The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is home to the immense University of Texas archives and should be the first stop for a researcher looking for primary materials and photographs of the University’s history. The Center is located in Sid Richardson Hall on the east side of campus (next to the LBJ Library) and usually open Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm, and on Saturdays from 9am- 2pm. The Center is closed on some days, including football home game weekends, and at times when class is not in session, so check ahead before you visit.
The Alexander Architecture Archives is the largest architectural resource in Texas, with over 250,000 drawings collections and 900 linear feet of correspondence and other materials. For the UT history researcher, this is the place to explore sketches and drawings of campus buildings, including those of Paul Cret, the University’s consulting architect who authored the 1933 campus master plan, and designed the Main Buidling and Tower, the Texas Union, and others. The archive is located in the basement of Battle Hall, just southwest of the UT Tower. An appointment is required.
The Austin History Center is not only the best place to research Austin and Travis County history, but has some nice phototgraph collections and other materials related to UT. The Center is located downtown at 810 Guadalupe Street, in Austin’s first public library building. Open from Tuesday – Sunday.
The Handbook of Texas Online is an enormous digital encyclopedia of everything Texan. This is a great resource for researchers looking for information on people related to the history of the University of Texas. It’s hosted and mantained by the Texas State Historical Association.