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Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections

The Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections

A complete listing of all digital collections arranged by holding institution.

Armstrong Browning Library

19th Century Women Poets Collection

Featuring more than 400 works created exclusively by female poets, these books contain examples of prose, narrative and lyrics embracing a variety of stylistic frameworks from major names like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot and Felicia Hemans, and many others.

The Browning Letters Project

An unparaelleld collection of correspondence written by and to the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A collaborative project between Baylor University, Wellesley College, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Balliol College and Eton College, University of Oxford and others.

The Journal of William Surtees Cook

Four volumes of the personal journals of William Surtees Cook, the second cousin and brother-in-law of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Covers the years 1844-1887 (noninclusive).

Baylor University Archives

Selections from the Baylor University Archives

The Baylor University Archives collection contains materials designated as belonging in the official archives of the university. Housed at The Texas Collection, the items included in this digital collection encompass interesting and informative items drawn from a broad range of topics, including written histories of the university, commencement speeches, addresses and citations awarded during commencement exercises.

The Baylor Bear 'Insider Report'

Since the early 1990s, the Baylor Insider - which began life as Dave Campbell's Baylor Bear Insider Report - has documented the ups, downs, ins and outs of Baylor athletics. This collection contains a full run of the Insider from 1993 to the present.

The Baylor 'Lariat' (Campus Newspaper)

The Baylor Lariat is the student newspaper of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2008, 2010 and 2011, the Houston Press Club named it the best student newspaper in the state of Texas and The Associated Press Managing Editors of Texas named the Lariat the Collegiate Newspaper of the Year in 2010. The Baylor Lariat was officially begun in 1900 as The Varsity Lariat; it was formed out of a realization that “a high grade weekly was desired” to keep students, faculty, and alumni aware of campus events and news (including news from nearby colleges). The Lariat replaced The Baylor Weekly Leaf, whose editor was credited in the Lariat’s first issue with “taking the initiative” of reporting Baylor news.

'The Phoenix' (English Department Publication)

The Phoenix, a student-run magazine of Baylor University, has been a forum for students to showcase their literary and artistic work for more than 50 years. Each year, the magazine includes a variety of original, previously unpublished pieces produced by undergraduate and graduate students, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drawings, photography and lithography.

University Press Releases (1920s-2000s)

The Baylor University Press Releases Collection features more than 33,000 news releases issued by the university between the 1920s and the 1990s. Covering topics as diverse as on-campus speakers; the results of sporting events, debate tournaments and beauty contests; the impact of world conflict on the campus community; and the hundreds of student-produced productions staged every year, the collection provides unequaled insight into the daily life of the university as reported by its own media communications professionals.

The 'Round Up' (Campus Yearbook)

The Baylor University Round Up has served as Baylor's annual yearbook for more than a century. This collection contains digitized copies of the full run of extant Round Ups from its inaugural 1896 volume through 1999. Full access to volumes 1896-1983 is available off-campus; metadata for volumes 1984-2012 is available off-campus, but access to the full volumes is restricted to authorized users. Please contact for more information on how to access the 1984-2012 volumes.

Central Libraries

Baptist Collections

As the world's largest Baptist institution of higher education, Baylor University is uniquely situated to preserve and present materials documenting the Baptist tradition. This collection highlights selections from the Baptist materials collections at Baylor University's Moody Memorial Library and other materials from partner institutions chosen to provide insight into the development, traditions, and ongoing discussions surrounding what it means to be a Baptist in today's world.

'British Pulpit' Online

This collection contains more than 200 of Charles H. Spurgeon's sermons from his time at New Park Street (1856-1859) and covers topics ranging from Biblical personages to the ways of salvation.

