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

December 13, 2016 | 6:30 PM

‘The Midnight Assassin’ book talk with Skip Hollandsworth

The Austin History Center invites you to an evening book discussion with Texas Monthly Executive Editor Skip Hollandsworth, author of the recent book The Midnight Assassin. In 1885, a string of murders in Austin terrified the city, leaving eight people dead and eight seriously injured. Most of the victims were servant women, leading local writer William Sydney Porter, aka O. Henry, to coin the term “Servant Girl Annihilators” in describing the crimes. Hollandsworth will discuss the research behind the book and some of the theories about the crime spree, still officially unsolved. A book signing will follow the program and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

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