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…

Demystifying the Vanishing Hour: A Texas History of Daylight Savings Time

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emma Fenske, a master’s student in the History Department. Today we get an extra hour of sleep as we set our clocks back one hour. This enchanting hour has intrigued poets, philosophers, scientists, economists, politicians, and constituents since its ideological origins. In the Post-Industrial world of transportation…

Welcome to American Archives Month!

This blog post was written by Collection Services Archivist Amanda Fisher. Welcome to American Archives Month! Yes, October is traditionally the month for putting archives in the spotlight. As such, we want to try to answer some of your questions! Let’s start with the basics and move to more specific questions. What is an archive?…

Poage Library’s 41st Anniversary: A Time to Reflect

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. In preparing to write this blog post honoring Poage Library’s anniversary, I took a few moments to look at the years gone by. Specifically, I went back and read a few of the blog posts Poage students and staff have written from recent Septembers. Last…

Lola Hopper: A Life of Political Activism

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Joe Wilson. The political history of the United States is full of men and women who made a difference in their communities. Oftentimes the stories we remember are of leaders and politicians who worked on behalf of their constituents in full view of the public. However, these…

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