Celebrate Valentine's Day with the Baylor Libraries

Feb. 14, 2012

As couples celebrate this Valentine's Day with roses and chocolate, the Baylor University Libraries provide a glance into enduring romances of past eras through the endearing love letters between famous romantic poets Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and confederate soldier Dr. Alex Morgan to his wife Fanny.

The love letters between the Browning couple have been a highly anticipated project of the Baylor Libraries, which has partnered with Wellesley College, to digitize the letters and provide public viewing of the couple's romance and eventual elopement. Images of the letters, along with fully searchable transcriptions may be viewed online.

The story of Alex and Fanny Morgan reveals the tragedy and separation of families in the Civil War, but underneath the accounts of horrific battle lays an impenetrable love between husband and wife, perfectly preserved in the letters of correspondence during their four years apart. In honor of Valentine's Day and as part of the Believe Me Your Own online exhibit, The Texas Collection features images and transcriptions of not only Dr. Morgan's letters to his wife around Valentine's Day 1863, but also images and excerpts from other Civil War Valentines.

The Morgan and Browning Letters are not only love stories, but also accurate historical accounts of their time periods and each couple's unfailing love. In celebration of Valentine's Day, take a moment to view these historical and timeless romantic journeys.