Monthly Archives: June 2017

Cataloger’s Corner: Ptolemy and the Problem of Taprobana

This week’s blog post is the third in a series written by Allie McCormack, the Rare Books Catalog Librarian for Baylor Libraries. In this series, she describes some of her favorite items found at The Texas Collection. This post discusses the mysterious island of Taprobana as it was featured in one of our collection’s oldest books, a1562 printing of Ptolemy’s Geographia. Continue reading

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Wedding Etiquette in the 1950s

Many of the cookbooks found at The Texas Collection contain much more than just recipes. Take a closer look at one of our cookbooks from Laredo, TX in the 1950s that focused on the etiquette and traditions surrounding weddings and receptions. Continue reading

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Hallie Earle: Waco’s Weather Watcher

Hallie Earle was the first female graduate of Baylor University Medical School and Waco’s first female physician. She was also an avid weather watcher. In this post, Library Assistant Casey Froehlich will takes a closer look at Earle’s weather tracking. Continue reading

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Stories from Independence: San Jacinto Day

How did Baylor students in the 1800s celebrate the Texas holiday San Jacinto Day? You can find out in this blog post featuring early Baylor students Florence L. Davis Bledsoe and Margaret Hall Hicks. Continue reading

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Research Ready: May 2017

Explore materials on Baptist missionaries in China, dime novels, Texas railroads, military academies, and more in this month’s edition of Research Ready! Continue reading

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