Special Collections and Archives


The Crouch Fine Arts Library Special Collections and Archives include a wide array of rare and unique materials including medieval manuscripts, early American tunebooks, papers of modern educators, manuscripts of contemporary composers, artist books, and an extensive collection of popular sheet music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Most of these materials can be discovered in BearCat or OneSearch. If you have identified an item that you would like to use, see "How to Make an Appointment" and submit the request form. If you would like assistance finding items within the Special Collections, contact the Liaison Librarian for Music or Art. Contact information is available on the Our Staff page.

photo by Ann Claire Payne
Book Arts Collection
Information about Baylor's growing collection of artists' books and fine press books

David Guion Collection
Papers and manuscripts of the Texas-born composer and educator, David Guion (1892-1981)

Hymnals, Tune Books, and Songbooks
An overview of the church music scores held in the Crouch Library Special Collections, including the major components and their sources.

Jennings Collection
Medieval manuscripts and early printed music

Leonhard Collection
Papers of the music educator Charles Leonhard

Music in Missions Collection
Archival collections that document the work of Baptist music missionaries.

Spencer Collection
American popular music of the 19th and early 20th centuries

Richard M. Willis Collection
Manuscripts of this former Composer in Residence at Baylor

Word Records Music Manuscript Collection
Christian music compositions and arrangements produced for Word Records, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s