Media History Archives
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History holds an extensive collection of media history archives relating to the historical development of the United States.
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is a special collections library, archive, and museum that facilitates research and sponsors programs on the historical development of the United States. Briscoe Center research collections strengths are the history of Texas, the South, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain West, Congressional history, media history, and selected national-in-scope topics. The Media History Archives is one of the most rapidly expanding collection components in the Briscoe Center and reflects the Center’s partnership with the University's College of Communication. The Media History Archives includes the papers of media professionals, the archives of media industries, the archives of photojournalists, and special-focus collections on media issues. The Media Archives contribute to the curriculum of the College of Communication by supporting teaching and research initiatives. College courses, such as those in Development Communication, build from these unique resources. In addition, faculty and students utilize these collections for their individual research projects.
Collections in the Media Archives are serviced at the Briscoe Center’s Research and Collections Division located in Sid Richardson Hall Unit 2 on the main University campus in Austin. Some collections in the Media History Archive carry copyright and/or donor restrictions.
For more information, please visit the Dolph Briscoe website at http://www.cah.utexas.edu.
The Archives of Media Professionals
The records of media professionals provide a rare opportunity to explore the conditions contributing to media production. These collections illustrate the individual talents, professional norms, and organizational pressures of the people working to create and disseminate media texts. Numerous collections document the careers of prominent journalists, filmmakers, and television professionals.
Edward J. Angly Scrapbooks, ca. 1940s-1950s.5 in.
Two scrapbooks of newspaper correspondence of Angly, World War II war correspondent and UT student, class of 1919. One scrapbook contains original news clippings and the other contains photocopies.
Harry Atwood Film Collection, 1963-1991. 3 ft., 6 in.
Selected short documentary films, available in VHS and DVD formats, by award-winning documentary filmmaker Harry Atwood. Films include “The Great Unfenced” (1963), about a cattle station in the outback of western Australia; “Paths in the Wilderness” (1976), concerning the missions of Padre Kino in southern Arizona and northern Mexico; and “High on the Wild” (1987), impressions of the Alaska wilderness and its dramatic landscape. The collection also contains Atwood's notes relating to each film and on-location photographs and recordings.
J. Gail Borden, Jr. Papers, 1830-1910, 1932-1937. 6 ft., 8 in.
Account books, contract books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, newspapers, biography, letterpress books, correspondence and microfilm holdings documenting the career of J. Gail Borden, Jr. (1801-1874), surveyor, inventor, newspaperman, businessman, and agriculturist. Of special interest are papers relating to Borden's activities as a surveyor for Stephen F. Austin and as founder in 1835 of the Telegraph and Texas Register at San Felipe. Borden and partners Thomas Borden (his brother) and Joseph Baker published the newspaper in San Felipe until March 1836, in Harrisburg in April 1836, in Columbia from August 1836 to April 1837, and in Houston in May and June 1837. Borden sold his partnership in the Telegraph to Jacob W. Cruger in June 1837.
John Henry Brown Papers, 1691-1951. 28 ft.
Materials documenting the life and career of pioneer historian, newspaper editor, soldier and legislator John Henry Brown (1820-1895). Brown spent most of his early years as a journalist and newspaperman; in his later years he divided his time between political duties and historical writing and editing. Portions of the papers relate to his work as a newspaperman on the Victoria Advocate (1846), Indianola Bulletin (1848-1854), Galveston Civilian (1854), and the Belton Democrat (1859).
Chester Burger Papers, 1921- .19 ft., 6 in.
Documenting Chester Burger's personal life and professional career in television, public relations, and consulting through scrapbooks, videotapes, notes, and printed materials. Burger worked at CBS from 1941 through 1954, in radio, as a “visualizer” in television news from 1946 to 1948, as a news editor from 1948 to 1952, and as national news film manager until 1954. Of special interest are Mr. Burger's scrapbooks spanning 1921 to 1995 and containing letters and ephemera reflecting his involvement in the early development of CBS television news.
Steve Carlin Papers, 1950-1954. 50 ft.
Documenting Carlin's career in television entertainment for both children and adults during the 1950s, including the popular children's show “The Rootie Kazootie Club” on NBC. The collection contains near complete documentation of show “The Rootie Kazootie Club,” including correspondence, scripts, contestant files, and advertising, and documents Carlin's pioneering work in marketing spin-off products from television shows.
Katherine Pollard Carter Papers, 1921-1986. 2 ft., 4 in.
