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From Jeff Davis to the Black Panther Party: History Collections in Context

Our understanding of historical events is shaped by the lens we’re looking through. Please join us for an exploration of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History Collection as presenter Margaret Schlankey demonstrates how historical context affects our interpretation of events through research, exhibition, books, and film.

Margaret Schlankey serves as the Head of the Public Services Unit for the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to coordinating access to collections by the public, Margaret actively promotes the Briscoe Center and its holdings by giving presentations to both graduate and undergraduate classes on the University campus.

Margaret began her career as a library assistant in the Galveston and Texas History Center of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas in 1985. After deciding to make the archival field her career, she attended the University of Texas at Austin. Margaret graduated in 1995 with a Master of Library and Information Science degree. In her first professional job, Margaret processed the records of the Texas Catholic Conference as part of a two-year grant-funded project with the Catholic Archives of Texas. In 1998, she accepted the position of photo curator at the Austin History Center. She served eight years in that position before joining the staff of the Briscoe Center in 2006.


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