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State Fair
November - The Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching, and Curriculum at UT Austin celebrated the launch of “Teaching Texas Slavery” with a reception at the Briscoe Center. A digital humanities project that includes a host of primary sources from the Briscoe Center’s collections, the website provides K–12 teachers with first-class online resources related to slavery in Texas—a difficult topic, but one vital to understanding the state’s past.

State Fair
September - The photographic archive of Arthur Grace, housed at the Briscoe Center, is the focus of a travelling Humanities Texas exhibit, State Fair. Documenting fairs across ten different states, Grace deftly captured the strange mixture of traditional, kitsch and the off-the-wall features that make these gathering unique. State Fair will be on display from October 7 to November 18 at the Brazoria County Historical Museum in Angelton, Texas.

John L. Hanson
August - Hundreds of interviews from KUT's landmark show In Black America are to be digitized with help from a grant from Recordings at Risk, a national program operated by the Council on Library and Information Resources. Produced by KUT's John L. Hanson Jr., the nationally syndicated show has featured weekly interviews with prominent African Americans since the early 1970s. Until 2004, In Black America was recorded and stored on 710 quarter-inch audio reels, preserved at the Briscoe Center. Around 750 of these will be cleaned, restored, and digitized. Notable interviews to be preserved include those with Stokely Carmichael, Yolanda King, Wilhelmina Delco, Maya Angelou, Dick Gregory, and Barbara Jordan.

July - The Briscoe Center is home to the Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Archives. In July, the center welcomes 80 guests from San Antonio, in town for the National Association of Vexillologists annual conference. Numerous items from the center's Smith Archives were temporarily displayed in the center's classrooms in honor of the visit. Several groups, including ones from South Africa and France, donated materials to the Smith archives during the visit.

Nyberg's quilt block
June - Karen Nyberg was born three months after the successful Apollo 11 mission. In 2013, along with Russian and Italian astronauts, she was part of an expedition to the International Space Station. She spent 166 days on board the station, working as a flight engineer and traveling more than 70 million miles. An avid quilter back on earth, she created a quilt block in zero gravity while on board the ISS. That block now forms the centerpiece of the center's Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge Collection, which consists of 28 quilts made from over 2,500 blocks inspired by Nyberg's efforts. A number of those quilts, including one featuring Nyberg's block, was part of the center's touring exhibit Dreaming of the Stars. The exhibit was displayed at Winedale in Round Top during February. From there it traveled to the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde, where it was on view between April and June. Dreaming of the Stars will be exhibited at the Sam Rayburn Museum in July. The Briscoe Center continues to tour exhibits through the divisions in an effort to open its collections to a wider public audience around the state.

Jack Brooks
May - Brendan McNulty and Timothy McNulty's book chronicles the career of "one of the most influential congressmen you've never heard of." Jack Brooks, a native of Beaumont, Texas, and a World War II veteran, served as a congressman from the Beaumont—Port Arthur area between 1953 and 1995. The Meanest Man in Congress relies heavily upon the center's Jack Brooks Papers, as well as interviews with the congressman's peers and family members.

April - In April, the Briscoe Center co-sponsored the LBJ Foundation's summit on race in America, which brought together statesmen, activists, and artists for a broad-ranging discussion around racial issues. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (above) met with UT students to discuss her storied career and offer insights into how they might shape their own in public service. Andrew Young (below with Dr. Leonard Moore) the famed civil rights leader former UN ambassador, congressman, and mayor of Atlanta, also met with students in the center's classroom. We were proud to host a book signing at the center this spring.

Raise Hell
April - Raise Hell - Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Directed by Janice Engel and produced by James Egan and Carlisle Vandervoort in Los Angeles, the film tells the story of legendary political columnist Molly Ivins, whose papers are preserved at the Briscoe Center.

"Her archive is enormous! I had to climb a mountain called Molly," said Engel at an April program with the center, co-hosted by the LBJ Presidential Foundation. "I think I've spent a total of six to eight months over about five years basically living in the Briscoe Center."

For Engel, who photographed over 3,000 documents and images during trips to the center, her research represents "an archeological dig into someone's life." Along with interviews and other research, the center's collections help guide a narrative that brings Ivins's surly repartee and blistering political wisdom back to life.

"This is a gift to the online generation. I've shown it to some of my students, and they are knocked out," said Engel, who teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. "They need a blueprint of what to do. Molly's more relevant now than when she was alive."

May - Brendan McNulty and Timothy McNulty's book chronicles the career of "one of the most influential congressmen you've never heard of." Jack Brooks, a native of Beaumont, Texas, and a World War II veteran, served as a congressman from the Beaumont—Port Arthur area between 1953 and 1995. The Meanest Man in Congress relies heavily upon the center's Jack Brooks Papers, as well as interviews with the congressman's peers and family members.

moon rock
March - Explore UT enables Texans of all ages to participate in the richness of the university's scholarship and knowledge. The Briscoe Center participated in March with a special display of a piece of moon rock that was donated to Walter Cronkite in appreciation for his journalistic efforts in covering the space program on national television. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Photo by Matt Wright Steel

Day Tripper
January - In January, the PBS travel show Daytripper came to Uvalde and featured a visit to the center's Briscoe-Garner Museum. "If you grew up in Texas, Dolph Briscoe is definitely one of those names you grew up hearing," said Daytripper's host Chet Garner. "This museum does an awesome job in filling in the details . . . his record speaks for itself."


July 12, 2018 – Friedrich Richard Petri (1824–1857) and Hermann Lungkwitz (1813–1891) were pioneering Texas artists whose work captured a striking visual record of the people and landscape of the Hill Country in the mid-nineteenth century. The Briscoe Center has loaned numerous items related to Petri and Lungwitz to the Bullock Texas State History Museum for an exhibit on German artists and immigration. Artifacts include Lungkwitz’s easel and paint box, as well as a number of Petri’s sketches and studies. They will be on display for the rest of the year.

