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The American Story: Read it, hear it, touch it, live it.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is a history research center with few peers. Our archival, artifact, and library collections contain historical treasures documenting key themes in Texas and U.S. history. These treasures echo with stories of the people, places, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's history.

The Garden, an intricately stitched and inspired 1938 quilt by the legendary Pine Eisfeller. Lt. Col. Jose Enrique de la Pena's chilling and controversial account of David Crockett's execution at the Alamo. The weathered prison diary of Stephen F. Austin. The papers of distinguished news journalist Walter Cronkite. Unpublished 1935 recordings of the inimitable blues singer, Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter. And the riveting personal papers of civil rights activist James Farmer, whose "Freedom Rides" played a key role in the civil rights movement.

Our mission is to bring history to life. We preserve and make available resources that exist at no other research center—enhanced by the expertise of archivists and historians who are knowledgeable, passionate, and eager to assist anyone who wishes to research our collections.

The Briscoe Center is a passageway to the past, where history lives for researchers, students, scholars, and lifelong learners.

We invite you to Explore our Collections.

Collection Strengths

The Texas History Collection
The Briscoe Center's Texas History Collection has no peer in terms of size, quality, and diversity

The Congressional and Political History Collection
The Congressional and Political History Collection is one of the largest in the nation, with a special focus on Texas congressional and gubernatorial papers.

The Photography Collection
The Briscoe Center holds more than 5 million photographic images from the late 1840s to the present, including the archives of leading photojournalists.

The Southern History Collection
The Briscoe Center is one of the nation's top three leading research centers for southern history.

The American Energy History Collection
The American Energy History Collection, including the ExxonMobil Historical Collection, provides a comprehensive view of the influence of energy in business, society, politics, and culture.

The Civil Rights and Social Justice Collection
Among the Center's major research strengths is the history of social justice movements in the United States, including the civil rights movement.

The News Media History Collection
The News Media History Collection includes the papers of media professional, the research archives of media industry giants, and one of the largest newspaper collections in the United States.

Archives of American Mathematics
The Archives of American Mathematics is the only archival repository in the United States solely dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and records of mathematicians and mathematical organizations.

Military History
With its major strengths in Texas and Southern history, Congressional history, and American news media history, the Center's resources embrace more than three-hundred years of military affairs, including many aspects of America's involvement in foreign wars, from Mexico to Iraq.

UT Archives
The University of Texas Archives preserves and makes available for research the non-current, historically valuable official records of the University; the personal and professional papers of significant UT administrators, faculty, and staff; The University of Texas System Administration; and the System's Board of Regents.

Digital Collections

The Briscoe Center provides access to thousands of digitized images, documents, artifacts video, and sound recordings for discovery. You can visit our digital collections page to search and discover an ever-expanding repository of online resources.