Collection Development Policy




The Texas Collection is a special library, archival research center, and the University Archives that collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the history, heritage and culture of Texas for the Baylor community and the public.


We achieve our mission by:





  • Selecting materials from a broad spectrum of disciplines as they meet the collection development criteria policy;
  • Serving extensive constituencies by providing research fellowships, public outreach, publications and symposia, and supporting historic preservation locally and in Baylor's birthplace in Independence, Texas.



Core Values: The Texas Collection strives to provide






  • Exceptional patron service;
  • Outstanding collections of enduring value;
  • Innovative and useful technology for our patrons.





The Texas Collection was established in 1923 with a gift of 1,000 items from Dr. Kenneth Hazen Aynesworth and his wife Mrs. Wanda Brian Aynesworth. This special library and research center strives to maintain the vitality and relevance of its collection programs so it will continue to serve the teaching and research needs of the university now and into the future. The Texas Collection also serves as a Texas Regional Historical Resource Depository Library (RHRD), which receives records for eleven counties in Texas. It is the official repository for all records and publications of Baylor University that have enduring value.


Materials collected by the Texas Collection are primary and secondary source materials regardless of format in the nature of manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks, photos, books, audio-video materials, sheet music, and maps. Collections will, to the extent possible, anticipate future research needs. Current collecting interests are listed below under Strengths of the Collection.




The Texas Collection primarily collects English-language materials. However, the institution possesses items in a variety of languages. Non-English language items will be collected when materials are deemed important and beneficial to the mission of the collection.




The Texas Collection has steadily grown over the last 88 years making it a significant special collection. The print collection consists of 132,000 volumes and the archival collection is in excess of 4,300 collections. The holdings occupy two floors of Carroll Library and four floors of Morrison Constitution Hall, an off-site storage facility.


Types of Materials


The following materials are kept in a variety of formats:










  • Baylor University Archives
  • Manuscripts
  • Monographs
  • Serials
  • Reference Works
  • Maps
  • Visuals



Strengths of the Collection


The Texas Collection has numerous strengths due largely to its unique origins and development. Materials in the collection range from Texas cookbooks to Leon Jaworski's Papers.


Texas Materials include:

















  • Cooking
  • Baptist History
  • Baptist Missionaries
  • General Texas History
  • City and County Histories
  • Education
  • The Civil War
  • Authors, Literature, Poetry, Periodicals, and Sheet Music
  • Branch Davidians and Seventh Day Adventists
  • Historic Maps
  • Genealogy
  • State Documents
  • Historic Post Cards



Waco Materials:













  • Judaica
  • Urban Renewal
  • Local Business histories
  • Family and personal papers and histories
  • KWTX broadcast archive
  • Authors
  • Archival and photographic history of Rocketdyne
  • Historic Photographs, Negatives
  • Maps



Baylor Materials:









  • Department and administrative records
  • University publications
  • Event promotion materials
  • University Presidential collections
  • Faculty, staff and alumni papers and materials



The Texas Collection also participates in the Regional Historical Records Depository program, and has extensively cataloged vertical files.


Current Collecting Interests


Baylor University












  • History
  • Administration Records
  • Culture
  • Departments
  • Publications
  • Promotional Materials
  • Presidential Collections and Personal Libraries
  • Faculty, Staff and Alumni papers















  • Cooking
  • Baptist History and Missionaries
  • Texas History
  • City and County Histories
  • Education
  • Civil War
  • Authors and Periodicals
  • Texans of Interest
















  • People
  • Places
  • Community Life
  • History
  • Businesses
  • Urban Renewal
  • Genealogy
  • Maps
  • Photographs



Other Interests (When of enduring value to support researcher needs)











  • Postcard Collections
  • Photograph Collections
  • Extensive Map Collections
  • Pat Neff Papers
  • Branch Davidians Collections
  • Leon Jaworski Papers
  • KWTX Video Collection



The Texas Collection actively seeks out collections either by donation or purchase to enhance our holdings. We seek materials and collections that build regional, national and internationally recognized collections, add significant rare and unique materials to the collections, and support academic programs.


Current Collecting Levels


Collecting levels for archival holdings are different for special collections than they are for print collections. The Library of Congress collecting level definitions in some way help with an understanding of levels, but again, cannot be taken as necessarily applicable to an Archival collection.


Library of Congress Collection Levels

1 Minimal

2 Basic

3 Study

4 Research

5 Comprehensive



The Texas Collection chooses to administer levels on the area of collecting priority. The archive collection levels are:


Area of the Collection Levels

5 Baylor University

5 Waco

4 Texas/Texana

3 Other Interests



Level 5 -collections are those most often received by gift or regular donation from Baylor and the Waco community. This includes University Archival material.


Level 4- collections consists of Texas and Texana materials and are sought out for their relevance, research usage and because they support existing collections in the archive.


