W.R. Poage, Privacy, and the Ninth Amendment

The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution reads: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. This amendment ensures that the Constitution — and by extension, the federal government — is not the final arbiter of a citizen’s rights. The framers of the…

Bob Poage & the Brazos River

For this week’s installment of Treats & Treasures, we’re discussing a vibrant Waco landmark: the Brazos River. The Brazos originates in northwest Texas and eastern New Mexico and flows for 820 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Since before Stephen F. Austin’s 1821 arrival, Mexican and Indian settlers have been manipulating the river for their…

Our 36th Anniversary

On September 21st, 1979, the W.R. Poage Legislative Library was born. Thirty-six years later, Baylor Collections of Political Materials continues to uphold the vision of the library’s founders: to pay tribute to W.R. Poage, a Baylorite “whose long career in government service on the state and national level epitomized genuine statesmanship”.  Our facility began as…

85

“My first 85 years,” is not a phrase one hears too often, if ever at all.  But not here at the Library, in fact, it is the title of Bob Poage’s memoir.   Of those many years, Poage dedicated his life to public service as a United States congressman and had a front row seat to…

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