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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits: The Briscoe Center's Music Collections
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
May 2 – December 14, 2019
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

The Briscoe Center has long emphasized music as part of its mission to document the historical experience of the American people. The center's music collections and resources embrace many different types of folk and popular music cultivated in Texas, the greater South and Southwest, and beyond. They also help document the development of the music industry and some of the forces that shape how music is created, discovered, performed, and broadcast.

Greatest Hits features unique treasures and highlights from the Briscoe Center's extensive collections of musical primary sources, from early folk songs to stadium rock, in displays featuring photographs, posters, artifacts, sheet music, original correspondence and music industry records, and a variety of recording formats. These resources provide access to many of the diverse traditions, creative processes, performances, and recordings that comprise the history of American music.

 
Covering the Moon

Covering the Moon: Apollo 11 and the News Media
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

In 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins captured the world’s imagination with their successful voyage to the the surface of the moon. Television networks invested heavily to cover this watershed moment in history, bringing the crew of Apollo 11 into the living room of millions of Americans, an event that has remained etched in America’s cultural memory. The center’s news media archives include the papers of Walter Cronkite and CBS senior producer Robert Wussler, as well as those of other journalists, producers, and communication professionals who covered the moon landing.

 
Weatherby Map Collection

Highlights from the Weatherby Map Collection
Now on Display at the Briscoe Center

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m (SEE EXCEPTIONS)

View some of the finest examples from the late T. Karman Weatherby's collection of more than 4,000 maps, engravings, and related materials, donated to the Briscoe Center by his family in 2013 and now available to researchers. The selections here show visual evidence of changing national borders and state boundaries in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries and the growth of Texas through the Republic era and into statehood. These examples vividly illustrate ways in which nations and states viewed themselves geographically and across time, and how mapmakers and publishers chose to communicate a sense of place and population.