Travis County Officials in 1840

Monday, March 1st, 2010 in collection highlights, elected officials, people. No Comments

Travis County was established on January 25, 1840, by an act of the Fourth Congress of the Republic of Texas, days after the community of Waterloo had been renamed Austin and approved as the capital city.   The county was in operation as early as 1839, prior to its official establishment.  The first election for county […]

Heman Marion Sweatt

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 in people. 1 Comment

“[Heman Sweatt] was an ordinary person, but he had an extraordinary dream to live in a world in which Afro-Americans and whites alike were afforded equal opportunity to sharpen their skills and to hone their skills, to sharpen their minds.” -Thurgood Marshall February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate and to celebrate those […]

Onion Creek

Monday, January 4th, 2010 in explore Travis County, places. 1 Comment

Click on the map to enlarge In some ways, the Onion Creek area has not changed much from the time of its settlement in the mid-1800s.  Situated in southeastern Travis County, this rural area remains primarily agricultural in nature, with open pastureland and wooded, gently rolling hills. In stark contrast to the nearby bustling metropolis […]

Identify This!

Monday, October 12th, 2009 in identify this photo. No Comments

Help us identify this Travis County bridge! The bridge is located in Precinct 2, and these photographs were taken during its construction in 1941.  If you recognize it, please leave us a reply below!

A note from the Archives.

Monday, September 28th, 2009 in Uncategorized. No Comments

Welcome to the new blog for the Travis County Archives!  We’ll be using this blog to post news, new collections and new additions, as well as highlights and images from the Archives.  Check back frequently for the newest updates! A little about the Archives: this a relatively new program with Travis County, dedicated to the […]