The Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin is one of our country’s great cultural treasures. As a special collections repository and an institute for historical research, the center has extensive collections that illuminate major topics in American history as well as the world’s largest archive documenting Texas history. Through preservation, scholarship, and public outreach, the center fosters the exploration of our nation’s past.
Highlights from the collections include such notable artifacts as Stephen F. Austin’s 1822 map of the Province of Texas, José Enrique de la Peña’s personal account of David Crockett’s execution at the Alamo, images of the Spindletop gusher documenting the launch of the oil industry, Freedom Rider James Farmer’s papers, the papers of more than fifty members of Congress and ten Texas governors, Pine Eisfeller’s 1938 quilt The Garden, Ima Hogg’s collection of historic Texas buildings and handcrafted nineteenth-century Texas furniture, field recordings of every genre of American music, Walter Cronkite’s reporter’s notebook from Vietnam, and even a lunar sample from the Apollo expedition, just to name a few. The collections contain more than:
- 7,000,000 photographs
- 200,000 books
- 17 miles of manuscripts and archives
- 35,000 maps
- 25,000 material culture artifacts
Thanks to the generosity of over 300 donors, our research and collections division in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2, on The University of Texas at Austin campus now includes an enhanced reading room for research; three new galleries to present changing exhibitions from our collections; and two new seminar rooms for a variety of programs including lectures, panel discussions, symposia, book talks, film screenings, and round table discussions.
These rejuvenated public spaces make the Briscoe Center a destination that will attract students, scholars, and history devotees from around the world.
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