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.…

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…

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…

American Archives Month 2016: Sam B. Hall, Jr. and World War 1 Veterans

For our final week of American Archives Month, we took a look at the papers of Sam B. Hall. When long-time Congressman Wright Patman died in 1976, Sam B. Hall, Jr. was chosen in a special election represent Texas’s First District. He held this seat in the House of Representatives until 1984 and was re-elected…

American Archives Month: Toward a More Callow Congress?

This post was researched and written by Jacob Hiserman, one of our BCPM @ Poage Library graduate student assistants, who uncovered these documents while processing our Alan Steelman collection. Imagine a twenty-two-year old freshman Congressman in one of the House of Representatives’s iconic wooden chairs listening to a speech on an appropriations bill. Could an…

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