Briscoe Center for American History

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Briscoe Center for American History
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] Reference Request Form


University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78705 USA

Telephone:[1] Reference desk 512-495-4532, or Information desk 512-495-4518

Hours and holidays:[3] Monday-Friday 10:00 to 5:00;
Saturday 9:00 to 2:00 when University of Texas classes are in session; Holidays

Maps, directions, parking, and public transportation:[4] Locations, Maps, Parking, and commuting directions

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

This collection is as large as the Texas state archives including newspapers, biographies, private collections, the American South, military history, Western Americana, photos, and the Natchez Trace Collection papers from Mississippi and Louisiana.[5] Their collections help with ethnic research about Latinos, African Americans, Germans, Swedes, Texas pioneers, the American South including plantations and slavery, and official Spanish documents of the Mexican state of Coahulia y Texas.[6] Military records cover all conflicts involving Texas such as the Texas Revolution (1836), Indian wars, and the American Civil War.[7]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Briscoe Center for American History, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Fort Worth letters, photos, maps, settlement history, American Indians, the Civil War, slavery, Chinese exclusion, repatriation, segregation, and World Wars I and II.[8]
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases. Outstanding for the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England.[9] [10]
  • Clayton Library, Houston, one of America's best genealogical collections, especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee with censuses, military, passenger lists, periodicals, family histories.[10]

Similar Collections

  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, holds original documents from Mexican Texas, the Republic of Texas, and Texas State. All counties are represented by original records. They have all Texeas vital records, newspapers, censuses, military, county taxes, maps, and city directories.[10]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Contact Us in Briscoe Center for American History (11 November 2015).
  2. Locations, Maps and Parking in Briscoe Center for American History (11 November 2015).
  3. Hours in Briscoe Center for American History (12 November 2015).
  4. Locations, Maps, and Parking in Briscoe Center for American History (11 November 2015).
  5. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 65. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  6. Online Reference Tools in Briscoe Center for America History (accessed 12 November 2015).
  7. Collections: Military History in Briscoe Center for America History (accessed 12 November 2015).
  8. Dollarhide and Bremer, 130-31.
  9. Genealogy Section in Dallas Public Library (accessed 18 October 2010).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  11. Records in Austin Genealogical Society (accessed 12 November 2015).
  12. Collections in Austin History Center (accessed 12 November 2015).