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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.


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Henry B. Gonzalez Papers
The Henry B. Gonzalez Papers include 370 film reels, plus video and audiotapes, as well as over 500 cubic feet of correspondence, committee records, campaign files, schedules, personal schedules, appointments, legislative files, photographs, memorabilia and artifacts. The papers document Congressman Gonzalez’s years of public service as an elected official on the San Antonio City Council, the Texas State Senate, and the U.S. Congress, though the bulk of the records document his tenure as U.S. Representative from Texas (1961-1998).
Jack B. Brooks Papers
Films documenting the political career and family life of Jack B. Brooks during his term as United States Representative from Texas.
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).
Joe M. Kilgore Papers
Joe Madison Kilgore (1918-1999) was born in Brown County, Texas and grew up in Rising Star and Mission, Texas. He served as a Democrat in the Texas State House of Representatives (1947-1954) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1955-1965). Motion picture film reels and sound recordings document his political career in the Texas State House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives.
John M. Pinto Videotape
The John M. Pinto Videotape is a collection of multiple video packages recorded to one videotape. Each of these videos document events that took place in Albany, Texas in 1984, including the annual Fort Griffin Fandangle celebration, a dedication of the Old Stone Ranch, and the opening week of The Old Jail Art Center.
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.
Lower Colorado River Authority Film and Video Collection
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Film and Video Collection, 1936-1937, documents the early work of the LCRA and flooding in Austin, Texas. Four silent 16 mm film reels (1936-1937) illustrate the construction of Buchanan Dam and Inks Dam in 1937, including the presence of Texas politicians Harold Ickes, Tom Miller, and Alvin J. Wirtz at tours and groundbreakings. Additionally, the films show sites flooded by the Colorado River in 1936, such as the uncompleted Buchanan Dam, Austin Dam, Marble Falls, Barton Springs, and various bridges.
Max Beberman Film Collection
The collection consists of film reels of the University of Illinois Committee on School Mathematics (UICSM) series "Teaching High School Mathematics," featuring mathematician Max Beberman. Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.
Molly Ivins Papers
The Molly Ivins audiovisual collection contains audiocassettes, videocassettes, and other formats that feature radio interviews, recordings of public speeches, oral histories, and music related to the life and career of Molly Ivins. Ivins, a noted Texan journalist, humorist, and political commentator was an enthusiastic supporter of archives and over 51 boxes of her large papers collection contain audio and audiovisual materials. The items curated here date largely from the height of her national prominence from roughly 1984 through 2001. Featured on these tapes are Molly’s thoughts on topics such as freedom of speech, feminism, progressivism, social justice, and Texan and national politics. Of particular interest to researchers are Ivins’ frequent anecdotes and opinions on public figures. Represented within this collection are local figures such as John Henry Faulk, Gib Lewis, Ann Richards, and Bob Bullock, as well as national figures such as H. Ross Perot, George H. W Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Newt Gingrich. This collection was digitized and described by Johnny Rovell.
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.