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Research Reference Tools


In-depth information about the nature and extent of our archives and manuscript holdings is available under collection strengths.

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO)
The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) website is the product of a consortium of archival institutions around Texas. Researchers can find materials on topics of interest to them across multiple institutions by inputting key words into the simple search box on the page linked above. Limit the search to the Briscoe Center by going to advanced search and selecting UT Austin Dolph Briscoe Center for American History from list of repositories.

An alphabetical index also provides subject and name access to a select number of Briscoe Center manuscript collections. It was compiled in the 1990s and has not been updated since that time, but it can bring to light some of our older collections without online finding aids. This index is also available in hard copy in our Reading Room.

You can request copies of paper finding aids from our reference staff.

Additional resources:

detail from Kielman Guide
Kielman Guide
The published volume, The University of Texas Archives: A Guide to the Historical Manuscripts Collections in the University of Texas Library, compiled and edited by Chester V. Kielman (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967) presents brief descriptions of 2430 archival and manuscript collections in an alphabetical arrangement in 404 pages, with 190 pages of appendices and index. The Kielman guide is available in over 300 libraries throughout the world, including in our reference collection in the reading room.
The University of Texas at Austin Libraries catalog - UTCAT
The online library catalog of The University of Texas at Austin Libraries (UTCAT), with its multifaceted name, place, and topical subject access, contains descriptions of some archival and manuscript collections.