BCPM stands for the Baylor Collections of Political Materials. In 1979, the W. R. Poage Legislative Library Center was established to honor the public service of former Representative W. R. "Bob" Poage. The Center has been home to a number of departments including a unit of the Baylor Libraries focusing on legislative materials. On April 18, 1991 an official name was unveiled: Baylor Collections of Political Materials.
Some material is available in digital format, please check out the Baylor Libraries Digital Collections to browse our holdings and to search for specific topics by keyword. The vast majority of our collections must be viewed in person.
Please feel free to contact us with questions. We may be able to help you remotely with what you're looking for. In addition, we offer the Dowdy Research Grant for qualified researchers. Please see our Researcher page for more information.
Start by checking out our Regulations for Use of Materials. This covers general use.
Please be aware that BCPM may not hold the copyright for the material that we have, and permission may need to be obtained from the copyright holder. In some cases, BCPM staff can help identify a contact person for this process. It is, however, the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions prior to use.
The mission of BCPM is to explore and study modern American politics. We seek to collect and preserve materials related to local, state and national governments and to facilitate research of those materials.
Things we generally collect:
We are currently collecting material relating to local, state and national politics with a Texas connection.
Journalists and media consultants
Public policy research
Things we generally do not collect:
Artifacts and memorabilia (such as buttons and commemorative items)
Papers or material primarily from published sources (such as newspaper clippings, magazine articles, etc.)
The Bullock Archive houses the Bob Bullock papers from 1972 to 1999. It documents Bullock's career in Texas state government as Comptroller of Public Accounts and then as Lieutenant Governor. In addition, Bullock also deposited personal materials such as family scrapbooks and other memorabilia.
The collection opened for research in July 2004; however, some portions of the collection are restricted.
The nature of political papers demands close examination as they are being processed. BCPM staff must be alert to the possible presence of classified materials. Members of Congress often have access to materials that are classified or otherwise restricted. Such materials often relate to foreign relations or the military. Our government makes clear to archivists handling congressional papers that sensitive documents will not necessarily be boldly stamped CLASSIFIED - it is the informational content of the documents that determines whether information is classified. Age isn't necessarily a factor in whether or not a document might be classified.
Second, in dealing with contemporary records, BCPM staff need to be alert to the privacy rights of individuals reflected in our collections, such as constituents seeking help from their member of Congress with the federal bureaucracy. Constituents often lay bare the details of very personal matters and provide sensitive information such as social security numbers. Because collections can contain such sensitive information, BCPM staff must study materials closely.
Beyond that, however, political collections are complex, taking in a broad array of subject matter, types of records, etc., and staff must devise an arrangement plan that will make the collection useful for researchers. That takes time, which has led to our policy that no collection can be opened for study until it has been fully organized and described.
Have a question you didn't see here? Please contact us at 254-710-3540 or at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to working with you.