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Research Visit



All research materials, including offsite materials, can now be requested online using our patron portal. All researchers are required to register using our new patron portal beginning April 2nd, 2018. Once registered, researchers can request our materials for research, and can check into the reading room. Registration can be completed in advance of the research visit online, or in person at the center.

Space limitations in the Briscoe Center’s building on the U. T. Austin campus require that we store many of our collections off-site. How do you know if a collection is stored off-site? Here are some clues:

• All New York News Media Morgue files are stored offsite

• The “Restrictions” portion of the finding aid will indicate if all or a portion of a collection is housed off-site. Finding aids for most collections are in the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) database.

• Contact Briscoe Center staff if you are in doubt about the storage status of a collection. We will be happy to determine its location for you.

Researchers must request materials stored off-site at least one week in advance of their visit. We need that amount of lead time to retrieve the materials and deliver them to the Briscoe Center. Complete the form below and click submit to place a request.

Ordering more than eight items: Staff experience shows that researchers use five to seven boxes per day if they are moving at a moderate pace. For that reason, we provide space in our request form for up to eight boxes. If you plan to visit the Briscoe Center for multiple days then contact the coordinator for off-site deliveries about increasing the number of items you want to request.

Return of materials to offsite storage: Due to limited space in our offsite holding area, we retain materials only as long as they are being used by a researcher.  If there is no activity for one month then Briscoe Center staff returns materials to offsite storage.  Researchers can always request the materials again using the form below.