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SMU News and Information
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July 16, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University and The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future at Fair Park have formed a new partnership that will strengthen the goal of collecting and preserving women's history.

Archives, papers and manuscripts relating to women's history that are donated to the Women's Museum will be deposited and housed in the Archives of Women of the Southwest in DeGolyer Library at SMU through a mutually beneficial arrangement. Materials remain the property of the Women's Museum on indefinite loan to SMU, where the university will provide researchers access to the materials.

The public is invited to a reception celebrating SMU's first acceptance of an important collection from The Women's Museum at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26, in the Texana Room of the DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane. SMU will accept the Juanita Kreps Spirit of the American Woman Award archives from the JCPenney Corporation. Kreps was the first woman U.S. Secretary of Commerce and JCPenney's first woman board member. Besides Kreps, past recipients of the award include the late Rep. Barbara Jordan, astronaut Sally Ride and newspaper owner Katharine Graham.

The program will include remarks by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Candace O'Keefe, executive director of The Women's Museum. A short reception will follow.

SMU's Archives of Women of the Southwest were established in 1995 as a Center in the DeGolyer Library to house a collection of papers by and about women whose lives have made an impact on life in the Southwest, with a special emphasis on Dallas and North Texas. The mission of the collection is to document the historical experience of women and women's organizations whose contributions have shaped today's society. The Archives of Women of the Southwest include the papers of the Dallas Women's Foundation, real estate magnate Ebby Halliday, civic volunteer Lindalyn Adams, author and journalist Lee Cullum, civic volunteer Virginia Whitehill, Highland Park Browning Club, and women's activist Maura McNiel, among many others.

For more information, contact (214) 768-1939.