Monthly Archives: October 2015

(Digital Collections) All Hallows’ Eve in Poetry, Prose and Photos: Excerpts from the “Roundup” and the “Phoenix”

It’s the week of Halloween and there’s no better time to highlight some items from our University Archives collections, specifically the Baylor Roundup (our campus yearbook) and The Phoenix (a literary magazine sponsored by the English Department). First up, a poem called Halloween from the 1902 Roundup.

1902_RoundupFrom the 1950 Roundup

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.54.04 PMA short story from the 1981 Phoenix titled Autumn

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 10.26.27 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 10.26.44 AM Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 10.27.04 AMIn the 1981 Roundup, there were basically a ton of Morks and Richard Nixon together in a crowd. Seems legit.

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.05.59 PMIn 1993, kids got in on the act

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.08.12 PMTwo cats and a vampire (?), 1996

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.10.37 PMAnd lastly, if it’s 1998, it’s a guy in a “ghost face killer mask” from Scream

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 2.12.30 PMThere’s a lot more instances of the word “Halloween” in the University Archives (639 to be exact) to explore. Happy Halloween from all of us at the DPG!


(Digital Collections) This Is The Most 1990’s Video In Our Collections, And It Is Glorious

Oh, man. Let all that mid-90’s goodness settle in. It’s so perfect, it’s causing a Pavlovian response in my mind where everything tastes like Surge and smells like CK One and is swathed in flannel.

The context on this piece is that, in celebration of Baylor’s sesquicentennial year (1995), a fundraising packet was sent to previous donors and members of the Sesquicentennial Associates group encouraging their support of a major fundraising campaign. The video – on VHS, natch – was included along with a standard form letter.

A friend at the Mayborn Museum Complex, Trey Crumpton, found it in their archives and gave it a watch. It was important to his team because it mentions the goal of raising money for a new home for the Strecker Museum, which was then housed in the basement of the Sid Richardson Building. It was important to OUR team because, as the digital repository for the University Archives, it is our responsibility to preserve, provide access to and promote resources like this.

Plus, it’s really, really rad.

Let’s break it down from start to finish, shall we?

bu_archive_vhs_fundraising_video_1995First off, that’s not legendary voiceover actor Don LaFontaine (a.k.a. the “in a world” movie trailer guy, a.k.a. “Thunder Throat”). I KNOW, RIGHT? I asked my friends in university marketing if they could find out who it was, and Brenda Tacker dug into her personal archive to come up with a name: John William Galt of the Dallas area. Yes, the V/O was done by a guy whose name is synonymous with a character in an Ayn Rand novel. And that’s just within the first five seconds.

Football Throw Fake Out Kid

Fake_out_throw_kidC’mon, kid, we all know you wanted to throw the ball; why’d you choke? Sweet “bear paws on shoulders” jersey, though.


NrpIyMThat is the bowliest of bowl cuts, a true paragon of the Moe Howard School of 90’s Haircuts. (This coming from a guy who once rocked the George Clooney/Caesar Cut for a BIT too long past its expiration date, so I’m able to cast a few stones here.)

90’s Technology!

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 3.58.22 PMYou have more computing power in your smart phone than that entire lab did 20 years ago.

Synchronicity 3

bu_archive_vhs_fundraising_video_1995(1)“We’re walking, we’re walking, we’re walking … ”

Nice ‘Stashe

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.00.25 PMAnd that’s a whole ozone layer’s worth of hairspray, too.

It’s Like Watching A Blacksmith Train His Apprentice!

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.11.07 PM No one under 25 knows how to develop and print their own photos anymore. But that is one tastefully lit darkroom shot!

Dead Things In The Basement

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.19.55 PM“Any ideas how we can make our natural history museum less creepy?”
“Stop making people go underground to see mounted skeletons?”

Bold Vision, Avant-Garde Scene Framing

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.21.01 PM“See the artist in his natural habitat, as framed through the slats of his studio’s staircase!”

A Democrat Governor of Texas!

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.29.00 PMOh, look, it’s alumna and former governor Ann Richards. That’s one pink ensemble, Madame Governor!

All He’s Missing Is A Member’s Only Jacket

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.30.51 PMMan, Bugle Boy. That takes me back.

The Best On-Screen Graphics Money Could Buy

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 4.33.43 PMTake a good look at that logo, cause now it’s reserved for use with materials related to the President’s Office exclusively!

Those are just a few of my favorite moments found in this 7-minute treasure, but let us know if there’s something here that really brought you back to the Clinton Era. And, as a bonus, if you saw yourself somewhere in the video, tell us and we’ll add your name to this post (if you give permission, of course; you might have a deep-seeded aversion to people knowing about your questionable fashion choices)!


You can view the entire record for this video in our Digital Collections here. Special thanks to Lori Fogleman, Brenda Tacker, Trey Crumpton and everyone involved in making, saving and unconditionally loving this video.

(Digital Collections) Political Maneuvering: Updates and Changes to the Digital Collections, Fall 2015

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Screengrab of portion of the new BCPM homepage, available at

We’re taking the opportunity of this week’s blog post to highlight some changes to one of our partner institutions and – as it directly relates to us – their digital collections.

Announcing the Baylor Collections of Political Materials
Digital Collections!

Our friends at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library recently announced a return to their longstanding practice of referring to their unit as the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM), housed in the W.R. Poage Legislative Library. Debbie Davendonis-Todd, the Bob Bullock Archivist at the BCPM, sent along this history on the use of the BCPM name:

In 1979, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library Center was established to honor the public service of former Representative and Baylor alumnus W. R. “Bob” Poage. The Center has been home to a number of departments including a unit of the Baylor Libraries focusing on legislative materials. On April 18, 1991 an official name was unveiled: Baylor Collections of Political Materials or BCPM.”

Returning to a previous moniker and launching a shiny new website meant we had a chance to do a little reorganizing of the BCPM digital collections, with some collections relocating into new, thematically-focused curated collections and others receiving updated branding to reflect the Poage/BCPM name change.

The BCPM Digital Collections
These collections, created from materials housed in the BCPM, have been updated to reflect their holding institution’s name change; they can all be accessed from the BCPM institutional page in our Digital Collections site, or via the links below.

Two New Curated Collections

The JFK Assassination Analysis Collection
This collection contains materials related to the ongoing analysis surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Its contents span the spectrum of thought on Kennedy’s murder in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The JFKAAC is comprised of the following collections:

Political Campaign and Propaganda Materials
This collection contains materials related to political campaigning, propaganda and the pursuit of political office, as well as ephemera related to political campaigns. The PCPM is comprised of the following collections:


We hope you’ll take a moment to peruse the new BCPM site, and to take a look at the materials in the collections highlighted in this post. We’ll be adding new content from the BCPM in the coming weeks and months, and as new batches are ready for public consumption we’ll be highlighting them in this space. In the meantime, please follow the BCPM’s blog, “like” their Facebook page and check out their Tumblr site.