As the Library of Congress states: Primary sources are the raw materials of history. The materials in our collections are your history - our history. Researchers, classes and community members are encouraged and welcome to visit and use these unique materials housed here at Baylor University.

The libraries provide support throughout the research life cycle: 
  • partner as idea generators
  • assist in locating appropriate materials matching your research needs
  • support throughout the proposal, writing, and publishing processes
Finding Materials
You can begin your research by browsing our main collection areas on the Explore Collections webpage. To locate items, use the online catalog which indexes most of these special collection titles.

Try a keyword search for the special collections housed in Moody Library.

Use the collection
If you would like to visit the library to view the materials, please click here for more information on making an appointment. Make an Appointment
Appointments are held in the Ray I. Riley Reading and Digitization Presentation Room on the third floor in Moody Library. The libraries provide this space specifically for researchers and classes to use these non-circulating rare materials.

Classroom Instruction
Incorporating these rare primary sources into assignments is an effective activity to engage students and increase information literacy skills. Contact us to get started with some ideas and best practices.

The Libraries offer a Special Collections Teaching Fellowship to encourage use of primary sources in the classroom. Due to the uncertainty of the effects of the coronavirus on Baylor and the Libraries, we will not be accepting applications for Special Collections Teaching Fellows for summer 2020. We will, however, accept applications in the spring for summer 2021. Currently we are in the 2019-20 cycle, we will post new information for next year's grant opportunity in the Spring 2021.
2021-22 Special Collections Teaching Fellowship - Moody Library

Below are some links that will help you prepare for your visit:

Central Libraries Special Collections

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Moody Memorial Library
1312 S. 3rd
Waco, Texas 76798

Baylor University
Central Libraries Special Collections
c/o Beth Farwell
One Bear Place #97148
Waco, Texas 76798-7148

(254) 710-3679