The Briscoe Center recently co-hosted the program, "A White House View of 9/11", with the LBJ Library. White House photographer Eric Draper, whose archives are held at the center, shared his gripping photos and recollections with guests. He was joined by Karen Hughes, counselor to the president; Karl Rove, senior advisor to the president; and Clay Johnson III, assistant to the president for presidential personnel, who shared their experiences traveling with the president or working from the White House that day.
The Briscoe Centeer has launched a crowdsourcing project aimed at transcribing important documents found in the Natchez Trace Collection. The project, “Making History Searchable” involves the digitization and posting online of historical documents that can be transcribed by volunteers in their web browser. The Natchez Trace Collection, a series of collections totaling more than 450 linear feet of materials, documents the history of the Lower Mississippi River Valley from 1760 to the 1920s.
On Thursday, September 19, the center will host a reception and screening of Cactus Jack: The Political Legacy of John Nance Garner. Produced by the center in collaboration with UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film and the School of Journalism, the film documents Garner’s life from his upbringing in Texas to his tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and focuses on his two terms as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president.
Fifty years ago, more than a quarter of a million people participated in one of the country’s largest ever political rallies for human rights. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is best remembered for an iconic speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. that has come to be known as “I Have a Dream.” Flip Schulke, a noted photojournalist who donated his archive to the Briscoe Center, captured the event. Fifty years on, those photos are being used to inspire UT students.
The Briscoe Center is partnering with the LBJ Library and the Bullock Museum to showcase its collections for Austin Museum Day. On display at the LBJ, "News to History" uses the center's photojournalism archive to capture the iconic moments of presidential eras, from Roosevelt to Obama. On display at the Bullock, "Texas Furniture" tells the Texas story through the historic craftsmanship of the center's Winedale collection.