Last week the Briscoe Center celebrated the release of Dr. Bill Cunningham’s memoir, The Texas Way: Money, Power, Politics, and Ambition at The University, with an event at the Alumni Center. The event was a who’s who of the campus community, with university leaders past and present on hand to congratulate Bill on his book. I’m grateful to Leslie Cedar, executive director of the Texas Exes, for co-sponsoring the book launch, and to President Bill Powers for his remarks at the event.
The Briscoe Center has acquired the Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Collection. This vast and unique archive documents the development of the academic discipline that seeks to understand the symbolism and significance of flags and heraldry.
The Briscoe Center has acquired the papers of American sociologist Professor Norman Birnbaum. Professor Birnbaum is a renowned intellectual who has been active in politics, academia, and journalism on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean since the 1950s. Birnbaum’s papers expand the center’s growing intellectual history holdings.
The Briscoe Center has acquired the Foodways Texas Oral History Archive, a diverse collection of interviews that document the history and culture of Texas cuisine. The archive includes stories about craft breweries, barbecue restaurants, gardening and food co-ops, iconic Texas restaurants, and the Foodways project.
The six-hour documentary Latino Americans broadcast on PBS features photographs and film footage from several collections at the Briscoe Center. Collections used in the research and production of Latino Americans include the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection, Russell Lee Photograph Collection, Broadside Collection, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Papers. Recently digitized 35mm motion picture film from the Henry B. Gonzalez Papers contains a 1962 Jackie Kennedy Spanish voting advertisement.