Level 3 -collections are those that come to the Texas Collection by word of mouth, networking introductions, because of Texas Collection Web 2.0 programs, internet searches, or simply phone calls to see if we might be interested in the items.


Gifts and Donation Policy


The Texas Collection benefits from the generosity of alumni, faculty, and friends whose gifts enhance the quality and scope of our collection. We welcome and encourage gifts of selected materials that support the mission of The Texas Collection. Due to space limitations and the cost associated with processing acquisitions, The Texas Collection reserves the right to decline an offer of materials that duplicate items already in our collection, are in poor condition (especially if they exhibit signs of mold or mildew) , carry restrictions, or fall outside the scope of our collection. Materials that require considerable restoration or conservation, or unique storage can only be accepted if funds to support that activity accompany the gift.


The Texas Collection also reserves the right to dispose appropriately of materials that, after receipt, are deemed unsuited to the collection or contain sensitive information such as social security numbers or financial documents with active accounts.



Once donated, gifts become the property of The Texas Collection.


Types of Donations Desired

The Texas Collection is especially interested in donations relating to














  • History of Waco businesses and business people
  • Records of Waco religious institutions
  • Selected photographs and postcards of Baylor, Waco, and Texas
  • African-American history, businesses, and culture in Texas
  • Hispanic history, businesses, and culture in Texas
  • Jewish history, businesses, and culture in Texas
  • Native Americans in Texas
  • Texas Culinary History
  • History of Baylor University
  • History of the railroad industry in Texas and especially in Waco
  • Military related items regarding former bases and air fields located in Waco and Texas including non three dimensional items such as correspondence, postcards, photographs, and related documents.



The Texas Collection accepts donations of materials including, but not limited to:














  • Audio recordings
  • Photographs
  • Correspondence, personal or professional
  • Diaries and journals, memoirs and reminiscences
  • Films and videotapes
  • Financial records
  • Postcards
  • Maps
  • Oral history tapes and transcripts
  • Organizational newsletters, records, yearbooks, scrapbooks
  • Sheet music



Potential donors should contact the Director of the Texas Collection. They may also wish to consult the Society of American Archivists publications for further information.








  • Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository

  • A Guide to Donating Your Organizational Records to a Repository




Donations to The Texas Collections will be formally acknowledged in writing, and a record of the acknowledgment letter is maintained in our files. All donations should be accompanied by a Deed of Gift.



Since the mission of the Texas Collection includes preserving and providing access to its collections, staff will create finding aids and frequently digitize original materials. These materials may be made accessible on the Internet. Therefore, whenever possible, a donor who holds the copyright to original materials should assign nonexclusive rights to the Texas Collection. Donors who hold copyright include photographers; composers; authors of manuscripts, letters, and diaries; performers and the like.

The Texas Collection is not liable for infringement of copyright by patrons using our materials.


Valuation of Donations

It is important to note that it is the responsibility of the donor to keep accurate records describing the individual items donated and the value attached to each item. The Texas Collection does not provide itemized lists of donations, nor do we appraise gifts. However, we may be able to facilitate in locating an appropriate appraiser.


The IRS requires an independent appraisal if a donor plans to claim a charitable deduction above a certain value. Donors are encouraged to consult knowledgeable tax experts regarding current IRS regulations. IRS Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property may be helpful.



University Archives

Collection Development Policy



The University Archives at The Texas Collection serves as the secure repository for Baylor University records. Its principal function is to collect, preserve, and provide appropriate access to records of enduring value related to the history of Baylor University. In general, records have enduring value if they contain evidence of University policy, organization, planning, decisions, operations, procedures, or if they have other significant informational value.



The University Archives collects the following materials, regardless of format:












  • Records of the Board of Trustees
  • Records of the Board of Regents
  • Records of former presidents, deans, departments, and committees; including correspondence, contracts, minutes, reports, publications, photographs, policies and procedures
  • Annual reports
  • Self-studies and accreditation visits
  • University publications, newsletters, catalogs, yearbooks, etc.
  • Published and unpublished materials that document all aspects of the Baylor community, including events, student life, and the physical campus
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Selected artifacts relating to Baylor University (as space permits)



The University Archivist is the official custodian of records housed in the University Archives.


University Archives does not accept records currently in use by Baylor University offices and departments. Only inactive records may be transferred to the University Archives. Records sent to the University Archives that do not fit the mission of the University Archives will not be retained.


Other materials related to Baylor University


Personal research and papers of faculty, students, and alumni which are not related to the official operation of the university are considered the private property of the individuals who created them and are not deposited into the University Archives. They may, however, be donated to The Texas Collection by faculty, administrators and others associated with the University in accordance with our Gift and Donation Policy.


