Don’t Mess with Texas (Women): Rep. Steelman, Watergate, and Letters of Support

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Bailey Edling, a master’s student in the History Department. CREEP. To modern readers, this word might mean a myriad of things. It could be an insult, an action, or a song by TLC. Several decades ago, this word brought to mind something entirely different. It was politics…

A Carpet Square Christmas

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Jillian Higgins, a master’s student in the History Department. As Poage Library staff and students finish the semester and prepare for the holidays right around the corner, we thought there was no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a piece of carpet. Yes, you read that right!…

Holly Jolly Diplomacy

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Bailey Edling, a master’s student in the History Department. Holiday cards are a tradition embraced by families and businesses worldwide. Greetings of “Joyous Kwanzaa,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and “Merry Christmas” on cards of gold, silver, green, red, and blue pepper mailboxes from December through January every year. The…

Chet Edwards and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993

This blog post was composed by graduate assistant Jillian Higgins, a master’s student in the History Department. With mid-term elections right around the corner, the Poage Library encourages you to exercise your right to vote! One of the pioneers of voter protection during the 1990s was Texas’s Chet Edwards, member of the U.S. House of…

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…

iEngage and My Summer of Fun at Poage

This blog post was composed by Katrina L. Gallegos, a Summer 2022 Dowdy Intern and a master’s student in the Museum Studies program. This summer, I had the honor of being a Dowdy Endowed Intern with the W. R. Poage Legislative Library. During my appointment, I was tasked with being the project manager for Poage’s…

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…

Debates Surrounding Pesticides in 20th Century Texas

This blog post was composed by graduate student Joe Wilson. As the 20th century progressed, politicians and the public at large gave increasing scrutiny to the use of pesticides in American agriculture. Pesticides were an important driver of the boom of American agriculture in the mid-20th century, but by the 1950s more and more people…

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…

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