About the Baptist and Religious Collections
Baylor University's long history as a Baptist institution for higher learning has led to a large corpus of Baptist and religious material available to the campus community in the form of Baptist archives, collaborative projects and unique library collections. Through the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections, the materials from those collections are being made available to the world. These collections explore the topics of Baptist identity, the ties between church and state, the exercise of faith in suppressive regimes and much more.
The Baptist and Religious Collections
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.
Baptist Materials Collection
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.
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.
"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)
George W. Truett (1867-1944) was a noted Baptist preacher, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Baylor University alumnus. He was the long-serving pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. In 1920, Truett delivered his now-famous "Baptists and Religious Liberty" speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Baylor University's theological seminary is named in honor of his long legacy of service to the Lord.
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.
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.
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.
This publication records the business of the Southern Baptist Convention, including at various times reports, statistics, sermons, state convention information, and lists of staff, trustees and committees. The minister list appearing at the end of various SBC Annuals is not available online until 40 years from its date of publication. This includes pastors, ministers of education, ministers of youth, associate ministers, mission pastors, ordained ministers, chaplains, evangelists, etc., but does not include entity staff lists, trustee lists, state convention lists, committee lists, or other such directories.