Friends of the SMU Libraries programs range from literary travel to taxes

The 1998-99 activities of the Friends of the SMU Libraries ranged from a literary tour of New England to a program and discussion on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Fall activities began with an introduction to the new Central University Librarian, Gillian M. McCombs. In October, a group of SMU Friends traveled to New England for a literary tour visiting the homes of authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and Herman Melville. Because of the success of this tour, another literary tour to New York and Connecticut is scheduled for October 1999.


Pictured on the North Bridge over the Concord River in Massachusetts are members of the Friends of the SMU Libraries who traveled to New England for a "Leaves and Literature" tour. Pictured from left to right: Charles Inge, Dominique Inge, Friends Director Judy Searles, Missy Collins, and Mike Hazel.

Other fall highlights included a discussion led by Jeff West, executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, on the ownership of history and how it relates to the Kennedy assassination.
The Friends celebrated the holiday season with music by the Merrie Ole Players and a discussion by Glenn Mitchell, reporter for National Public Radio and KERA 90.1 radio. Mitchell is known for his annual radio program, "Tune In to Christmas," which highlights little known details on the history, traditions, and music of the holiday.

A favorite February program was the Book Road Show at which rare or unique books were appraised by local experts. Rare books also provided the theme for the opening reception of the Meadows Museum exhibit, "Faith in Conflict: Devotional Images and Forbidden Books from Spain's Counter Reformation," co-sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Meadows Museum. The month's events concluded with a tax workshop presented by an IRS agent who gave tips on taxes and how to find tax information on the Internet.
Texas Independence Day was celebrated when Ron Tyler, director of the Texas State Historical Association, spoke on "The Art of the War with Mexico" at the March program.
The year's activities concluded with the annual dinner meeting on April 14. Richard Halsey, national coordinator for the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Task Force, discussed lobbying for libraries. Halsey is the husband of Central University Librarian Gillian McCombs.
The Friends of the SMU Libraries, originally founded in 1970 as Colophon, is an organization dedicated to promoting the resources, services, and operations of the ten University libraries. The Friends provide opportunities for book lovers to become acquainted with the many resources of the SMU libraries through a series of programs each year. During its history, the organization has provided more than $300,000 for the libraries to fund materials, library services, and special projects. It also has built a substantial endowment. Members at the associate ($60 per year) and higher levels may have borrowing privileges at the Central University and Bridwell Libraries. For more information or to join the Friends of the SMU Libraries, call 214-768-3225.


New collection highlights women composers

Scholars and performers will be interested in the collection of music by women composers recently purchased for the Hamon Arts Library. The purchase was made possible thanks to a grant from the Friends of the SMU Libraries.
The collection of 28 reels of microfilm includes music by European and North American women originally published between 1780 and 1950. The collection includes works by Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Nadia Boulanger, Pauline Viardot, Maria Malibran, Augusta Holmes, Ethel Smyth, Cecile Chaminade, Liza Lehmann, and Teresa Del Riego.
Lavishly illustrated sheet music included in the collection will also provide a rich resource for those interested in sociology and gender studies.

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