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W. R. Poage Legislative Library
Important Alert
The Baylor Libraries continue to support our students and faculty as we keep one another safe and healthy during the ongoing pandemic. On July 7, Moody/Jones will re-open to graduate students and faculty. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed throughout the facility. The W. R. Poage Legislative Library and our other special collections are available by appointment only. Please note that some print volumes will not be available for checkout so that we can maintain online support for remote learners and researchers.Visit baylor.edu/library/keeplearning to access online librarian assistance and additional remote resources.
Experience the panel discussion between former congressmen Alan Steelman and Chet Edwards, Baylor Law Professor Rory Ryan and Baylor Professor of History Stephen Sloan. The conversation explores the impeachment proceedings of former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton as a way to illuminate the current national conversation about the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
W. R. Poage Legislative Library
201 Baylor Avenue
Waco, TX 76706
Baylor Collections of Political Materials
Explore our Holdings

Political collections are often large and complex but we are here to help. To assist your research, we have grouped our holdings into seven categories. Within each category you will find an alphabetical listing of titles featuring a collection's size, summary and whether it is open or closed.
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Graduate Research Center

The Graduate Research Center (GRC) is dedicated to supporting and inspiring graduate students in their academic endeavors. Located on the second floor of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library, the GRC features a quiet study area (Pattie Orr Graduate Research Commons), five collaboration rooms, a conference room, lounge and break room.

Providing Support to Poage

The Standing Committee

Friends Group

The Standing Committee was created during a casual conversation between former Poage staffer Fowler West, Judge Jack Hightower and Congressman Alan Steelman at the Poage Library's 25th anniversary celebration in October 2004. These three leaders challenged those present to establish a group that would provide financial support for the work of the Library. More than a decade later, The Standing Committee continues to grow as people who share an interest in preserving the history of Texas and American politics for present and future generations take up the challenge to support Poage's expanding collections.

Poage at 40

W. R. Poage Legislative Library's 40th Anniversary

On September 21, 1979, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library opened its doors to the public. Featuring a congressional research center and offices for the Baylor Graduate School, the new facility was the first to be associated with an institution of higher education that honors an individual for his service in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the years, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library has grown with expanded collections, well-developed civic engagement programs, and an active Graduate Research Center. Come and celebrate Poage's 40th at an Open House on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, tours, giveaways, and an opporutnity to register to vote!