Before There Was A “Lariat,” There Was The “Literary”

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 9.10.35 AMThe daily documentation of life at Baylor University began in earnest with the first issue of The ‘Varsity Lariat, the campus newspaper of record since 1900. But almost a decade earlier, Baylor students in the waning decade of the 19th century found their means of expression on the pages of the Baylor Literary. And now, almost 125 years after the first issue was published, the surviving issues of the Literary held by The Texas Collection have been digitized and are available online in the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections!

Join us below for a tour of some highlights of the 167 issues available now!

The First (Digitally Available) Issue: March 1893

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The First Issue With a Photo on the Cover (and a Poem Called “The Thatness of the Somewhat” by Samuel Palmer Brooks): January 1897

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Some Notable Names Who Contributed to the

  • Samuel Palmer Brooks
  • Pat M. Neff
  • Dorothy Scarborough

The Final Issue in the Collection, dated May 1915:

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Our thanks to The Texas Collection for their work preserving these treasures, and to the students of Baylor University at the turn of the last century for their work creating them.


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