William Robert 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.
Congressman Poage collected over 1400 photographs. Some are in notebooks and others are in files. All of these have been incorporated into one alphabetical list with location codes. Some additional photographs are included in the supplemental materials while framed paintings and photographs not related to Poage but that were part of his collection are stored on the mezzanine.
The collection inculdes more than 1000 pictures and it is categorized as following:
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