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Research Reference Tools


Our collections are so varied and vast that we do not have one search bar or index that covers all holdings at the Briscoe Center for American History.

Please select from the options below to search items in our collections, or view our subject guides for suggestions of material that might suit your interests.

Archives and Manuscripts Subject Index - Image of archival boxes
Archives and Manuscripts Subject Index:
Descriptions of and inventories for archival and manuscript holdings.
Bexar Archives Online - Image of detail signature from the Bexar Archives
Bexar Archives:
The military, civil, and political life of the Spanish province of Texas and the Mexican state of Coahuila y Texas.
Books and Journals - Image detail from Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, circa 1860-1880. Ima Hogg quilt Collection, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Books and Journals:
Books, periodicals, sheet music, and pamphlets, many of which are rare or scarce.
Broadsides - Image (BC_0397) Detail from Cortinas! Cortinas!, Broadsides Collection, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Nineteenth and twentieth century printed documents.
Ephemera - Image (NTC_0024 Detail from Country girl with basket of cherries. One of several advertising cards pasted into scrapbook, Natchez Trace Collection, Ephemera Collection-Morgan (William) Papers, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Invitations, advertisements, business cards, campaign posters, admission tickets, printed programs, and greeting cards.
Genealogy Resources - Image (e_eap_3670) Detail from Certified copy of the proofs of noble birth adduced by the famous Bernard de Galvez when he received the cross of Charles III.] 1 vol. [fold out family tree],Parsons (Edward Alexander) Collection, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Genealogy Resources:
Census records, ship passenger lists, subject guide.
Digital Media - Image (Dv_00004_2mainpage.jpg) Detail from digitzed Lecture by John Hope Franklin for the videotaped series,
Digital Collections:
Digitized items from Briscoe Center collections, including documents, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images.
Maps - image detail from Sanborn Map
Printed and manuscript maps depicting international geographic areas with special strengths including Texas, the U.S. South, the U.S. Southwest, and Mexico.
Moving Images - Image detail from Houston Chemical Giant, Turner, Pix (e_bb_5025), Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
Moving Images:
Film, videotape and digital formats.
New York Times Media Morgue
New York News Media Morgue Indexes:
Newsweek, New York Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and the New York Times.
Newspapers - Image (e_tgz_003_03) Detail from The Texas Gazette; Vol. 1 No. 6, page three, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Foreign, U. S., and Texas newspapers.
Photographs - image (di_03276) Detail from Lizzie S. Neblett and Will Neblett. Neblett (Lizzie Scott) Papers, 1849-1928, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Over five million photographic images spanning the period from the late 1840s to the present.
Social Studies - TEKS - detail from rwl14233_0030
Social Studies - TEKS:
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards with links to digitized primary resources.
Sound Archive - image detail of cassette tape
Sound Archive:
Recordings of both music and the spoken word.
Subject Guides - image of binders - labeled a-z
Subject Guides:
Key resources within the Briscoe Center's collections arranged by topic.
Texas Directories Collection - image detail of Galveston City Directory, 1890-1891, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Texas Directories Collection:
Telephone and City Directories from around the state of Texas.
Vertical Files - image of an open Vertical File scrapbook, Briscoe Center, University of Texas at Austin.
Vertical Files Index:
Ready reference files of printed resources on an extensive variety of local and regional topics which span decades.