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Research Resources at UT-Austin

United States

Research resources in Austin for the study of American history are outstanding. The University's main library, Perry-Castaneda is the centerpiece of the nation's ninth largest research library. Its Littlefield Collection is particularly rich in the history of the South. In addition, the University and the Austin area have a number of specialized libraries. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center has major holdings on the history of American and European literature, science, theater and photography.

The Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library houses not only the White House central files for the period of Johnson's presidency, but also additional papers on Johnson's early career, records of oral interviews, plus the files of several of his aides. The LBJ School of Public Affairs frequently offers courses of interest to our students and also maintains an excellent library .

The Center for American History is an archive, rare book library, and museum that focuses on Texas, Southwest, and Southern history, and includes nationally significant archival collections about the U.S. news media and U.S. Congress. Its Natchez Trace Collection includes an enormous body of plantation records and other nineteenth-century materials on the history of the lower Mississippi Valley. Its news media collections include the original reference "morgues" of the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Journal American, and Newsweek magazine.

Among other campus departments or specialized centers of value to history students is the Department of American Studies , which has expanded from its initial focus on history and English to encompass philosophy, art, landscape and material artifacts and increasingly focuses on multicultural issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity.

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and the Mexican American Studies Library, housed in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, support the research activities of both faculty and students at CMAS.

The University's School of Law consistently ranks at the very top of American law schools for classroom teaching. Its library is the fifth-largest academic law library in the country.

Off campus students have access to the national archives of the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Texas State Archives, and the archives of various state agencies.

Europe

Early Modern

Resources for the study of Early Modern European history at U.T. Austin are quite varied. The Humanities Research Center is especially strong in European science, literature, and in medieval and early modern religious material.

In the various language departments, some of them among the most highly rated in the nation, are experts in each nation's literary history. The Fine Arts Library provides excellent resources in the history of European art while the Architecture Library is similarly strong in European architecture. The Classics Department and its accompanying library support the study of classical antiquity and its contribution to western civilization, including history, literature, art, archaeology, philosophy and religion.

Medieval

Resources for the study of Medieval European history at U.T. Austin are quite varied. The Humanities Research Center is especially strong in European science, literature, and in medieval and early modern religious material.

In the various language departments, some of them among the most highly rated in the nation, are experts in each nation's literary history. The Fine Arts Library provides excellent resources in the history of European art while the Architecture Library is similarly strong in European architecture. The Classics Department and its accompanying library support the study of classical antiquity and its contribution to western civilization, including history, literature, art, archaeology, philosophy and religion.

Modern

Resources for the study of Modern European history at U.T. Austin are quite varied. The Humanities Research Center is especially strong in European science, literature, and in medieval and early modern religious material.

In the various language departments, some of them among the most highly rated in the nation, are experts in each nation's literary history. The Fine Arts Library provides excellent resources in the history of European art while the Architecture Library is similarly strong in European architecture. The Classics Department and its accompanying library support the study of classical antiquity and its contribution to western civilization, including history, literature, art, archaeology, philosophy and religion.

Latin America

The faculty and resources for the study of Latin American History are among the best in the world. The extensive holding of the Benson Latin American Collection --microfilms, newspapers, periodicals, printed documents, manuscripts, and rare books--enable the student to specialize in any of the major Latin American countries for either the colonial or the modern periods.

The resources of the Benson Collection are supplemented by those of the Center for American History and the off-campus Texas State Library and Archives , as well as the Bexar Archives in San Antonio. All of these archives contain extensive materials on the Spanish and Mexican periods of Texas history. The relations of Latin American nations with the U.S. can be studied at the LBJ Library and in the papers of missionaries found at church archives in Austin.

For a multidisciplinary approach, students can study with the University's many distinguished Latin American specialists in fields other than history, most of whom are affiliated with our Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. The Institute also sponsors guest lectures by prominent authorities, attracts visiting scholars for teaching and research, and provides some financial support for thesis and dissertation research.

Asia

East Asia

The Center for East Asian Studies brings together specialists in the history, religion, popular culture, political economy, government and public policy, and literature and film of China, Japan, and Korea. The UT libraries hold approximately 80,000 volumes in Chinese, 60,000 in Japanese, and 4,000 in Korean.

South Asia

The South Asia Institute, which is a nationally recognized center for South Asian Studies, similarly specializes in the societies and cultures of South Asia. Its library is notable for holdings on Indian religions, pre-modern and colonial history, post-colonial political and social developments, and classical and modern literatures of South Asia.

Africa

The Center for African and African American Studies brings together those with an interest in the study of Africa and the African Diaspora. Faculty and students from literature, anthropology, history, government and ethnomusicology organize seminars, conferences and guest speakers to explore various themes of the field. Its library provides information about African and African-American studies as well as the African Diaspora.

Middle East

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies along with the Department of Middle Eastern Studies bring together faculty and students with an interest in the languages, societies and cultures of the Arab world, Israel, Turkey and Iran. Its library resources focus primarily on contemporary Middle East and are especially strong in modern Persian literature, Shi'ism and Islamic philosophy and jurisprudence.

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