Recent Professional Development Opportunities for Poage Library Staff

This post was written by Collections Services Archivist Amanda Fisher. Introduction One of the foundational tenets of professionalism here at Baylor University and the W. R. Poage Legislative Library is professional development through continued education. Director Mary Goolsby eagerly promotes and supports an atmosphere of learning and personal growth befitting of a university setting. As…

A Trip Back in Time: Clark Thompson’s Correspondence from the 1960’s

This post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Whipkey. I have been working with the Clark Thompson papers in various capacities since my arrival at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library in 2018. Thompson’s collection includes legislative documents, personal papers, scrapbooks, and a significant amount of correspondence. My first project at the Poage was to…

Politics with a Personal Touch: Reflections on Reprocessing Bob Poage’s Campaign Papers

This post was written by Graduate Assistant Kristina Benham. We at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library are reprocessing the papers of Congressman Bob Poage to enhance their organization and overall access. As a graduate assistant this summer, I have been assisting Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong with Poage’s campaign materials. For the bulk of my work…

Introducing Our New Women’s Collection: The Mattie Mae McKee Papers

This post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. The latter half of the twentieth century was one of the most socially tumultuous times in American history. It was a period of great change when the United States struggled to define its role as the leader of the free world against an ever-present Communist threat.…

Don Adams and the Equal Rights Debate

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Mikah Sauskojus, master’s student in History. The legislative career of Don Adams coincided with several substantial events in Texas’s political history, but few had the same national ramifications as the fight over the codification of equal rights in both state and federal law.  During the 1970s, Adams…

Archivists Meet in the Sonoran Desert: Society of Southwest Archivists 2019 Annual Meeting in Tucson, Arizona

This blog post was written by Amanda Fisher, Collections Services Archivist. Recently, archivist Amanda Fisher attended the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) 2019 annual meeting in Tucson, centered around the theme of “Crossing Borders, Blazing Trails.” The conference opened with a plenary address by Michelle Light, former vice president of the Society of American Archivists.…

Bob L. Thomas: Man of Justice

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Whipkey, master’s student in Museum Studies. The Baylor University Collections of Political Material contains the papers of Bob L. Thomas, who served as Justice of the Tenth Court of Appeals in Waco. Bob L. Thomas was born on February 27, 1937 in Hill County, Texas and…

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