Additionally, The Texas Collection may accept, as part of its general collection, donations of documents, photographs, and memorabilia that record the history and culture of Baylor University, including the records of organizations related to faculty, students, and staff. The Texas Collection may also collect records that are about Baylor University and members of the BU community, even if these materials were not created by persons associated with Baylor.


Guidelines for the Transfer of Records to the University Archives:












  • All files should be boxed in the order in which they appear in the file drawer. That is, when removing files from a file cabinet to a box, please ensure that the files and their contents remain in their original filing order, and that boxes are numbered sequentially.
  • Please compile an inventory of the materials being sent to the University Archives and include this documentation with the materials. Fill out the Transmittal of University Records form.
  • Contact the University Archivist via email so that we may expect your records and include a copy of the inventory, the completed Transmittal of University Records form, and your contact information in the email.
  • Boxes should be full *with less than* inch of space remaining (PLEASE DO NOT OVER STUFF BOXES).
  • Use plain manila folders (not expandable folders), whenever possible.
  • Records should be in folders with legible labels securely attached to the folders.
  • The folder label should reflect the contents of the folder.
  • Remove extraneous fasteners (e.g., binder clips, rubber bands and paper clips) wherever possible.
  • Materials housed in binders should be removed from the binder and placed in a folder prior to boxing.
  • All boxes should be numbered in sequential order and by reference to the total number of boxes to be transferred (e.g., 1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.) Affix a completed Records Transfer Box Label to each box.



Please note: Your office may have copies of documents that were not produced by your office but were distributed University-wide. Do not send these items to the University Archives. These documents should be sent to the University Archives from the office of origin. We seek only documents related to your core program activity.

Do not include any credit card information in materials sent to the University Archives.

It is the responsibility of the office or department to arrange and pay for the transport of materials to the University Archives in Carroll Library.


Deaccession Policy


Deaccessioning is the process of permanently removing items from the collection after they have been assessed and determined that they no longer fulfill the needs of the institution. Deaccession in special collections is governed by principles different than those in general library deaccession.



When considering deaccessioning, the following criteria must be met as reflected in these questions:










  1. Is this item of enduring value to the research needs of The Texas Collection and its patrons?
  2. If so, are those research needs best served by preserving this item in its current condition in perpetuity?
  3. Does this item fall within the scope of current collection policies?
  4. Is this item a duplicate or does it contain duplicate information found in another format?
  5. Has this item deteriorated beyond repair and usefulness?
  6. Does this item post a preservation hazard to other materials (e.g. active mold, insects, water damage, etc.)
  7. If damaged, can another copy of the same edition in better condition be acquired?



The Texas Collection upholds the following guidelines set forth by the Rare Book and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries in the document, Standards for Ethical Conduct for Rare Book, Manuscript, and University Archives Librarians, with Guidelines for Institutional Practice in Support of the Standards



Guidelines for the Deaccessioning of Materials:







  • In the deaccession of rare books and manuscripts, the collection must weigh carefully the interests of the public for which it holds the collections in trust, the interests of the scholarly and cultural community, and The Texas Collection's own mission.
  • The Texas Collection must consider any legal restrictions, the necessity for possession of valid title, and the donor's intent in the broadest sense.
  • Procedures for the deaccession or disposal of materials must be at least as rigorous as those for purchasing and should be governed by the same basic principles. The decision to dispose of materials must be made only after full and scrupulous consideration of the public interest and the needs of researchers; the process of deaccessioning should be carried out in as open and public a manner as possible.
  • Mandatory restrictions on disposition which accompanied a donation must be observed unless it can be shown clearly by appropriate legal procedures that adherence to them is impossible or substantially detrimental to The Texas Collection. When statements of donor's preferences accompanied the acquisition, any departure from them must be carefully considered and negotiated with the donor or the donor's heirs or settled by appropriate legal procedures.
  • Responsibility to the needs and reputation of The Texas Collection requires that, in preparing for and accomplishing any deaccession, the collection must take care to define and publicly state the purpose of the deaccession and the intended use of monetary or other proceeds of the deaccession, to avoid any procedure which may detract from the library's reputation for honesty and responsible conduct, and to carry out the entire process in a way which will not detract from public perception of its responsible stewardship.



The following points must be taken into consideration:







  • The Texas Collection must ensure that the method of deaccession will result in furthering the agreed purpose of the deaccession, whether this is monetary gain or more appropriate placement of scholarly resources.
  • The Texas Collection must disclose to the potential new owner or intermediary agent any action, such as the retention of a photocopy of the material, which may affect the monetary or scholarly value of the material.
  • To the fullest extent possible, the collection must make public information on the disposition of deaccessioned materials.
  • The Texas Collection must not allow materials from its collections to be acquired privately by any library employee, officer, or volunteer, unless they are sold publicly and with complete disclosure of their history.
  • Due consideration should be given to the library community in general when disposing of items. Sales to, or exchanges between, institutions should be explored as well as disposal through the trade.