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Our collections are so varied and vast that we do not have one search bar or index that covers all holdings at the Briscoe Center for American History.

Please select from the options below to search items in out collections, or view our subject guides for suggestions of material that might suit your interests.

Subject Guides (image of binders - labeled a-z)
 
Genealogy Subject Guides: The formats of the guides vary with the subject matter, but each directs the researcher to key resources within the Briscoe Center's collections
detail from microfilm box label - Maryland census
 
Census Records: Listing of U.S. Census Records available on microfilm at the Briscoe Center for American History.
Detail from page 2 of the Ben Nevis passenger list (di_06927), Blasig (Anna Justine) Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
 
Ship Passenger Lists: Nineteenth and twentieth century printed documents.

Genealogical Subject Guides:

Each subject guide listed below is tailored to the specific characteristics of its research topic and can be very helpful to researchers working on genealogy. The formats of the guides vary with the subject matter, but each directs the researcher to key resources within the Briscoe Center's collections. Many of the guides include useful contextual information such as inclusive years, physical size, historical context, and collection strengths. The next step is to examine the more detailed finding aids or the University of Texas Online Catalog to determine exact access codes or call numbers. Please contact our Reference Services staff if you have any questions.

Due to the changing needs of researchers and new additions to the collections, existing guides are regularly updated and new guides created. You are welcome to send recommendations for future guide topics to our Reference Services staff.

di_05781 - Portrait of a young Ima Hogg, circa 1885, Hogg (Ima) Papers
di_05781 - Portrait of a young Ima Hogg, circa 1885, Hogg (Ima) Papers.

 

 

 

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Census Records

Below is a listing of U.S. Census Records available on microfilm at the Briscoe Center for American History.

  • Alabama: Population schedules only for 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860.
  • Arkansas: Population schedules only for 1830 and 1840; population and agricultural schedules available for 1850; population, mortality and agricultural schedules available for 1860; population, mortality, industry and agricultural schedules available for 1870; and population, mortality, industry, agricultural and defective, delinquent and dependent schedules available for 1880; no schedules for 1890 or 1900.
  • Florida: Population schedules only for 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Georgia: Population schedules only for 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Kansas: Population schedules for 1870, Lincoln-Morris Counties only; no other schedules for Kansas.
  • Kentucky: Population schedule for 1820 for Barron-Hart Counties only; population schedules only for 1830 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Louisiana: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1880; no schedules for 1890 or 1900.
  • Maryland: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Mississippi: Population schedules only for 1830 and 1840 include slave names; population schedules only for 1850 and 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Missouri: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • North Carolina: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Pennsylvania: Population schedules only for 1830 for the City of Philadelphia.
  • South Carolina: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1850; population, manufacturing, agricultural, social statistics, and industry schedules for 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Tennessee: Population schedules only for 1830 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Texas: Population schedules only for 1850 through 1900; name indexes available for 1850 and 1860 census schedules and include slave names; soundex microfilm available for 1880 schedule.
  • Virginia: Population schedules only for 1820 through 1860; no schedules for 1870 through 1900.
  • Wyoming: Population schedule only for 1870; no schedules for 1820 through 1860, or 1880 through 1900.

The Littlefield Rare Book and Pamphlet Collection, an extensive collection of unique, rare, or scarce books, pamphlets, song sheets, broadsides, and periodicals relating to the history of the South, purchased by the Littlefield Fund since 1914. Special subject strengths include slavery and the antislavery movement, the Confederacy, and the Civil War; other topics covered in depth include religion, the cotton economy, transportation, medicine, and law.

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Ship Passenger Lists

Passenger lists from 1842–1854 available at the Briscoe Center for American History. Ships were in the above ports on the dates listed but did not necessarily sail on them. Number of names is approximate.

Verein Collection
Box #   Ship Name Port Date # of Family Names
3C31 1. James Edward Antwerp 16 September 1856 57 family names
  2. Colchis Antwerp 27 August 1846 43 family names
  3. Element Antwerp 23 August 1846 58 family names
  4. York Antwerp 12 August 1846 42 family names
  5. Johann Dethard Bremen 18 April 1845 30 family names
  6. Johann Dethard Bremen 30 September 1845 3 family names
  7. Bohemia Antwerp 1 August 1846 36 family names
  8. Orient Bremen 26 September 1846 26 family names
  9. Elisa & Charlotte Bremen 26 August 1846 120 names of individuals
  10. Andacia Antwerp 5 December 1845 68 family names
  11. Hamilton Antwerp 15 December 1845 27 family names
  12. Talismann Antwerp 30 December 1845 50 family names
  13. Diamant Antwerp 19 January 1846 30 family names
  14. Nahant Antwerp 25 November 1845,Wrecked 18 March 1846:Most passengers continued voyage on the Timoleon
34 family names
  15. Harriet Antwerp 18 November 1845 41 family names
  16. Dyle Antwerp 17 November 1845 45 family names
  17. Riga Antwerp 7 November 1845 34 family names
3C30 18. Weser   1845 (bound in with correspondence  
 
Anna Blasig Papers
Box #   Ship Name Port Date # of Family Names
3H71 19. Ben Nevis   1854  
 
Henri Castro Papers
Box #   Ship Name Port Date # of Family Names
3S167 20. L'Ebro   1842  
 

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