Exploring the American Story Starts Here
The Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit of The University of Texas at Austin. As one of the leading historical research centers in the United States, the Briscoe Center’s essential purpose is to collect and preserve primary source material documenting American history for use in teaching and research.
Studying original material in the archives provides a valuable learning experience like few others. Students, scholars, and visitors can examine primary sources to form questions, seek evidence, and deepen their understanding. Trained to glean facts from historical documents and photographs, historians in particular rely on the center’s collections to write objective narratives, ensuring the discussions concerning American ideas, identities, origins, and values remain rooted in evidence. The Briscoe Center’s expert staff assists our guests in their exploration of the American story.
The Briscoe Center receives 35% of its annual operating support from the university. 60% of the center’s operating funds comes from our incredible community of donors in the form of endowment earnings and both unrestricted and restricted gifts and grants. The remaining 5% of the budget is earned from fees for services. The generosity of alumni and friends ensures the Briscoe Center can advance its leadership in collection development, teaching, research, and projects.
Your gift, whether for immediate or future use, provides vital resources to benefit tens of thousands of students, faculty, independent scholars, writers, filmmakers, genealogists, and history enthusiasts who depend on the Briscoe Center to learn about the past so they can understand the present and prepare for the future.
The Briscoe Center does great work. With your help, more can be done.