One Mission—Four Locations—Fostering Exploration of Our Nation’s Past
The Briscoe Center and the University of Texas at Austin are committed to keeping our visitors, staff, and community safe and healthy. With the exception of the main exhibition galleries in Sid Richardson Hall, the majority of the Briscoe Center for American History remains temporarily closed, in line with university policy toward Covid-19.
Our main exhibitions galleries in Sid Richardson Hall are now open. We require reservations for exhibition attendance, to ensure proper social distancing. Our staff is frequently cleaning all our public spaces. For the safety of all involved, we ask our in-person visitors to follow these guidelines:
- Please do not come to the Briscoe Center if you or someone in your household is sick or feels ill.
- Masks are optional inside university buildings and outdoors.
- For individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have weakened immune systems, masking and social distancing are optional but recommended.
- Please wash your hands well and often, and use our hand sanitizers where available.
- Practice social distancing on site by following signs and Briscoe Center staff guidance. Stay six feet away from other visitors while in the galleries. Households may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times.
Many functions are still being conducted remotely, including a majority of those provided by the Briscoe Center. This policy applies to the center’s classrooms, reading room, and off-campus divisions, which include the Briscoe-Garner Museum in Uvalde, the Sam Rayburn Museum in Bonham and Winedale in Round Top. Most of our staff are working remotely and we continue to respond to online queries and requests. Updates will be posted on this page.
The center continues to monitor online reference queries and requests. For more information on these services please use the form on our Contact Us page. Researchers can also utilize the center’s digital media repository (DMR), which contains over 150,000 photographs, letters, recordings, and other materials available for online study. Finally, the center’s finding aids and collection inventories are housed through a searchable online Finding Aid portal. The DMR and Finding Aid portal are great ways for researchers to broaden their knowledge of the center’s collections, inform their research requests, and formulate a plan for when the center reopens.
The Briscoe Center is an organized research unit of the University of Texas at Austin. We are closely monitoring and following instructions from the university’s leadership as they develop policies and procedures in regard to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In turn, the university follows guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Austin Public Health. Please note that our policies may change at any time, depending on how the pandemic evolves. For more information on the university’s policies and recent announcements, please visit https://www.utexas.edu/coronavirus.