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. No 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]