Remembering Queen Elizabeth II through an admission ticket

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch in history, has died at the age of 96. Elizabeth was 25 years old when she was crowned Queen in 1953, not much older than many of our Baylor students.   Many memories of her long history will be shared in the next few months, and in a quiet…

Black History Month : Phillis Wheatley and a reminder to read

Did you know libraries across the country have been working to diversify and add new voices to their collections? In the Arts and Special Collections Research Center we have increased the number of women and Black composers in the collection, as well as composers from international countries. This gives our faculty and students new voices…

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…

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…