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Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections

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  • Published and unpublished materials that document all aspects of the Baylor community, including events, student life, and the physical campus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.

The Baylor University Archives' Digital Collections

Selections from the Baylor University Archives

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.

The Baylor Bear 'Insider Report'

Since the early 1990s, the Baylor Insider - which began life as Dave Campbell's Baylor Bear Insider Report - has documented the ups, downs, ins and outs of Baylor athletics. This collection contains a full run of the Insider from 1993 to the present.

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.

The 'Round Up' (Campus Yearbook)

The Baylor University Round Up has served as Baylor's annual yearbook for more than a century. This collection contains digitized copies of the full run of extant Round Ups from its inaugural 1896 volume through 1999. Full access to volumes 1896-1983 is available off-campus; metadata for volumes 1984-2012 is available off-campus, but access to the full volumes is restricted to authorized users. Please contact for more information on how to access the 1984-2012 volumes.
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