Baylor University

The Texas Collection: Vast, Impressive and Electronic

Jan. 25, 2013

The Texas Collection offers many different ways to use items housed in its vast collections dedicated to the State of Texas, from history and culture to geography and government to religion, football, and more. With more than 15,000 maps, 250,000 photographs, and a large assortment of additional documents, the sheer size of the award-winning collection is impressive.

The Texas Collection garnered a spot on the list of "The 20 Most Impressive University Special Collections." This designation is difficult to obtain and is a tribute to the University and to the hard work, dedication and creativity of the faculty and staff involved in this special collection.

"These people love what they do and take great pride in serving others and telling our story," said John Wilson, director of the collection. "For the University and our alumni, I think it becomes a source of pride and academic distinction."

The collection continues to make more items accessible to faculty, staff and students using BearCat, the University Libraries online system. In partnership with Baylor Electronic Libraries, a number of collections now are available for public viewing. A recent highlight is the unveiling of 112 years of The Lariat online.

"We are here to serve Baylor as well as Texas and the nation," Wilson said. "This collection grows daily."

Faculty and staff may easily access many items, including books, vertical files, and maps, via BearCat at bearcat.baylor.edu.

Contact The Texas Collection for research assistance with collections or subjects that cannot be found via this system.

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