Research Ready: March 2018

Each month, we post an update to notify our readers about the latest archival collections to be processed and some highlights of our print material acquisitions. These resources are primed for research and are just a sampling of the many resources to be found at The Texas Collection!

March’s finding aids
By Paul Fisher, Processing Archivist

Originally, Lois Smith Douglas Murray Strain set out to write the entire history of Baylor University. Only the first volume of a projected two-volume set was ever completed, the book “Baylor at Independence.” This is the first page of an outline for the never-completed second book “A Century of Service.” You’ll find this item in the Lois Smith Douglas Murray Strain papers #4038 at The Texas Collection, Baylor University.




March’s print materials
By Amie Oliver, Librarian and Curator of Print Materials

Jackson, A. P. Oklahoma! Politically and Topographically Described: History and Guide to the Indian Territory. Biographical Sketches of Capt. D.L. Payne, W.L. Couch, W.H. Osborn, and Others. Kansas City, MO: Ramsey, Millett & Hudson, [1885]. Print.

At the time this volume was published, Oklahoma was still more than 20 years away from becoming a state. Described within is the history of the territory as well as information for potential settlers. The volume also contains many illustrations depicting natural resources, Native Americans, and prominent citizens.

View this in Bearcat here.


Montana: Exhibit at the World’s Fair and a Description of the Various Resources of the State: Mining, Agricultural and Stock-growing. Butte, MT: Butte Inter Mountain Print, 1893. Print.

Prepared for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, this volume entices people to Montana. Included is detailed information about the history, natural resources, and people of the state.


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Beal, Merrill D. A History of Southeastern Idaho: an Intimate Narrative of Peaceful Conquest by Empire Builders. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Printers, 1942. Print.

This expansive volume provides a history and description of Idaho and includes information on Native Americans, Mormons, trappers, and farmers. The volume also contains illustrations and bibliography, notes, and index sections.

View this in Bearcat here.

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