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 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.
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.