Collection of scrapbooks, news clippings, correspondence, and printed material relating to Katherine Pollard Carter’s career in journalism and public relations, particularly in Houston in the 1920s. She was employed consecutively as ad manager for The Woman’s Viewpoint, Assistant New Business manager for Houston Land and Trust Co., and in public relations for Will Hogg’s Forum of Civics, a civic improvements promotional organization. During this time she also served as publicity chairman for the American Bank Women’s convention held in Houston and helped found the Women’s Flying Club‚ of Houston. Carter’s personal correspondence files concern her religious and political interests.
Henry Cassirer Papers, 1936-1991. 24 ft.
Containing tapes, photographs, research and project files, literary manuscripts, and scrapbooks documenting Cassirer's life and career as a CBS executive in the 1940s, including as editor-in-chief for CBS News, and his association after 1952 with UNESCO as director of mass media in education. Materials reflect Cassirer's pioneering role in developing several CBS network innovations, including the presentation of television news and the integrated approach to television reporting. Henry R. Cassirer served as CBS foreign news editor from 1940 to 1944. In 1945, Cassirer became the nation's first full-time news and picture editor for CBS New York television station WCBW (later WCBS).
Walter Cronkite Papers, 1931- . 287 ft.
Includes scripts, correspondence, research files, photographs, film, videotape, and printed materials, as well as Cronkite's oral history life memoir, a transcript produced from taped interviews with Cronkite made by CAH director Dr. Don Carleton in 1990-1993, which served as the basic text for Cronkite's published memoir A Reporter's Life (1996). The papers document Cronkite's career as a United Press wire reporter and war correspondent before joining CBS in 1950 as the network's Washington correspondent and news anchor at WTOP-TV. In 1962, Cronkite became the managing editor and anchor of “The CBS Evening News,” a position he held until his retirement in 1981.
Mary Evelyn Moore Davis Papers, 1860-1976. 2 ft., 6 in.
Papers concern literary career, social and family life of Mollie or M.E.M. Davis, author of two volumes of poetry and twelve novels, which alternate between Texas and New Orleans settings, and Under Six Flags, a school textbook history of Texas. Included are manuscript drafts of books and articles, poems, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, correspondence, books and pamphlets, financial and legal records, business cards, photographs, and broadsides. Of special note are two Confederate broadsides.
Edward Musgrove “Ted” Dealey Papers, 1945-1963. 4 in.
Collection relates to Ted Dealey (1892-1969) during his tour as a World War II correspondent aboard the battleship Missouri at the time of the Japanese surrender and to his writing as publisher and chairman of the board of the Dallas Morning News. Consists of photocopied typescript of World War II diary, Photostat of the Missouri deck log, printed material, correspondence, news clippings, and a photograph.
Adolph Douai Papers, 1819-1910. 4 in.
Papers reflecting the life and career of German-born Carl Daniel Adolph Douai (1891-1888), writer, editor, and educator, including his work on the German-language newspaper the San Antonio Zeitung, founded in 1852. The bulk of the collection consists of Douai's autobiography and typed translation.
John Henry Faulk Papers, 1936-1990. 30 ft.
Materials documenting the career of John Henry Faulk (1881-1989), noted Texas folklorist, entertainer, and author, and target of the blacklist during the McCarthy years. The collection includes extensive files relating to Faulk's blacklisting experience and his legal case that interrupted his burgeoning career in radio and television broadcasting. Fired in 1957 by CBS for his alleged Communist associations, Faulk sued for libel, and then endured a long legal battle before the case was decided in his favor in 1962. The Faulk Papers are supplemented by The John Henry Faulk v. AWARE Inc., Case Records (13 ft.) containing the complete documentation of the suit undertaken on Faulk's behalf by famed trial attorney Louis Nizer.
John Salmon Ford Papers, ca. 1836-1892. 1 ft., 8 in.
Ford's memoirs of his life (1815-1897) as soldier, elected official, and newspaper editor. Ford served as editor of Austin's Texas Democrat and later went on to establish Austin's State Times, published in Austin from 1852 to 1857. In 1868 Ford moved to Brownsville, where he edited the Brownsville Sentinel.
Evelyn Peyton Gordon Papers, 1866-1964. 3 ft., 2 in.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, literary productions, and personal papers of Evelyn Peyton Gordon, society columnist for the Washington Daily Times from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Shad Graham Papers, 1949-1970. 11 in.
