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.
The physical archive is accessible in two places—Baylor University Libraries and the Texas Baptist Historical Collection—both in Waco, Texas, with the Texas Baptist Historical Collection holding the only complete record.
The beginning of the Baptist Standard dates back to about 1888, though it was published under that masthead for the first time on March 3, 1892. J.B. Cranfill, who once ran as a Prohibition Party candidate for vice president of the United States, was editor of the privately-owned paper. The Standard was to be a “peace paper” to further the work of Texas Baptists, namely the Baptist General Convention.
Prior to 1915, when the Baptist General Convention of Texas incorporated the Baptist Standard as a nonprofit, various owners consisted of individuals and groups—one of which included George W. Truett. During its first 100 years, editors included persons of note in Baptist history, such as J.B. Gambrell, J. Frank Norris, J.M. Dawson, and E.S. James.
The printed paper ceased in December 2012, at which time the Standard became fully digital, publishing news, opinion and resources online throughout each week. However, Baptist Standard Publishing began CommonCall Magazine, a quarterly print publication carrying special features and human interest stories.
The Baptist Standard digital archive was made possible through the collaboration of the Standard, the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Texas Baptist Historical Collection and the Baylor University Libraries.
Completion of the project is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor.
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This collection is considered an active collection. Items will be added periodically as they are acquired by Baylor University and processed through the Digitization and Digital Collection Preservation Services group.