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Governor Dolph and Mrs. Janey Briscoe Alamo Daguerreotype, 1849: This 1849 daguerreotype of the façade of the Alamo chapel in San Antonio is the earliest datable photograph taken in Texas and the only extant photographic view of the Alamo made prior to its reconstruction in 1850. Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe acquired this benchmark Texas photograph for the Center for American History in 1993.

Focus on Texas History: Online resource of primary source material from the Briscoe Center for American History's vast holdings related to Texas history. This resource focuses on the years 1820–1845, a period beginning with Anglo-American colonization and ending with annexation.

From Commerce to History: Robert Runyon's Postcards of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville 1910-1926. The Robert Runyon collection includes real photographic postcards (photographs printed on postcard stock instead of photographic paper), hand-tinted postcards, and several souvenir view folders. Images portray the flora, fauna, architecture, industry, and social life of Brownsville, Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley as well as the border conflict and revolution in Mexico during the years 1913-1916.

Late 19th Century Letterhead in the Abel Head "Shanghai" Pierce Papers: The Abel Head "Shanghai" Pierce Papers documents Pierce's business, financial, and legal activities. Many of these letters are written on simple stationery but some show elaborate letterhead designs. This online exhibit showcases 125 examples of late nineteenth-century letterhead design.

Russell Lee: Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas: Lee's photographs for the Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas captured what he saw in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El Paso in 1949.

Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area: The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley.

"To Whom Was This Sacrifice Useful?": The Texas Revolution and the Narrative of José Enrique de la Peña, showcases examples from the Center's archival collections relating to the history of the Texas Revolution.