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April 2013


Don Carleton

This April brings the 2013 Historic Natchez Conference, From Civil War to Civil Rights, and we are proud to once again be one of the conference’s sponsors. Our interest in and support for the conference stems from our Southern history resources, which date back to 1914, when George W. Littlefield established a fund for the University to collect archival materials related to the Southern states. One of the most outstanding Southern history resources at the Briscoe Center is the Natchez Trace Collection, a treasure trove of documentation on Natchez and Mississippi history, acquired in 1985.

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Detail from Letter from George Washington, Aug. 24, 1769

Due to the generosity of Mr. Barron Kidd of Dallas, Texas, the Briscoe Center has acquired a letter written by the first president of the United States, George Washington. The letter discusses the murder ("for it deserves no other name") of three Indians by white settlers.

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University of Texas Professor R. H. Bing, from the R. H. Bing Papers

The Briscoe Center is pleased to announce a five-year continuation of a grant for the Archives of American Mathematics (AAM). Since 2003, the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) has generously supported the project's archivist position, establishing the AAM as the only archives in the United States with an archivist dedicated to its mathematics collections.

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Detail from e_sf_0044 - Farenthold at a 1997 anti-nuclear protest.

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law has received a grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation to launch the Frances T. "Sissy" Farenthold Archives Project. The Rapoport Center will work on the project in conjunction with the Briscoe Center, where Farenthold’s papers are located

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Detail from video still of An Evening with Diana Walker and Lucian Perkins

On March 7, the Briscoe Center and the LBJ Presidential Library hosted An Evening with Diana Walker and Lucian Perkins, now available online. Walker and Perkins, both internationally acclaimed photojournalists, spoke about their professional careers covering the White House and their favorite images from the current Briscoe Center exhibit, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency, now on display at the LBJ Library.