A Guide to the Austin (Texas) Scrapbook, 1908-1945
Austin is the capital of Texas and the county seat of Travis County. It is also home to the main campus of the University of Texas and its Longhorns. Austin is named for Stephen F. Austin, the founder of Anglo-American Texas. President of the Republic of Texas Mirabeau B. Lamar led the commission on the selection of what would be the site of Austin.
In 1842, the next president of the Republic, Sam Houston, demanded that the national archives be moved to Houston, an order to which Austinites refused to succumb. Houston sent armed men to seize the records, but Austin and Travis County citizens fought back, in what would become known as the Archive War. Austin officially became the state capital in February 1846, regaining its power.
Austin has always had an incredibly large population growth rate, and has become one of the highest rated cities for quality of life in the country.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Austin, Texas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/hda3.html (accessed June 29, 2010).
The Austin (Texas) Scrapbook, 1908-1945 mainly contains newspaper clippings, placed individually on papers with the associated date handwritten above the clipping. These articles pertain to Austin’s history, buildings, roadways, politics, the University of Texas, boundaries, and lifestyle issues. Additionally, the scrapbook includes a folder labeled “Welcome to Austin: ‘The Friendly City’: Gifts and Service Offerings by Austin Firms to a New Friend.” The folder, addressed to a new resident of the city, 1944, contains welcome letters, coupons, and advertisements from the city of Austin and local businesses such as restaurants, cleaners, drug stores, and florists.
Austin (Texas) Scrapbook, 1908-1945, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers