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COVID-19 Advisory

Updated May 1, 2020.

The Briscoe Center for American History is temporarily closed to visitors along with all other departments and units at the University of Texas at Austin. This policy applies to the center's exhibit spaces, classrooms, reading room and museum divisions, which include the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde, the Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham and Winedale in Round Top. The center's administrative leadership does not expect significant changes to this policy before the end of June, 2020. Updates will be posted on this page.

In the meantime, the Briscoe Center's staff is working remotely on a variety of exciting projects. The center continues to monitor online reference queries and requests. More information on these services can be found here. Researchers can also utilize the center's digital media repository (DMR), which contains over 150,000 photographs, letters, recordings and other materials available for online study. Finally, the center's finding aids and collection inventories are housed through a searchable online Finding Aid portal. The DMR and Finding Aid portal are great ways for researchers to broaden their knowledge of the center's collections, to hone their research interests and to formulate a plan of study for when the center reopens.

The Briscoe Center is an organized research unit of the University of Texas at Austin. We are closely monitoring and following instructions from the university's leadership as they develop policies and procedures in regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In turn, the university follows guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Austin Public Health. For more information on the university's policies visit: