When you’re the Libraries for a university founded in 1845, there’s a lot of stories to tell.

Promoting Discovery showcases the latest, in-depth write-ups from the Baylor University Libraries. From new research resources to long-form explorations, major announcements, and highlights from our special collections, you'll find it all here.

(BCPM) School Desegregation vs. School Integration

This blog post was written by Isaiah Horne, a recent MA graduate of the History Department. Read Isaiah’s previous related blog post on “School Choice:” Its Origins and Long History here. In the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that racial segregation was unconstitutional and “inherently unequal,” thus ushering in a new era…

(A&SCRC) Your Name is Safe, You Can Rest Now

This post was written by Mary Grace Klausmeyer, intern for the Book Arts and Letterpress Lab As May comes to a close, we take time to reflect on Asian/Pacific American heritage month. One Asian-American artist has several works in the Baylor Book Arts Collection. Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is an artist, writer, and bookbinder based out of San Antonio, Texas. Inspired…

(BCPM) Opening McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson’s Papers

This blog post was written by former undergraduate student Alexis Reese and Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. Earlier in the spring semester, the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) finished the processing of the Lester Gibson papers and opened the collection for research. This was the culmination of several years of labor in assistance with the Lester Gibson family and the…

(Texas) “Pants Rule”: Baylor women in the 1960s

This blog post was written by Delilah Brezenski, undergraduate student, class of ‘24 Anne Miller, fashion reporter for the Baylor Lariat, wrote a March 1963 article on the increasingly frill-less, masculine-style clothing for women. “Does this look in the clothes of the woman of today really mean that she has lost her femininity?” Miller asked. She concluded that certain ideas…

ABL Archive Workshop

This post was written by Allison Reising, a doctoral candidate in English at Baylor University. On March 14, graduate students from various disciplines gathered in the ABL’s Lewis-Birkhead Lecture Hall for an Archive Workshop led by Dr. Kristen Pond, the ABL’s Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning and Victorian Studies, and her graduate assistant, Allison Reising. The workshop aimed…

Artistic Responses to Eclipses: Exhibit in the Arts and Special Collections Research Center (March-September 2024)

This exhibit was curated – and this blog post written – by Jeanne Dittmann Eclipses have made dramatic impacts on human cultures for as long as we have recorded history. Astronomers and mathematicians have been fascinated by the opportunity to predict these celestial events which can cause great consternation as well as great awe by those who experience them, and…

(BCPM) A Brief History of Anti-Violence Activism in the State of Texas

This blog post was composed by Aaron Ramos, master’s student in the History Department. At Baylor University, graduate students in the History Department must enroll in HIS 5370: Advanced Research and Writing. The goal of the course is to provide students with an introduction to researching in archives, the bread and butter of the historian’s craft. This spring, our professor…