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On with the Fight!: Women’s Activism in the Briscoe Center’s Collections

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Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

2300 Red River Street

Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2

Austin, TX 78712

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Current Exhibition / Main Gallery / May 10 - July 30, 2021

About this event

Welcome back! The Briscoe Center for American History has reopened our exhibition galleries in Sid Richardson Hall with the safety of our visitors and staff as our top priority.

New hours: Weekdays 10 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“On with the Fight!” illustrates the achievements, contradictions, and complexities of women’s activism in Texas and across the United States since the Civil War. The exhibit is drawn from the center’s extensive social justice and women’s history collections, including the papers of Ann Richards, Frances “Sissy” Farenthold, Molly Ivins, Alice Embree, and Frieda Werden, as well as the Women’s Commonwealth Archive, the Lesbian Issues Collection, the Labor Movement of Texas Collection, and the Texas Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Scrapbook.

The Texas Observer at 65 presents a selection from across the Observer’s history. The publication’s archive is housed at the Briscoe Center, along with the papers and records of some of its most notable contributors and supporters, including John Henry Faulk, J. R. Parten, Molly Ivins, and Bernard Rapoport.

Please read the following policies before visiting, which were created to keep visitors and Briscoe Center staff safe. For more detailed policies, click here.

  • 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.
  • We are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We close from noon to 1 p.m. for cleaning.
  • Please remember that no outside food or drinks are permitted inside the gallery, including water bottles.

There is no free visitor parking on the main university campus. Visitors to the Briscoe Center are advised to park in the Manor Garage. No permit is required to park in the garage. Fees are calculated based on the amount of time you are in the garage.

There are two ADA spaces available in the LBJ Library parking lot. A disability license plate or disabled person identification placard is required at all times to park in ADA spaces.

Additional information on parking can be found here:

Reading Room Temporarily Closed to the Public

While the exhibit galleries are open, the Briscoe Center Reading Room remains closed to visitors. We are providing remote reference services via email, phone, or teleconference, as well as duplication/digitization services. Please visit our website for more information.

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The Briscoe Center for American History is one of the nation’s leading research centers for historical study. The center’s archives, libraries, museums, and historic buildings are part of the The University of Texas at Austin’s commitment to collecting, preserving, and making available the evidence of the past.

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