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Research Visit


Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar

Welcome to all teachers attending the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar at the University of Texas at Austin! The staff of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History looks forward to your visit on Monday, June 20, 2016. For the first time, the Benson Latin American Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection will also offer Gilder Lehrman teachers the opportunity to use their rich resources related to foreign policy.

We know from past Gilder Lehrman Institutes that working with primary documents in an archival setting is a highlight of the experience. We want to make your research time as fruitful as possible, so we have provided some tools to ease your way.

  1. Archival research 101: This short presentation will take you through the steps of finding the archival documents most useful to your research. If you have never done archival research then we encourage you to take a few minutes to review the slides in this guide.
  2. Registration form: We require all researchers to complete a registration form. When you register, you are agreeing to abide by our policies, so please read the “Regulations for Use” and the “Personal Camera Use Policy” before completing the registration form. We will need to see some form of photo identification to complete your registration process. You will be able to begin your research more quickly if you bring your printed and completed registration form with you on June 20!
  3. The subject guides: The Briscoe Center and the Benson Latin American Collection have prepared separate foreign policy subject guides listing archives in our respective collections.  In these guides, you will find names of archival collections and a brief description of that collection.  The titles of the collections are hyperlinked to the full finding aid or inventory for that collection. The finding aids will help you to choose what boxes you want to see while you are here. We strongly encourage you to go through the subject guide and linked finding aids at least a week ahead of your visit. Since many of our collections are housed offsite, we need to have box requests by Wednesday, June 15th.
  4. Box request form: To maximize your research time on June 20th, you will want to request boxes using our online form. We need to receive your request by Wednesday, June 15th. We cannot fill requests received after the 15th but we will have a large selection of boxes on hand from which to choose when you arrive on the 20th.

Please remember to bring a camera or your phone camera since you will be able to photograph documents for your classroom use. If you have any questions about the Briscoe Center before you arrive in Austin, please contact Margaret Schlankey, our head of public services, or Stephanie Malmros, the assistant director of archives, and they will assist you.

Proceed to box request form.