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About the Dolph Briscoe Center

Mission

Through stewardship, scholarship, and outreach, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History increases knowledge and fosters exploration of our nation's past.

As a leading history research center, we collect, preserve, and make available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history. Researchers, students, and the public use our collections for a wide range of academic, professional, and personal uses. Our collections also inspire our own projects, including books, exhibits, programs, films, and educational materials. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin.

Who We Are

Arno Nowotny Building

The Office of the Director is located in the Arno Nowotny Building, the oldest building on the University's campus. The Briscoe Center has four additional divisions located in four regions of Texas, each serving a unique purpose.

Sid Richardson Hall

The Research and Collections Division is located in Sid Richardson Hall Unit 2, on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. It is the Center's main research facility and the repository for the vast majority of the Center's book, manuscript, map, newspaper, photographic, sound, and ephemera collections. These include the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection, the George Littlefield Southern History Collection, and the Congressional History Collection. The Research and Collections Division's public services area is open to the public, Monday through Saturday (see calendar for times and exceptions). This division also regularly features exhibits of materials drawn from its research collections.

 

Sam Rayburn Museum

The Sam Rayburn Museum is a facility documenting the life and career of former Texas congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn (1882-1961). Located in Rayburn's hometown of Bonham in northeast Texas, the Rayburn Museum contains displays of historically important items dating from Speaker Rayburn's childhood to his days as one of the most powerful political leaders in the United States.

Briscoe-Garner Museum

The Briscoe-Garner Museum is dedicated to the remarkable lives of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner and Dolph Briscoe, both Uvalde natives and historically important political figures from Texas.

Winedale

Winedale is a collection of nineteenth-century structures and their period furnishings situated on 225 acres in northern Fayette County. Winedale’s primary purpose is to support the university's teaching mission by fostering an understanding of Texas history and culture among students and scholars. This mission is achieved through academic research and teaching based on Winedale's collections, which include 10 historic buildings, the most extensive collection of Texas furniture in existence, decorative arts, and the Winedale Quilt Collection.