Lungkwitz and Petri (who were brothers-in-law) both immigrated to Texas in 1851 along with several members of their extended family. The group settled on a farm near Fredericksburg where the two artists worked. The two artists became friends while students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany. Their work reflects the German Romantic movement in which they were immersed, focusing on mood, emotion, and personal interpretation over literal depiction. Their work captures a certain ambience of midcentury Texas that cannot be recreated from early photographs and documents. Romanticism also influenced a core focus of their work: the noble indigenous American, whom they saw as the victim of Anglo encroachment.

Petri died tragically in 1857 when he drowned in the Pedernales River. Though his life was short, he left behind a full body of work that contributed significantly to the visual memory of pioneer life in Texas. Lungkwitz moved to Austin in 1870 after accepting a position as a photographer for the General Land Office. He remained there for rest of his life, teaching art lessons and continuing to paint.

Warrior chief
July 12, 2018 – The women’s liberation movement in the 1960s and ’70s helped transform American society in profound ways. In Austin and across Texas, many women’s activists worked for change in the state’s communities and universities. UT historian Dr. Laurie Green worked with the Briscoe Center to archive the stories of these activists so they are not lost to history. Green’s undergraduate class “Women and Social Movements in the United States” spent the fall and spring semesters identifying local activists and interviewing them for an archival project now housed at the Briscoe Center. The collection includes audio recordings of those interviews as well as transcripts. The center worked with students on file formats, metadata, and recording techniques. Eventually these oral history resources will be made available online. The collection will also grow as future students take the class and new oral histories are added to the collection.

Warrior chief
May 18, 2018 – During the spring semester graduate students in the UT History Department's "Public and Digital History" seminar worked to bring several of the center’s collections online. The result is an array of new digital projects available to the public that include documentary repositories, explanatory essays and K-12 curriculum. "Students had a chance to do archival research for the first time, learned the value of working directly with archival staff, and had the opportunity to help make collections available to other researchers and curious public readers," said Dr. Joan Neuberger who ran the seminar.


Ken burns Vietnam
December 7, 2017 – The Blanton Museum of Art’s exhibit The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip opened on November 25. For the exhibit, the Briscoe Center loaned a 1953 edition of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, which identified black-friendly hotels, restaurants, and other businesses across the country during the Jim Crow era. The Open Road explores the evolution of American car culture. An important part of that story is the experience of black road trippers. The exhibit is open until January 7, 2018.

Ken burns Vietnam
September 28, 2017 – The Vietnam war was a conflict that defined a generation and divided the country. In a new PBS documentary series, "The Vietnam War", academy award-winning documentary film maker Ken Burns and partner Lynn Novick unpack the conflict. The documentary is "visceral and immersive," says PBS, no doubt due to the use of archival collections (including those at UT's Briscoe Center for American History) which the Washington Post has described as "critical to the series" said the Washington Post. Continue reading

pong to pokemon
September 28, 2017 – The Bullock Museum’s exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming chronicles 50 years of the video game industry. The exhibit feature numerous items from the center’s Video Game Archive, including Ralph Baer’s prototype design of his Brown Box console, Heather Kelly’s notes about player motivation, and a character concept for Deus Ex authored by Warren Spector and Anna Navaree.

September 28, 2017 – The Briscoe Center has begun a partnership with C-SPAN to showcase the center’s photojournalism archives. In 2013, the center video-recorded interviews with photojournalists who have donated their collections to the center, including Eric Draper, Frank Johnston and Diana Walker. These interviews, recorded in celebration of the center’s News to History exhibit opening, have been edited and illustrated by C-SPAN. Broadcast at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. CT each Sunday, the interviews are also available on C-SPAN’s website.

willie nelson collection
July 26, 2017 – Four items from the Briscoe Center’s Willie Nelson Collection are on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which now boasts a Texas Music section as part of its permanent exhibit. The two posters, award and Indian headdress were previously part of the center’s Willie Nelson Display, located at the North End Zone of the UT stadium.

The Price for Their Pound of Flesh
April 28, 2017 – Daina Berry's new book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh, represents a chilling exploration of the economic values placed on enslaved persons from pre-conception through death. Dr. Berry's book made great use of the center's nationally acclaimed collections related to the South and slavery. In the book, she writes "I am fortunate to work at a university that has rich archives, such as the Briscoe Center for American History."

March 31, 2017 – The Allan Vorda Music History Collection, 1977–1993, chronicles psychedelic musicians and groups from the 1960s including the 13th Floor Elevators, Martha and the Vandellas, the Rascals, Small Faces and Vanilla Fudge. Interviews with these artists and others were digitized from cassettes and synced to transcriptions made by Vorda during research for his books, Psychedelic Psounds, which were migrated from from 3.5” (floppy) discs in the collection.

March 27, 2017 – Documents from the Briscoe Center’s Natchez Trace Collection were seen in a new light thanks to the Visualization Lab at UT’s Texas Advanced Computing Center. Scanned at high resolution and displayed on a massive scale on a 328 megapixel array of screens, students from UT’s College of Liberal Arts were able to pick out new details that challenged their perceptions of archival materials.

February 18, 2017 – Following World War II, Americans provided millions of dollars in relief supplies to Western Europe. To show their gratitude, French citizens sent over 52,000 gifts packed in railcars — the "Merci Train." Merci Texas, on display at the Capitol Visitors Center in Austin, includes over 30 objects from the center's collections including a sword, a trumpet and a Napoleonic medallion — donated in 1949.

March To Freedom
February 2, 2017 – March To Freedom celebrates the civil rights movement through the words of Congressman John Lewis and the photgraphs of James "Spider" Martin, whose archives are stored at the center. Originally displaedy at the LBJ Library in 2015, this center-produced exhibit now tours with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It debuted at the Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview on February 2.


September 23, 2016 – Last fall, Dr. Karen Pavelka's iSchool class visited the Briscoe Center, selecting photographs from our collections to highlight, research and caption. Pavelka's class studies the use of photographs in cultural heritage institutions. Over the next several weeks, on #PhotosFriday, we'll be posting photographs captioned by the class to the center's Facebook page.

