The Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde has reopened after extensive renovation and repair work. The museum is dedicated to the lives of U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner and Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, in whose honor the center is named. Both Garner (Hon. PhD '35) and Briscoe (B.A. '43) had deep ties to UT Austin. In 1935, Garner said the university was destined to become, "one of the greatest educational institutions in this republic … because it seems to me to typify the spirit of Texas as well as the democracy of the nation."
The Briscoe Center has successfully archived the exhibit "An Extraordinary Life": The Dominick Dunne Papers as an online panorama. Simply click on the first panel to enter and use your mouse to circle the room or explore artifacts on the walls. In 2014 the center hopes to archive other exhibits, such as News to History and Texas Furniture, in the same way.
The Briscoe Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marcia Roberts Kaylakie Quilt Collection. Marcia Kaylakie of Austin, Texas, is a well-known quilt collector, teacher, judge, and appraiser. The quilts will join others in the Winedale Quilt Collection, a scholarly resource that supports the study of American quilts and their history.
The center was pleased to see graduate student Henry Wiencek publish an article on the History Department's blog, Not Even Past, regarding his research on the Briscoe Center's ExxonMobil Historical Collection. The center also welcomes Professor Rachel Shelden's new book, Washington Brotherhood. Shelden was a 2009 Smith Travel Award winner, which is intended for students at other universities who need to conduct in-depth research at the Briscoe Center. The book incorporates research from her study trip to Austin.
The Briscoe Center pays tribute to renowned Texas author and historian T.R. Fehrenbach. Fehrenbach's many books include Lone Star: A History of Texas and Texans (1968, 1999), widely regarded as a classic historical account. The center is home to the T.R. Fehrenbach Papers, which document his activity as an author and historian. The papers were also part of the center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project.