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 one exhibits currently on display:

Our Handcrafted History ~ The Art and Craft of Fortunat Weigl and Peter Mansbendel

Coming in June will be a new exhibit, “Once & Again: Selections from Past Austin History Center Exhibits.”

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

February 19, 2017 | 2:00 PM

Celebrating The Rag: Austin’s Iconic Underground Newspaper

Fifty years ago, Austin gave birth to the highly influential underground newspaper The Rag. Noted for its unique blend of New Left politics and ‘60s alternative culture – presented with a hearty dose of irreverent Texas humor and psychedelic art -- The Rag was one of the earliest and most influential of the 1960s-‘70s underground papers that spread across the country in what the New Yorker called “one of the most spontaneous and aggressive growths in publishing history.” To commemorate its birthday, The Rag, which lives on today as a blog and radio show, published a history of the newspaper and commissioned a documentary film by People’s History in Texas. Join us on Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm for an entertaining and lively discussion of the book with the editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree and Richard Croxdale as well as a sneak peek at the film, with an introduction by the filmmaker Glenn Scott. A book signing will follow the program and light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.