Filming records of documentary filmmaker Shadrack Edmond Graham (1896-1969). Collection contains shooting records and lists of businesses in several small towns, such as Muskogee, Oklahoma; Baytown, Texas; Roswell, New Mexico; and Casper, Wyoming, where Graham made “Our Home Town.”
Jack Ludlow Gould Family Papers, 1812, 1844-1850, 1867, 1892, 1901-1919, 1930, 1993. 4 ft., 2 in.
Clippings, correspondence, photographs, and memoranda documenting Gould's career as a television critic and journalist for the New York Times from 1937 to 1972, where he covered show business, radio, and television. Gould's reporting and criticism in the nation's most influential newspaper made him an important force as television evolved following World War II. His weekly Sunday column addressed many controversial issues affecting the new media, including censorship, the blacklist, and the social responsibility of broadcasters.
Martha Washington Crawford Harpold Scrapbook, 1888-1892, 1934. 1 Vol.
Scrapbook containing newspaper and magazine clippings of the writings of Harpold (1852-1934), an immigration agent and literary writer for the Fort Worth and Albuquerque Railroad as well as a contributor to several Texas periodicals. She wrote under the pen name "Irene" and Irene, Texas was named in her honor. She was a charter member of the Texas Woman's Press Association.
Houston Harte Papers, 1940-1971. 13 ft.
Correspondence, papers, and 23 volumes of scrapbooks documenting the work of Houston Harte (1893-1972), newspaperman. Harte purchased the San Angelo Evening Standard in 1920, and in 1927 he, in partnership with Bernard Hanks, formed Harte-Hanks Communications. In 1972 the chain consisted of one television station and nineteen newspapers, including the Abilene Reporter-News, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, and the San Antonio Express andEvening-News.
Molly Ivins Papers, 1936, 1950- . 75 ft.
Correspondence, diaries, newspaper columns, literary manuscripts, publicity, speeches, reports, research materials, printed materials, and audio and video cassettes documenting the personal and professional life and career of this Texas author and journalist whose newspaper columns appeared in the Dallas Times Herald from 1982 to 1993 and who wrote a syndicated column for Fort Worth Star Telegram until her death in January 2007.
Robert C. Jeffrey Papers, 1954-1993. 14 ft.
Classified files documenting the professional career of Robert C. Jeffrey, former dean of the University of Texas College of Communication.
Rudolph Kleberg Papers, 1820-1966. 5 ft., 8 in.
Correspondence, letterpress book, literary works, diaries, scrapbooks, printed materials, legal materials, financial records, maps and photographs concerning Kleberg, a politician, newspaperman, and attorney who founded and edited the Cuero Star, a weekly newspaper from 1873-1876. Kleberg published outspoken editorials criticizing the violence that marked DeWitt County during Reconstruction.
[Charles Kurault] “An American Moment” Collection, 1996-1999. 7 in.
Videotapes, scripts, segment summaries, and promotional materials relating to the short syndicated TV segments, “An American Moment,” narrated by the late Charles Kurault.
Mary Lasswell Papers, 1880-1984, 13 ft., 2 in.
Research materials, notes, manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs and galley proofs, general correspondence and fan correspondence, legal and financial records, diaries, worksheets, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the career of Mary Clyde Grayson Lubbock Lasswell Smith, novelist, biographer, and newspaper columnist. Lasswell was known particularly for her books in the "Suds" series. Lasswell was editorial columnist for the Houston Chronicle during the 1960s. Her book I'll Take Texas called attention to natural areas in Texas such as Padre Island and the Big Thicket.
Dave McNeeley Papers, 1984- . ca. 33 ft.
Printed material, research and reference files, audiocassettes, videotapes, correspondence and newspaper clippings assembled and generated by Dave McNeeley, political editor with the Austin American-Statesman.
Sig Mickelson Papers, 1930-1994. 30 ft.
Research materials, speeches, correspondence, audio and video tapes, photographs, film, and literary productions reflecting Mickelson's career as a broadcast executive and educator and his interest in telecommunications legislation, the role of television in politics, and the impact of television on public policy. Sig Mickelson held positions at CBS for nearly twenty years beginning in 1943. When CBS News became an autonomous corporate division in the mid 1950s, Mickelson became its first president.
Richard M. Morehead Papers, 1903, 1922-1995. 51 ft.
