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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Poage Library’s 41st Anniversary: A Time to Reflect

This blog post was written by Processing Archivist Thomas DeShong. In preparing to write this blog post honoring Poage Library’s anniversary, I took a few moments to look at the years gone by. Specifically, I went back and read a few of the blog posts Poage students and staff have written from recent Septembers. Last…

Voting Resources for the 2020 Presidential Election

This blog post was written by Mary Goolsby, Director of Poage Library. “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt The Poage Library contains campaign materials from 1935 to the…

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…

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