The Briscoe Center is a history research center with few peers. Our archival, artifact, and library collections contain historical treasures documenting key themes in Texas and U.S. history. These treasures echo with stories of the people, places, events, and ideas that have shaped our nation's history. The collections represented on this page contain audio/visual media enriched with access tools such as searchable transcripts, indexes, table of contents, geographical data, and others. These tools, now synchronized to the audio/visual content, allow you to navigate the hours of content in creative ways.
|KLRU-TEMP Videotape Collection|
The KLRU-TEMP [Texas Educational Media Program] initiative was a collaboration between Walter Prescott Webb and Joe Frantz of the University of Texas Department of History and the Radio/Television Department, who did all the production work. The basic idea was to bring to Austin all the greatest names in various fields of American history and tape them in two or three 30-minute lectures that could then be used in classes at UT and other Texas schools.
|Bob Bailey Studios Photographic Archive|
The Bob Bailey Studios Photographic Archive provides a visual history of life in Houston from the 1930s through the 1990s. The archive includes images, still and moving, of politicians and celebrities, the oil and auto industries, aerial views of downtown Houston, local movie palaces, and department stores.
|Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records|
Records concerning the project begun in 1952 and sponsored by Mrs. Walter B. Sharp to place on record the development and history of the Texas oil industry. Records include oral reminiscences of pioneers of all phases of oil fields and oil booms, roughnecks, driller, promoters, financiers, contractors, lease men,and law officers.
|ExxonMobil Historical Collection|
Comprised of an estimated 4 million documents, 1.5 million photographs, 4,000 artifacts, and well over 30,000 moving image and sound recordings, the ExxonMobil Historical Collection is arguably the largest publicly available collection documenting a single petroleum company.
|Sam Rayburn Papers|
Correspondence, speeches, interviews, newspaper clippings, printed materials, financial records, maps, charts, and reports document the political career of Sam Rayburn.
|James Leonard, Jr., and Lula Peterson Farmer Papers|
The Farmer Papers documents the Farmers' professional and personal involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement and four organizations founded by James Farmer, including the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
|R.L. Moore Legacy Collection|
The Legacy of R.L. Moore Project helps advance studies of the mathematician Robert Lee Moore (1882-1974), thereby promoting the study of more effective methods of learning and teaching. The R. L. Moore Legacy Collection consists of oral histories, conference materials, student notes, reminiscences, photographic materials, theses, dissertations, administrative files, and articles.
|Texas Speakers Oral History Collection|
From November 2003 to April 2005, Briscoe Center historians Dr. Patrick Cox and Dr. Michael Phillips interviewed then-current Speaker Craddick and nine former Texas House speakers.
|Warren Spector Papers|
Spector is a videogame developer best known for his work on games such as Deus Ex and Ultima: Underworld. The audio-visual media in his collection were accumulated by Spector during his career as a game developer.