Live Music Capital of the World
September 21, 2016 – The Briscoe Center made available rare music and posters for KUT reporter Mose Buchele's recent piece on the history of Austin's bold moniker, the "Live Music Capital of the World.".

The Precursors
September 9, 2016 – In 1956 the first African American undergraduates enrolled at and attended The University of Texas at Austin. In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of this watershed moment, the Texas Exes produced "The Precursors," a documentary short. The Exes utilized a number of photographs from the center's University Archives for the project.

Frances Tarlton 'Sissy' Farenthold
May 17, 2016 – Congratulations to the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice on the award of an "Emma" for our collaborative project, "Frances Tarlton 'Sissy' Farenthold: A Noble Citizen." Launched last year, "A Noble Citizen" is an interactive media project that highlights materials from the center's Sissy Farenthold Papers. The project received an "Exceptional Merit in Media" Award on May 16 from the National Women's Political Caucus.

Deep in the Heart
Februry 19, 2016 – The Briscoe Center's annual quilt exhibit in 2016 is Deep in the Heart: Texas-Themed Quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection. On display at the Winedale Historical Complex from Feb. 15 to 27, the exhibit will now travel to Uvalde, where it will be exhibited at the center's Briscoe–Garner Museum beginning April 23. Deep in the Heart showcases quilts on Texas themes and features three from the Shirley Godbold Fowlkes Stevenson Quilt Collection, established in 2014.

John Matthias Kuehne Photograpic Collection
Februry 17, 2016 – John Matthias Kuehne (1872–1960) was a physics professor at The University of Texas at Austin from 1909 to 1951. He was a research pioneer who helped found the McDonald Observatory, and he taught the first photography class at UT Austin in 1908. His color autochromes of the nascent university were the feature of a recent Austin American-Statesman article by columnist Michael Barnes.

Making Pedernales River Chili
Februry 15, 2016 – In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater fought a fierce presidential election. Only a month before polling day, a tongue-in-cheek article in the Gentry Serenader compared the recipes for Johnson's Pedernales River Chili and Goldwater's Chili. "Violently dedicated partisans can be comforted by the knowledge that although both men like chili, it's a different sort of chili, as shown by comparing the recipes above," the article says. The chili recipes are part of the center's collections, and both were used in dining halls across UT's campus earlier this month in celebration of Presidents Day.

Cactus Jack
Februry 13, 2016 – Don Carleton's editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, Raucous Caucuses, argued for the continued relevance of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner in relation to modern politics. The editorial coincided with the nationwide airing on PBS of the center's documentary Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill, which tells Garner's story.

Elisabet Ney studio, e_math_00113

January 22, 2016 – Congratulations to legendary cartoonist Ben Sargent, whose papers are stored at the Briscoe Center, on his induction into the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame.


Elisabet Ney studio, e_math_00113
October 20, 2015 – The Briscoe Center is home to seven works of art by Elisabet Ney, one of the first professional sculptors in Texas. Many of these are currently on display across Texas, including a plaster statue of Sam Houston at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Several of Ney's sculptures are also on display at the center's Research and Collections Division in Sid Richardson Hall on the UT campus.

September 2015

Hearing Harriet Smith
September 2015 - Hearing Aunt Harriet

In a recent article for JSTOR's online magazine, New York reporter Debbie Nathan used digitized audio recordings from the Briscoe Center's UT Folklore Center Archives to tell the story of Harriet Smith, a former slave. Nathan's article has brought these recordings to the attention of the Library of Congress.

The Briscoe Center's UT Folklore Center Archives includes a seventeen-minute recording of Harriet Smith talking to interviewer John Henry Faulk in 1941. According to Nathan, the Library of Congress was previously unaware of this recording—a significant find considering that there are less than five hours of recordings in the United States that document the voices and recollections of former slaves.

Reminiscences (Aunt Harriet Smith), UT Folklore Center Archives. E_utfc_0359
According to Nathan, the newly recognized audio includes "some unique material from a historical and sociolinguistic point of view." The recording begins with Smith recounting her childhood, milking "breedhorned" [longhorn] cows, plowing fields with oxen and community engagements such as camps and religious meetings. Smith also references slave trading before the "break-up" [American Civil War], the murder of her first husband during reconstruction, and an African American man who helped sell slaves.

From the article:

Smith gives utterly chilling reminiscences of slavery that I have not seen or heard in other narratives. She describes children being rounded up to be sold at auction. It wasn't a white person who did the rounding up. It was a "colored man," Smith says, perhaps to maintain calm among the children, to keep them from suspecting they were about to be sold. The colored man, Smith tells Faulk, "carry these children down. … He say, 'Bid that child a thousand dollars'… . Sold 'em just like you sell your stock in Austin.


July 2015

UT Austin anthropology graduate Nedra Lee
July 2015 – The Briscoe Center's vast newspaper and broadsides collections proved invaluable to a team of archaeologists wrapping up research on an African American farmstead in Hays County, Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation discovered evidence of the farmstead during the planning phase for a new highway. It belonged to Ransom and Sarah Williams, former slaves who worked the land between 1871 and 1905.

UT Austin anthropology graduate Nedra Lee (pictured) researched Reconstruction-era African American newspapers to provide context for the items unearthed during the team's excavation. The farmstead site was fully excavated, and the team's findings have been presented as papers, online teaching materials and project records. The center is now home to the project's archives, which include oral history interviews, photographs, research files and project documentation.

"The center's newspaper resources gave us amazing context in which to place the items we were excavating. It's not just historians and journalists that can benefit from the Briscoe Center," says Lee, who is now an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. "In anthropology and
 archeology, archives can really help bridge the gap between discovery and analysis, teasing out new questions and conclusions along the way."

