The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History's moving image collection consists of a variety of film, videotape, and digital formats dating from the 1930s to the present. These range in subject matter from University of Texas instructional materials, UT Office of Public Affairs videos, collegiate sports, and KLRU-produced music and other programs to numerous documentary projects from many collections that are Texas-based or global in reach.
The bulk of the collection is documentary in nature and includes the Harry Atwood Film Collection, the Sunrise Media Video Collection, the Katina Simmons Video Collection, and the Robert S. Heller Videotape Collection. Some smaller collections consist of a single film, such as "Reaching for the Sky" about the 1988 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and "Journey to the Sky: A History of the Alabama and Coushatta Indians". A significant number of collections, such as the Tara Veneruso Collection, the Austin Blues Family Tree Video Collection, and the Hank Sinatra Music Video Collection, feature Texas music and musicians, either in concert or being interviewed for documentary purposes.
Moving images and sound recordings enriched with access tools such as cartographic data, transcripts, and indexes synchronized to audio/visual content.
Title: Texas City fire, 1947
Collection: Bob Bailey Studios Photographic Archive
Archival collections that include significant moving image components include the Shad Graham Papers, the Bob Bailey Studios Photographic Archive, the John Henry Faulk Papers, the Stephen Shadegg/Barry Goldwater Collection, the Jesse Holman Jones Papers, and the Ralph W. Yarborough Papers.
The Briscoe Center's ExxonMobil Historical Collection and the Archives of American Mathematics also include important moving image materials. The ExxonMobil collection has a large number of broadcast commercials and production elements, documentation of oil industry activities, and corporate communication programming. Several commercials from ExxonMobil predecessor Humble Oil & Refining Company, including the popular "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" (1964), are available online. Prominent mathematicians' activities are documented at length in the Max Beberman Film Collection and the School Mathematics Study Group Records.
Researchers may use facilities in the James Hogg Reading Room to view VHS and ¾” videotape, as well as DVDs. Equipment for viewing other formats of moving images (35 or 16 mm film, Betamax, mini dv, and others) is not available. To access these formats, researchers will need to pay for digital copies to be made.