The papers of Alan W. Steelman probably came to Baylor sometime in 1977
after he ran for the Senate. Steelman related in 2001, " Bob Poage
approached me on the floor of the House one day after my loss in the US
Senate race in 1976 and asked if I would consider giving my papers to the
Poage Library. I thought about it and agreed. I had a high regard for him
and was also a Baylor graduate. This made it an easy decision."
Legislative Library was dedicated in 1979 so the Steelman Papers were
among the first collections, along with Congressman Poage's, to be housed
The papers were initially re-foldered, re-boxed, and inventoried by Tab
Lewis. Later, the folders were numbered and the finding aid reformatted.
The Alan Steelman Papers currently (2001) consist of around 100 linear
feet of materials from his four years as a U. S. Congressman, 1972-1976.