Poage Summer Plans

It’s summer in Texas and needless to say, it is H O T! We are staying cool inside the Poage, especially in our Book Vault, and we’ve been busy compiling our summer to-do list.  Here’s a sneak peak:

1.  Welcome new student assistants! This summer we welcome Stephanie, Tori, Scott, and Lauren to Team Poage.  We have the best students and we value their work tremendously! Here’s to a productive and fun summer, Team!

2.  Processing- In the archival world, processing refers to the arrangement and description of a collection.  This summer we are working on processing the papers of Theresa Seay, Gus Russo, and Ray Kirkpatrick just to name a few! Here’s a quick rundown of those collections:

  • Theresa Seay wrote her dissertation on the Warren Commission at the University of Connecticut.
  • Gus Russo, author of Brothers in Arms: the Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder.   The book was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
  • Ray Kirkpatrick was a former state official who collected material related to legendary Texan Sam Rayburn

3.  Exhibit Prep- 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  We will be honoring JFK in our fall exhibit, “John F. Kennedy:  His Life, His Presidency, His Legacy.”  Work is underway to gather material from our collections, design and install this exhibit for a September unveiling.

4.  Summer Birthdays- On July 10, we will head to Austin to celebrate the life and legacy of Bob Bullock.  Every year, the Bullock faithful – former staff, friends and family – gather at the State Cemetery to honor the late Lt. Governor on his birthday.  Oh, and my birthday is August 7th 🙂

5.  The Shelves are Coming!- Well, not quite yet but to prepare for our much-anticipated new compact shelving, we have a bit of rearranging to do in our current stacks.

And, last but not least, the staff will take a little time to visit with our families.  Whether it’s grandchildren at the beach in South Carolina or in-laws in Conroe, Texas, we’ll take a few days to recharge our batteries and enjoy the sweet fellowship of family.

What are your summer plans?

Stay cool,


Bob Bullock Archivist

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