Travis County History Day 2014

Friday, November 7th, 2014 in events, Travis County History Day. No Comments

Many thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated our 7th annual History Day and 100 years of Extension Services in Travis County! A big thank you also goes out to everyone who helped make History Day such a successful event: our committee; special speaker Dr. Doug Steele, Director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]


Photos of the June 1935 Flood in Travis County

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized. No Comments

One of Travis County’s largest floods occurred in 1935. On June 15, 1935, Travis County and surrounding areas were hit with 22 inches of rain in the span of three hours. The heavy rains flooded large parts of Austin, and the Colorado River crested at 50 feet. Without an effective flood-management system on the Colorado, […]


The Servant Girl Murders

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 in collection highlights, collections, research. No Comments

In Austin in late 1884-1885, 8 individuals were murdered by what was known as the “Servant Girl Killer.” The victims included Mollie Smith, Eliza Shelley, Irene Cross, Mary Ramey, Orange Washingon, Gracie Vance, Susan Hancock, and Eula Phillips. From http://www.servantgirlmurders.com/: The Servant Girl Murders were a series of crimes, including eight murders, carried out by an elusive […]


Thank you!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 in news. No Comments

The Archives extends a big thank you to the following University of Texas iSchool students, who generously donated their time to rebox and sort approximately 800 cubic feet of records: Emily Johnson, Megan Martinsen, Lisa Ellis, and Rachel Winston. The records had previously been stored in a non-climate controlled warehouse, and included records dating as […]


From Travis County’s Rural Roots

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 in Travis County History Day. No Comments

Soon after Travis County was established in 1840, the population was reported to be a mere 856 residents. This number grew quickly, however, and by 1850 it had surpassed 3,000. The city of Austin grew faster than the county as a whole, but most county residents lived in small communities, and the area was still […]


Happy 2014!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in news. No Comments

Some news for the new year: the Archives is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $6,000 preservation assessment grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. This is the Archives’ first awarded grant. The grant money will be used to pay for a consultant from Amigos Library Services to assess the […]


An unexpected find

Monday, April 29th, 2013 in news. No Comments

When sorting through early county records, you never know what you might find.  Certain types of documents give you pause, especially those that just look “old” – they are worn, fragile, with handwritten script in fading ink. The date is one of the first things you check – and when that date actually predates your […]