A new exhibit on the recent archival and library disasters wrought by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will be featured at an open house hosted by the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The open house will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the W. R. Poage Legislative Library on the Baylor University campus. Refreshments will be provided.
"We have designated the week of October 24 - 28 as Archives Week," said Ben Rogers, BCPM director. Theme for the open house this year is "See us again . . . for the first time." This observance provides libraries with an opportunity to publicize the important work of archives and archivists. The Society of Southwest Archivists, an organization of archivists from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, encourages citizens to become acquainted with the archives in their areas during October, Rogers added.
In addition to the exhibit on hurricane damages, displays will feature presidential campaigns, Bob Bullock, Jack Hightower, and JFK assassination conspiracy theories found the papers of Penn Jones, Jr.
Visitors will also be able to view the strange bookcase of Dixon Wecter, Baylor graduate and former student, and view plans for converting part of the reading room into a book vault with temperature/humidity controls. In addition to rare books, this area will house historic newspapers and media materials. Also new since last year is the Jack and Colleen Hightower Reception Area.
"The next time you have a question about the past, visit an archive near you. There you will find history is alive and waiting for you to discover it," Rogers explained.
For more information about the Archives Week open house at the BCPM, contact Rogers at 254-710-3540; Benna Ball, project director of the Bullock Archive, at 254-710-3767; or go to www.baylor.edu/library/BCPM.