U.S. West: Photographs and Images
This set contains a sample of items from the DeGolyer Library's U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection. The digital collections provides a sample of the thousands of photographs, images, albums, and more, relating to the U.S. West held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.

In general, collecting at the DeGolyer Library emphasizes the American West, the borderlands, exploration, business history and transportation, particularly the railroads. The DeGolyer houses extensive photographic collections totaling over 500,000 images. Included are photographs by such important Western landscape photographers as: Carleton Watkins, Andrew Russell, Alexander Gardner, William Henry Jackson, John Hillers, Charles Roscoe Savage, F. Jay Haynes, Edward Curtis, Robert Benecke and Laura Gilpin. The DeGolyer has several rare Western accessions, including Alexander Gardner’s 1867 portfolio, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel), which is one of only four known copies of this early, significant western landscape project.

The Royal Gorge by William Henry JacksonIn the DeGolyer collections, there are also examples of early photographic processes and formats covering the history of photography such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cartes de visite, photographically illustrated books, real photographic postcards, and albumen and gelatin silver prints from ca. 1846 to 1960s.

In the U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection, the DeGolyer Library is making available all or part of a growing number of its accessions, including:

Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (Route of the 35th Parallel) by Alexander Gardner;
C.R. Savage photographs;
Collection of cowgirl postcards;
Collection of western prints by John M. Stanley;
Colorado by William Henry Jackson;
Colorado Exploring Expedition lithographs, ca. 1860;
Explorations in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico and the Colorado River by Timothy O’ Sullivan;
F. Jay Haynes photographs of Yellowstone National Park;
Indians of the Oklahoma Territory;
John K. Hillers photographs of Indian pueblos;
Lantern slides of Mexico, California and Colorado by William Henry Jackson;
Les geysers d'Amerique by William Henry Jackson;
Photographs of Colorado and New Mexico;
Stereographs of the Dakota Territory; and more.

Please cite Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting degolyer@smu.edu.

Contact Info: For more information about U.S. West: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints, please write to degolyer@smu.edu.
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