A Stroll Through Texas History with John Leedom

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Bailey Edling, a master’s student in the History Department. When researching Texas history, it is no surprise that there is a myriad of seemingly unconnected incidents and historical agents woven together by men and women unfamiliar to the general populace. In movies like Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks…

Dowdy Intern 2022: Tesia Juraschek

This blog post was written by Summer 2022 Dowdy Intern Tesia Juraschek. My name is Tesia Juraschek, and I am a rising second-year museum studies student. This summer, I was given the amazing opportunity as a Dowdy intern to work in conjunction with the Poage Legislative Library and the Riley Digitization Center to gain experience…

Reminiscing About My Time at Poage Library

This blog post was written by former Poage graduate assistant Ricky Shull. Sometimes, when I tell a classmate or friend that I work at Poage Library, I have to explain who Poage was and what kind of materials the library holds. That usually solicits a response along the lines of, “Agriculture? That has got to…

A Semester in Archives: My Experience Processing the Richard A. Jenson Collection

This blog post was composed by graduate student Zach Loflin, a Master’s student in the Museum Studies department.  Hello there! My name is Zach Loflin, and I am a second-year master’s student in Baylor’s Museum Studies Department. In my last semester here at Baylor, I decided to complete a practicum in archives to finish out…

W. R. Poage and the Post Offices of Central Texas

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Ricky Shull, a master’s student in the Journalism Department. It is perhaps the most obvious responsibility of a legislator to vote on and write legislation that will have an impact on their constituents. Members of Congress do much more than write and vote on legislation, and their…

Understanding the Value of 3-D Materials in Archives: A Look at Poage’s REA Materials

This blog post was written by graduate assistant Ricky Shull, a master’s student in the Journalism Department. Of all the libraries on Baylor’s campus, each one has a unique place and purpose in academia. The W.R. Poage Legislative Library is home to multiple collections all provide unique glimpses into the workings of local, state, and…

Fall 2021 Poage/GRC Semester Recap

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong and GRC Operations Manager Jonathan Tomes. Introduction As a former student and current university employee, it is astounding how fast time slips by once the academic semester starts. In the upcoming days, as students take their final exams and staff attempt to wrap up projects…

Bound by the Texas Spirit: The Texas Breakfast Club

This blog post was written by graduate assistant Emma Fenske, a master’s student in the History Department. On the fourth Thursday of every month, a club without rules, membership fees, or a clear origin gathered in one of the various rooms located within the Sam Rayburn House building in Washington, D.C. for the Texas Breakfast…

Women’s History Month: Finding Voices in the Shadows

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Fenske. “Women’s history is women’s right…an essential, indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”[1] (President Jimmy Carter quoting Dr. Gerda Lerner in his proclamation on Women’s History Week, February 28, 1980) How do we celebrate Women’s History Month at a…

Turning the Page on 2020: Casting the Vision for Spring 2021

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. Introduction For many, including the author of this post, 2020 felt like the longest year in recent memory. Jokes and memes aside, COVID-19 dramatically changed life as we know it. The best-made plans for 2020 went up in metaphorical smoke as everyone had to adapt…

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