Category Archives: Rufus Burleson

Before Baylor: A Brief Story of Waco University

Baylor marked the anniversary of its founding this weekend on February 1. The founders decided to locate the school in Independence, but do you know how it ended up in Waco? Learn the story behind Waco University–a school very much intertwined in Baylor’s history, but with stories all its own. Continue reading

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Baylor Quiz Time

It’s back to school today—time for a quiz! These Baylor trivia questions are drawn from things I’ve learned through assisting patrons with reference questions. Test your knowledge of the green and gold—or learn more about Baylor’s past! Continue reading

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The Tragedy of William Cowper Brann, Waco's Infamous Firebrand

By the later decades of the 1800s, Waco, Texas, had become the epitome of a western town. Violent duels were all too common on its dusty streets—Waco earned the nickname “Six Shooter Junction.” On the evening of April 1, 1898, … Continue reading

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Research Ready: October 2012

Each month, we post a processing update to notify our readers about the latest collections that have finding aids online and are primed for research. Here’s the scoop for October: Bolt Family Homestead and Legion Valley Indian Massacre Collection, 1985: … Continue reading

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Looking Back at Baylor: Simple Pleasures in Independence

This piece by former Texas Collection director Kent Keeth originally was published in The Baylor Line in November 1978, then was reprinted in Looking Back at Baylor (1985), a collection of Keeth and Harry Marsh’s historical columns for the Line. … Continue reading

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A bit of postal history: advertising covers from the Burleson Collection

The internet is constantly delighting me with Interesting Things I Didn’t Know.  The other day a colleague handed me a stack of 19th century envelopes.  Now, I had never considered a world without “store bought” envelopes, but it turns out … Continue reading

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