Suggested Sources


The Texas Collection
The Texas Collection is a special collections library housed in the Carroll Library on the campus of Baylor University. The Texas Collection's library division collects books, periodicals, vertical files, Texas State Library depository documents, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The archives division holds 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. For more information, including hours and accessibility of materials, call 254.710.1268. If possible , a quick call prior of your visit, how many are coming, and what you are interested in during your visit to our library will help us help you more efficiently.

Institute for Oral History
The Institute for Oral History offers an online workshop on collecting oral histories, as well as a guide to oral memoirs available in The Texas Collection and Web essays which explore the diversity of Waco's history. Visit this Web site to learn more about oral history and its value as a method of documenting firsthand experience of the past.

Poage Library
The Poage Library houses the Baylor Collections of Political Materials containing the papers of twelve former U.S. congressmen, several Texas legislators, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, and several other ancillary collections. The library also has excellent displays for public viewing. For library hours and more information, call 254.710.3540.


The Library of Congress National Digital Library
The National Digital Library of the Library of Congress has digitized vast collections of manuscripts, photographs, audiotapes, films, and other sources and is putting more material online every day. No matter what the topic, especially in American history, the NDL probably has sources for you.

  • American Memory Project is the largest and best-known part of the National Digital Library. The project includes more than ninety collections. For the full list of collections, see the project's Web site.
  • The Learning Page is a companion to the American Memory Project which provides lesson ideas and activities to incorporate primary sources into courses. Under Research Tools, you will find a page dedicated to National History Day research.

Texas State Historical Association
Lone Star History Links is an exhaustive online bibliography of links to several thousand Texas history primary source documents located in many online collections.

National History Day
The National History Day Web site offers an extensive list of resources for historical research. Also available on the NHD Web site is guidance on how to design a project, how to develop a topic, and a great deal of other helpful information.

Texas History Day
Texas History Day is sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and the Center for Texas Studies at the University of North Texas in Denton. TSHA programs include many educational offerings, including History Day, Junior Historians, and History Awareness Workshops. TSHA also offers a vast amount of information on Texas history through the Handbook of Texas Online.

NEW RESOURCE for 2013: Chronicling America is an initiative that National Endowment for Humanities(NEH) has developed. It makes tons of newspapers available and searchable beginning back in the 1800s. This is a great tool for researchers. Chronicling America

NEW RESOURCE for 2013 in Killeen area: Library for Texas A&M University located in Killeen and near Ft. Hood. Excellent research source.
701 Whitlow Drive, Killeen, Texas. General directions when traveling north on 195 to Rancier Avenue - turn right on Rancier Avenue - left on Valley - quick right on Garth and follow to TAMUCT. There are signs posted at some corners to help find the library.

Historic Waco Foundation
Historic Waco Foundation preserves Waco's cultural and architectural heritage. The Foundation is a repository of Victorian objects and artifacts housed in four accredited historic house museums in downtown Waco. The house museums are open for interpretive tours from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and additionally East Terrace is open Tuesday-Friday, 11-3. For special tours and information please call 254.753.5166.

Waco History Project
Waco History Project is a collaborative effort to collect resources on Waco history and to generate curricula and other learning materials and opportunities for teaching local history in the Waco and surrounding communities. The Web site includes pictures and essays about Waco history as well as links to other sources of local historical information. For more about the Waco History Project, contact John Young at 254.757.5705.

HOTRHF Note: this page is still under review for 2014.