The 'Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists'

"These volumes present Southern Baptists in the context of their history, their present organization, and their maturing methodology. Eight hun­dred and ninety-nine writers contributed 4,349 articles, and a qualified editorial staff prepared the manuscript for publication. In it all a dedicated effort was made to provide Southern Baptists and all others who are inter­ested with the facts that are necessary to a genuine understanding of South­ern Baptists—their past, their present life, and their work." (From the Preface, Volume One)

The Keston Digital Archive

The Keston Digital Archive is a collection of materials documenting religious persecution under Communist regimes. It contains rare and one-of-a-kind photos, books, journals, transcripts, and documents. Collected and held by the Keston Institute at Oxford, the collection was donated to Baylor in 2007 and is now housed in the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society.

Rev. Selsus E. Tull Sermons Collection

This collection contains the sermon notes and publications of long-time Baptist preacher Selsus Estol Tull (1878 - 1973). Tull pastored numerous Baptist churches over a six-decade career and was an influential participant in the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meetings for more than four decades. This collection contains Tull's hand-written sermon notes spanning the bulk of his career. The sermons cover topics ranging from Baptist theology and the early 20th century church to communism, evolution and the anti-Christ; they date between the early 1900s and the 1960s.

Collaborative Collections

Architecture Collection

This collection features architectural elevation schematics, renderings, sketches and speculative designs of buildings from the Baylor University campus and Waco, Texas. Materials in this collection represent elevation and cross-section diagrams only; mechanical and structural schematics are not included except in cases where the building is no longer extant, such as the original structure of S.P. Brooks Hall on the Baylor campus.

The Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive (BULAA)

The Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive contains material related to our proud sports history. Items are drawn from private donors, the libraries of former coaches, institutional partners, and the archival holdings of the university, most notably The Texas Collection.

Currently, the Archive focuses on Baylor Football, with a special emphasis on the 1980 Southwest Conference championship team. As the Archive grows, it will include materials from all Baylor sports and all eras, dating back to the earliest days of the University.

Digital Rare Books

The Baylor Libraries Digital Rare Books Collection is home to some of the oldest and most unique items in the university's vast collections. Dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, these works include religious commentaries, medical texts, early almanacs and a first edition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.

Historic Newspapers

This collection contains historic newspapers drawn from holding institutions at Baylor University. Many were donated to the university's special collections as part of larger gifts and are too few in number to support creating an entire digital collection. This curated collection allows us to provide access to these resources without creating numerous smaller collections; therefore, the titles, eras and regions represented vary greatly from item to item.

Portraits Collection

The art of portrait painting is represented in this collection of materials held by various institutions at Baylor University. Included are portraits of Baylor's presidents - and three first ladies - as well as United States presidents, senators and businessmen. The images in this collection were enhanced slightly from the original scans to create richer access copies.

Texas Military Collection

Dating back to the days of early statehood, Texas has played an important role in the military history of the United States. From hosting World War I and World War II-era military installations to the countless ranks of fighting men she has contributed to our nation’s pursuit of a secure future, Texas has a proud military history. This collection features materials related to that history, with an emphasis on publications created at various military installations located in the state. Also included are a number of press releases issued by Baylor University regarding Baylor students involved in the armed forces during World War II.

The Great War: World War I Exhibit

This exhibition was curated, digitized and enhanced by the students of Museum Studies 5327: Technology and Outreach in Museums as a means of investigating the war's impact on three major elements of American life: its impact on religion, popular culture in the form of sheet music, and the direct impact on the city of Waco, Texas via the United States military's presence there from 1917-1918.

Ben Guttery Campaign Materials

Ben Guttery, originally from Austin, has collected Texas political items since his youth. He has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from Southwest Texas State University. He has written two books: Encyclopedia of African Airlines (McFarland, 1998) and Representing Texas: A Comprehensive History of the United States and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. He is married with children and lives in Fort Worth.

Iraqi Posters Collection

These Iraqi and American propaganda materials were collected by Jeffrey Ward during a tour of duty while serving in Iraq. Imagery of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein are prominent in this collection. A striking visual amidst the scenes of propaganda and smiling authoritarians is a 2004 calendar featuring an image of a young girl. The posters have been translated by Mark Long, Baylor professor of Middle Eastern studies.

