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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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