They Asked For A Paper

Borrowing its title from a collection of essays by C. S. Lewis, this series, They Asked For A Paper,”  highlights interesting items from the Armstrong Browning Library’s collection and suggests topics for further research.

By Melinda Creech
Manuscripts Specialist, Armstrong Browning Library

In 1962 C. S. Lewis published a collection of twelve essays simply entitled They Asked For A Paper. It would be his last publication. He died the following year. I have borrowed Lewis’s title for this blog series which will suggest research topics for scholars interested in mining the treasures of the Armstrong Browning Library.

As we have processed the books, letters, and manuscripts here at the ABL, provocative questions and fascinating details have come to light. The faculty and staff are often heard repeating, “Somebody should write a paper about that.” Because that task has proved monumental for our small staff, we are inviting you to tackle some of the questions that have been unearthed.

Over the next few months I will be offering suggestions for research projects based on the holdings at the ABL. Please feel free to contact us for more details, or, better yet, come and visit us at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and have a hands-on experience with the books, letters, and manuscripts in our archives. The topics will include not only the Brownings, but also many other figures from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Be sure to “SUBSCRIBE!” to the blog on the right-hand side of the screen to keep up with all the possibilities.

So, since you asked…


New Research and Teaching Tool for 19th-Century Studies Unveiled

By Jeremy Land, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Baylor’s 19th Century Research Seminar (19CRS), an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and students in and outside of Baylor University to present and hear original research in all areas of nineteenth-century studies, is proud to announce the launch of its completely redesigned website. This project was developed in conjunction with Baylor’s English department and the Armstrong Browning Library. In the past, 19CRS’s blog was simply a message board to notify interested parties about upcoming events. The redesigned site will still keep our supporters informed about all the innovative research sponsored by 19CRS; however, the added features are designed to make the site more of a tool for all those interested in studying the nineteenth century.

19CRS has complied an exhaustive list of internet sites to support both research and teaching. Topics range from nineteenth century art to African-American studies to Victorian literature and everything else we could possibly compile.  All of these resources are either peer reviewed by NINES or hosted by a university so that we could guarantee the quality of the materials.  In addition we only selected sites that provide immediate access to records, images, manuscripts, or other digital information useful to scholars, students, and teachers.

In case you were unable to come to our monthly seminars, 19CRS’s new site has begun to catalog our past presenters’ presentations. If you missed a presentation, or perhaps you want to reference something from a lecture in your own research, you can now down load a PDF copy, when available, for your projects. Or if you really enjoyed the current lecture and felt there was not enough time to finish the discussion or were later inspired by what you heard, 19CRS’s blog now offers a discussion forum for interested parties.

Other features include a place for teachers to share syllabi, reviews showcasing important books from Baylor faculty and 19CRS presenters, and the Armstrong Browning Library’s latest acquisitions. Regardless of your level of experience or expertise, we think our new site has something to offer those interested in the nineteenth century. As always, we invite you to share in our new site, offer feedback on improving it, and to join us for our monthly lecture series.

19CRS Blog

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