Archives and Special Collections

As a unit for the University of Texas Libraries in the Architecture and Planning Library, the Archives support research and education concerning the history of the built environment by acquiring and preserving research collections and also by making them accessible. The Archives also support learning opportunities and scholarly activities for students studying preservation of this cultural record and archival enterprise.

The Briscoe collects preserves, and makes available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history as a leading history research center.

Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collection, Briscoe Center for American History is considered the most extensive collection of books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and recordings pertaining to Texas.

Perry-Castaсeda Library Map Collection contains maps that are historical city maps, park maps, sanborn maps, and topographical maps of Texas. A number of the maps can be found digitally.

The University of Texas Archives is comprised of adminstrative papers of UT Departments and personal papers of leading academics.

Resources Beyond UT: TEXAS

Austin History Center has over 60,000 architectural drawings and documents from projects designed by over 150 local firms. Holdings are placed in the Austin Public Library online catalog.

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is an branch that is archival of Houston Public Library which centers on the history of Houston. HMRC’s collections include books, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, oral histories along with other archival materials. An assortment of these materials have now been digitized.

The Portal to Texas History offers a gateway that is digital rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections.

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the continuing state agency for historic preservation.

The Texas Historical Atlas features nearly 300,000 site records, including data on Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in legit Texas.

The Texas State Library and Archive Commission collects official records of Texas government along with other significant historical resources.

The Texas Archival Resources Online enables you to conduct a look for the finding aids of several of these collections as well as others across the state.

The design of Texas is a radio program hosted by the Texas Society of Architects. The archives of program can be accessed through the library catalog or on the Texas Society of Architects’ website.

William J. HIll Texas Artisans and Artists Archive was created by the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens plus the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This freely-searchable online archive documents the lives, work, and products of Texas artisans and artists through 1900.

The typical Land Office houses maps, archival documents, and land grants.

Texas Secretary of State includes records, rules, and regulations.

Texas Department of Transportation: Photo Library includes TxDoT subjects and landscapes.

Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio Texas

ArchiveGrid includes over four million records archival that is describing, joining together information on historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and much more. With over 1,000 archival that is different represented, it helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) contains metadata records —information describing a product —for scores of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and much more from libraries, archives, and museums around the united states of america. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website. The DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely open to the entire world. It strives to contain the breadth that is full of expression, from the written word, to pieces of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to your efforts and data of science. The DPLA is designed to expand this crucial world of openly available materials, and then make those riches more easily discovered and much more widely usable and used.