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About the Dolph Briscoe Center

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Arno Nowotny Building
Office of the Director
Arno Nowotny Building
2300 Red River St. Stop D1100
Austin TX, 78712-1426
512 / 495 4684
Fax 512 / 475 9468

Sid Richardson Hall
Research and Collections
Military History Institute
Sid Richardson Hall 2.106
2300 Red River St. Stop D1100
Austin TX, 78712-1426
512 / 495 4515
Fax 512 / 495 4542

Sam Rayburn Museum
Sam Rayburn
Museum
800 West Sam Rayburn Drive
Bonham, Texas 75418-4103
(PO Box 309, Bonham, 75418)
903 / 583 2455
Fax 903 / 583 7394

John Nance Garner Museum
Briscoe-Garner Museum
333 North Park Street
Uvalde, Texas 78801-4658
830 / 278 5018
Fax 830 / 279 0512

Winedale
Winedale
3738 FM 2714
Round Top, Texas 78954-4901
(PO Box 11, Round Top, 78954)
979 / 278 3530
Fax 979 / 278 3531

Mission

Through stewardship, scholarship, and outreach, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History increases knowledge and fosters exploration of our nation's past.

As a leading history research center, we collect, preserve, and make available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history. Researchers, students, and the public mine our collections for a wide range of academic, professional, and personal uses. Our collections also inspire our own projects, including books, exhibits, programs, films, and educational materials. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin.

Who We Are

The Office of the Director is located in the Arno Nowotny Building, the oldest building on the University's campus. The Briscoe Center has five additional divisions located in four regions of Texas, each serving a unique purpose.

The Research and Collections Division is located in Sid Richardson Hall Unit 2, on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. It is the Center's main research facility and the repository for the vast majority of the Center's book, manuscript, map, newspaper, photographic, sound, and ephemera collections. These include the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection, the George Littlefield Southern History Collection, and the Congressional History Collection. The Research and Collections Division's public services area is open to the public, Monday through Saturday (see calendar for times and exceptions). This division also regularly features exhibits of materials drawn from its research collections.

The Military History Institute is an educational outreach and archival program. The Institute's portfolio will include research projects and publications, conferences and symposia, and international study trips related to the Second World War.

The Sam Rayburn Museum is a facility documenting the life and career of former Texas congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn (1882-1961). Located in Rayburn's hometown of Bonham in northeast Texas, the Rayburn Museum contains displays of historically important items dating from Speaker Rayburn's childhood to his days as one of the most powerful political leaders in the United States.

The Briscoe-Garner Museum is dedicated to the remarkable lives of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner and Dolph Briscoe, both Uvalde natives and historically important political figures from Texas. The Briscoe Center plans to maintain the existing exhibit space devoted to Garner on the museum's first floor, and create new exhibits dedicated to Briscoe on the second floor, which previously had been closed to the public.

Winedale is a complex of historical structures and modern facilities situated on 225 acres of land near Round Top, Texas, in northern Fayette County. Winedale offers outstanding examples of early Texas architecture and decorative arts, a rural setting, continuing education seminars, Shakespeare at Winedale, and other public programs throughout the year.