The Archives War

by Sara Jorgensen, historian and UT iSchool archives student Austin in 1840 One of my favorite things about Austin is that our municipal creation myth stars an archive and a badass woman.  It’s called the Archives War. In 1839, two years after the establishment of the Republic of Texas, president Mirabeau Lamar and the Texas …

some (breakfast) tacos

by Liz Hilkin, Head of Special Collections, The University of Texas School of Law Spend some time in Austin and you’ll quickly discover our city-wide obsession with breakfast tacos. Endless variations mean we can eat breakfast tacos seven days a week and never tire of the perfect Austin breakfast. Torchy’s Tacos has various locations around …

Repository Tour: Texas State Library and Archives Commission

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) preserves and documents the shared heritage and culture of Texas by identifying, collecting, and making available the official archival records of Texas government. From historical treasures such as the first Texas Constitution to government digital records, TSLAC maintains and provides access to more than 200 million pages …

Repository Open House: The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture (SouthPop)

The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture (SouthPop) collects, conserves, and exhibits Austin music related art and ephemera, to tell the story of Austin's live music history. We have a large repository of posters, handbills, photographs, newspapers, albums and artwork, as well as a large collection of other prints, drawings, and paintings that exhibit in …

Repository Tour: Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center

Photo from Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:UT_Tower_-_Main_Building.JPG The herbaria at the University of Texas are among several biological resource collections under the umbrella of UT's Biodiversity Center, but the others are all housed at satellite campuses. These collections are used in research, education, and outreach activities, but do not have any substantial exhibit component. We curate about …