Correspondence, photographs, books, political cartoons, and research files documenting the career of award-winning journalist Richard M. Morehead, longtime Capitol Bureau reporter, bureau chief, and columnist for the Dallas Morning News. The collection reflects Morehead's coverage of a wide range of public issues, including education, civil rights, court reform, and oil and gas.
James Pearson Newcomb, Sr., Papers, 1835-1941. 7 ft.
Correspondence, letter book, notebooks and scrapbook, journals and diaries, speeches and reports, business, political and legal documents and newspaper clippings reflecting the career of James P. Newcomb, newspaper publisher and journalist. A Union supporter, Newcomb was forced to flee Texas for California by way of Mexico during the Civil War. After the war he returned to Texas, served in the Reconstruction government, founded and wrote for newspapers in the San Antonio area, (the Ledger, the Herald, and the Express) and was a leader in state Republican politics.
Jack Newfield Papers, 1964-2004. approx. 191 ft.
Clippings and research files spanning the career of liberal New York journalist Jack Newfield who wrote for the New York Post.
Edith H. Parker Papers, 1922-1984. 2 ft., 10 in.
Manuscript, typescript, printed, pictorial and cartographic materials concerning the career of Edith Parker, journalist, political aide, and history professor. Parker worked for the Washington Herald as a reporter, librarian, and assistant editor from 1931 to 1934, then worked for Tom Connally, U.S. Senator from Texas, from 1934 until 1943. In 1946, Parker entered the University of Texas at Austin as a graduate student in history under the direction of Walter Prescott Webb; she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on land grants for education in Texas.
Dewitt C. Reddick Papers, 1952-1963. 8 ft.
Research materials, classified files, literary manuscripts, and notes of journalist and UT journalism professor Dewitt C. Reddick (1904-1980). Reddick began his reporting career with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Austin American-Statesman in 1924. He became an instructor in UT's Department of Journalism in 1927 and served as director of the School of Journalism from 1959 to 1964. Reddick wrote or co-authored many books, including Journalism and the School Paper (1938), Modern Feature Writing (1949), and Industrial Editing (1962).
Andy Rooney Papers, 1942-1945, 1957-1991. ca. 3 ft.
Correspondence, radio and television scripts and transcripts, research, memorabilia, newspaper columns, articles, books, and photographs, documenting Rooney's career as a pioneer of network television, author, producer, television commentator, and humorist whose spoken essays have closed TV's top-rated news magazine series “60 Minutes” each Sunday evening since 1978. The collection includes original scripts for and transcripts of various Rooney radio and television broadcasts from 1964 to 1991, including his CBS News specials and network broadcasts, his segments on “Sunday Morning,” and, from 1978 to 1991, his commentaries for “60 Minutes”; copies of his twice-weekly newspaper column for Tribune Media Services, which appears in 200 newspapers across the country; and a set of his Stars and Stripes columns from 1942 to 1945, which he wrote while a GI reporter covering the European theater during World War II. Copies of his numerous books, including The Fortunes of War: Four Great Battles of World War II (1962), Word for Word (1986), Sweet and Sour (1992) and A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney (1981), which became a No. 1 bestseller, are also in the collection.
STEVEN SINGER PAPERS, 1966-2000. 4 ft.
Papers reflect the career of news reporter and producer Steven Singer and include research and production material for numerous television news segments and newspaper articles. Singer worked for the Houston Chronicle, and reported and produced for KERA (PBS) in Dallas, CBS Reports, 60 Minutes, ABC News, 20/20, Nightline, CNN, ESPN, and others. Topics include the Academy Award-nominated program “The Killing Ground,” CNN special report on “Border Babies,” reports on nuclear and chemical weapons and waste, and newspaper clippings from Houston, Dallas, Boston, Nyack, NY, and Riverside, CA.
Smoot-Graham Family Papers, 1811-1968, 1986, 1987. 21 ft.
Family correspondence, business papers, legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, diaries, and photographic materials relating primarily to the Smoot family of Austin. Materials document the work of Asher Graham Smoot (1869-1915), journalist, editor, and manager of the Austin Statesman and cofounder of the Austin American in 1914.
Paul J. Thompson Papers, 1919-1963.28 ft., 10.5 in.
Papers document career of long-time professor and director of the University of Texas School of Journalism.
Frieda Werden Papers, 1968-1997. ca. 24 ft.
Papers of Werden, poet and journalist, editor and publisher, talent agent and performer, radio talk-show host and producer, feminist and gay activist, including correspondence, literary productions, notes and printed materials. The collection also contains photographic materials, audiocassettes and videocassettes concerning poetry readings, women's art, and radio program production.
