Local resources

Resources at Baylor University:

The Texas Collection is a special collections library housed in the Carroll Library on the campus of Baylor University. The Texas Collection's library division collects books, periodicals, vertical files, Texas State Library depository documents, microforms, and audiovisual materials. The archives division holds non-book materials such as manuscripts and records of Texas individuals, institutions, agencies, and organizations; Baylor University general and historical information and certain official records; tapes and transcripts of oral memoirs from the Baylor University Institute for Oral History; photographs, picture postcards, and maps of Texas, Waco, and Baylor; archived news film from a Waco television station; and bound and unbound newspapers in original format including extensive files of special, commemorative, and historical editions. For more information, including hours and accessibility of materials, call (254) 710-1268. If possible, a quick call prior to your visit regarding how many are coming and what you are interested in during your visit to our library will help us serve you more efficiently.

Researchers of twentieth‐century topics often find gaps in the historical record that can only be filled by the testimony of eyewitness participants. Oral history is a method of interviewing people with first‐hand experience, recording those interviews, and preserving the recordings as documentation of lived historical experience. The Institute for Oral History helps researchers learn about collecting oral histories, as well as providing a database for Baylor's oral history collection. The Institute's Digital Collection currently contains transcripts for over 3500 interviews and corresponding audio for 25% and climbing. The Institute's newest project is Waco History, a free app and website that includes text, historic images and oral history from Waco.

The Poage Library houses the Baylor Collections of Political Materials containing the papers of twelve former US congressmen, several Texas legislators, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, and several other ancillary collections. The library also has excellent displays for public viewing.

Baylor University has multiple libraries on campus that could be used to source information for projects. Central Libraries serves as the main research library on campus, while several specialized libraries and archives are devoted to specific areas of research. Visit the Baylor Libraries website for more information. Also available is the Electronic Library which holds Baylor’s digital collections and can be accessed anywhere.

Other Central Texas resources:

Library at Texas A&M University Central Texas located in Killeen and near Ft. Hood.

The library at University of Mary Hardin Baylor and the Bell County Museum in Belton.

The Historic Waco Foundation preserves Waco's cultural and architectural heritage. The Foundation is a repository of Victorian objects and artifacts housed in four accredited historic house museums in downtown Waco.

The Waco History Project is a collaborative effort to collect resources on Waco history and to generate curricula and other learning materials and opportunities for teaching local history in the Waco and surrounding communities. The website includes pictures and essays about Waco history as well as links to other sources of local historical information.

Many additional libraries, museums, and archives are located within a short drive in Austin, Ft. Worth, Dallas, College Station, and San Antonio, as well as local historical sites in many smaller towns throughout Texas. Most of these facilities have websites which can be a vital point of first contact for researchers.