Author Archives: Brian M. Simmons

Cataloger’s Corner: Ptolemy and the Problem of Taprobana

This week’s blog post is the third in a series written by Allie McCormack, the Rare Books Catalog Librarian for Baylor Libraries. In this series, she describes some of her favorite items found at The Texas Collection. This post discusses the mysterious island of Taprobana as it was featured in one of our collection’s oldest books, a1562 printing of Ptolemy’s Geographia. Continue reading

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Cataloger’s Corner: The Age of Exploration in Italiano

This week’s blog post is the second in a series written by Allie McCormack, the Rare Books Catalog Librarian for Baylor Libraries. In this series, she describes some of her favorite items found at The Texas Collection. This post features the 1556 Italian edition of Francisco López de Gómara’s La Historia Generale delle Indie Occidentali. Gómara, private chaplain of conquistador Hernán Cortés, provides his account of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Continue reading

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Cataloger’s Corner: 1743 Bible designed by Christoph Sauer

This week’s blog post is the first of a series written by Allie McCormack, the Rare Books Catalog Librarian for Baylor Libraries. In this series, she describes some of her favorite items found at The Texas Collection. This initial post features a 1743 Bible designed by Christoph Sauer, believed to be the first Bible printed the American colonies in a European language. Continue reading

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Introducing Brandice Nelson, Map Curator and Coordinator for the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair

Today’s blog post was written by the most recent addition to The Texas Collection, Brandice Nelson. She is our new Map Curator and Coordinator for the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair. Continue reading

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Summer at The Texas Collection: Students Share Their Findings

Whether working with the papers of missionaries or a past Baylor president, you never know what you’ll learn in the archives. Find out about two students’ experience working with archival collections in our latest blog post. Continue reading

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Pro Archives, Pro Futuris

Many of our readers may know that The Texas Collection is home to the Baylor University archives. Amanda Norman became Baylor’s first University Archivist in 2012. On her final day at Baylor, Amanda submitted these parting thoughts. Continue reading

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Museum Students in the Archives: Processing Love and Identity

Graduate students encounter everything from love letters to university records while processing at The Texas Collection. Two recent students share their discoveries in this new blog post. Continue reading

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Museum Students in the Archives: Processing Lawyers and Business Affairs

Whether working with the personal papers of a lawyer or the records of a Baylor business manager, you never know what you’ll learn in the archives. Find out about two graduate students’ experience working with archival collections in our latest blog post. Continue reading

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Texas over Time: Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Mill, Waco

Today the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Mill in Waco has been transformed into Magnolia Market at the Silos. Check out what the site and some of its machinery looked like back in its early days in our latest Texas over Time. Continue reading

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A Sweet (and Sparkly!) Canvas

A portrait painting on sugar? You have to see it to believe it. Click to learn more about a most unusual artifact in The Texas Collection University Archives. Continue reading

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