June 2015

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961
June 15, 2015 – Behold the People: R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961, is on display at the Dallas Historical Society. Between 1949 and 1961, Hickman documented the lives of African Americans in Texas. His images, archived at the center, reveal an everyday community that was largely invisible to white Americans. After serving as an army photographer during World War II, Hickman moved to Dallas, where he worked as a photojournalist for several black newspapers. Later, as a freelancer, his images appeared in Jet, Sepia and Ebony, as well as for publications of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

May 2015

Reporting Vietnam
May 26, 2015 – Selections from the Briscoe Center's collections are currently on display at the Newseum in Washington DC as part of the new exhibit Reporting Vietnam. Using photographs, news footage, artifacts, newspapers and music, the exhibit explores how journalists reported the war to a divided nation. Items requested by the exhibit's curators include a page from photojournalist Eddie Adams' diary, Walter Cronkite's 1968 press pass, photojournalist David Hume Kennerly's camera and gas mask, and a threatening note from an angry viewer to CBS reporter Morley Safer.

April 2015

Hardware Not Responding
April 1, 2015 – Hardware Not Responding, an exhibit recently on display at UT Austin's Fine Arts Library, featured many items from the Briscoe Center's videogame archive. The exhibit was curated by Rachel Simone Weil (UT Austin's Department of Art and Art History), and consisted of videogame consoles and electronic toys produced by Sega in the 1980s and 1990s. Hardware Not Responding playfully asked viewers to consider whether history could have been different for videogame consoles had Sega been more successful—or were they just ahead of their time?

March 2015

When I Rise
March 19, 2015 – On Thursday, March 19, UT Austin's Blanton Museum of Art showcased the Briscoe Center's documentary film When I Rise, which tells the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, an African American student at UT who found herself in the middle of a racial controversy when she was cast in a campus theatrical production in 1957. Center Director Don Carleton spoke at the screening and answered questions from the audience. 

February 2015

New York Times - square logo
February 16, 2015 – The New York Times featured a story about the Briscoe Center's acquisition of the James "Spider" Martin Photographic Archive. The Martin archive documents the life and career of one of the few photojournalists to be on the ground for the civil rights protests on "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, in Selma, Alabama. Martin's photographs, and those of subsequent civil rights marches, were syndicated around the world and contributed to the momentum that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act in August 1965.

Detail from e_rl_0150 by Russell Lee
February 10, 2015 – The Briscoe Center's touring exhibit, Russell Lee Photographs is now on display at the Museum of the Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus in Alpine, Texas. Lee's photography—from his work for the Federal Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression, to his Study of Spanish-Speaking People in Texas and his political work for the Texas Observer—is part of the Briscoe Center's unmatched photojournalism collections.

January 2015

Detail from di_00147 - Ivory portrait of Stephen F. Austin
January 17, 2015 – “In a masculine world, he writes to his mother and his sister. You get a glimpse of how he feels about women, how he delves into more personal issues,” says Briscoe Center Director of Research and Collections, Brenda Gunn, speaking to Austin American-Statesman reporter Michael Barnes, who recently wrote an article about Stephen F. Austin. "He can be very formal, with big handwriting, signing his letters: ‘Your obedient servant.’ With his mother and sister, however it’s just ‘Stephen.’ It’s interesting to think what just ‘Stephen’ was like.”

November 2014

Briscoe Center Fellow Ava Purkiss
November 17, 2014 – Each year the Briscoe Center supports doctoral research at UT's History department with fellowships. This year's recipients are Nicholas Roland and Henry Wiencek, both of whom became interested in the history of the South while taking Professor Jackie Jones' graduate research seminar at the Briscoe Center. Roland is researching a history of the Civil War in the Texas Hill Country. Wiencek is writing a dissertation about Standard Oil in Louisiana during the early 20th century. Previous Briscoe Center Fellow Ava Purkiss (pictured) describes the center as "vital to my graduate career" and the fellowship as "crucial to getting my dissertation off the ground."

October 2014

Lady at the Spinning Wheel (1932)
October 24, 2014 – This year's International Quilt Festival-Houston will open to the public on Oct. 30 at the Brown Convention Center. In honor of the festival's 40th anniversary the Briscoe Center is loaning two quilts for a commemorative Ruby Jubilee exhibit. Lady at the Spinning Wheel (1932) and Feathered Star (1877) are both part of the Winedale Quilt Collection, a scholarly resource for the study of American Quilts.

September 2014

Portrait of Miss Lou, detail
September 15, 2014 – The Briscoe Center has completed the first phase of a significant art conservation project at the Sam Rayburn Museum. Four gold medallion presidential portraits as well as one of Rayburn's sister Miss Lou were professionally restored in Dallas. The presidential portraits were made by Victor Lallier and were given to the Rayburn Museum in 1962. The second phase of the work will begin later this fall with the restoration of four more presidential portraits as well as one of Speaker Rayburn.

August 2014

American Indian Art Magazine - Autumn 2014
August 1, 2014 – The Autumn 2014 issue of American Indian Art magazine features a beaded bandolier bag from the Briscoe Center's Robert Simpson Neighbors Collection. The 1859 piece was owned by Neighbors, who was deeply involved with Indian affairs in the 1840s and 50s. The bag is currently on display at the Autry National Center of the American West as part of an exhibit the Los Angeles Times has described as "a fascinating show" and "a story of survival."

July 2014

Photo of Micael Priest by Alison Beck
July 11, 2014 – Along with the Austin History Center, the Briscoe Center is exhibiting 29 posters at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, July 11 thru September 14. When Austin Got Weird explores the poster artists and music venues that defined Austin's counterculture in the 1960s and '70s. Accompanying the posters are audio clips and interviews that elaborate upon this unique era.

History Detectives Logo
July 10, 2014 – KLRU recently aired an episode of the PBS show History Detectives, which featured research performed at the Briscoe Center regarding a series of murders in Austin in 1884. From PBS: “Three years before Jack the Ripper struck London, a killer—or possibly multiple killers—brutally attacked and murdered eight women in their beds. The heinous crimes stopped as abruptly as they began, and the slayings have remained unsolved for over a century.”

