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Walter Cronkite at CBS News Desk

The Briscoe Center is home to one of the largest collections of archival materials related to the history of the news media. One of the most comprehensive collections in existence, it includes personal papers of media industry pioneers, research archives, newspapers, and an unmatched collection of photojournalists.

The papers of media professionals include Walter Cronkite (UPI, CBS), Robert Trout (CBS, NBC, ABC), Sig Mickelson (CBS), Dan Rather (CBS), Harry Reasoner (CBS), Joseph and Shirley Wershba (CBS, ABC, PBS), Philip Scheffler (CBS), Morley Safer (CBS), Andy Rooney (CBS), and Dominick Dunne (Vanity Fair). The collection also includes the archives of legendary photojournalists Eddie Adams, Dirck Halstead, David Hume Kennerly, Wally McNamee, Flip Schulke, and Diana Walker, among others.

The Briscoe Center has one of the largest newspaper collections in the United States, containing original editions of some of the earliest known newspapers published in Texas and the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The collection also includes the invaluable research archives of such media industry giants as New York Times, Newsweek, New York Journal American, New York Herald-Tribune.