About The Baylor University Archives
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- Published and unpublished materials that document all aspects of the Baylor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)
Learn more about the University Archives from the University Archives website.
Baylor University Libraries Athletics Archive
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.
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 Baylor Literary'
From 1893 to 1915, Baylor University published The Literary, a monthly magazine featuring works written by Baylor students. Early issues were associated with the various literary societies, such as the Calliopean and Erisophians. Contributors included Samuel Palmer Brooks and Pat M. Neff, both of whom would go on to become Baylor presidents.
'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.
University Archives | Selections
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.
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.