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Research Visit



Space limitations in the Briscoe Center’s building on the U. T. Austin campus require that we store many of our collections off-site. How do you know if a collection is stored off-site? Here are some clues:

• All New York News Media Morgue files are stored offsite

• The “Restrictions” portion of the finding aid will indicate if all or a portion of a collection is housed off-site. Finding aids for most collections are in the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) database.

• Contact Briscoe Center staff if you are in doubt about the storage status of a collection. We will be happy to determine its location for you.

Researchers must request materials stored off-site at least one week in advance of their visit. We need that amount of lead time to retrieve the materials and deliver them to the Briscoe Center. Complete the form below and click submit to place a request.

Ordering more than eight items: Staff experience shows that researchers use five to seven boxes per day if they are moving at a moderate pace. For that reason, we provide space in our request form for up to eight boxes. If you plan to visit the Briscoe Center for multiple days then contact the coordinator for off-site deliveries about increasing the number of items you want to request.

Return of materials to offsite storage: Due to limited space in our offsite holding area, we retain materials only as long as they are being used by a researcher.  If there is no activity for one month then Briscoe Center staff returns materials to offsite storage.  Researchers can always request the materials again using the form below.


To order off-site materials:


  (include area code)
Date(s) of visit MM/DD/YYYY
List offsite materials in the order in which you wish to see them. We will have your materials ready for use when you arrive.
Example 94-042/1 (5026657) Jalez-Cruz (Frances) Papers
Example -Q- T630.5 F22 V.3-5 1884-86 Farm & Ranch Magazine
Purpose of research:* (select all that apply)

If you intend to cite Briscoe Center materials in your research, please remember to visit our How to Cite page to submit an Intent to Cite form.


The Texas Public Information Act, with a few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the information that the University of Texas at Austin collects about you. It also gives you the right to request a copy of that information; and to have the University correct any of that information that is wrong. You may request to receive and review any of that information, or request corrections to it, by contacting the University's Public Information Officer, Office of Financial Affairs, PO Box 8179, Austin TX, 78713.