Littlefield Lecture Series: February 19–20, 2014
The Briscoe Center is proud to publicize the History Department’s upcoming Littlefield Lecture Series, which focuses on Southern history.
The lectures will take place on Feb. 19–20 and will be given by Dr. David B. Gracy II, the Governor Bill Daniel Professor in Archival Enterprise. Dr. Gracy is an established expert on archival administration. Before coming to UT he was the director of the Texas State Archives for nearly a decade. The author of numerous books and articles on Texas history and on archival management, he is in the process of writing the definitive biography of George Washington Littlefield.
The Briscoe Center’s enthusiasm for the lectures stems from our outstanding Southern history resources, which date back to 1914, when George W. Littlefield established a fund for the University to collect archival materials related to the Southern states.
Over the years, the Littlefield Fund for Southern History has enabled the University to assemble a major collection on the history of the South to support research, teaching, and publications.
The collections, which contains manuscript materials, maps, newspapers, rare and fragile books, pamphlets, and serials, are housed in the Briscoe Center and include the Natchez Trace Collection, the Southern History Archival Collections, the Littlefield Rare Book and Pamphlet Collection, the Littlefield Map Collection, the Southern Newspaper Collection, and the Charles Ramsdell Microfilm Collection.
Dr. Gracy will give two lectures:
"'Working to Keep from Going Broke': The Life of George Washington Littlefield" Wednesday, February 19th, 4–6 p.m. ACES Building, Avaya Auditorium (ACES), 2.302
"'It Is But Just to the Cause': George W. Littlefield, Patriotic Memory, and the Littlefield Fund for Southern History" Thursday, February 20th, 4–6 p.m. Student Activities Center, Legislative Assembly Room (SAC), 2.302
The lectures are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.