Rosella Horowitz Werlin Papers, 1928-1984. 3 in.
Collection concerning the career of Houston writer Rosella Werlin (b. 1905) and her activities in the Houston and Galveston Jewish communities includes correspondence with Henry Cohen and other rabbis, photocopies of Werlin's writings and of features about her, family biographical information, and photographs. Additional Werlin papers can be found at Galveston's Rosenberg Library.
Joseph and Shirley Wershba Papers, 1936-1993. 60 ft.
Audio and videotapes, television program scripts, film, transcripts, photographs, research notes, correspondence, and ephemera reflecting the Wershbas' careers in broadcast news, journalism, and broadcasting. The collection contains extensive program files documenting important topics in contemporary American society and the lives of many of the newsmakers of the day. Joseph Wershba worked at CBS both in radio and television, producing such award-winning programs as “See It Now” and “60 Minutes.” As a producer of CBS's “60 Minutes” for more than twenty years, Wershba produced some one hundred program segments, including the Emmy-Award winning “What Happened in the Tonkin Gulf.” Shirley Wershba joined the radio news division of CBS in 1944 and in the 1960s and 1970s worked as a producer for programs such as ABC's “News with a Woman's Touch,” the PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Report, and CBS's “60 Minutes.”
The Archives of Photojournalists
The negative and print archives of former and current photojournalists contains the record of local, regional, national, and international events that document our past and present.
Dirck Halstead Photograph Collection, 1954- . Approximately 105,000 images
As Senior White House Photographer and Photojournalist for Time Magazine, Halstead is internationally known for his work covering the great events of the last two decades. He has set the record for the greatest number of Time Magazine covers by any single photographer. In addition to still photography, Halstead is currently also developing video and multi-media projects.
Shel Hershorn Photograph Collection, 1953-1973.
Approximately 100,000 images.Photographic negatives, prints, contact sheets, tear sheets, color transparencies, publications, and other materials produced by Hershorn and documenting his career as a photojournalist. Based in Dallas, Hershorn's work for BlackStar publishing, Life, Time, and Sports Illustrated reflected mostly Texas themes.
David Hume Kennerly Photograph Collection, 1965- . 250,000 images.
Photographs by Kennerly taken during every phase of his career and documenting some of the most historically significant events that have shaped the Post War Generation. Kennerly in 1972 won the Pulitzer Prize for his feature photography of the Vietnam War and served as White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford. One of the most widely known photojournalists of his generation, Kennerly's images cover the Vietnam War, Watergate and the final days of the Nixon presidency, the Ford White House, Desert Storm, and the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. Kennerly, who is currently senior photographer for Newsweek magazine also has committed to the Center the prints and negatives resulting from his current and future work as a free-lance photographer.
Bruce Roberts Photograph Collection, 1949-1980. 10,000 images.
The photographs of one of the leading documentary photographers in the South during the four decades following World War II. Roberts worked for the Charlotte Observer from 1958 to 1978, then became Director of Photography for Southern Living magazine, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He was twice named Southern Photographer of the Year. His documentary photographs, many of which were published in magazines such as Life, Look, Sports Illustrated, and Time, document lunch counter sit-ins, a 1956 Elvis Presley concert in Florida, a hand-drawn ferry operating on the Suwanee River, country doctors working in remote areas of Appalachia, and Head Start teachers in North Carolina.
Dick L. Swanson Photographic Archive, 1959-1994.
Approximately 15,000 images. Photo negatives, photo prints, and positive transparencies of images taken by Dick L. Swanson during his career as a photojournalist for four major employers: Time magazine, Life magazine, People magazine, and Black Star Publishing. Coverage includes some of the major international events and figures of our generation, including the Vietnam War and its aftermath and state and national political campaigns beginning in 1974.
Margaret Sandahl Thomas Photographs, 1880, 1966 - . 1 ft. papers; 24,000 images.
Personal papers, photo negatives, mounted exhibition boards, prints, published photographs, and slides reflecting both Margaret Sandahl Thomas's work as a photojournalist for the Washington Post and her free-lance activities in the Virginia area. Thomas worked as a White House Photographer during the Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush presidencies. The collection also includes the results of various other Post story assignments, depictions of metro-Washington D.C., as well as coverage of fox hunting and the blooded-horse farms of Virginia.