JFK: John Armstrong Collection

For ten years, John Armstrong conducted research for his book Harvey & Lee [Arlington, Tex. : Quasar, c2003]. His travels took him all over the country and to several foreign countries gathering materials and conducting interviews. His research resulted in more than 100,000 pages of documents, dozens of reels of microfilm, many books and hundreds of photographs. He arranged his materials into dozens of oversize notebooks which were divided into topics and subtopics. The W.R. Poage Legislative Library and Riley Digitization Center at Baylor University began digitizing these notebooks in November, 2009 and completed work in the Spring of 2011.

JFK: Robert Cutler Collection

Robert Bradley Cutler was born on November 8, 1913 in Charles River, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater in World War II. He practiced architecture in New York City, Boston and Manchester, Massachusetts. He researched extensively the assassinations of both John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., published several books on his theories and established The Conspiracy Museum in Dallas, Texas to disprove the lone assassin conclusion of the Warren Commission's investigation of President Kennedy's assassination.

JFK: Jack White Collection

The materials in this collection include slides and photographs from White's personal collection. The slide carousels contain images - and, in some cases, scripts - of presentations White gave to various audiences on his work analyzing photographs of the assassination and its major players.

JFK: Newspapers

This collection features newspapers gifted to the Poage Legislative Library as part of collections received from Jack Hightower, Penn Jones and Bob Poage. Each man collected numerous issues of major American newspapers in the days immediately surrounding Kennedy's murder in Dallas. They are presented here as a curated collection focused on newspaper accounts of the crisis as it unfolded.

JFK: Other Materials

This collection contains materials related to the life and legacy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Items in this collection vary in scope and origin and range from teletypes of the coverage of Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963 to documents related to the event's subsequent investigations. A copy of a newspaper collected by Jack Hightower on the day of Kennedy's inauguration is also included.

JFK: Penn Jones, 'The Continuing Inquiry'

William Penn Jones, Jr. (1914-1998) was a journalist and World War II veteran best known for his research into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jones wrote a series of books entitled Forgive My Grief and was editor-in-chief of The Continuing Inquiry, a newsletter focused on assassination theories. This collection contains a nearly complete run of The Continuing Inquiry and is full text-searchable.

JFK: Penn Jones Photographs

In 1963, Penn Jones became involved in investigating the assassination of John F. Kennedy. A fellow researcher, Gary Mack, later explained, "Penn was one of the first generation of researchers who felt the government was behind the assassination - probably a conspiracy involving military intelligence... He always thought LBJ was behind it somehow." Jones was also the author of several books on the assassination: Forgive My Grief I-IV (1966-1976).

Bob Platt Collection

Dr. Robert "Bob" Platt was born on June 10, 1928 in Utica, New York. He began collecting buttons beginning in 1936 when his grandfather gave him an “Al Landon” for President Button. He has pursued his hobby of collecting books and political memorabilia to the present.

Prestridge-Sandford Family Letters

This collection documents the lives of George Harper Prestridge and his wife, Mary Ann Rebecca Frost Prestridge. According to Herman Prestridge Sandford, a descendant of the letter writers, "The letters tell of the love George and Rebecca shared amid the horrors of the Civil War. They reveal the courage and the suffering of the soldiers. They disclose, to a degree not found in history books, the hardship of women, widows in particular, and the sufferings and the joys of the children of those fatherless families."

Crouch Fine Arts Library

Brazilian Baptist Music Missions

Featuring items written in English and Portuguese, this collection is centered on the papers of Joan Riffey Sutton, a 1951 Baylor University alumna and longtime missionary to Brazil. Sutton, who grew up a missionary child in Brazil, has composed, translated, arranged or collected a large body of Christian music, and a gift of her archives launched Baylor’s Music in Missions Collection.

Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music

The Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music is one of the few collections of its kind and size in the country. Acquired by Baylor University in 1965, this collection of approximately 30,000 titles was the life-long pursuit of the avid and well-respected sheet music collector for whom the collection is named. The collection includes many fine examples of first editions such as Jingle Bells and Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as first editions of prominent American composers of the time such as Stephen Foster and Scott Joplin. Spanning from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, the Spencer collection complements other areas of study in addition to music, including Texas and American history, art, political science, sociology, theater, sports, and recreation. It is arranged in over 200 subject categories.

Electronic Library

The 'Baptist Argus' ('Baptist World')

The Baptist Argus began publication on October 28, 1897 in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the masthead motto "Watch and Pray," the Argus published information on the activities of the Baptist church, from missionary appointments to changes in pastoral guidance at the local level and major actions of the statewide conferences. 

The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project

The purpose of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) is to identify, acquire, preserve, record and catalog the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition. This collection will primarily contain 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between the 1940s and the 1980s.

Institute for Church-State Studies Vertical File

Spanning more than 80 years and dozens of unique topics, the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies Vertical File collection contains 1,492 items related to the relationship between government and religious institutions in the United States and abroad. With a special emphasis on the evolution of Baptist institutions, the collection provides insight into the often contentious struggle to find a balance between church positions and the workings of local, state, and national government.

Waco Police Museum Archive

Presented in partnership with the Waco Police Department, the Waco Police Museum Archive features materials from the archival holdings of the Waco PD. Materials in this collection include photographs, programs from 30 years of annual police association benefit balls, shift logs for patrolmen, and more.

Institute for Oral History

The Oral History Collection

Since its founding in 1970, the Institute for Oral History has collected over 5,500 interviews. The Institute has created transcripts of almost all interviews in the collection, and most of these transcripts are available to researchers and the public in PDF format. About half of the transcripts in the collection have been fully edited and compiled as finished oral memoirs, and the fully-searchable texts of all of these are available online. Draft versions of most of the remaining transcripts are also available online as searchable, full-text documents.

'Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association'

Sound Historian: Journal of the Texas Oral History Association features articles on a broad array of topics that apply oral history methodology to scholarly research.  In each article, eyewitness testimony presents new, fresh perspectives on the events, issues, or people of the past.  In addition to exploring a variety of subjects, the articles also contribute to the discussion of the practice, theory, or application of oral history. Reviews of books that instruct in oral history methods or apply interview materials to historical research are included in Volume 2 and forward.

Baylor Collections of Political Materials

Bob Bullock Cartoon Collection

The Bob Bullock Political Cartoon subseries contains political cartoons about Bullock created by cartoonists from different Texas newspapers. The majority of these cartoons are framed and the physical collection contains duplicates of many of the cartoons. When a cartoon was published with Bullock in it, he would contact the cartoonist to try to purchase the cartoon. Then he would make copies and frame them (including the original) and either hang them at his home or office or simply give them away.

Bob Bullock Photographs

This collection contains a curated set of images drawn from a larger collection of 6,000 photographs. The photos visually document Bullock's life from his family roots and early childhood through his political career and beyond. The collection contains digital images of framed photographs, notebooks, photo albums and unframed oversize photographs.

U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards Collection

The Chet Edwards Collection is drawn from the Congressional records of former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX). Edwards, whose 30-plus years in public service include stints in the Texas Senate (1983-1990) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1991-2011), saved many of the documents generated by his office, from emails to photos and other documents.

Bob Poage Photograph Collection

William Robert "Bob" Poage served as U.S. Representative from Texas' 11th Congressional District from January 3, 1937 until his resignation on December 31, 1978 (75th-95th Congresses). His service coincided with an era of great influence for Texas and southern congressmen both on Capitol Hill and in the Democratic Party. Following his 1978 retirement, Poage donated his papers from nearly fifty years of public service to Baylor University, forming the keystone of the present Baylor Collections of Political Materials.

The Texas Collection

The Coleman Papers

The letters in this collection present a snapshot of the lives of Major J.N. Coleman of the Third Texas Cavalry and his fiancée, Virginia E. "Jennie" Adkins. John’s letters from the field provide readers with a unique insight into the horrors, excitement, and day-to-day monotony of a soldier’s life in the Confederate army, while Jennie’s letters detail life on the home front in Marshall, Texas.

