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.…

Congressional Cookbooks

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emily MacDonald, master’s student in Museum Studies. The Poage Legislative Library holds the collection of many former Texas Congressmen. In our archives you can find everything from papers, to awards, to campaign materials, even family photographs and memorabilia. One of my favorite parts of our collection is…

Amanda Fisher interviews Hannah Schwartz

Weatherford, Texas Senior Hannah Schwartz has been busy this year helping us to re-process the Jack Hightower papers so they can be entered into BARD and more easily accessible to researchers. Hightower had a full career, serving in the Texas House of Representatives, 1953-1955, the Texas Senate, 1965-1974, the U.S. Congress, 1974-1984, and was elected…

“Sharing Her Story” National Women’s History Month Celebration

Blog written by Debbie Davendonis, director of Poage Library and member of the planning team. The Baylor Libraries (including the W. R. Poage Legislative Library), Institute for Oral History, and Women’s and Gender Studies are excited to announce a new research resource that will soon be available to the Baylor community…and beyond! We are in…

Clark Wallace Thompson III Congressional Papers

This blog was written by Graduate Assistant Scott Anderson, who is working with the Clark Thompson papers. In the fall of 2015, the Poage Library acquired the papers of Clark Wallace Thompson III, a former eleven-term Representative of Texas, from the Baylor University Texas Collection, making Thompson the thirteenth legislator to join our collections! Clark…

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