Baylor University Poage Library

About the Archive

Contact the Poage!

Mailing Address:
W. R. Poage Legislative Library
One Bear Place #97153
Waco, TX 76798-7153

Physical Address:
W. R. Poage Legislative Library
201 Baylor Avenue
Waco, TX 76706

Phone: 254-710-3450
Fax: 254-710-3059


W.R. Poage Legislative Library is part of Baylor University Libraries, functioning as a special collections library and research facility which collects congressional records and personal papers related to the political history of Central Texas. It was established in 1979 in honor of Congressman W.R. Poage, Baylor alumnus and retired public official whose career spanned over fifty years.

W.R. Poage Legislative Library currently houses the papers of twelve former members of Congress, six Texas legislators, five judges, an editorial cartoon collection, extremist organizations' materials, one Lieutenant Governor's papers, and records of the McLennan County Democratic Party. In addition, the library contains a map collection, an extensive campaign materials collection, and a 20,000 volume book collection focusing on Congress, political history, and areas of public policy.

Mission Statement

W. R. Poage Legislative Library supports programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, and the general public on the history of Congress, the legislative process, and current issues facing both local, state and national governments.

The library encourages the preservation of materials that document the work of government, including the papers of U.S. congressional representatives, Texas state legislators, and judges, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use.


The W.R. Poage Legislative Library is located on the first floor of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library for Graduate Studies and Research between Moody and Jones libraries on the Baylor Univeristy campus in Waco, Texas.

Campus Map
Directions to Wiethorn Center
Brochure 2009
Brochure 1979

For curbside drop-off:
From Interstate 35 in Waco, take the University Parks Drive exit (exit 335B). Turn right across at the Baylor University Sign across from the Mayborn Museum. Follow the drive around the Jones Library (a one way campus street). Watch for glass facade (in picture above). The Bullock Archive is on the left in the W. R. Poage Legislative Library for Graduate Studies and Research (building 64 on the campus map). The Archive main desk is on the first floor.

For parking:
From Interstate 35 in Waco, take the University Parks exit (exit 335B). To park in the parking garage (building 69), turn right on Dutton Avenue or the next stoplight and park in a space marked for visitor parking on the first floor. More visitor parking is available at the Wiethorn Visitors Center (building 71) , the next right after the parking garage.


Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Holidays: Closed