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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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"Inventing the West" Videotape
A videotaped panel discussion on Texas mythology and its legacy in the western genre films of Hollywood.
Allan Vorda Music History Collection
The Allan Vorda Music History Collection, 1977-1993, chronicles musicians and groups from the 1960s. Artists include Ted Nugent, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Archie Bell, Arthur Brown, the Buckinghams, the Coachmen, the 13th Floor Elevators, Fever Tree, Josefus, the Kingsmen, Martha and the Vandellas, Question Mark, the Rascals, Seeds, Small Faces, Spirit, the Turtles, and Vanilla Fudge.
Armadillo World Headquarters Records
The Armadillo World Headquarters collection includes photographs, business records, ephemera, and recordings from the iconic 1970s Austin nightclub. The recordings include radio ads for the club and local businesses, live music recordings, and demo tapes. Digitized and described by Angela Swift.
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.
Braniff Airlines Film
The 16mm color Braniff Airlines Film, 1967, contains a 60-second advertisement, entitled Chefs, produced for Braniff International by Wells, Rich, Greene, Inc.
Bryan Sorens Movie Film
Comprising two 16mm motion picture films, the Bryan Sorens Movie Film, 1928, chronicle Sorens’ trip from Tulsa, Oklahoma to the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, as well as home movies from Ballinger, Texas.
Conservation History Association of Texas, Texas Legacy Project Records
The Texas Legacy Project, a cooperative documentary initiative supported by the Conservation History Association of Texas, aims to preserve the history of resource and wildlife conservation in the state through interviews with conservationists.
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.
Foodways Texas Oral History Collection
The Foodways Texas Oral History Collection contains oral history interviews conducted from 2007 to 2014 as part of the following projects: Barbecue, Craft Brewers, Co-ops, Film, Iconic Restaurants, Louisianne en Tejas, Night Hawk, Oysters, and Shankleville. As the collection continues to grow, interviews will be added to the Foodways Texas Oral History Collection.
Frances Goff Papers
Frances Goff was the first personnel director of the Texas Railroad Commission, served as secretary to a Texas state legislator and Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, and worked as the director for the Texas Bluebonnet Girls' State program and director of special projects for M.D. Anderson. Audio tapes, video tapes and films document her life and career.