Records of the Travis County Poor Farm

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 in collection highlights, explore Travis County, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

In a series of posts, we will be highlighting some of Travis County’s lesser known records and the unique information they contain. Travis County Poor Farm Record: 1890-1900 (1 volume). Ledger includes an inventory of property belonging to the Travis County Poor Farm; list of paupers; list of hands hired; list of county convicts sent […]


The 1918 Influenza Outbreak

Monday, April 6th, 2020 in history of Travis County, news, research. No Comments

During the fall of 1918 and the winter of 1919, an epidemic of influenza affected much of the civilized world. An estimated twenty-five million Americans experienced what became known as the Spanish flu; an estimated 550,000 died from the disease. More U.S. soldiers died from the 1918 flu than were killed in battle during the […]


New Folk Art Exhibits

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 in events, exhibits, folk art, Travis County Folk Art Museum. No Comments

The Travis County Communications and Records Services Department (CARS) and the Austin Friends of Folk Art (AFFA) are proud to present new folk art exhibits now available for viewing. The exhibits are in the Hall of Government and 2nd floor lobby of the Travis County Administrative Building at 700 Lavaca St, Austin, TX, 78701. The […]


Herón Martínez Mendoza exhibit in the Hall of Goverment

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 in collection highlights, exhibits. No Comments

In Hall of Government at 700 Lavaca Street is the latest exhibit from the Austin Friends of Folk Art collection at the Travis County Archives. This exhibit features the work of Herón Martínez Mendoza, a celebrated potter from Acatlán de Osorio, Puebla, Mexico. Photo by Chuck Snyder, 1982 On display are numerous pieces by Martínez, both large and small. Following […]


Property research in Austin & Travis County

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 in collection highlights, collections, research. No Comments

Interested in researching your property in Travis County? The Austin History Center has produced a handy guide about the variety of resources available to assist in your research. http://www.austinlibrary.com/ahc/downloads/Property_Information_Sources.pdf Property records in the Travis County Archives include Tax Rolls and County Surveyor Records. Tax records provide the names of property owners and the tax assessed […]