Austin History Center

Travis County Commissioners Court Minutes

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Travis County (Tex.). Commissioners Court.
Title: Travis County Commissioners Court Minutes
Inclusive Dates: 1839-1892
Abstract: The Travis County Commissioners Court, along with the Travis County Judge, are the chief policy-making and administrative branch of the Travis County government. The collection consists of typed copies of the Commissioners Court minutes from the inception of Travis County to 1892.
Identification: AR.N.001
Quantity: 2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Travis County, located in Central Texas, 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 designated the capital city. An election for county officials was held in February 1840, at which time the population was reported to be 856. The Commissioners Court has been part of Travis County government since its creation.

Source: Travis County Archives website

Accessed: 2012 June 5

Scope and Contents

The Travis County Commissioners Court Minutes collection consists of typed copies of the original handwritten minutes dated 1839 to 1892, and appear to have been created by the Texas Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Included are:

Volume Date Number of books
A Feb. 15, 1939-May 18, 1852 1 book and name index
B Aug. 18, 1852-Sept. 12, 1866 4 books
C Aug. 15, 1866-Aug. 27, 1877 3 books; book 2 covering 9/1872 to 12/1874 is missing
D Aug. 27, 1877-Aug. 2, 1883 4 books
E Aug. 13, 1883-Feb. 6, 1888 4 books
F Feb. 13, 1888-Feb 8, 1892 4 books

In the first entries in the minute books Chief Justice James W. Smith established four militia beats. The minutes provide information about elections, county budget, taxes levied, warrants and claims, road precincts and construction, municipal building construction (including the county courthouse), school funds, deed records, precinct boundary changes, and include reports from the county clerk, sheriff, treasurer, road overseer, Poor Farm superintendent and county court.


In chronological order.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Smith, James W.
Travis County (Tex.). Commissioners Court.
Travis County (Tex.)--History.
Travis County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
County government--Texas--Travis County.

Related Material

The original Travis County Commissioners Court minutes are held by the Travis County Commissioners Court Minutes Division at the Travis County Courthouse (1000 Guadalupe St., #222, Austin, TX).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Travis County Commissioners Court Minutes (AR.N.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: unknown

Donation Date: unknown

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 Volume A - Volume B, 1839 Feb 15 - 1862 Feb 17
2 Volume B - Volume D, 1862 Feb. 1 - 1878 Oct. 10
3 Volume D, 1878 Oct. 10 - 1883 Aug. 2
4 Volume E, 1883 Aug. 13 - 1888 Feb. 6
5 Volume F, 1888 Feb. 13 - 1892 Feb. 8