Southern Methodist University

SMU School of Design records

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: SMU School of Design records
Dates: 1928-1961
Abstract: The SMU School of Design was created to develop professional design skills for the Dallas workforce in both clothing fashion and home design. The School of Design functioned under the School of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Art from 1944 to about 1962. The collection includes mostly news clippings and correspondence, as well as photographs, publicity materials, class schedules, and exhibit catalogs. Stella La Mond was the director of the SMU School of Design.
Accession No: SMU 2013.0450
Extent: 2 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The SMU School of Design opened in 1944 as part of Art Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. SMU partnered with the Dallas Fashion and Sportswear center to train designers that would meet the needs of local manufacturers of apparel for women and girls with the distinctive style of the Southwest. The School of Design closed in 1965.

Stella La Mond was the founding Director of the School. La Mond received a B.S. in Music and Art from Peabody in 1926 and an M.A. from Columbia in 1930. She joined Southern Methodist University as an assistant professor in the Art Department in 1937 and became a Professor in the Art department in 1937, a position she held until her retirement on July 1, 1959.

The SMU School of Design included a 4 year Costume Design B.A. program, as well as a 2 year non-degree course in Costume Design. In addition, the Medical Art B.A. Program was offered from 1945-1957 and students took courses at the SMU School of Design and at Southwestern Medical College.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is comprised mostly of news clippings and correspondence related to the SMU School of Design and its programs from 1944-1952.

The collection includes correspondence, press releases and news clippings related to the annual Charm Fellowship and other student contests. The winners of these awards were: Bonnie Jo Suchy (1946), Vanita Jo Hardin (1947), Beth Stine (1948), Joanne Young (1949), Catherine Mills (1950), and Waldes Kohinoor (1952).

Also included are photographs, publicity materials, class schedules, exhibit catalogs, a scrapbook chronicling students’ work, a guestbook from a “faculty and ex-student show” in 1955, and a Home Economics class pamphlet from April 1928.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Program Documentation
Series 2: Scrapbook and Guestbook


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. School of Design.
Southern Methodist University -- Students.
Graphic arts -- Study and teaching -- Texas -- Dallas.
Letters -- Texas -- Dallas.

Related Materials

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Meadows School of Arts- 2000.0347 - Especially Box 6, Folder 5 Fine Arts (1915-1964)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

SMU School of Design records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Although the collection was re-foldered, folders were essentially retained in the ordered that they were originally boxed. Paperclips were removed. No preservation photocopying of newspaper clipping was done. Materials inside folders were arranged in chronological order. When there was no folder title, the processor assigned a folder title, a fairly infrequent occurrence.

Processed by

Nicole J Pearce, 2013

Finding aid written by

Nicole J Pearce, 2013.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Program Documentation, 1928-1961
23 folders

Box Folder
1 01 Course Catalogs, 1928-1955
02 Dedication, 1944
03 Scholarships, 1944-1948
04 Bonnie Jo Suchy- Award Winner, 1946
05 Costume Design Honors and Awards, 1946-1955
06 Vanita Jo Hardin- Award Winner, 1947-1958
07 Beth Stine- Award Winner, 1947
08 Contests, Tabak- Award Winner, 1947
09 Competitions, International Fashions, 1948-1952
10 Joanne Young- Award Winner, 1949
11 Catherine Mills- Award Winner, 1950
12 Waldes Kohinoor- Award Winner, 1952
13 Alpha Rho Tau Notebook, 1941-1942
14 Correspondence with Lorch Manufacturing Company, 1944
15 Correspondence Dallas Fashion Sportswear Center, 1945-1950
16 Gifts, 1946-1947
17 Mrs. Boger’s Letters to Firms, 1947-1948
18 Correspondence and Rosters, 1951-1954
19 Newspapers, Photos, 1939-1955
20 Newspapers, Magazines, 1944-1962
21 Art Department Files List
22 Past Department Exhibits, 1938-1965
23 Medical Art, 1948-1952

Series 2: Scrapbook and Guest Book
2 folders

Box Folder
2 01 Small Guest Book, 1955
02 Scrapbook (oversize), 1944-1955