Research Inspiration : Women are center stage in Black Gospel history

Welcome to our inaugural post of the Research Inspiration Series. This series will highlight Baylor University faculty recommendations for research questions or areas of inquiry in our collections. We are honored to partner with a few of our women faculty members from the Baylor School of Music to celebrate Women’s History Month and investigate research…

RaRe OnLinE : Snapshots of a Successful Shift

Spring 2020: Celebrating a year since Baylor acquired The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition, we scheduled several opportunities with community outreach and an exciting on-campus event with one of the Bible’s artists. Along with the rest of the world, our plans came to a screeching halt. We did not pause for too long.  Inspired by…

Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It is a week to consider the impact of censorship and what it means to hold intellectual freedoms. Often the word ‘banned’ brings up images of Europe during the early to mid-1900s with Nazi book burnings and…

Moody Special Collections Updates – Spring/Summer 2020

Along with others across this ‘big blue marble’, staff from Moody Special Collections spent most of the spring semester researching and finding solutions to the move to an online educational environment. We were pleased with our success in moving our scheduled in person experiences with archives and rare materials into an online assignment. Many thanks…

Printed Words and Benevolent Books

I’ve always been fascinated by the power of the printed word as a communication tool throughout history. Significant research is available on this topic; however, I encourage you to dip into original, primary resources to add your own personal knowledge and beliefs to create new insight. You can still research these topics online with an…

We Are Here!

The Central Libraries Special Collections are still here! Not on site, but working on behind-the-scenes activities like compiling statistics, building out new context for our incredible collections, and more! Just think of us as being… well, you know…just in the next room! We miss seeing you at the library, but we’ve pulled together some of…

Washington’s Eulogy by Brother Masons

To honor President’s Day and in particular George Washington’s birthday, the Central Libraries Special Collections want to share a publication from our rare collection. It is a small, plain item without the pomp of our giant illuminated Bibles and manuscripts. A weathered document wrapped in an archival folder. Upon opening, the title reads: “An Eulogy…

New collection brightens New Testament research path

Eldon Jay Epp Collection This past year, the Central Libraries Special Collections were honored to receive the Eldon Jay Epp Collection representing a lifetime of research and publications in the field of New Testament scholarship by Professor Eldon Epp. Prof. Mikeal Parsons, Professor and holder of The Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Chair in…

CLSC Updates – Fall 2019

As the campus wraps up another fall semester, the Central Libraries Special Collections (CLSC) staff are looking back at a successful few months of collaboration and outreach. Since August, the unit has completed 40 special collections research consultations and reached 4,156 people through events, classes, or orientation sessions. We can’t wait for the spring semester!…

Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark : Keep the Light On!

The title of this post is the logo for the 2019 National Banned Books Week that runs during this week in September (9/22-28).  ALA Banned Books For the past several years, during this week, the libraries have posted highlights of titles that have been banned or challenged over the years including classics like “To Kill…