Street Address
3738 FM 2714
Round Top, TX 78954
Mailing Address
P.O.Box 11
Round Top, TX 78954
phone: 512-495-4518
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

. $3 Adult
. $1 Student
Mary Evelynn Sorrell, Assistant Director for Winedale
phone: 979-278-3530
Lynn J. Bell, Exhibits Curator
Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Director


The Center's research collections date back to the opening of The University of Texas in 1883. As the University's holdings in Texas history grew, scholars urged their consolidation and special housing. In 1945, University regents created the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center. In 1991, the Barker became a component of the newly created Center for American History (CAH), a special collections library, archive, and museum that supports research, teaching, and other activities related to the history of the U. S. The CAH is comprised of the Research and Collections Division at UT in Austin, the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham and the Winedale near Round Top.

Artifacts Collections

Collections focus on library and archival materials. See below.

Research Collections

Eugene C. Barker Texas History Collections:
. Texas Collection Library, containing extensive collection of Texas books, periodicals, special clippings files, broadsides, and printed ephemera from 1555. 155,000 volumes; 3,000 broadsides; 35,000 clipping files.
. Texas History Archives and Manuscript Collections, containing 6,000 collections from 1717. 4,500 linear feet.
. Texas Newspaper Collection, containing 4,800 titles of Texas and U. S. newspapers dating from 1813.
. Texas Photographs Collection, containing 2,000,000 photographs and 6,000 files of images arranged by subject.
. Texas Music & Sound Collection, containing 40,000 audio and video recordings.
. Texas Cartography Collection, containing 33,000 manuscript and printed cartographic materials depicting Texas and its region from 1519 to present
. African Americans in Texas Archives, containing various formats relating to African Americans in Texas.
. Media History Collections
. Littlefield Southern History Collections
. Congressional History Collections
. Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham, Texas
. Western Americana Collections
. Special Collections for American History
. University of Texas Archives
. Oral History Program
. Winedale near Round Top, Texas
. Collections are available for use in the Center's James S. Hogg Reading Room. Access to holdings is provided through a variety of finding aids, including the University's on-line library catalogue (UTCAT) and special indexes and inventories. Additional descriptive literature is issued by the Center and is available upon request.
. The Center for American History is open to anyone agreeing to abide by its regulations for use. Patrons are required to show photographic identification at the time of registration and

Educational Programs

Exhibitions held throughout the year showcase the variety of the Center's holdings. Tours, slide-show presentations, and lectures on Center resources and services are available by appointment. Programs available for tour/loan; no fees for borrowing educational materials.


Annual Report.
The Center for American History Newsletter announces new acquisitions and disseminates information on its special programs and publications. It is issued three times a year.
. Barker Texas History Center series no. 1/ The prisoners of Perote: containing a journal kept by the author, who was captured by the Mexicans, at Mier, December 2/ Stapp, William Preston/Austin 1977 (1845).
. Barker Texas History Center series no. 2/ A journey through Texas: or, A saddle-trip on the southwestern frontier; with a statistical appendix/ Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903/ Austin 1978 (1857).
. Barker Texas History Center series no. 3/ Coronado's children: tales of lost mines and buried treasures of the Southwest./ Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888 - 1964./ Austin 1978.
. Barker Texas History Center series, no. 4/ The Wind./ Scarborough, Dorothy, 1878 - 1935/ Austin 1979 (1925).
. Barker Texas History Center series no. 5/ The evolution of a state, or Recollections of old Texas days./ Smithwick, Noah, 1808 - 1899./ Austin 1983.
. Barker Texas History Center series no. 6/ Ella Elgar Bird Dumont: an autobiography of a West Texas pioneer./ Dumont, Ella Elgar Bird, 1861 - 1943./ 1st edition Austin 1988.
. David Hume Kennerly, Photo Op. A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Covers the Events That Shaped His Generation. Published in cooperation with The Center for American History. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995).
. R. C. Hickman, Behold the People, R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949-1961. No. 3 in the Barker Texas History Center Series. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1994).
. Discovery: Research and Scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin, Vol. 13, No. 3. Issue featuring research and archival collections at the Center for American History, 1993.
. Kate Adams, comp. Stephen F. Austin, of Texas, An Exhibition Celebrating the Bicentennial of His Birth. Cosponsored by the Center for American History and the San Jacinto Museum of History, 1993.
. Caleb Coker, ed. The News from Brownsville, Helen Chapman's Letters from the Texas Military Frontier, 1848-1852. No. 2 in the Barker Texas History Center Series. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1992).
. Frank N. Samponaro and Paul J. Vanderwood, War Scare on the Rio Grande, Robert Runyon's Photographs of the Border Conflict, 1913-1916. No. 1 in the Barker Texas History CenterSeries. (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1992).
. Landis, Lawrence, Claire Maxwell, Nancy Taylor, comp. Guide to the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection. (Austin: Barker Texas History Center, 1992).
. Don E. Carleton and Katherine J. Adams, "A Work Peculiarly Our Own": Origins of the Barker Texas History Center, 1883-1950, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 86, Oct. 1982.
. Barker Texas History Center Broadside Series in honor of special events.
. Chester V. Kielman, comp. and ed. The University of Texas Archives, A guide to the Historical Manuscripts Collections in the University of Texas Library. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1967).
. Jack Jackson, ed. Imaginary Kingdom, Texas as Seen by the Rivera and Rubé Military Expeditions, 1727 and 1767 (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1995).
. Katherine Adams & Lewis L. Gould, editors: Inside the Natchez Trace Collection New Sources for Southern History, published in cooperation with the Center for American History LSU Press, 1999.
. Don E. Carleton: A Breed So Rare: The Life of J.R. Parten, Liberal Texas Oil Man, 1896-1992. Austin, Texas State Historical Association 1998, published in cooperation with the Center for American History.