The Archives of Media Industries
Media industries produce the cultural texts of our times. Archives chronicling the publication of newspapers and magazines and the broadcast of television and radio offer insights into historical shifts in political and public agendas; the records of industry organizations illuminate the process of cultural production.
CBS Evening News Archive, 1962-1981. 75 ft.
News scripts, memoranda, publicity materials, photographs, viewer mail, and miscellaneous materials generated during the years in which Walter Cronkite served as managing editor of CBS Evening News, 1962-1981. Restricted access. This collection may not be viewed without the written permission of CBS. Consult reference staff for further information.
Freie Presse für Texas, 1866-1946. 24 ft., 2 in.
Correspondence, legal papers, memoranda, financial records, galley proofs, and broadsides produced by the state's largest German-language newspaper. Published in San Antonio from 1866 to 1946, Freie Presse für Texas was produced in daily, weekly, and tri-weekly editions throughout the nineteenth century. The Center’s Texas Newspaper Project has microfilmed all extant issues of Freie Presse für Texas.
Houston City Magazine Records, 1978-1986. 6 ft. 3 in.
Print and negative photographs and slides associated with articles published in Houston City Magazine from 1978 to 1986.
Houston Post, Washington D.C. Bureau Collection, 1963-1995. 14 ft.
Clippings and various files, especially relating to Texans in Washington D.C., as maintained by the Houston Post in its Washington D.C. Bureau office.
The New York Journal American Newspaper Morgue, ca. 1924-1966.
13 million clippings.Newspaper morgue consisting of approximately one million biographical and subject files of clippings compiled by the staff of William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal American. Includes clipping files for all individuals and subjects covered by the Journal American as well as separate sections for files on VIPs and the City of New York.
The New York Herald Tribune Newspaper Morgue, 1910-1967.
15 million clippings.Newspaper morgue consisting of approximately 1.2 million biographical and subject files of clippings from the newspapers created in 1924 from the merger of the New York Herald with the New York Tribune. The collection also includes files from the New York Tribune morgue (1900-1924) and the World Journal Tribune (1966-1967). Subjects and persons covered include politics at the local, state, national, and international levels, sports, New York culture, and society, theater, and the arts, and major events of the day.
The New York Times Newspaper Morgue, ca. 1924-1988. 15 million clippings.
Newspaper morgue consisting of classified subject files of clippings from the nation's newspaper of record, the New York Times. The collection also includes clippings from national magazines and other New York-area newspapers. Collection strengths include national and international politics, economic news, daily events, theater, and the arts.
Texas Press Association Archive, 1880-1942. 2 1/2 in.
Organizational records relating to the Texas Press Association, a statewide professional organization of weekly, semi-weekly, and daily newspapers published in the state of Texas. The purpose of the association is to provide a forum for discussions concerning the newspaper community and to speak out on issues of public concern. The CAH collection includes proceedings of the annual meetings from 1880-1887.
Texas Professional Communicators Records, 1909 - . 7 ft., 4 in.
Succeeds Texas Women's Press Association and Texas Press Women organizations. See collection descriptions listed under those names.
Texas Film Collection, 1940-1984. ca. 800 items.
Lobby cards, posters, distributor's press books and press kits, screenplays, and photographic stills documenting more than 145 films relating to Texas. Those films include “Buckaroo Sheriff of Texas,” “The Streets of Laredo,” “The Texan Meets Calamity Jane,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Gunslingers.”
Texas Women's Press Association Archives (now called the Texas Professional Communicators Records), 1909- . 7 ft., 4 in.
This collection consists of historical files composed of minutes of Board meetings, resolutions, reports, publicity, convention records, code of ethics, by-laws and amendments, newsletters and clippings, and scrapbooks.
Trackdown Television Series Archives, 1957-1959. 8 in.
Collection includes twenty-one television scripts written by Jack Robinson for the 1957-1959 television series “Trackdown.” Set in the Southwest during the 1870's, “Trackdown” detailed the adventures of a mythical Texas Ranger, Hoby Gilman. Many of the stories told in the series were adapted from cases in the files of the Texas Rangers. Also included are author's notes with annotations on eighteen of the episodes.
UT/KUT Longhorn Radio Network Records, 1961-1984. 71 ft.
