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TD 388: Research Methods and Resources

UT Theatre and Dance Collections

Special and Distinctive Collections at UT

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research center. The performing arts collections document a wide variety of performance genres, particularly from the United Kingdom and America, featuring holdings in dance, theatre, music, opera, and popular entertainments, such as the circus, vaudeville, pantomime, minstrel shows, puppetry, and magic. 

The Briscoe Center for American History is one of the nation’s leading research centers for historical study. Collections include the E. William Doty papers and the Professional Touring Entertainment Industry Archive, a series of collections created in 1995 to document the history of touring entertainment companies and those venues and arenas were acts performed. The holdings embrace virtually the entire twentieth century, with subjects that range from vaudeville shows and concerts to ice shows and Harlem Globetrotters basketball.

In addition to those linked below, the UT Libraries special collections include the Austin Theatre Alliance Archive and Oscar G. Brockett Archive, accessible by appointment. For further information and access contact Molly Roy.

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