Library Digital Collections

Women’s Collections at Baylor

This resource compiles descriptions of various special collections at Baylor University with the common theme of women. Collections may be found in any of the following Institutes or Libraries on campus: Institute for Oral History; Armstrong Browning Library and Museum; Central Libraries Special Collections; Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society; The Texas Collection; and W. R. Poage Legislative Library. Explore from one website Baylor’s resources on women in the United States and the world.

Historic Waco Newspapers

Features issues of newspapers released in Waco, Texas between the years 1875-1923, made available from the archival holdings of Baylor University’s Texas Collection.

The Baptist Argus

The Baptist Argus began publication on October 28, 1897 in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the masthead motto “Watch and Pray,” the Argus published information on the activities of the Baptist church, from missionary appointments to changes in pastoral guidance at the local level and major actions of the statewide conferences.

 With the first issue of the year 1909, the publication’s name was changed to The Baptist World. The motto was also changed to “Christ for the World, the World for Christ.”

 The Baylor collection includes the full run of the Argus, volumes one through twenty-three (1897-1919). Baylor University gratefully acknowledges the partnership of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which provided the physical copies of the Argus for digitization

Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive

The Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive (BULAA) is a growing repository of materials related to Baylor University’s proud athletics tradition. With the goal of presenting materials from every sport (men’s and women’s) from all eras of Baylor’s storied history, the Archive features materials from private collectors, former coaches and the special libraries of the university.

George W. Truett Sermons

George W. Truett (1867-1944) was a noted Baptist preacher, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Baylor University alumnus. He was the long-serving pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. In 1920, Truett delivered his now-famous “Baptists and Religious Liberty” speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Baylor University’s theological seminary is named in honor of his long legacy of service to the Lord.

This collection contains audio recordings of Truett’s sermons delivered from the pulpit at First Baptist Dallas. A selection of 26 discs released in 1966 by Waco’s Word Records is presented courtesy the Crouch Fine Arts Library, and a collection of 66 non-commercially released sermons recorded in the early 1940s is presented courtesy The Texas Collection.

The Browning Letters

This is an unparalleled collection of correspondence written and received by the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Featuring materials from the collection of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University and the holdings of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the letters in this collection are browsable and searchable by date, author, and first line of text. The project is funded in part by the Bob and Anna Wright Endowed Fund.

Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists

“These volumes present Southern Baptists in the context of their history, their present organization, and their maturing methodology. Eight hun­dred and ninety-nine writers contributed 4,349 articles, and a qualified editorial staff prepared the manuscript for publication. In it all a dedicated effort was made to provide Southern Baptists and all others who are inter­ested with the facts that are necessary to a genuine understanding of South­ern Baptists—their past, their present life, and their work.” (From the Preface, Volume One)

This collection contains all four volumes of the encyclopedia and is full text-searchable.

The Baylor University Round Up

The Baylor University Round Up has served as Baylor’s annual yearbook for more than a century. This collection contains digitized copies of the full run of extant Round Ups up to the year 1979.

Southern Baptist Annuals

In May of 1845, southern Baptists meeting in Augusta, Georgia, formed the Southern Baptist Convention and elected William B. Johnson of South Carolina as its first president. Meetings were held every two or three years until the 1870’s when the Convention became an annual gathering. From 1845 until 1897, reports of the meetings were called Proceedings. Beginning in 1898, the title changed to Southern Baptist Convention Annual. The publication records the business of the Convention, including at various times reports, statistics, sermons, state convention information, and lists of staff, trustees and committees. The minister list appearing at the end of various SBC Annuals is not available online until 40 years from its date of publication. This includes pastors, ministers of education, ministers of youth, associate ministers, mission pastors, ordained ministers, chaplains, evangelists, etc., but does not include entity staff lists, trustee lists, state convention lists, committee lists, or other such directories.

Waco City Directories

Waco City Directories from the collection in the Texas Collection have been digitized and are fully searchable.  This project covers those directories in the public domain, 1876-1923.

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