American Studies
American Studies


The University of Texas Libraries are a federal depository of materials pertaining to American and Latin American Civilization. In addition to books, journals, and public documents, which contain extensive manuscript and artifact collections in American literature, Latin Americana, the South, the history of science, theater history, and the historical development of photography. The Barker Library at the Center for American History contains the early archives of Texas, virtually every book relating to Texas and Southwestern history, and the largest collection of historical manuscripts concerning Texas now extant.

The University's world-famous Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is a unique resource for the study of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, particularly American literature. The HRC also contains a superb photography collection (including the Gernsheim Collection), the Hoblitzelle Theater Arts Library, and the James A. Michener Collection of Twentieth-Century American Paintings.

Many University departments have centers for research in various aspects of American culture. The Texas Memorial Museum has important natural history, archaeology, and anthropology collections focused on Texas and the Southwest. The Winedale Historical Center, also a University facility, is an outdoor museum of eight restore nineteenth-century Texas buildings on 190 acres near Round Top, Texas, and a center for research in historical preservation and material culture.

Adjacent to the University are other research facilities such as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the State Library and Archives of Texas, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Library, the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Episcopal Archives of the United States, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum, and a United States Geological Survey research library.

Research Resources

  • American Memory
  • UT Library Online - University of Texas at Austin

    Use indexes to locate articles and other information in journals, magazines, books and dissertations. The library provides access to both electronic and print indexes. Off campus access to restricted resources is only available through the UT Austin proxy server.

    Site Includes:
    Dictionary of Literary Biography
    19th Century African American Newspapers

  • National Archives and Records Administration

    NARA is an independent Federal agency that helps preserve our nation's history by overseeing the management of all Federal records.

  • Smithsonian Institute

    The Institution is a center for research dedicated to public education, national service, and scholarship in the arts, sciences, and history.

  • Handbook of Texas Online
  • Center for the Study of Southern Culture

    The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi has become a focal point for innovative education and research on the American South.

  • U.S. Census Bereau

    The Census's mission is to be the preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.

  • United States Copyright Office
  • The Scout Report

    The Scout Report is one of the Internet's longest-running weekly publications, offering a selection of new and newly discovered online resources of interest to researchers, educators, and anyone else with an interest in high-quality online material.

  • About The Human Internet focuses on building a comprehensive environment around specific topics, including the best new content, relevant links, How-To's, Forums, and answers to just about any question.