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Texas Artisans and Artists

Institutional Partners

As part of our mission to document the lives, work, and products of Texas artisans and artists through 1900, the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive works with institutional partners to collect images of objects created by these artisans and artists, as well as data about the objects and their creators. Priority is given to potential partners with substantial collections of 19th-century objects that were hand-made in Texas, and the Archive's Advisory Board contributes to discussions regarding potential partners. Our institutional partners as of 2015 are as follows.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
2300 Red River St. Stop D1100
Austin TX, 78712-1426
tel: 512-495-4518 |

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin. The Briscoe Center collects, preserves, and makes available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history.

Since partnering in May 2013, the Briscoe Center has worked with the Hill Archive and its research fellows to photograph and document thousands of objects in its collections. In addition to material culture and artwork from archival holdings, the Briscoe Center has contributed images and information about museum collections at Winedale Historical Complex and those transferred from the Texas Memorial Museum.
View all items from Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in the Hill Archive

Galveston Historical Foundation
502 20th Street
Galveston, TX 77550
tel: 409-765-7834 fax: 409-765-6831 |

Incorporated in 1954, Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) is one of the nation's largest local preservation organizations. Over the last 50 years, the foundation has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, public education, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation and stewardship of historic properties.

In April 2014, the Hill Archive partnered with the Galveston Historical Foundation. Their museum collections include many items of interest to the Hill Archive, and women artisans and artists are well represented in their collections. Featured in our database are paintings by Rebecca "Bettie" Brown and Josephine Gresham as well as large scrapbook of Galveston merchants' advertising ephemera.
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The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
1100 Bagby Street
Houston, Texas 77002
tel: 713-655-1912 fax: 713-655-9249

The Heritage Society (THS) was founded in 1954 to save the historic 1847 Kellum-Noble House from demolition. Since then THS has acquired and restored nine additional historic buildings, all of which tell fascinating stories about Houston's growth and development. With the historic buildings and collections of more than 23,000 historic artifacts, visitors can learn about the people who came to Houston seeking opportunity and about how the city has become a center for commerce, transportation, energy, and medicine.

A partner to the Hill Archive since 2012, The Heritage Society holds an outstanding collection of Texas furniture and other objects, a sample of which are now documented in our database.
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Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy Street
Galveston, Texas 77550
tel: 409-763-8854

Rosenberg Library represents Galveston's past, present and future, a unique institution serving as the principal repository of Galveston's historical heritage and providing technological and traditional library services, all as a continuing resource for the community, its children and its children's children.

In June 2016, the Hill Archive partnered with the Rosenberg Library. Their special collections department features two distinct collections from which the Hill Archive has selected materials for inclusion. The Galveston & Texas History Center has a rich archival collection documenting the history of Galveston from the city's incorporation through the present. Their archival collection includes papers of local businessmen, such as photographers and printers, and an extensive photograph collection. The Rosenberg Library Museum collection includes historical artifacts and fine art that emphasize the history of Galveston and the Republic of Texas.
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The San Jacinto Museum of History
One Monument Circle
La Porte, Texas 77571
tel: 281-479-2421

The San Jacinto Museum of History was chartered in 1938 to "preserve and revisualize the history of early Texas." The Museum's collection spans more than four centuries of early Texas history, from the beginnings of European activity in the New World through Texas as a state in the United States. Emphasis is on colonial Texas as a part of Mexico, the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and the early days of statehood. The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library houses a collection of more than 160 linear feet of manuscripts and 25,000 volumes of rare books and pamphlets.

Since partnering with the Hill Archive, the San Jacinto Museum of History has contributed over 200 historic photographs from their Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library collection. These photographs represent the work of photographers in Houston, Galveston, Austin and other areas of Texas and document the photographers' names, services, and studio locations. In addition, the museum's artifact collection holds many items of interest to the Hill Archive including artisans and artists' tools, clothing and fabric samples, and paintings.
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Contributing Collections

In addition to our partners, the following individuals and institutions have contributed valuable research content from their collections.

Austin History Center
810 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701
tel: 512-974-7480
website: Austin History Center
View all items from the Austin History Center in the Hill Archive

Bobbie and John Nau Collection of Texas Art
Private Collection
View all items from the Nau Collection in the Hill Archive

Ellis County Museum
201 S. College St.
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
tel: 972-937-0681
website: Ellis County Museum, Inc.
View all items from the Ellis County Museum in the Hill Archive

University of Houston Libraries
4333 University Drive
Houston, Texas 77204-2000
tel: 713-743-1050
website: University of Houston Libraries
View all items from the University of Houston Libraries Collection in the Hill Archive

William J. Hill Collection
Private Collection
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