With items spanning seven centuries, four continents and topics local to international, the Baylor University Digital Collections are among the most unique in the world.
Professional historians, scholars, researchers, genealogists and passionate amateurs alike will find our collections enlightening, enriching and of the highest quality.
Browse these featured collections :
Black Gospel Music Preservation Project
The purpose of the Black Gospel Music Preservation Project (BGMPP) 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.
'War of the Rebellion Atlas'
This atlas, published in 1895, accompanies the official records of the Union and Confederate Armies and contains more than 1,000 maps, illustrations, and diagrams detailing battlefield maps, scenes from the conflict, and military equipment.
Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive
The Baylor University 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.
The Browning Letters
This unparalleled collection of correspondence written by and to the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is made possible through a collaborative project between Baylor University, Wellesley College, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Balliol College and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, and others.
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.
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.
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 100,000+ pages of documents, dozens of reels of microfilm, many books and hundreds of photographs.
The 'Baptist Standard'
The Baptist Standard digital archive makes available to a global audience the print archive—covering more than 120 years—of the historic newspaper. The searchable collection is a valuable tool for researching religious, denominational, cultural, political, social and other history, and a literary treasure for churches and individuals who have long enjoyed reading the Baptist Standard.
Oral History Interviews
The Institute for Oral History has recorded and preserved oral histories since 1970, earning along the way a strong reputation for multidisciplinary outreach to both academic scholars and community historians by providing professional leadership, educational tools, and research opportunities.
The Baylor 'Lariat' | Campus Newspaper
The Baylor Lariat is the student newspaper of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. It officially began 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).
Armstrong Browning Library
Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning | Victoriana | 19th Century materials
Arts and Special Collections Research Center
BU Music Performance Programs | Composer Manuscripts | Music Missions | Rare Books & Music
Baptist and Religious Collections
Dr. George Truett sermons | Church-state studies | Baptist publications | Selsus E. Tull sermons
Baylor University Archives
Campus newspapers | Campus yearbooks | Campus newsletters | Baylor history | Press releases | Baylor sports
Digital Library Special Collections
Black Gospel Music Restoration Project | Waco Heritage & History | Historic newspapers | Black Gospel Preachers Project | Campus architecture
Photos | Publications | Journals | Documents | Items documenting religious persecution under Communist regimes