May 2014

The Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University
May 1, 2014 – The Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University features many items from the Briscoe Center's Walter Cronkite Papers. Items loaned include one of Cronkite's World War II army caps, army insignia uniform patches, a stapler, pen and notepad with vintage CBS logos, NASA press passes and an Emmy Award for coverage of Apollo 13 and 14. Cronkite was born in St Joseph, Missouri, in 1916. His family moved to Texas in 1927 and he attended UT Austin from 1933-35. Missouri Western hopes the exhibit will "create a fitting memorial to St. Joseph's beloved native son and one of the most important and trusted voices in our country's history."

April 2014

Texas Furniture Exhibit
April 29, 2014 – Last year the center exhibited Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection in partnership with the Bullock Texas State History Museum. The exhibit, which showcased pieces from the most significant collection of 19th-century Texas furniture in existence, has been preserved on the center’s website as an interactive 360-degree virtual tour.

Ann Richards
April 24, 2014 – HBO's new documentary All About Ann made extensive use of the Ann W. Richards Papers at the center's Research and Collections Division. The center co-hosted the film's premiere in Austin on April 23. The documentary aired on April 28, with additional screenings throughout May.

March 2014

Sixty from the '60s
March 15, 2014 – Three items from the Briscoe Center's Walter Cronkite Papers are being used in the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum's new exhibit, Sixty from the '60s. The exhibit features photographs, documents, books, clothing, posters, and artwork related to sixty Americans who made an impact on the 1960s.

The Briscoe Center loaned a script, an award, and a reporter's notebook from the Cronkite Papers. The reporter's notebook was used by Cronkite while in Hue, Vietnam, in 1968. The script was read by Cronkite for his editorial during the resulting special report on the Vietnam War. The award was given to Cronkite in 1980.

The three items can be seen alongside original lyrics written by Bob Dylan, a Telstar satellite, a dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's communications headset, a boxing glove worn and signed by Muhammad Ali, and an original Peanuts comic strip. The exhibit will be on display until January 4, 2015.

When I Rise poster
March 5, 2014 – The Briscoe Center's award-winning documentary film When I Rise is the powerful story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who becomes a target of racial discrimination and ultimately ascends to the heights of international opera. In March, the film was showcased at the Hill Country Film Society's Indie Screening Series in Fredericksburg, Texas. It was also screened in Turku, Finland, as part of EarthAngel's Say It Loud Black History Month program. When I Rise premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2011.

February 2014

detail from cover of Napoleon in America
February 21, 2014 – Shannon Selin’s new book, Napoleon in America, is a work of historical fiction that asks the question, "What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States?" Selin's work utilized two letters written by Stephen F. Austin, housed at the Briscoe Center, to explore the scenario of Napoleon in Texas.

News to History exhibit logo
February 20, 2014 – The Briscoe Center was proud to co-sponsor, A Personal Look through the White House Lens, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. The program featured two White House photographers, David Hume Kennerly and Eric Draper. Both have placed their archives at the center. The program was held in conjunction with the exhibit News to History: Selections from the Briscoe Center, on display at the Nixon Library through March 2, 2014.

January 2014

image of treaty stone
January 29, 2014 – During a Briscoe Center tour led by Amy Bowman and Alison Beck, members of UT LAMP (Learning Activities for Mature People) peruse archival collections including photographs of the 1900 Galveston hurricane, Walter Cronkite, and UT campus after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

image of treaty stone
January 21, 2014 – The Fort Martin Scott Treaty Stone has been loaned to the City of Fredericksburg. The stone commemorates the signing of the 1850 treaty between the Fort, located near Fredericksburg, and the Indian tribes in the land surrounding. It will be on display at the Vereins Kirche Building of the Pioneer Museum on Fredericksburg's Main Street.

logo for exhibit
January 17, 2014 – Since December 21, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has been hosting News to History: Selections from the Briscoe Center. The exhibit has proved popular and has been extended until March 2. Additionally, the exhibit was recently reviewed by the Los Angeles Daily News.

December 2013

The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers
December 18, 2013 – Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin, discusses the "little-known UT treasure, the Briscoe-Garner Museum," and praises the work of the Briscoe Center in his Tower Talk blog post.

book jacket for Washington Brotherhood detail
December 1, 2013 – University of North Carolina Press published Rachel A. Shelden's Washington Brotherhood. Professor Shelden, assistant professor of history at Georgia College and State University, was a 2009 Smith Travel Award winner, which is intended for students at other universities who need to conduct in-depth research at the Briscoe Center. The book incorporates research from her study trip to Austin.

November 2013

Not Even Past logo with image
November 25, 2013 – University of Texas graduate student Henry Weincek published an article on the  History Department’s blog, Not Even Past, regarding his research on the Briscoe Center’s ExxonMobil Historical Collection.

logo from Nixon Presidential Library
November 27, 2013 – The Briscoe Center's exhibit News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency will be on display at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, California, from December 21, 2013, to March 2, 2014.

detail of Slate's logo
November 20, 2013 – Rebecca Onion, on Slate’s history blog The Vault, discusses material from the Briscoe Center's recently published book by Julian Read, JFK's Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath. Onion focuses her comments and images on the "...The 'Welcome, JFK!' Banquet That Never Happened."

detail from poster advertising When I Rise.
November 18, 2013 – The Mayo Clinic's Office of Diversity and Inclusion has selected When I Rise, the Briscoe Center's the award-winning documentary film about Barbara Conrad's life, to be screened on November 18, 2013 at its Festival of Cultures Film Festival in Rochester, Minnesota.

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November 13, 2013 – The José Enrique de la Peña narrative, from the Briscoe Center collections, is on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum through December 2013. The Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Fall 2013 Star Magazine, describes the controversy surrounding the diary. Legend has it that Davy Crockett fought to the death at the Alamo, de la Peña’s narrative states otherwise.

Detail from portrait of Julian Read.
November 6, 2013 - Allan Peppard of the Dallas Morning News, discusses the public talk by Julian Read at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on November 8. Read, Governor John Connally's press representative at the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, also signed copies of his new book JFK's Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath which was published by the Briscoe Center.

