FRC Research Collection

Dinner in honor of presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sept. 21, 2022, at The Briscoe Center. Public domain photo by Jay Godwin, LBJ Library & Museum.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin houses the Dr. Whitney Smith Flag Research Center Collection. “Dr. Smith’s achievements were extraordinary. Not many people can rightfully claim to have founded a field of study, and shepherded it through to maturity as a community of scholars, publications and enthusiasts,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. “Part of his legacy is the collection he donated to the Briscoe Center. The collection is not simply being preserved — it is open for academic research and will act as a magnet for similar collections in the future.”

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The Briscoe Center developed a display of items from the FRC Research Collection for HemisFlag: The 28th International Congress of Vexillology in 2019. Photo courtesy of Aleksander Hribovšek.