The Historic Old Independence Cemetery Project

This collection presents materials related to the Historic Old Independence Cemetery in Independence, Texas, the first home of Baylor University. The collection includes geospatial records of the cemetery, the last resting place for many early Texians, including the son of Sam Houston and the grandson of Moses Austin.

Independence, Texas Collection

This collection contains materials from numerous sources in and around Independence, Texas. Located in Washington County, the village of Independence was the original home of Baylor University, founded by Texas Baptists in 1845. Materials in this collection present various aspects of life in 19th and early 20th century Independence. Correspondence, photographs, maps and other forms of documentation are included.

Mapping Waco: A Brief History, 1845-1913 (Exhibit)

The maps in this collection represent the changing landscape of Waco from its earliest days in the mid-1800s to the boom years of the late 1910s. Selections include bird's-eye views of the city drawn in the late 19th century; illustrated maps of new additions and suburbs; and blue lines of individual plats on Waco city streets.


Drawn from the extensive cartographic holdings of The Texas Collection, the items in this collection focus primarily on North America and, specifically, Texas. Maps from French, Spanish, German and American sources detail the evolving geography and human settlement of North America over the course of more than 200 years.

Pat Neff: 'The Plain Democrat' Governor of Texas, 1921-1925 (Exhibit)

"The Plain Democrat" is a curated digital exhibit consisting of speeches, campaign flyers and literature, lantern plates, photographs, and correspondence from the Pat M. Neff Papers housed at The Texas Collection at Baylor University. The exhibit focuses on Neff's gubernatorial campaigns and two terms as governor of Texas from 1921-1925.


This collection of vintage photographs, numbering more than 2,000 and growing, covers a broad range of topics including sports, civic life, historic buildings, Waco and Baylor history, and more. Of particular note are photographs taken by famed Waco photographer Fred A. Gildersleeve, including numerous large-format and panoramic views.

Texas Promotional Materials

The promotional materials in this collection were created by various groups and individuals all intent on the same goal: bringing people to live in Texas. Railroad companies looking to lay their tracks further west were in need of passengers as well as produce to ship to city markets, and tailored their promotionals to farmers and their families. Fledgling Texas towns hoping to become more established sang the praises of their region and the unique activities available to those looking to settle or just visit.

Texas Collection - Selections

This collection of unique materials from the holdings of the Texas Collection will focus on pieces whose rarity or one-of-a-kind nature prevent their easy classification in other curated collections, with an emphasis on rare books.

Baylor University Catalogs

Baylor University was founded in 1845 at Independence, Texas. Upon its merger with Waco University in 1885, Baylor began its long association with the city of Waco and has become the largest Baptist institution of higher education in the world. This collection features copies of the known surviving university catalogs for Baylor during its time at Independence (1845-1885) and in Waco. Also included are the catalogs for Waco University from 1866-1883.

Waco City Directories (1876-1923)

The Waco City Directories are a rich resource for those interested in individuals, families and businesses located in Central Texas from 1878 to 1923. The directories alphabetically list residents of the city (usually by head of household), occupations, and addresses. Further, entries may also provide information on familial relationships, listing older children working or attending school but still in the household, as well as boarders with no familial relationship to the household.  Individual listings can also include information on ethnicity. Local advertising for goods and services is found on the covers and throughout the directories, providing a glimpse into daily life during these years.

'The War of the Rebellion Atlas'

When the War Department began to issue its 70 volume set of records generated by both the Union and Confederate Armies, it also created an Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, published in 1895. Its 175 plates contain more than 1,000 maps, illustrations, and diagrams detailing battlefield maps, scenes from the conflict, and military equipment. The Texas Collection at Baylor University is proud to house a pristine copy of the Atlas, and in 2010 the Digitization Projects Group scanned the plates and placed them online in this collection. The maps are searchable by keywords, including military personnel, city, state, and geographic features.

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