Austin History Center

As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. We collect and preserve information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions, and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to our history.

Our expert staff is ready to assist researchers in our Reading Room six days a week, Tuesday-Sunday. On Mondays our staff and volunteers process archival materials for use by the public. Our exhibits program offers 4 exhibits a year on various Austin topics in the Grand Lobby and the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery.

We have two exhibits currently on display:

For more information about our exhibits, upcoming programs, and other services, visit us online at


810 Guadalupe St. (map)


Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 12 noon to 6 PM, CLOSED Mondays






upcoming events

May 10, 2016 | 6:30 PM

The Taniguchis and Texas: Austin’s Japanese American History

Join us on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a panel discussion about the legacy of the Taniguchi family in Austin. Recounting the lives and experiences of the Taniguchi family across three generations, we will discuss how their family narrative addresses a broader state and national history of Japanese American immigration, farming, internment, and resettlement. Joining us in our discussion will be Evan Taniguchi of Taniguchi Architects and William McWhorter from the Texas Historical Commission. For questions regarding the program, please contact Phonshia Nie, PhD, Asian American Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, 512-974-7394 or

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June 21, 2016 | 6:30 PM

In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas

The Austin History Center invites you to In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas. Andres and Juanita Tijerina, currently at work on an upcoming book by the same title, will speak about slave life and emancipation in Austin, as evidenced in the Travis County Slave Narratives that were recorded in the 1930s. This program will serve to increase our understanding of the historical roots of the Juneteenth celebration. The program is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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