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Research Reference Help

The Briscoe Center for American History is closed until further notice, along with all other departments and units at the University of Texas at Austin. Reference staff will respond to email and voicemail requests and will provide assistance when the resources needed are available in electronic format and accessible remotely. Use the form below to make an email reference request; or call the reference phone at 512-495-4166 and leave a voicemail message. Email and voicemail are checked several times a day during business hours Monday through Friday. We are unable to respond to requests sent through the mail at this time.

Reference Request Form

We answer questions in the order we receive them. Please do not send multiple requests if you do not hear back right away. We strive to answer all questions within a week of receipt.


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The Texas Public Information Act, with a few exceptions, gives you the right to be informed about the information that the University of Texas at Austin collects about you. It also gives you the right to request a copy of that information; and to have the University correct any of that information that is wrong. You may request to receive and review any of that information, or request corrections to it, by contacting the University's Public Information Officer, Office of Financial Affairs, PO Box 8179, Austin TX, 78713.

Other help you might need:

Do you want to order copies? Please consult our duplication section.

Do you want to request an inter-library loan of a book or microfilm reel? Initiate the request with your home library, and it will contact the University of Texas Libraries, which will arrange any eligible loans.

Do you need more research help than we can provide? Consider hiring a researcher from the Austin area to help you where our available services leave off.

Do you need to know how to cite our materials? We have a formatting guide available.

If you intend to cite Briscoe Center materials in your research, please remember to visit our How to Cite page to submit an Intent to Cite form.

Do you want to know the value of something that you own? We do not conduct appraisals, but we do have a list of professional appraisers.