How to Find Materials

The Texas Collection has two main divisions of materials:

Library Division which houses books, periodicals, vertical files, Texas State Library depository documents, microforms, and audiovisual materials.

  • Search BearCat, an online catalog of books in all the libraries at Baylor University, including The Texas Collection. *Note: BearCat does not search the archives division of the Texas Collection. To inquire about these materials, please contact Amie Oliver.

Archives Division which houses non-book materials such as manuscripts and records of Texas individuals, institutions, agencies, and organizations; Baylor University general and historical information and certain official records; tapes and transcripts of oral memoirs from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History; photographs, picture postcards, and maps of Texas, Waco, and Baylor; archived news film from a Waco television station; and bound and unbound newspapers in original format including extensive files of special, commemorative, and historical editions.

  • Go to our BARD Catalog to begin a search on people or organizations that are available through the Archives Division.


Please view the complete Reading Room regulations here.

Some Regulation Highlights: To protect valuable materials, Library and Archives materials are accessed by the staff. You will need to present a photo ID. All materials are used on-site within The Texas Collection reading room. The use of rare materials is monitored. All photocopies are made by the staff. Access and copyright restrictions may apply to some materials. Please review the complete Regulations for both divisions.

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