To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. Join us this June as we travel through some of the unique government documents in our collection with Sinai Wood, Baylor's Associate Professor and Documents Librarian.

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As we highlight the 50th anniversary of the opening of Moody Library and how that was a game changer for students, faculty, and staff at Baylor in 1968; we can also look back at what a game changer it must have been when our new government made good on its promise of government information to the people. The result of which has been enduring access to government information and libraries throughout the United States have rich and unique holdings because of this.

 

#28 : "Report of the Secretary of Agriculture" United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 1888

 

#27 : "Annual report. 1879-80" Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology

 

#26 : "Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, 1879, v. 12" by F.V. Hayden, United States geologist in charge...

 

#25 : "Army Recipies. 1946 War Department Technical Manual; TM 10-412" United States War Department, Washington, U.S. GPO


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this month of May, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This holiday honors our Mexican neighbors' history on the date of their army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

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The Central Libraries are home to Dr. William Jackson "Jack" Kilgore's Library Collection. Dr. Kilgore (1917-1993) was a long-time Baylor University philosophy professor and department chair whose library centers around Spanish and Latin American thought. Included in this library are a few items published in Mexico during the 19th century. These histories provide context for the time period around the Cinco de Mayo battle.

 

#32 : "Benito Juárez: la reforma..." by Juan de Dios Peza (1852-1910)

 

#31 : "Juarez, su obra y su tiempo" by Justo Sierra (1848-1912)

 

#30 : "Apuntes para una bibliografía militar de México, 1536-1936" by the Comisión de estudios militares, 1937

 

#29 : "Phantom crown, the story of Maximillian & Carlota of Mexico" by Bertita Harding (1902-1971)


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will celebrate spring and growy things with a look at a few of our oldest botanical books. (apologies to those suffering from allergies!)

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Welcome to the world of botanical history. These are pre-linnaean, meaning they are written prior to Carolus Linnaeus’ creation of our modern taxonomy of natural genera and species of organisms. Linnaeus lived between 1707-78.

 

#36 : "Commentaires...Dioscoride..." by Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577)

 

#35 : "Cruydeboek" by Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585)

 

#34 : "The Anatomy of Plants" by Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712)

 

#33 : "Historia Muscorum" by Johann Jakob Dillenius (1687-1747)


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. We're kicking things off with a look at some rare almanacs!

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As the new calendar year begins, let's look at four of our rare almanacs. In addition to weather predictions, an 18th or early 19th century almanac was a book that had a practical use as a calendar, church festivals, astrological notes, miscellaneous literary works, and weather guides with seasonal suggestions for farmers.


#50 : "An Astronomical Diary, Or, An Almanack For The Year Of Our Lord Christ 1741" by Nathanial Ames
You can view the original by making an appointment or see the entire almanac online in our Baylor Digital Collections. Click here

 


#49 : "Poor Richard's Almanack" printed in 1761 by Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
In addition to seeing the original here in the library, you can also view this one in our Digital Collections. Click here

 


#48 : “London almanac for the year of Christ 1794” printed for the Company of Stationers in 1793 (miniature book)
See webpage link below to make an appointment to see this extraordinary miniatures.

 


#47 : "The New England farmer's diary and almanac" 1820 by Truman Abell
Almanacs provide an authentic view into American history and culture. Come visit soon!


You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

www.baylor.edu/lib/centrallib/index.php?id=97560

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.