Austin History Center

Austin High School Program and Ephemera Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin History Center
Title: Austin High School Program and Ephemera Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1886-2002
Abstract: Stephen F. Austin High School opened in September of 1881 with the first full graduates of the school recognized in the 1883 commencement. The collection contains commencement programs and invitations, football programs, Red Dragon Players programs along with assorted other school event programs and ephemera dating from 1886 to 2002.
Identification: AR.1991.102
Quantity: .6 linear feet (2 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

Creator Note

The Austin High School Program and Ephemera Collection was created by the Austin History Center from various donations of Stephen F. Austin High School event programs and ephemera.

Scope and Contents

Stephen F. Austin High School opened in September of 1881 with the first full graduates of the school recognized in the 1883 commencement. The majority of the collection consists of Austin High School commencement programs dating from 1886 to 1909 and football programs dating from the 1930s to 1990s. Also included are programs from the Red Dragon Players (school theater group), Evening School, Glee Club and the Maroon Band and Orchestra that span the years 1916 to 1987. Tickets and dance cards make up the Ephemera series.


Arranged into four series:
I. Commencement Programs and Invitations
II. Football Programs
III. School Event Programs
IV. Ephemera


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Austin High School (Austin, Tex.)
Austin Public Schools.
Austin Independent School District.
Austin (Tex.).

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 373.05 The Comet, 1899-2012
  • A 373.76431 AU 100 Years of Education: The Centennial History of Austin High School, 1980.
  • A 373.76431 CL Class of '64 30th Class Reunion, June 17-18, 1994: Stephen F. Austin High School, 1994.
  • A 373.76431 AU Austin High School Alumni Directory
  • A 373.76431 WH The History of Stephen F. Austin High School: A Tradition and Spirit, 1962.
  • A 796.33262 ST 1993 Stephen F. Austin High Maroons Football Program, 1993.
  • A 810.809283 TH Thumbprints, 1963-1986.

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.D.003 Austin Public Schools Records
  • AR.A.031 Allan Junior High School Papers
  • AR.J.007 Austin High School Reunion and Centennial Celebration Papers, 1931-1981
  • AR.1994.022 Austin High School Composition Book, 1919


  • Austin High School Classes of '30-'39. Newsletter
  • Austin Maroon: Paper for Austin High School
  • Hi-Spy
  • Maroon Newsline
  • Stephen F. Austin High School Hall of Honor
  • Stephen F Austin High School PTSA

Austin Files

  • AF Subject Parent-Teacher Association - Austin High School AF P1100 (3)
  • AF Subject Public Schools - High Schools - Austin AF P8640
  • AF House/Building 1212 Rio Grande Street

See Public Schools Resource Guide for additional related materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin High School Program and Ephemera Collection (AR.1991.102). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

This collection is a combination of materials from a variety of donors. Donor numbers are written on the materials.

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Commencement Programs and Invitations, 1886-2002

Box Folder
1 1 1886-1909
2 1910-1919
3 1920-1939
4 1940-1949
5 1950-1969
6 1970-1989
7 1990-present

II. Football Programs 1930s-1990s

Box Folder
1 8 1930s-1960s
9 1970s-1980s
Box Folder
2 4 1970s-1980s,
Box Folder
1 10 1990s
11 undated

III. School Event Programs, 1916-1987

Box Folder
2 1 Red Dragon Players (Austin High School Fine Arts Department), 1935-1987, undated
2 Assorted events, 1916-1925, 1939, 1965, 1987

IV. Ephemera, 1912-1914, 1947, undated

Box Folder
2 3 Assorted ephemera, 1912-1914, 1947, undated