Research at the BCPM
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Poage Library seeks to assist researchers through the John and JD Dowdy Memorial Congressional Research Endowed Fund which provides financial support for on-campus work in the library's congressional collections. The Dowdy Research Grant provides awards up to $500.00. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- The grant is open to both academic and non-academic applicants.
- Research projects must include use of at least one of the library's congressional collections.
- Applicants will be required to submit a description of the research project (a 250-word limit) and a proposed budget.
- Each proposal should be aimed at a discrete end product. Monographs and journal articles will receive primary consideration. Theses and dissertations will constitute a second priority group. Exhibits and other artistic works are also open for consideration.
- Budgets will be examined and approved in whole or in part. Research grants will be limited in amounts ranging up to $500.00. Funds are ordinarily provided to defray travel expenses. Other expenses incident to the use of the archives, however, may be considered. Funds may not be used for employment of local researchers for preliminary or post-visit work.
- Each successful applicant is required to include appropriate acknowledgement in any work produced with the assistance of this support. A copy of each resulting published work must be forwarded to the Poage Library in a timely fashion.
- Applicants are limited to one funded proposal every three years.
- Successful applicants must complete a W-9 in order to receive the grant.
Please download the Dowdy Research Grant Application and submit it to:
W. R. Poage Legislative Library
Dowdy Research Grant
One Bear Place #97153
Waco, Texas 76798-7153
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Awardees will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting an application.
For more information, please contact Poage Library at 254-710-3540.
The Reading Room is open to undergraduate and graduate students as a quiet study area. Food and drink are permitted except for those using collections materials. Archival research is open to anyone by appointment from 8:30-4:30. Researchers using collections have preferential seating.
Please be sure you contact us at least a day before you arrive, so we can be prepared to better assist you. You will need to complete a registration form with the Reading Room monitor and present some form of photo identification (student ID, driver's license, or passport). Backpacks, book bags, briefcases, coats, purses, computer cases, notebooks, and umbrellas need to be secured in the locker indicated by the monitor. A note pad, pencil, and a laptop are permitted, as are cameras. Cell phones must be set on silent. Please step out of the Reading Room to make or answer a call.
Check In with the Reading Room Monitor
The Reading Room is supervised by a monitor. All materials must be used in the supervised Reading Room. The monitor is present to assist you and to safeguard archival materials. The monitor will check with you periodically to ensure you have the materials you need for a successful and productive visit. At the end of your visit, the monitor will look over your materials and the archival materials to make certain all items have been returned to their original folders and boxes.
Where to sit in the Reading Room
Please sit facing the room monitor when you use materials. The monitor can observe who is using archival materials, who is using library materials, and who is studying. The monitor is there to help you if you have questions, feel free to ask the monitor when you need assistance.
Careful Handling of Archival Materials
Library and archival materials are fragile and require special care and handling. Please follow these guidelines for safeguarding our treasures:
- Ensure your hands are clean;
- Do not mark on materials or erase any marks;
- Take notes with a pencil and pad or a computer;
- Request gloves when handling photographs;
- Post-it-notes, paperclips, pencils or pens should not be used to hold a place - ask for place tags;
- Do not set anything on materials or take notes on top of materials; and
- Keep all materials in the same folder and in the same order in which you found them.
Be careful when handling archival materials. If you find papers and other items in poor condition, please let the monitor know. Finally, a researcher may have only one archival box on the table at a time; please remove one folder at a time from a box. When finished with those boxes request a new set.
Taking a Break
If you need to leave the library for any length of time, give the materials to the monitor and let the monitor know you will be returning. If you do not intend to return that day but will be coming back within the next few days, let the monitor know so the materials are not filed back on the shelves.
Copies, Copyright, and Restrictions
Some archival materials may be restricted. These restrictions apply when a donor requests some items be closed for a certain period of time, or for other reasons such as privacy or fragility of materials. If there are restrictions of materials for any reason, BCPM will honor those restrictions. If BCPM does not own the copyright to the materials, you will have to request permission from the owner of the materials to use them in any published form. BCPM is not responsible for any libel laws, copyright infringement or any other laws that apply to the materials you use.
Citing Archival Materials
Name of papers or collection, Accession #, Box #, Folder #, Baylor Collections of Political Materials, W. R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University.
We look forward to working with you when you visit the archives. If you plan to use the archives for research, please contact us at least a day before you arrive.
The Baylor Collections of Political Materials is located on the first floor in the W. R. Poage Legislative Library Center at 201 Baylor Avenue. The red "Xs" on the map below indicate entrance doors. Researchers should meet the archivist in the Reading Room. Please call if you need directions or would like to arrange a tour. Phone 254-710-3540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to your research visit, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:
Planning to Park?
From Interstate 35 in Waco, take the University Parks exit (exit 335B). To park in the parking garage, turn right on Dutton Avenue or at the next stoplight and park in a space marked for visitor parking on the first floor. More visitor parking is available at the Wiethorn Visitors Center, the next right after the parking garage. Notice: 3rd Street is one-way from Baylor Avenue to Dutton, and is closed in front of the Moody Library.
Planning to Drop Off?
From Interstate 35 in Waco, take the University Parks Drive exit (exit 335B). Turn right at the Baylor University Sign across from the Mayborn Museum (Baylor Ave.). Follow the drive around the Jones Library (a one-way campus street). Just past the building, take a left into the loading dock road and stop at the library door on the left. The Reading Room is to the left on the first floor.