About BCPM at Poage Library

The Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) is an active congressional center dedicated to the study of the legislative process. Located in the W. R. Poage Legislative Library, holdings include congressional, state and local political notables. Strength of the BCPM is in its materials focusing on the political process. Our collections offer a wide-range of primary source records from correspondence, bill files, speeches, campaign memorabilia and much more. Together, our holdings document government in action through the exchange of elected officials and their constituents.

In addition to our collection resources, the Poage Library is committed to civic engagement through educational programming, seminars and speakers, and is a proud participant in the iEngage Summer Civics Institute.

Mission

The Poage Library is a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1979, our collections explore the dynamic relationships between people and government. We seek to collect and preserve materials related to local, state and national governments and to facilitate research of those materials. Poage Library provides programming for students, scholars and the general public engaged in the study of representative democracy.

History

W. R. Poage Legislative Library is a special collections library and research facility within the Baylor University Libraries, which collects papers and records that contribute to the understanding of American political history and practice. The building was dedicated in 1979 in honor of Congressman W. R. "Bob" Poage, Baylor alumnus and retired public official whose career spanned over 50 years. In 1991, the collections inside the Poage Library became known as the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM).