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Thomas C. Mann: US-Latin American Relations in the 1940s-1960s

Thomas Mann served as a diplomat to Latin America under the leadership of five US presidents and through tumultuous times in the 1940s-1960s. Learn more about foreign affairs through Mann’s eyes and actions, as depicted in his records at The Texas Collection. Continue reading

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Dottie Scarborough: A Woman of Many Talents

The personal papers of one of Baylor’s most well-written alumna are now available for research at The Texas Collection. The Dorothy Scarborough papers include more than 60 boxes of personal correspondence, notebooks, and sheet music that Scarborough wrote and collected during her career as an author, folklorist, and professor. Continue reading

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The Conscience of Southern Baptists: Documenting Foy Valentine’s Work in Christian Ethics

Christian ethicist Foy Valentine was noted for asking the tough questions—and sometimes answering in ways that ruffled feathers among Southern Baptists. Learn more about Valentine and his life’s work in this blog post, then come do your own research in his papers at The Texas Collection. Continue reading

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Armstrong’s Stars: Amy Lowell

“Armstrong’s Stars” is a collaboration between the Armstrong Browning Library and Baylor’s Texas Collection. Once a month we feature a story about a celebrity that Dr. A.J. Armstrong brought to Baylor. These stories highlight an interesting part of Baylor’s history and include collection materials housed in both the Armstrong Browning Library and the Texas Collection. Continue reading

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Baylor Football: A Look at Carroll Field

A new exhibit: Lee Carroll Field: Early Athletic Traditions at Baylor University, is now open at the Texas Collection. Come on by the Carroll Library and take a look! Continue reading

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Armstrong’s Stars: William Butler Yeats

“Armstrong’s Stars” is a collaboration between the Armstrong Browning Library and Baylor’s Texas Collection. Once a month we feature a story about a celebrity that Dr. A.J. Armstrong brought to Baylor. These stories highlight an interesting part of Baylor’s history and include collection materials housed in both the Armstrong Browning Library and the Texas Collection. Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Austin Avenue Pedestrian Mall, Waco, Texas.

The Austin Avenue Pedestrian Mall which lasted from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, was a short-lived venture, but one unique to the history of the city of Waco. It was part of the Urban Renewal Agency of Waco’s 20 year master plan to revitalizing a large part of the city between La Salle Avenue and Waco Drive. In this blog, we revisit its first few years to its demise through accounts of early city planners, businessmen, and the use of photographs from the U.R.A. of Waco. Continue reading

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Print Peeks: Captivity Narratives at The Texas Collection

The Texas Collection is home to many stories, many featuring depictions of frontier heroes taming the Wild West. One of the most captivating types of pioneer stories in the collection is captivity narratives, written accounts of those captured by Native Americans. The Texas Collection contains many captivity narratives involving Texas or Texans. Let’s take a look at a few. Continue reading

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Waco during the Civil War: The Goode-Thompson Family Papers

Would it surprise you to know that Spiritualism was alive and well in Waco, Texas during the Civil War? As loved ones perished, and the effects of the war took their toll, people tried to deal with their grief in many ways. Spiritualism allowed people to do just that, and in the Goode-Thompson family papers we see evidence of it as well as the effects of the Civil War in general on this early Texas family. Continue reading

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Henry A. McArdle: Texas Painter, Patriot, and Baylor Professor

If you’ve been to our reading room in recent years, you’ve seen some of Henry A. McArdle’s work in his portrait of Judge Baylor. Now, for the first time, 22 of his paintings are on display together. Join us at the Martin Museum of Art on August 30 to learn more about McArdle and experience his work. Continue reading

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