Image of recent acquisition at the Rayburn Museum, a glass lamp shade.
November 1, 2013 - The Rayburn Museum has two recent acquisitions, an inscribed gavel (SAM Rayburn / Opening 86th Congress / January 6, 1959) and a hand-painted, china lamp shade used in the White House that was a gift to Sam Rayburn from President Harry Truman.

October 2013

Image of students listening to a talk in the Winedale Theater Barn.
October 25, 2013 - The 6th annual Winedale Engineering Workshop, held in the Winedale Theater Barn, was attended by approximately 180 engineering students from UT Austin, Rice, and Texas A&M Universities. The event's mission is to facilitate interaction between the electrical and computer engineering communities at the three universities and to encourage joint research. Professor Sanjeev Arora from Princeton University spoke about "Algorithims for Machine Learning Problems with Provable Guarantees" while Professor Piotr Indyk of M.I.T. explained "Faster Algorithims for Sparse Fourier Transform." An interactive poster session, presented by some of the students attending, was held at Winedale's Meadows Conference Center after lunch.

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October 22, 2013 - CBS' "Face the Nation" showed film footage from a 1963 home movie of the wedding reception of Winston Scott and Janet Leddy from the center's Winston M. Scott Papers. Bob Schieffer and author Phil Shenon discussed Scott's unpublished memoirs as CIA Station Chief in Mexico City when Lee Harvey Oswald visited in the weeks before the assassination of President John Kennedy.

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October 15, 2013 - The six-hour documentary Latino Americans broadcast on PBS features photographs and film footage from several collections at the Briscoe Center.

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October 9, 2013 - In his Tower Talk blog, University of Texas President Bill Powers recommend's William H. Cunningham's new book "The Texas Way " published by the Briscoe Center. 

September 2013

Professor Carol Adams-Means' Mass Media and Society class from Huston-Tillotson University.
September 25, 2013 - Professor Carol Adams-Means' Mass Media and Society students from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin visited the Briscoe Center for a guided tour of the center's exhibit News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency at the LBJ Presidential Library.

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September 24, 2013 - In collaboration with the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin, the students from the Survey of Digitization class attended a presentation and tour in the digitization work area at the center. The class will digitize significant portions of manuscript and printed materials, as well as photographs, in the center’s John A. Lomax Family Papers.

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September 19, 2013 - A screening and discussion of Cactus Jack: The Political Legacy of John Nance Garner was held on September 19. This documentary, produced by the Briscoe Center for American History in collaboration with the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the School of Journalism, tells the story of John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner, considered to be among the most powerful vice presidents in U.S. history and one of the most influential members of Congress in the twentieth century. The John Nance Garner Papers reside at the center and the Briscoe-Garner Museum is one of its divisions. 

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September 11, 2013 - The Briscoe Center recently co-hosted a program, "A White House View of 9/11", with the LBJ Library. White House photographer Eric Draper, whose archives are held at the Briscoe Center, shared his gripping photos and recollections with guests. He was joined by Karen Hughes, counselor to the president; Karl Rove, senior advisor to the president; and Clay Johnson III, assistant to the president for presidential personnel, who shared their experiences traveling with the President or working from the White House that day.

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September 4, 2013 - John Wheat, archives translator and coordinator for sound archives, talked to a digitization class in the UT School of Information, co-taught by Tania Clement and Quinn Stewart. The class will digitize significant portions of manuscript and printed materials, as well as photographs, in the Briscoe Center’s John A. Lomax Family Papers. They will then create a multi-dimensional website that draws all those elements together with the already digitized Lomax field recordings. John's talk introduced the students  to the life and work of John A. Lomax giving context to the materials they would be digitizing. 

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September 4, 2013 - CNN's article, "What makes an image unforgettable?", includes two iconic images from the collections of the Briscoe Center, Dirck Halstead's photograph of President Bill Clinton with Monica Lewinsky and Eddie Adams' "Saigon Execution."

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September 2, 2013 - Stephen F. Austin’s 1835 receipt for book purchases is highlighted in an article by Brenda Gunn, associate director for research and collections, on the University of Texas at Austin's Department of History website Not Even Past.

August 2013

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August 26, 2013 - On the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, UT highlights images of Martin Luther King Jr. by the noted photojournalist, Flip Schulke, whose collection of images resides at the Briscoe Center.

dust jacket of Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital
August 26, 2013 - Matthew T. Huber, author of Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital cites the Briscoe Center in his acknowledgements. He writes: "This book is a work of scholarship that more than anything else relied on documents – primary sources, newspapers, magazines, and academic literature, among other resources. My access to these varied texts was enhanced by numerous gracious and committed staff members at a variety of institutions. Thanks to the many resourceful archivists at…the University of Texas – Austin's Dolph Briscoe Center for American history,… Thanks to Matthew Darby at the Dolph Briscoe Center for digging up an old collection of Esso ads from the 1950s."

George Sanger
August 23, 2013 - ♫ Beep, Boop, La La La: The George Sanger Collection at UT Austin Videogame Archive. This very interesting blog post by Mike Ashenfelder for The Signal - Digital Preservation Blog at the Library of Congress not only describes George Sanger's work and his collection but also the technical challenges digital archivists face in preserving digital files.

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August 1, 2013 - UT posts image on Faceboook of the UT Longhorn Band in "Texas Script" formation. Photograph is from the UT Longhorn Band Records; di_02242.

July 2013

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July 26, 2013 - Texas Artifact Spotlight highlights an engraved silver tray from the Sam Rayburn Papers now on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Given to Rayburn in 1959 it reads, "To Sam Rayburn Whose Abilities Made Him Speaker of the House and whose Warmth and Concern Made Him Our Friend." 

Detail from an image taken from the UT Tower
July 17, 2013 - The University of Texas at Austin posted historical photos of the UT Tower from the Briscoe Center collections on Tumblr to mark the 77th anniversary of the opening of the its observation deck.

