Baylor Collections of Political Materials
at the W. R. Poage Legislative Library
Special Collections Library and Research Facility
The Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) provides access to specialized research materials that document political leadership, political organizations, and the work of government, including the papers of U.S. congressional representatives, Texas legislators, judges and local officials for both academic research and casual inquiry.
W. R. Poage Legislative Library
201 Baylor Avenue
Waco, TX 76706
Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
254.710.3540
Explore our Holdings

Political collections are often large and complex but we are here to help. To assist your research, we have grouped our holdings into seven categories. Within each category you will find an alphabetical listing of titles featuring a collection's size, summary and whether it is open or closed.
Spotlight

Congressional Collections


Over 100 years of congressional history is represented at BCPM. Our collections are diverse in content and format. Manuscripts, audio-visual materials and electronic media illuminates the historical record of Congress. Aside from traditional political and biographical topics, subject strengths include agriculture, civil rights, and military and veterans affairs. Collections also supplement coursework in history, political science, journalism and environmental studies, among others.

Support

The Standing Committee

Friends Group


The Standing Committee was created during a casual conversation between former Poage staffer Fowler West, Judge Jack Hightower and Congressman Alan Steelman at the Poage Library's 25th anniversary celebration in October 2004. These three leaders challenged those present to establish a group that would provide financial support for the work of the collections. A decade later, The Standing Committee continues to grow as people who share an interest in preserving the history of Texas and American politics for present and future generations take up the challenge to support BCPM's expanding collections.

Programs

Teaching Fellows Program

Opportunity for Faculty Enrichment


This summer the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) is offering two teaching fellowships to encourage the use of BCPM materials in Baylor graduate and undergraduate curricula.