Congratulations Spring 2022 Poage-GRC Graduates!

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. The staff of Poage Library and the Graduate Research Center would like to congratulate our graduating student assistants as they look forward to the next chapters in their journeys. Thank you all for your hard work at and good luck on your future endeavors! Emma…

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…

Women’s History Month – Congressional Cookbooks

This blog post was written by graduate assistant Emma Fenske, a master’s student in the History Department. As truly as food is, first and last, our most important concern in life-so perhaps governing, in one of its forms or another, is the second in importance. And so it seems peculiarly appropriate that the other half…

Inventing a Holiday: A Glimpse of the History of Attempts to Establish a Holiday Highlighting the Work of Black American Inventors

This blog post was written by graduate assistant Emma Fenske, a master’s student in the History Department. February 11th marks the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, and in celebration of his accomplishments, has become National Inventors Day, established in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. Falling amid Black History Month, this date is an excellent time…

My Conversation with Fowler West

This blog post was written by Summer 2021 graduate intern Supun Dahal. As a part of my summer internship at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library, I was reaching out to various lawmakers and public officials who had served with the federal government. Being a student of public policy and most importantly, an enthusiast willing…

Poage/GRC Spring 2021 Semester Recap

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong and GRC Operations Manager Jonathan Tomes. Introduction For the past several semesters, staff have taken time to reflect upon what has transpired over the course of the semester. This self-reflection allows us to assess whether we are growing and striving to meet our mission of…

Fall 2020 Semester Recap

This blog post was written by GRC Operations Manager Jonathan Tomes and Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. The end of the Fall 2020 semester is quickly approaching! Students are wrapping up their coursework and preparing for final exams. Staff are taking time to reflect on the semester and to plan for the months ahead. As a…

Joe Wilson Reflects on His Time at Poage

This blog post was written by Joe Wilson, a master’s student in Baylor’s History Department. One year ago, I began working at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library without knowing very much about what materials it housed and what sort of work went on there. Today, I am so grateful that I was able to…

Emily MacDonald Reflects on Her Time at Poage

This blog post was written by Graduate Assistant Emily MacDonald, a master’s student in Baylor’s Museum Studies program. This May not only marks the end of my time in the graduate program at Baylor University, but it marks the end of a wonderful two years working at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library. As a…

Looking Back at Three Years at Poage Library

This blog post was written by Sarah Madsen, the Graduate Apprentice for the Graduate Research Center. We are collectively experiencing a season of change, grief, and newness as COVID-19 has shifted our daily realities.  At Baylor, students are now studying from their childhood desks and attending class over Zoom; faculty and staff are working from…

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