Travis County Naturalization Records

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 in collection highlights, County Clerk, District Clerk, genealogy, people, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. Prior to 1906, immigrants could file for naturalization in any court at the local, county, state or federal level. In Travis County, naturalization records can be found in the records of the District and County Courts and date from 1887-1906. In 1906, the […]


Convict Labor Records

Monday, August 31st, 2020 in collection highlights, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

Convict leasing was a system of penal labor in which prisoner labor was leased to private parties. The practice began in Texas and other southern states shortly after the Civil War, when officials realized they had a large population of prisoners to care for and very little money.  Leasing the inmates to private individuals appeared to offer […]


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. 1 Comment

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 […]


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 […]


Austin Friends of Folk Art Collection

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in collection highlights, collections, news. 2 Comments

The Travis County Archives is pleased to announce a partnership between Travis County and the Austin Friends of Folk Art, to store AFFA’s collection of artifacts, photographs, materials and objects at the Travis County Archives. We look forward to making these items available to the public through exhibits and displays throughout county buildings. Burnished pot from […]


Media Services photograph collection

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 in collection highlights. No Comments

From the 1980s until the 2000s, Travis County Media Services, a division of Travis County Records Management and Communication Resources, photographed a variety of subjects, including the work and activities of Travis County elected officials and employees, county parks and natural areas, and local elections. The Travis County Archives recently added photographs, negatives and slides from […]


Extension Service Reports from the 1950s

Friday, January 9th, 2015 in collection highlights, Travis County History Day. No Comments

The Archives recently uncovered 3 partial reports from Travis County Extension agents to the Commissioners Court, dating from the 1950s. These items would have been great additions to Travis County History Day 2014, the theme of which was 100 Years of Extension Services in Travis County. Click the links to view the reports, which include photographs of […]



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