BCPM Staff

The Baylor Collections of Political Materials employs a team of five full-time faculty and staff, plus a number of graduate and undergraduate student assistants. Poage Library is also home to the Distinguished Chair of Public Service Congressman Chet Edwards. We are here to help you in any way we can. Please contact us at 254-710-3540 or bcpm@baylor.edu if you are unsure whom to contact.

Debbie Davendonis-Todd
Director and Bob Bullock Archivist
Office - Poage 208A

Debbie joined BCPM in 2012. She brings professional experience in the field of political collections from her work at the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina. Her primary responsibilities include arranging, describing, preserving and servicing the materials held at BCPM. She supervises a team of student assistants and provides outreach services to the University and research community. A self-described "political papers princess," Debbie brings enthusiasm and energy to BCPM daily. When not keeping watch over her political papers kingdom, Debbie enjoys running and spending time with her husband Sean.

Hon. Chet Edwards
W. R. Poage Distinguished Chair of Public Service
Office - Poage 204

Chet Edwards first represented Texas’ 11th Congressional District and then the 17th District from 1991 until 2010. Chet’s life of public service began in 1982 when he was elected the youngest Texas state senator at age 31. Edwards served in the Texas senate until 1991 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Chet was named the W. R. Poage Distinguished Chair of Public Service in January 2012. He is in residence two weeks each semester to speak to classes, student and faculty groups, and mentor students one-on-one. Please contact Mary Goolsby for more information about Chet’s Baylor schedule.

Mary Goolsby, MLIS, CA
Collections Services Archivist
Office - Poage 211

Mary (BS ’85) came to BCPM in 2008 after working four years in the Fine Arts Library and eight years in library development. She earned her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Mary thinks working at Poage Library perfectly combines her love of political history and delight at archival work.

Mary and Rick, her husband of 34+ years, have 2 grown daughters. She enjoys collecting Captain America memorabilia, doing crossword puzzles with friends, and reading Victorian-era novels.

Amanda Fisher, MA, CA
Project Archivist
Office - Poage 111

Amanda (MA ’15) joined BCPM staff in 2015 as the Project Archivist after completing a Master’s in History at Baylor. As a graduate student, she worked at The Texas Collection writing finding aids and fell in love with archives and special collections. Since joining the team at Poage Library, Amanda has processed Chet Edwards’s State papers and jumped into various other projects, including supervision of student assistant projects and updating the Baylor Archival Repositories Database (BARD).
In her spare time, she enjoys being artsy and taking care of her ever-growing patio plant collection.

Erik Swanson, MA
University Libraries Exhibit Curator and Coordinator
Office - Poage 210

Erik Swanson joined the BCPM in June 2015, and became the exhibit curator and coordinator foa all Baylor Libraries in spirng 2017. He received his B.A. from Gettysburg College in 2012 and his M.A. in Museum Studies from Baylor University in 2015. Exhibit design is his passion, sparked by an internship in the museum department of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He enjoys reading any book by Jeff Shaara and his favorite day is April 25 because it’s not too hot, not too cold: all he needs is a light jacket.

Jonathan Tomes, MDiv
Graduate Research Center Operations Manager
Office - Poage 202

Jonathan is the Operations Manager for the Graduate Research Center in the W.R. Poage Legislative Library. He received his B.A. from Angelo State University in 2007 and his M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015. Now he is working towards an MLIS from the University of North Texas. The GRC brings together several of his passions, which center around the life of the mind, research, and scholarly communications.