The Texas Collection

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  • Research Ready: April 2018

    Research Ready: April 2018

    Each month, we post an update to notify our readers about the latest archival collections to be processed and some highlights of our print material acquisitions. These resources are primed for...

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  • Part I: The Lines are Drawn: John Melish and His Map of the United States

    Part I: The Lines are Drawn: John Melish and His Map of the United States

    by Rachel DeShong, Special Event Coordinator and Map Curator This blog post is the first in a series of three posts highlighting John Melish, a 19th century cartographer, and the impact his 1816...

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  • When Did the Lights First Shine Bright?: Electricity Comes to Baylor

    When Did the Lights First Shine Bright?: Electricity Comes to Baylor

    by Rachel DeShong, Special Event Coordinator and Map Curator Today, we think nothing of flipping a switch and having instant light. But life was not always that simple. Prior to the spread of...

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  • The Day of the Bear

    The Day of the Bear

    by Joseph Lipham, Student Assistant Following the tragic death of Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks in 1931, the newly elected Pat Morris Neff inherited a rather difficult situation. After the...

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  • Looking Back at Baylor: A Stroll Around Burleson Quadrangle in 1908

    Looking Back at Baylor: A Stroll Around Burleson Quadrangle in 1908

    This piece by former Texas Collection director Kent Keeth originally was published in The Baylor Line in November 1989, then was reprinted in Looking Back at Baylor (1985), a collection of Keeth...

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  • Research Ready: March 2018

    Research Ready: March 2018

    Read about a longtime Baylor University faculty member and her book "Baylor at Independence," the Baylor Student Education Association, and the history of a variety of Western states, plus view...

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  • To Sisal: More Than We Bargained For

    To Sisal: More Than We Bargained For

    by Anna Redhair, Graduate Assistant Sometimes when working in a library, unexpected items cross your path. That was certainly the case with a document The Texas Collection acquired last year known...

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  • Texas Over Time: “The Roosevelt Tower, Waco, TX”

    Texas Over Time: “The Roosevelt Tower, Waco, TX”

    Texas has changed quite a bit over the years, as is readily seen in our vast photograph and postcard collections. To help bring some of those changes to life, we’ve created a “Texas over Time”...

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  • Looking Back At Baylor: ‘The length of the tail should vary according to the age of the child’

    Looking Back At Baylor: ‘The length of the tail should vary according to the age of the child’

    This piece by former Texas Collection director Kent Keeth originally was published in The Baylor Line in June 1981, then was reprinted in Looking Back at Baylor (1985), a collection of Keeth and...

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  • Research Ready: February 2018

    Research Ready: February 2018

    In this month’s Research Ready, learn about Baylor's NoZe Brotherhood, Texas cowboys and the Old West, and Baylor's former library science program!

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  • Right Under Baylor’s NoZe

    Right Under Baylor’s NoZe

    by Joseph Griffith, Graduate Assistant Hello! Or in the language of the NoZe Brotherhood: “Mini-Mini-Techni, Ufarsus; Keko-de-Muckity-Muck, Satchel!” What did I just read, you’re asking? Welcome...

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  • Jules Bledsoe: Waco’s Famous Baritone

    Jules Bledsoe: Waco’s Famous Baritone

    by Amanda Neel, Graduate Assistant The shelves here at the Texas Collection hold many collections about the lives and experiences of African American Texans. One of these collections, the Jules...

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  • Looking Back at Baylor: ‘In Beautiful Groves…on the Edge of a Vast Prairie’

    Looking Back at Baylor: ‘In Beautiful Groves…on the Edge of a Vast Prairie’

    This piece by former Texas Collection director Kent Keeth originally was published in The Baylor Line in November 1981, then was reprinted in Looking Back at Baylor (1985), a collection of Keeth...

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  • Texas over Time: Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, Waco, TX

    Texas over Time: Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, Waco, TX

    Texas has changed quite a bit over the years, as is readily seen in our vast photograph and postcard collections. To help bring some of those changes to life, we’ve created a “Texas over Time”...

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  • Research Ready: January 2018

    Research Ready: January 2018

    View materials on Jesse and Frank James, Baylor sororities, the travels of a Baylor professor, and more in this month’s edition of Research Ready! Continue reading →

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  • Remembering Kent Keeth

    Remembering Kent Keeth

    by Carl F. Flynn, Director of Marketing & Communications for Information Technology & University Libraries Today at 10:00 a.m. our former director, Kent Keeth, will be laid to rest at a graveside...

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  • Today in Texas: January 24th

    Today in Texas: January 24th

    by Leanna Barcelona, University Archivist  Seventy years ago on January 24, 1948, three Texas cities became one. Formerly known as the “Tri-Cities,” the towns of Baytown, Goose Creek, and Pelly...

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  • Looking Back at Baylor: The Spirit of Abe Kelley

    Looking Back at Baylor: The Spirit of Abe Kelley

    This piece by former Texas Collection director Kent Keeth originally was published in The Baylor Line in September 1976, then was reprinted in Looking Back at Baylor (1985), a collection of Keeth...

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  • Remembering Their Sacrifices: Baylor Faculty and Students During World War II

    Remembering Their Sacrifices: Baylor Faculty and Students During World War II

    by Thomas DeShong, Project Archivist World War II witnessed the rise of the United States as a global superpower and the establishment of a new world order.  Historians, amateur and professional...

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  • Research Ready: December 2017

    Research Ready: December 2017

    Discover photographs of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus in the 1920s, correspondence of Baylor students during World War II, playing cards with pictures from around Waco, and more in...

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