1962
22 Fondren Library (West)-Texana Room, 1963
23 Owen Fine Arts Center-Harrison Building, 1967
24 Owen Fine Arts Center-Ruth Collins Sharp Drama Building, 1968
25 Owen Fine Arts Center-Mudge Art Building, 1968
26 Owen Fine Arts Center-Bob Hope Theatre, 1968
27 Fondren Library Addition/East, 1969
Box Folder
2 01 Carr Collins, Jr. Hall, 1994
02 The Campaign for SMU, 1997
03 Fondren (East) Library Center, 1998
04 Honors Day Convocation, 1998
05 Class of 1998 Plaza, 1998
06 Memorial Grove, 1998
07 Meadows Museum, 1998
08 World War II Memorial Plaza, 1999 (1)
09 World War II Memorial Plaza, 1999 (2)
10 Laura Bush Promenade, 1999
11 Class of 1999 Plaza, 1999
12 Perkins Chapel Rededication, 1999
13 Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Theology Quadrangle, 1999
14 Honors Day Convocation, 2000
15 Paul B. Loyd, Jr. All-Sports Center, 2000
Kenneth Z. and Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, 2000
Jack S. and Laura Lee Blanton Academic Developmental Complex, 2000
16 Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 2000
17 International Festival of Opening Courts (Meadows Museum), 2001
18 Celebrating: Opening of the New Meadows Museum, 2001
19 New Meadows Museum, 2001
20 Calatrava Fountain Sculpture, 2001
21 John Goodwin Tower Center Medal of Freedom, 2001
22 Jerry R, Junkins Electrical Engineering Building, 2001
23 Doak Walker Plaza Dedication, 2001
24 Harold Jeskey Lecture Hall Reception, 2001
25 Dedman Life Sciences Building, 2001
26 Dedman Life Sciences Building Dedication, 2001
27 Harold A. Jeskey Lecture Hall, 2001
28 Jerry R. Junkins Electrial Engineering Building, 2002
29 Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter- SMU in Legacy, 2003
30 Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building, 2003
31 SMU-Taos; Information Commons Building, 2004