Endowments Funding Opportunities

It is our hope that the Wardlaw Endowed Fellowship for Texas Studies will provide support for visiting scholars researching Texas history, enhance the visibility of the Texas Collection and possibly pass along some of the passion I have for the unique and fascinating history of Texas.

-~Bill Wardlaw




The desire to provide enhanced research assistance and to launch selected Texas Collection-sponsored public programming suggests several needs as service expands to constituents. Your funded endowment in special areas or in the following specific needs will create much additional interest and increased distinction to The Texas Collection as the university strives to fulfill the mission of the Baylor Library System.

Endowed Imprint Publication Series

The Texas Collection seeks funding to support the reprint publication, in several discrete topical series, of rare Texana books, diaries, and other important primary sources that are in the public domain. The goal would be to publish at least two books per year in each series. $ 1000,000/series.

Research Fellowships

Competitive fellowships provide travel and other stipends and research expenses for scholars who need to spend at least a week in intensive study in The Texas Collection. They are open to writers of doctoral dissertations from other universities, faculty members at other universities, and other researchers unable to access The Texas Collection holdings via the web site. $ 3,000 each year.

Current Endowments

Guy B. Harrison Memorial Endowment: The largest, oldest, and most generally structured of the library's funds. Receives honorary and memorial gifts and other undesignated contributions to The Texas Collection. Used for purchase of significant new materials and for projects directed toward the overall enhancement of the library.

Guy B. Harrison Texas Collection-Slay Family Endowment: Traditionally applied to purchases related to the boundaries of the state and certain other types of materials; may also be used for general acquisitions.

Jim Dan Hill Memorial Endowment: Dedicated to the acquisition of works concerning the Texas Navy and the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

Jimmye S. and Helen Smith Hillman Endowment: Dedicated to facilitating a broader understanding of the historical impact of Baptist missions and educational institutions in Latin America, and selected individuals and families involved in those missions.

Keeth Family Fund: Provided funds for construction of the exhibit case and contributes to its maintenance and furnishings.

Frances C. Poage Map Fund: Devoted to the enhancement of the cartographic collections.

Robert L. Reese Memorial Fund: Supports acquisition of materials concerning the history of Waco.

Stephen Hubby Slay Endowment: Funds the purchase of significant materials concerning Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Sparkman Family Fund for Acquisitions: Dedicated to the acquisition of works of fine printing and bookcraft.

Burney Parker Research Fellowship The Burney Parker Resarch Fellowship is used to provide financial assistance to graduate tudents and visiting professors in their use of The Texas Collection materials and resources.

S.D. Quay Conservatorship The S.D. Quay Conservatorship is used for the purchase of materials, preservation, repair, maintenance of archival and other paper materials; and personnel costs.

Wardlaw Fellowship Fund for Texas Studies The Wardlaw Fellowship Fund for Texas Studies was established to promote and extend research on the history, culture and literature of Texas.

Biscuits and Gravy The Biscuits and Gravy fund is to be used for the benefit of The Texas Collection to provide funding for purchasing primary or secondary materials in any format on the foodways, cookbooks and culinary history of Texas

D.M. Edwards Endowed Scholarship The D.M. Edwards Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in Baylor University with first preference to students who are participating in an internship supporting The Texas Collection and/or Baylor's ongoing work in Independence, Texas

Ruth Montgomery Endowment The Ruth Montgomery Endowment is used for the Ruth Montgomery Media Research Room

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