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Research Reference Tools


Each subject guide listed below is tailored to the specific characteristics of its research topic. The formats of the guides vary with the subject matter, but each directs the researcher to key resources within the Center's collections. Many of the guides include useful contextual information such as inclusive years, physical size, historical context, and collection strengths.

The subject guides are useful in identifying promising resources to explore. The next step is to examine the more detailed finding aids or the University of Texas Online Catalog to determine exact access codes or call numbers. Please contact our Reference Services staff if you have any questions.

Due to the changing needs of researchers and new additions to the collections, existing guides are regularly updated and new guides created. You are welcome to send recommendations for future guide topics to our reference desk.

We will be adding links to the guides as we publish them online. Printed copies are available in the Research and Collections Division's reading room at the University of Texas.

1945: Texas at War and Peace - detail from e_bb_2405 War poster], no. 06137-1; World War II
1945: Texas at War and Peace: Selected Publications, Archives, and Manuscript Collections.
African American History Resources - detail of Lucia J. Knotts Rhone, Rhone Family Papers
African American History Resources: For the purposes of this selection, scope was limited mainly to African Americans in the state of Texas.
image detail from brochure front cover listing the agenda and schedule for the Women For A Meaningful Summit meeting in Athens, Greece, Farenthold Papers, e_ef_0001_01
Sara Clark Collection on Social, Political, and Environmental Reform: Honoring the outstanding work of Sara Clark, former head of Archives and Manuscripts.
image detail from (Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection)
Congressional Papers: Descriptions of and inventories for archival and manuscript holdings.
The Dolph Briscoe Papers - di_03922 portrait of Dolph Briscoe
The Dolph Briscoe Papers: These materials include extensive information about Briscoe's activities as a rancher, oilman, banker, and civic leader.
President Carter  - e_rap_0525_80px.jpg
Foreign Policy: Descriptions of and inventories for selected archival and manuscript holdings.
Resources for Genealogy Research - 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.
Resources for Genealogy Research: Selected Publications, Archives, and Manuscript Collections (PDF 229KB).
German American Resources - detail from foth_0433 Neu-Braunfels lithograph
German American Resources: Selected resources including: Immigration (General & Regional), Biography/Genealogy, Church Records, & Music and the Arts.
John F. Kennedy; Detail from di_02012.
John F. Kennedy Collections: Includes descriptions of collections with materials related to John F. Kennedy.
Labor Resources - detail image di_04613 "When This Man Moves...Things Change", Congressional campaign poster for James Farmer.
Labor Resources: Bibliography containing selected materials relating to the study of labor and laborers.
Latino History and Culture - detail e_rl_14646_0040 Front of a Spanish language theater
Latino History and Culture: This selected bibliography offers a few examples of the many resources relating to Latinos in Texas available at the Briscoe Center.
Mathematics, Archives of American - detail from Unidentified instructor, from the William T. Reid Papers
Mathematics, Archives of American: Major strengths of the AAM are in topology, mathematics education, analysis, number theory, logic, and the mathematical foundations of physics.
Media History Archives - detail di_05655  Walter Cronkite speaking in front of a CBS microphone
Media History Archives: Includes the papers of media professionals, the archives of media industries, the archives of photojournalists, and special-focus collections on media issues.
Bexar Archives Online - Image of detail signature from the Bexar Archives
Mexican American History Resources: Variety of material for the study of Mexican American life, history, and culture in Texas (PDF 775KB).
Music Collections - detail di_07334 Cactus Jack - Texans Farmers Dance
Music Collections: Music-related collections include sound recordings, manuscript and printed sheet music, photographs, videocassettes, and poster art.
Plantation Resources - image detail from NTC_0075a The Cotton Plantation Record and Account Book, No. 3
Plantation Resources: Descriptions of and inventories for selected archival and manuscript holdings.
Slaves and Slavery Resources - detail di_03371 Texas Slaves
Slaves and Slavery Resources: Descriptions of and inventories for selected archival and manuscript holdings.
Southern History Resources - detail  NTC_0262 The Mississippi Valley Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1
Southern History Resources: Descriptions of and inventories for selected archival and manuscript holdings.
Swedes in Texas - Image of archival boxes
Swedes in Texas: Selected Publications, Archives, and Manuscript Collections.
Texas Colonial Period - Resources for Genealogical Research - detail di_03340 Governor Cabello’s census of the Province of Texas, “Provincia de los Texas”
Texas Colonial Period - Resources for Genealogical Research: Includes censuses, correspondence, printed materials, mission reports, and reports of colonial officials.
Texas Jewish Collections - detail di_05481 I.T.O.: To Show at the Galveston Jewish Immigrants Information Bureau
Texas Jewish Collections: Selected Archives and Manuscript Collections.
Texas Revolution Resources - detail di_00179 Crockett at the Alamo
Texas Revolution Resources: Selected Archives and Manuscript Collections.
Winedale / Round Top, Texas Area - detail di_07107 The Winedale Inn
Winedale / Round Top, Texas Area: Selected Archives and Manuscript Collections.