Master recordings of programs recorded by radio station KUT at the University of Texas at Austin. Programs included are “U Forum” and “University Speakers,” consisting of University and guest lecturers, symposia and special conferences that focus on a broad range of social and scientific subjects. Other major series include “Black Studies Lectures”; “Inquiring Minds,” a report on campus academic activities; “Texas Weekly,” a review of political activity in Texas; “John Henry Faulk,” a political and folk humor commentary; “Latino USA,” a weekly review of Spanish speaking people in the United States; and “Stardate,” an informative series on astronomy.
University of Texas Student Publications Records, 1895-1994. ca. 300 ft.
Images of, or relating to, the University of Texas at Austin, generated by Texas Student Publications, Inc., and predecessor organizations for use in publications such as The Daily Texan, the Cactus, Alcalde, and The Ranger. The early photographs are arranged by subject; later accessions are arranged chronologically by format.
W.I.N.G.S. Archive (Women's International News Gathering Service), 1955-1997. 46 ft.
Correspondence, printed materials, newsletters, newspapers, notes, financial records, reports, diaries, literary productions, photographs and audio tapes documenting the development and work of W.I.N.G.S., a feminist-oriented broadcast news service. Radio journalists Katherine Davenport and Frieda Werden, who produced and co-anchored the monthly syndicated public radio newscast, WINGS, founded W.I.N.G.S. in 1986.
Special Focus Collections on Media Issues
Media constitute a pervasive force in our society, contributing to social change, economic development, and political debate. Collections concerning media issues examine the critical roles media play in our society.
Development Communication Archive, 1960-1994. 363 ft.
Project descriptions, project records, policy papers, research, photographs, slides, audio and videotapes, chronicling the field of development communication since 1960. These development projects have been implemented all over the world, using a variety of communication technologies, in the fields of health, population, nutrition, agriculture, economic development, and the environment. The collection formerly was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
National Issues Convention Records, 1995-1996. 6 ft.
Planning and operations implementation materials, publicity and news coverage, volunteer and interview files, issues and polls files, and videocassettes associated with the National Issues Convention held at the University of Texas at Austin in January 1996.
National Television Violence Study, Austin Site, Records,1994-1996. 120 ft.
Videocassettes of all television programming recorded during an entire week in each of the years 1994, 1995, and 1996 for a statistical study of depictions of violence on American television.
Ellen A. Wartella Papers on Children and the Media Collection, 1976-1993. Approx. 20 ft.
Bibliographic research materials created and assembled by Dr. Ellen A. Wartella, dean of the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, concerning children and television.
Texas Newspaper Project
Alexis De Tocqueville, the sage and insightful commentator on early nineteenth-century American life and culture, recognized the value of newspapers when he wrote, "The only historical remains in the United States are the newspapers; if a number be wanting, the chain of time is broken and the present is severed from the past." The Center's Texas Newspaper Project helped ensure that this important documentary chain remains intact.
The Texas Newspaper Project (TNP) was the Center's grant-funded effort, 1990 to 2000, to preserve and provide access to Texas newspapers. TNP was the Texas component of a nation-wide preservation initiative known as the United States Newspaper Program, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress that aims to ensure access to newspapers published in the United States beginning in the eighteenth century. Originally based at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, TNP surveyed newspapers in 957 separate repositories in Texas, then cataloged and entered more than 9,000 individual newspaper titles, including 5,400 Texas titles, into OCLC, a computer information network that serves libraries nationwide. As a result, researchers have ready access to information on the existence and location of historical newspapers in Texas repositories.
In 1990 the project moved to the Center for American History to begin microfilming Texas newspapers. The TNP assembled runs of selected newspaper titles for microfilming from Center for American History collections, as well as from repositories around the state. By the project’s conclusion, it had microfilmed more than one million pages of newsprint published by 200 Texas newspapers. All of the preservation-quality microfilm produced by the project may be viewed in the Center's Winkler Study Room or borrowed by anyone in the United States via interlibrary loan. Microfilm duplicates may also be purchased from the Center for a nominal fee.
The Center for American History newspaper collection houses extensive runs of newspapers published primarily in Texas and the South. Total holdings number more than 5100 titles, including more than 3000 Texas titles, making this the largest Texas newspaper collection in existence. In addition, the Center houses newspapers published in every state of the Confederacy from the 1790s through the early 1900s. Significant holdings include extensive runs of early newspapers in hard copy from Charleston, South Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Little Rock Arkansas. Many issues are scarce or rare, including the copies of several important ante-bellum Louisiana and Mississippi newspapers. All titles have been cataloged as part of the U.S. Newspaper Project.