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About the Baylor Collections of Political Materials

The Baylor Collections of Political Materials are housed in the W. R. Poage Legislative Library and function as a special collections library and research facility that collects congressional records and personal papers related to the political history of Central Texas. It was established in 1979 in honor of Congressman W. R. Poage, Baylor alumnus and retired public official whose career spanned over fifty years.



The Baylor Collections of Political Materials currently house the papers of twelve former members of Congress, six Texas legislators, five judges, an editorial cartoon collection, extremist organizations' materials, one Lieutenant Governor's papers, and records of the McLennan County Democratic Party.

Learn more about the Baylor Collections of Political Materials from the BCPM website.


The BCPM Digital Collections




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.


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: 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).

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