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
8:00am - 5:00pm
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.

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.


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.


Lincoln: Railsplitter to Rushmore

Fall 2015

The BCPM is proud to display professional-quality exhibits that educate students, faculty, and visitors on the diverse topics represented in our collections. Currently, "Lincoln: Railsplitter to Rushmore" is on display through the fall semester, and coming this Spring is an exhibit highlighting the career of former Congressman Chet Edwards.