Category: BCPM at Poage Library

(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…

(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…

“School Choice:” Its Origins and Long History

 This blog post was written by Isaiah Horne, master’s student in the History Department The 1950s and 1960s was an era defined by change, turmoil, and new forms of expression and art. This period of unprecedented economic growth, racial turmoil, international conflict and war, movements for civil rights and independence, the blooming of television, the explosion of Beetlemania, and the…

(BCPM) Taiwan-China Relations Through the Eyes of the Lone Star State

This blog post was written by Aaron Ramos, master’s student in the History Department. 2024 will be an eventful year in the realm of politics. Voters from over 64 countries are scheduled to head to the polls, and their votes will have lasting impacts for years to come. Of particular interest to the folks in Washington, D.C. is the outcome…

(BCPM) Comic Book Banning in the United States: Days of Future Past

This blog post was composed by Aaron Ramos, master’s student in the History Department. The 1950s often evoke images of nostalgia for simpler times in American life. This longing is illustrated through the popularity of the 1950s Americana aesthetic which situates the ideal life amid white suburban spaces where the nuclear family reigns and the American economy booms. However, any…

(BCPM) “The Eagles Are Coming!” The Long Battle Between Texan Mohair Ranchers and the Golden Eagle

This blog post was composed by Aaron Ramos, master’s student in the History Department. The W. R. Poage Legislative Library houses extensive amounts of correspondence between U.S. and state officials and the everyday folks they represent. While isolated letters may not offer much on their own, they create a window into the past that can give us an idea of…

(BCPM) Bob Darden’s Editorial Cartoon Collection Processed at the Poage Library

This blog post was composed by Kristina Benham, a former Ph.D. Candidate graduate assistant and current Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the History Department. Over the past several years, Professor Emeritus Robert Darden has donated original works of art by editorial cartoonists to the Baylor Collections of Political Materials at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library. Many of these works were…

What Does a County Commissioner Actually Do? A Preview of the Lester Gibson Papers

This blog post was composed by Joe Wilson, a Ph.D. student in the History Department. This past summer, I processed a large section of the Lester Gibson papers. Gibson, who became the first African American elected as a McLennan County Commissioner, served in that role for Precinct 2 from 1990 to 2018. A Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and…