Author Archives: Awc

Before the Decepticons: early projected images from the Victor Animatograph Company

In the days before Decepticons and Autobots, Viopticons, Stereopticons, and the other members of the Magic Lantern family thrilled audiences in darkened rooms. While perhaps difficult for us to imagine from our movie-savy perspective, for many years before the advent … Continue reading

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A bit of postal history: advertising covers from the Burleson Collection

The internet is constantly delighting me with Interesting Things I Didn’t Know.  The other day a colleague handed me a stack of 19th century envelopes.  Now, I had never considered a world without “store bought” envelopes, but it turns out … Continue reading

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Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West and Great Far East

  The stories we tell ourselves about our past become as much a part of our identity as the truth of our history.  The mythological American West–the Wild West–with its stories of rugged individualism, resourcefulness, and courage, began to take … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: a collection of characters from the Adams-Blakley Collection

If you love real-life stories of the cowboys and outlaws, lawmen and showmen of the American West, now is the time for you to visit The Texas Collection. Currently on display are some choice titles from the Adams-Blakley Collection–an amazing … Continue reading

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The Texas Collection gets social

The Texas Collection is now on Facebook! Be sure to visit our page to find fun facts, links, and pictures, along with the latest news and information about the collection. You can connect with us at www.facebook.com/texascollection or by clicking … Continue reading

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Hands Across the Water: Twelve Sermons, 1710

Sometimes people save the most extraordinary things. But then the collector passes, and the object’s meaning or importance becomes hidden. When this happens, years may go by before context is restored. Archivists and librarians are constantly working to understand the … Continue reading

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We were not orphans — Stories from the Waco State Home

“We were not orphans. Our parents were living; they just couldn’t take care of us.” This poignant remark captures the heartbreaking reality faced by thousands of “dependent and neglected” children from the 1920s through the 1970s who grew up at … Continue reading

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Catch ‘Em Alive Jack

One of my fellow librarians at The Texas Collection tells me that if I get through a day without learning something new, I’m not doing my job. Well, yesterday I learned about a larger-than-life Texas cowboy: John “Catch-Em Alive Jack” … Continue reading

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Best around town

One of our recent experiments over on Flickr is a gallery of our favorite images of Waco. We searched through hundreds of photographs posted on the Flickr photosharing site, and found some terrific shots taken by folks who live here … Continue reading

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New at The Texas Collection!

The Texas Collection is delighted to announce the appointment of John S. Wilson as its new Director. John came to Baylor University in 1987, and over the years has worked as the Director of Library Development and the Head of … Continue reading

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