From left, Westbanker and sponsor/home host David Garza, niece Hillary Hogg, Westbanker and mother Janell Chesnutt, Westbanker and sponsor/home host Dr. John Hogg. Photo by Holly Jackson.
July 17, 2013 - Holly Jackson, Westlake Picayune Contributing Writer to, reports about the Briscoe Center for American History and the Texas State History Museum Foundation fundraiser supporting the furniture exhibit from philanthropist Ima Hogg’s Winedale Collection, the most significant Texas furniture collection in the nation. An evening with museum curator and historian Lonn Taylor was held at the hillside home of West Lake Hills residents David Garza and Dr. John Hogg.

Warren Specter
July 17, 2013 - Warren Specter, whose archives are housed at the Briscoe Center, speaks about UT's new Denius-Sams Gaming Academy certification program starting in the 2014 fall semester. Materials from the Briscoe Center's video game archive were used in this presentation and are available for archival study. Part of the College of Communication, the gaming program is designed for students looking for leadership training in the field of video game production. Students can learn more about the Briscoe Center's video game holdings here.

detail from Bullock Museum's Artifact Spotlight newsletter.
July 12, 2013 - Texas Artifact Spotlight focuses on a pie safe, ca. 1880, one of 36 pieces of furniture from Winedale in the exhibit Texas Furniture From The Ima Hogg Winedale Collection, beginning July 13, 2013, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Walter Cronkite (on the far right) with flyers while he was working as a UPI correspondent during World War II. This photo is believed to be from 1944. Photo courtesy of  the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.
July 10, 2013 - KUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Walt Cronkite about his grandfather's letters home during World War II. The Briscoe Center houses Walter Cronkite's professional and personal papers.

Margaret Schlankey talks to Gilder Lehrman Institute teachers in Briscoe Center reading room.

June 2013

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June 13, 2013 - Erin Griffin in an article in "The Alcalde" talks with Texas Ex, Barron U. Kidd, who donated an original George Washington letter to the Briscoe Center. 

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June 6, 2013 - News outlets across the state report the Briscoe Center's acquisition of a letter handwritten by George Washington, including the Austin American StatemanBryan-College Station EagleCBS DFWDallas NewsFort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Quorum Report.

detail from Bullock Museum's Artifact Spotlight newsletter.
June 3, 2013 - Texas Artifact Spotlight tells the story of the Alamo Secession flag, ca. 1861. This flag from the Briscoe Center's collections is now on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

May 2013

Detail from President George W. Bush and aides at a Sarasota elementary school on Sept. 11, 2001. Eric Draper Photographic Archive, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
May 20, 2013 - The Statesman's Ken Herman on the Briscoe Center exhibit, News to History: "photos that will remind you of the unparalleled power of a still image."

Detail of Barbara Conrad performing the title role of Carmen opposite Jacque Trussel as Don José in the Houston Grand Opera production of Carmen (1974).  Photo Credit:  Fred Bunch. Briscoe Center.
May 6, 2013 - Matthew Bannister, host of the BBC World Service radio show, Outlook, interviews Barbara Smith Conrad. The interview can be heard online (jump to 34:28). Outlook, features extraordinary personal stories from around the world. The Briscoe Center, home to Barbara Conrad's papers, also produced When I Rise, the award-winning documentary film about Barbara Conrad's life.
Detail from book cover of Cronkite's War
May 2, 2013 - National Geographic announces the release of Cronkite's War: His World War ll Letters Home. The book, by Walter Cronkite lV and historian Maurice Isserman, is based on letters written by Cronkite to his wife Betsy, and his wartime dispatches. The Walter Cronkite Papers including more than a hundred of his letters to Betsy are housed at the Briscoe Center.

April 2013

Detail from book cover of Front Row Seat by Eric Draper
April 30, 2013 - A new book by the University of Texas Press, Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush, presents an extraordinary collection of images, many never before published, by former Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper. Front Row Seat is part of the Focus on American History Series with The University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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April 30, 2013 - The Briscoe Center recently co-sponsored the Historic Natchez Conference: From Civil War to Civil Rights. Read about two UT History Department graduate students that presented at the conference and used materials from the Briscoe Center.

April 29, 2013 - The Briscoe Center for American History is pleased to announce its participation in the social media site Historypin.

Barbara Conrad
April 23, 2013 - Lauren Barnes, A&E editor for the PatriotTalon, the student newspaper for the University of Texas at Tyler, announces the screening of When I Rise at Theatre 20 @ Potter Place in Tyler.

When I Rise poster
April 23, 2013 - Stewart Smith reports in the Tyler Morning Telegraph that "When I Rise should be required viewing."  When I Rise will be shown in Tyler on April 26-27 and May 3-4.

Detail of a photograph of  Frances T. "Sissy" Farenthold
April 3, 2013 - The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law receives grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation to launch the Frances T. "Sissy" Farenthold Archives Project. The Rapoport Center will work on the project in conjunction with the Briscoe Center, where Farenthold’s papers are located.

March 2013

Detail of a photograph by Diana Walker of Hillary Clinton.
March 15, 2013 - View video of acclaimed photojournalists Diana Walker and Lucian Perkins as they discuss their favorite photographs in the News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency exhibit, as well as comment on their own experiences covering the presidency.

Lucian Perkins discusses a photograph with fellow photojournalist Diana Walker and moderater Neal Spelce.
March 14, 2013 - Lucian Perkins discusses a photograph with fellow photojournalist Diana Walker and moderater Neal Spelce. Read about this event sponsored by the Briscoe Center and the LBJ Presidential Library in Jeremy Thomas's Daily Texan article "Renowned photojournalists discuss history through photographs."

Fred Cantu, reporter for KEYE News
March 12, 2013 - Fred Cantu, reporter for KEYE TV news, tours the Briscoe Center exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency

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March 8, 2013 - Phil Coomes, picture editor for the BBC News in Pictures, showcases the Briscoe Center exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency.

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March 5, 2013 - Briscoe Center collections provide rich resource for Glenn Frankel author of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend.

February 2013

"Old Glory goes up on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima" Photographed by Joe Rosenthal, 1945. Copyrighted.
February 20, 2013 - Culture Map Austin reviews the Briscoe Center exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency.

