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Desegregation in Austin

Desegregation in Austin

Five Decades of Social Change: A Timeline

An annotated chronology of major events in the desegregation of Austin, Texas, from 1940 to 1980 as they appeared in local newspapers and other materials such as the Austin Files (AF) in the archives at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

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Hubert Jones

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Glass Plate Negative Collection

The Hubert Jones Glass Plate Negative Collection contains 466 glass plate negatives that document late 19th century Austin life. The collection includes street scenes, historic buildings, portraits and examples of the style of dress at that time. Hubert Jones was an Austin resident and University of Texas Professor. He donated the glass plates in the 1950s.

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Oakwood Cemetary

Oakwood Cemetary, Austin History Center


Austin History Center's Oakwood Cemetery Database, a listing of burials in Austin's oldest cemetery, Oakwood, located at 1601 Navasota St. The names included in this database were extracted from centuries old ledgers preserved in the archives at the Austin History Center. The data reflects the verbatim transcription of these records dating from 1866 through 1919 with additional years being added periodically.

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Austin Treasures

Austin Beginnings

Austin First Years: 1839

Memorabel Austin Firsts

Austin's history has been filled with events great and small, significant and trivial, historic and amusing. All have contributed to building the city that is first in our hearts. Finding these milestones is one of the pleasures of conducting research in the Austin History Center. The staff, volunteers, and customers of the Austin History Center share just a few of the memorable firsts that we have discovered in our files.

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Lost Vistorian Austin

Lost Vistorian Austin, Austin History Center

The 1887 birds-eye view of Austin suggests the rich and varied Victorian resources which made up Austin at that time--neighborhoods full of homes and churches, downtown commercial buildings, educational structures throughout the city, all designed to please and inspire.

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Jane McCallum

Suffrage Movement, Austin History Center

Suffrage Movement

Organized in 1908, the Austin Suffrage Association was the only active woman suffrage society in Texas until Eleanor Brackenridge formed the San Antonio club in 1912. Since they were located in the state capital, members such as Nell Doom and Mary Heard Ellis played an active role in the Texas Equal Suffrage Association's lobbying activities.

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