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 […]

Research on the Portal to Texas History

Friday, April 15th, 2016 in collections, news, research. No Comments

Have you checked to see what’s new from Travis County on the Portal to Texas History? The Travis County Archives is currently working on a project to digitize County Clerk record books from the 1800s. These records are being made available for viewing and research on the Portal to Texas History ( Check back often, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Historical Commission receives Distinguished Service Award

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 in news, Travis County Historical Commission. No Comments

On January 22, 2013, the Travis County Commissioners Court presented the Historical Commission with a 2011 Distinguished Service Award, recognition from the Texas Historical Commission for an “active and well-balanced preservation program.” Members in attendance to receive the framed award were Adrienne Risom, Margie Alford, May Schmidt, Marty Moulthrop, Nancy Hamilton, Bob Ward, Danny Camacho, Shawn Malone, and […]

William B. Travis portrait donated to Travis County

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 in news. No Comments

Last year, Sally Mauck, a descendant of the D.W. Stallworth family and relative of William B. Travis, very generously donated a portrait of William Barret Travis to Travis County. Travis County was named for William B. Travis in 1839. William B. Travis was the son of Mark Travis and Jemima Stallworth; D.W. Stallworth’s father was […]

A new Archives space

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 in news. No Comments

On Tuesday, July 13, Travis County Commissioners voted unanimously to allocate approximately 5,000 square feet of space to the Archives program for the purpose of archival records storage.  This is excellent news for the program and for the preservation of our county’s historical records. The storage space will not be accessible to the public; however, […]

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