Album Cover
February 18, 2013 - The Austin American Stateman reported the recent release of I, Too, a CD on Longhorn Music, the Butler School of Music's label at the University of Texas at Austin. Pianist Artina McCain and soprano Icy Simpson tapped into the Briscoe Center's African-American spiritual music collections for this recording. Icy Simpson had surveyed the Center's holdings of African-American gospel music.

News to History logo
February 14, 2013 - The University of Texas showcases the Briscoe Center's News to History exhibit.  

When I Rise poster

February 12, 2013 - Don Carleton discusses the origins of When I Rise on the Austin's Film Society's Slackerwood blog.  

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February 11, 2013 - Dr. Thomas M. Hatfield, director of the Military Institute at the Briscoe Center, discusses James Earl Rudder and the role of the military in history in an interview on Decision Point, KSCE El Paso.

Detail image from from Hooked In Spring 2013
February 6, 2013 - Hooked In, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Communication, Spring 2013 newsletter, shared images of Walter Cronkite from the Briscoe Center collections.

Campaign button for Morris Sheppard, Briscoe Center, Morris Sheppard Papers, di_06287.
February 1, 2013 - The Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune reports the debut of the film, Modern Icarus: The Story of Morris Sheppard. Members of the Northeast Texas Community College chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Society created the film, using the Morris Sheppard Papers housed at the Briscoe Center for their research.

January 2013

Detail image from cover of Red Scare! by Don Carleton

January 28, 2013 - The Texas Observer references Red Scare! by Don Carleton in their article Texas Media Lent Credence to Anti-Socialist Hysteria In the ’60s—Has Anything Changed?

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January 26, 2013 - Briscoe Center sound archivist John Wheat interviewed by the Houston Chronicle for their article 80 years ago, folklorists found America's Songs.

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January 18, 2013 - The Daily Sentinel reports the presentation of the Briscoe Center's award-winning documentary film, When I Rise, as the concluding film in the Fall 2012 Nacogdoches Texas Film Festival. This is the first showing of When I Rise as a selection in the Independent Film Network’s Spring 2013 program.

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January 16, 2013 - "MLK's mark on UT: A look back at a day the civil rights leader spent on campus" by Denise Gamino of the Austin-American Statesman is illustrated with an image from the center's UT Texas Student Publications Photographs collection.

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January 15, 2013 - The Briscoe Center's award-winning documentary film, When I Rise, is the first film in the Texas Independent Film Network’s Spring 2013 program. This inspiring true story will be featured in venues across Texas.

Image of amateur radio operator equipment outside the Sam Rayburn Museum.
January 7, 2013 - Amateur radio operators participate in the commemoration of the 131st birthday of Sam Rayburn at the Sam Rayburn Museum as reported in the North Texas e-News article "Remembering Rayburn" by Allen Rich.

December 2012

Barbara Smith Conrad in "Aida," Photo by Marc Raboy, Courtesy Bess Pruitt Records, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
December 8, 2012 - Sixteen objects and numerous photographs are part of the Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, December 8, 2012 - May 19, 2013. Included are a "Votes for Women" broadside (ca. 1918), Alamo pocket mirrors, and a 1919 diary of Jane McCallum, a leader in the woman suffrage movement and former Texas Secretary of State. Also included are photographs and objects from the papers of mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad.

November 2012

Coach Royal
November 30, 2012 - John Wheat remembers Coach Darrell Royal on NPR's "Only A Game" with Bill Littlefield.  John Wheat, historian and archivist at the Briscoe Center, co-authored Darrell Royal's autobiography.

Ann Richards
November 30, 2012 - The University of Texas at Austin reviews Let the People In: the Life and Times of Ann Richards by Jan Reid with a slideshow of images from the Ann W. Richards Papers at the Briscoe Center.

Detail from 1882 image showing the laying of the cornerstone for the University of Texas at Austin's "Old Main". Brisco Center di_08222.
November 28, 2012 - The University of Texas at Austin posts the Briscoe Center's 1882 image of the laying of west wing cornerstone as construction began on "Old Main."

October 2012

Author Jan Reid
October 26, 2012 - Jan Reid, author of Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards, talks to The Austin Chronicle on Ann Richards' legacy. Jan Reid's book used many materials from the Briscoe Center.

Ann Richards image from the Briscoe Center.
October 12, 2012 - The Washington Post reviews Let the People In: the Life and Times of Ann Richards by Jan Reid with a slideshow of images from the Ann W. Richards Papers at the Briscoe Center.

book jack for Let the People In published by UT Press
October 1, 2012 - Jan Reid, author of Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards, mentions the Briscoe Center while talking Texas Monthly. Ann Richards' papers are housed at the Briscoe Center.

handwriting expert
October 2012 - Briscoe Center materials were featured on the BBC's "The One Show". A letter from Jackie Collins to Dominick Dunne was used for a handwriting analysis.

Archivist Stephanie Malmros presents during Professor Jacqueline Jones' HIS 389 class.
October 12, 2012 - Archivist Stephanie Malmros presents during Professor Jacqueline Jones' HIS 389 class.

September 2012

Archivist Brenda Gunn hosting a screening of The Briscoe Center's award winning documentary, "When I Rise" for Professor Gretchen Ritter's Government class this morning.
September 28, 2012 - Archivist Brenda Gunn hosts screening of the Briscoe Center's award winning documentary, "When I Rise" for Professor Gretchen Ritter's Government class.

July 2012

book jacket for Taking it Big
July - Several years ago Stanley Aronowitz researched the C. Wright Mills papers held at the Briscoe Center. He recently published Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectual, Columbia University Press, 2012. C. Wright Mills was born in Waco and studied at the University of Texas at Austin.

Detail from book jacket, Douglas Brinkley's Cronkite.
July 7, 2012 - Professor Douglas Brinkley, formerly a Distinguished Fellow of the Briscoe Center, is the author of Cronkite, just published by Harper Collins. In addition to interviewing nearly two hundred people, Brinkley found great value in the Cronkite’s papers held at the Briscoe Center.