Materials in Action
UT Austin anthropology graduate Nedra Lee (pictured) researched Reconstruction-era African American newspapers to provide context for the items unearthed during the team's excavation. The farmstead site was fully excavated, and the team's findings have been presented as papers, online teaching materials and project records. The center is now home to the project's archives, which include oral history interviews, photographs, research files and project documentation.
"The center's newspaper resources gave us amazing context in which to place the items we were excavating. It's not just historians and journalists that can benefit from the Briscoe Center," says Lee, who is now an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. "In anthropology and archeology, archives can really help bridge the gap between discovery and analysis, teasing out new questions and conclusions along the way."
The Briscoe Center loaned a script, an award, and a reporter's notebook from the Cronkite Papers. The reporter's notebook was used by Cronkite while in Hue, Vietnam, in 1968. The script was read by Cronkite for his editorial during the resulting special report on the Vietnam War. The award was given to Cronkite in 1980.
The three items can be seen alongside original lyrics written by Bob Dylan, a Telstar satellite, a dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's communications headset, a boxing glove worn and signed by Muhammad Ali, and an original Peanuts comic strip. The exhibit will be on display until January 4, 2015.
February 12, 2013 - Don Carleton discusses the origins of When I Rise on the Austin's Film Society's Slackerwood blog.
January 28, 2013 - The Texas Observer references Red Scare! by Don Carleton in their article Texas Media Lent Credence to Anti-Socialist Hysteria In the ’60s—Has Anything Changed?