Research Ready: September 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!

September’s finding aids
By Paul Fisher, Assistant Director and Processing Archivist

  • Baptist Joint Committee records (#3193): Consists of records produced and collected by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty from its inception in 1946 to the end of Executive Director J. Brent Walker’s administration in 2017. The materials, including an extensive subject file system and administrative records, relate to the organization’s mission to protect religious liberty in the United States.
  • BU Records: Baylor Stadium Corporation (#BU/41): Contains correspondence, minutes, financial materials, contracts, and scrapbooks related to the financing and constructions of Baylor Stadium (later Floyd Casey Stadium). Financial materials comprise the bulk of the collection.
  • BU Records: Department of Operations and Facilities Management (#BU/393): Includes architectural drawings and blueprints of existing and proposed buildings on the Baylor University campus.
  • BU Records: Student Foundation (#BU/395): Consists of administrative and financial documents, correspondence, publications, and market ephemera, and event-related materials produced in connection with Baylor University’s Student Foundation.
  • Katie Murray papers (#2240): Materials documenting Murray’s experience as a missionary in China from 1926-1950.
  • A. Reilly Copeland and Eunice B. Tooley Copeland papers (#1100): Includes a number of publications from and about the Baptist pastor and his wife, including newsletter articles, sermons, and numerous letters addressed to prominent Waco figures of the early 20th century.
  • Ellington Field photographic collection (#3937): Contains black and white photographs taken at Ellington Field, near Houston, Texas, circa 1917-1920. Included are photographs of early aerial training, various military photographs, and airplane hangars and work areas.
  • I.D. Fairchild collection (#3963): Correspondence, clippings, and a report compiled by Texas State Representative and Senator I.D. Fairchild in the mid-1920s.
Photograph of Bear Downs
For many years, Student Foundation hosted an annual bicycle relay race known as Bear Downs. Each team had a maximum of four members (and one bike). Circling around the grounds of the Extraco Events Center, riders tagged out when they got tired. You’ll find this item in the BU Records: Student Foundation, Accession #BU/395, box 43 OVZ, folder 16, at The Texas Collection, Baylor University.


September’s print materials
By Thomas DeShong, Library Information Specialist III

Andrews, Matthew Page. Women of the South in War Times. Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Co., 1923. Print.

Andrews, Matthew Page.  Women of the South in War Times.  Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Co., 1923. Print.

First published in 1920, Women of the South in War Times sheds light on the lives of Southern women during the American Civil War.  For this task, Matthew Andrews compiled primary source materials and supplemented them with his own editorial annotations.  Using diaries, correspondence, and reminiscences, Andrews explored how the Civil War influenced all aspects of life for Southern women and how these women, in turn, contributed to the war effort through labor, healthcare, espionage, education, and the home front.

View this in Bearcat here.







Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia. Catholics and the Confederacy. Augusta, GA: Phoenix Printing Company, [1917].

Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia.  Catholics and the Confederacy.  Augusta, GA: Phoenix Printing Company, [1917].  Print.

Written by the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia, this small booklet entitled Catholics and the Confederacy served as a call to “bring about ‘more friendly relations among all citizens irrespective of creed.’”  In the mid-1910s, in Macon, Georgia, Confederate veteran and Catholic Bishop Benjamin J. Keiley was asked to deliver an address to the United Daughters of the Confederacy on Memorial Day.  After some locals called for the invitation to be revoked because of Keiley’s faith, many citizens came to Keiley’s defense by writing to their local newspapers.  This booklet contains a number of these published articles.

View this in Bearcat here.




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