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Briscoe Center collections provide research and production materials for the six-hour documentary Latino Americans broadcast on PBS.

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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.


Slideshow of related images from Briscoe Center collections:

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From Commerce to History: Robert Runyon's Postcards of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville 1910-1926. The Robert Runyon collection includes real photographic postcards (photographs printed on postcard stock instead of photographic paper), hand-tinted postcards, and several souvenir view folders. Images portray the flora, fauna, architecture, industry, and social life of Brownsville, Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley as well as the border conflict and revolution in Mexico during the years 1913-1916.

Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area: The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley.

Russell Lee Photograph Collection: The Briscoe Center for American History is proud to present an online version of our traveling exhibit of photographs by renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee. This exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the remarkably accomplished images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977.

Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas: Russel Lee's photographs for the Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas captured what he saw in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El Paso in 1949.

Henry B. Gonzalez: Voice of the People: Henry B. Gonzalez, a highly revered and outspoken San Antonio Congressman, established a national reputation for public service and for his advocacy of economic justice and equality for all Americans. Known affectionately by thousands as "Henry B.," he left a legacy of achievements that shaped the American economy and society in the last half of the twentieth century.