Exploring the American South:
The Briscoe Center's Southern History Collections
April 8–September 17, 2017
Drawn from one of the top three collections in the world documenting the history of the American South, this exhibit reveals the Southern American story across the 19th century—a time of great transformation for the people, government, and ways of life in the region. With special emphasis on slavery, the cotton economy, and the Civil War, the documents and objects presented here shed light on the individual voices and histories of those who lived and worked in the South, including enslaved individuals, soldiers, homemakers, planters, jurists, and free people of color.
Highlights from the Weatherby Map Collection
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center
View some of the finest examples from the late T. Karman Weatherby's collection of more than 4,000 maps, engravings, and related materials, donated to the Briscoe Center by his family in 2013 and now available to researchers. The selections here show visual evidence of changing national borders and state boundaries in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries and the growth of Texas through the Republic era and into statehood. These examples vividly illustrate ways in which nations and states viewed themselves geographically and across time, and how mapmakers and publishers chose to communicate a sense of place and population.
From Commemoration to Education:
Pompeo Coppini's Statue of Jefferson Davis
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center
Commissioned in 1919 by university regent Major George W. Littlefield the statue was envisioned as part of a much larger allegorical memorial, the Littlefield Fountain, intended to honor Texans who died in the Civil War and World War I while also addressing the reconciliation of the northern and southern states between those wars. However, the memorial and its campus setting and cultural context changed significantly over the course of its development. No longer an object of commemoration, the statue was moved in 2015 and now forms part of a new exhibition that explores the statue's history, as well as its significance as both a work of art and evidence of the past.
Dolph Briscoe: Texan
Now on Display at the Briscoe–Garner Museum
Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Briscoe–Garner Museum, a division of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, proudly presents the new permanent exhibit Dolph Briscoe: Texan. The exhibit is displayed on the refurbished second floor of the Briscoe–Garner Museum, which until now has never been open to the public. Dolph Briscoe: Texan is organized around key themes in the governor's life and career, and covers his time as a rancher and family man in Uvalde, his military service in World War II, his key accomplishments while serving as a state representative and later governor of Texas, and his wide-ranging philanthropic activities.
Willie Nelson: Texas Icon
In 2013, Nelson donated his vast collection of gifts, awards, and personal items to the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center. The Briscoe Center is a natural home for the Willie Nelson Collection, with resources covering a wide range of folk and popular music of Texas and the greater South and Southwest. The Willie Nelson display in the North End Zone of the Longhorn football stadium will change regularly to explore different aspects of this multitalented man and his music.
The Sam Rayburn Museum will reopen Sunday, November 11, after a comprehensive renovation of its permanent exhibit, the first major overhaul of the exhibit since the museum opened more than fifty years ago.