The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library is a four-story building located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts. A branch of the Central University Libraries, Hamon serves students and faculty in the areas of visual art, art history, cinema, communications, dance, music and theatre. This fall, the library celebrates its 25th anniversary. Continue reading “Watch: Reflections of the Hamon Arts Library”
Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. Hamon
Nancy Hamon was born on December 12, 1918 in San Antonio, Texas to McMaster Blackburn and Estelle Blackburn (known as Mamacita). She studied paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin in the late 1930s for a short time before leaving for her first marriage which lasted only four years. She then briefly worked in Hollywood as a dancer with a small dance group led by Russian ballet master David Lichine and appeared in films such as Tropicana (1943) and The Heat’s On (1943). During World War II, she spent a year in Hawaii with an Army special services acting troupe, playing the lead in Petticoat Fever opposite a young Carl Reiner. She married Jake L. Hamon in 1949 and moved to Dallas. Mrs. Hamon was an extraordinary hostess and was known for the extravagant theme parties she hosted with her husband during the 1950s and 1960s. Themes included circus, Moulin Rouge and others, even a Silent Movies theme party which featured Louis Armstrong.
In conjunction with the SMU Homecoming celebration this week, Sept. 23rd – 26th, the Meadows School of the Arts is hosting an open house on Friday, September 25th, 4 – 5 pm, for alumni and friends in the newly renovated lobby of the Hamon Arts Library. Continue reading “Meadows School of the Arts Open House hosting with Hamon”
Welcome back to SMU and the Hamon Arts Library! After a quiet and productive summer, we’re looking forward to the start of the fall semester. Hamon Arts Library is open year-round, and the staff use the summer for more intensive work. We’ve asked staff to share what projects they were doing, and they shared their highlights. Continue reading “While you were away: Summer projects at Hamon Library”
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died July 10th, was best known for his roles in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Funny Girl,” and “Doctor Zhivago.” But Sharif also made a name for himself in Dallas as a bridge player over the last half of the 20th century, joining his group the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus with the Dallas Aces in 1970 for a bridge tournament. Continue reading “The late Omar Sharif’s time in Dallas”
A student using the overhead scanner.
Hamon’s printers and overhead scanner have been moved to the copy room on the first floor of Hamon. Their relocation is part of our efforts to better utilize our spaces to meet user needs. Flatbed scanners are still available in the basement and on the third floor. For more information, please ask at the first-floor library services desk in the Hamon lobby. Thanks for your patience while we work to improve your library experience.
We thank Bywaters Special Collections curator Ellen Buie Niewyk for submitting this post.
In December, 1933, Jerry Bywaters and Alexandre Hogue were commissioned, as part of the Public Works of Art Administration during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, to paint a series of ten murals depicting the history of Dallas in the Dallas Municipal Building [sometimes referred to as “Old City Hall.”] Beginning with the year 1841, the artists depicted the Tonkawa Indians investigating as John Neely Bryan builds his log cabin and ended the timeline in 1931, the year police cars were equipped with radios. Continue reading “Lost Bywaters and Hogue Murals Uncovered at Dallas’ Old Municipal Building”
In 2011, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded Hamon’s G. William Jones Film and Video Collection a grant of $31,000 to support the preservation of the Yiddish-language film Catskill Honeymoon (1950, directed by Joe Berne). We are happy to announce that the NFPF has now made the film available for viewing on its website. Continue reading “The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon”