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View of children attending story hour with storyteller Mrs. Paul Wagoner at the Austin Public Library Central Library on December 12, 1918. This building is now the Austin History Center


Certificate for Miss Jessie Perrino for having completed coursework in dressmaking from Eliza Dee Industrial Home. Part of the Samuel Huston campus, The Eliza Dee Industrial Home for girls opened in 1904 across the street from the campus. In addition to teaching domestic skills and developing Christian character, it housed fourteen (probably as many as 20-25) girls.


Group portrait of theater employees, many of whom will go on to be members of IATSE for decades.


Members of the IATSE local 205 pose with a banner reading, "Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators, Local No. 205." and "IATSE." Many men wear straw hats and caps. Trees are visible behind them.

circa 1910

Austin Volunteer Fire Department on parade down Congress Avenue, 1910. The wagon is pulled by three horses with multiple volunteers aboard, along with the ladder. Mrs. McClure Groceries store and a book store are visible storefronts along Congress.


Real photo postcard of wreck. On verso: "Flood of April 22, 1915, Austin, TX., w. Sixth St. line. Before car could be moved, a rain on April 24 washed it downstream with considerable damage."


Close view of Austin Street Railway Company streetcar, with exterior panel in focus, revealing a large dent near the door.

circa 1916

View of the streetcars on the first day the current Congress Avenue Bridge was open. Crowds of people are on the streetcar and standing next to it. President W.J. Jones is in striped suit


View looking down a street with a railroad track with a street car on it. There are buildings and people along the street in a commercial part of town.

circa 1910

View of a streetcar on 6th Street. Mr. Bowman was the conductor. On either side of the street are business. There are horse-drawn carts and an automobile in the street.


Austin's first ambulance taken at 33rd and Speedway streets. The ambulance is horse-drawn and on the side, in addition to a cross, is a small plaque that reads "V.O. Weed." The body of this horse-drawn ambulance was removed and motorized.


Parade of automobiles from UT in front of the Texas State Capitol


Group portrait of First Baptist S.S. Cadets in 1916. Back reads: "Cadets for the First Baptist Church, Austin at a convention in Terrell, Texas. 1st on right: Tom Owens, younger brother of Murray. 5th on right: Murray Owens. 6th on right: William Owens, older brother of Murray."


From "Austin, City of the Violet Crown, 1917," an ornately designed layout with numbered photos of the St. John Orphanage and Industrial Institute. photos no. 1-3 depict tabernacles and no. 4 depicts Littlefield Dormitory.


From "Austin, City of the Violet Crown, 1917," an ornately designed layout with numbered photos of the St. John Orphanage and Industrial Institute. photo no. 5: Administrative Building; no. 6: Fontaine Cottage; no.7: Ebenezer Baptist Church Tabernacle. In 1893, the late Dr. L. L. Campbell became moderator. St. John District Association was known to be the largest association for African Americans. Moderator Campbell negotiated plans for an Orphan Home and School. He purchased three hundred and fifty (350) acres of land, and in 1906, built St. John Orphan Home, but not without struggle. The St. John Orphanage, which was located in North Austin on a tract of land, where Highland Mall is presently located. Rev. Campbell was known as the founder of the St. John Orphanage.


Exterior view of All Saints Episcopal Church, January 1912. A man and a woman are walking in the street towards the building


Front elevation of the old city hall circa 1907-1938. Copied from a glass slide given by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.


Marching band at the front of a formation of students.

circa 1918

Students in uniform marching on field on September 17, 1918.


Squad 36 stand in four lines on the steps in front of a bulding. The men wear their uniforms and hold their campaign hats in their left hands at their sides as they stand at attention.


A technical instructor at the UT School of Military Aeronautics stands between two engine components and uses a wooden pointer to explain pieces of the engine from a chalkboard diagram.


Three men in military uniform from the School of Military Aeronautics, sitting on the lawn of the Old Main Building of UT. Their legs are in front of them showing "BERLIN OR BUST" on the soles of their shoes. Left to right: Curry, Hart, Callender.

circa 1917

Before the impeachment of Governor Ferguson, Texas students paraded from the campus to the Capitol and held a protest rally, complete with the university band, right outside Ferguson’s office while he met with the regents. Ferguson was so enraged by the demonstrators that he got into a yelling match with one of the student protestors and had to be restrained from climbing out of his window to fight them, according to The Impeachment of Jim Ferguson, a 1983 book by Bruce Rutherford. Ferguson was convinced that Vinson was behind the protest. He decided that the university president must resign, and when Vinson refused, Ferguson vetoed the university’s entire budget. Ferguson then went on a tour of Texas, voicing his disdain for the university and what he called the “university crowd” in public speeches. He vilified everything from fraternities to the faculty to the student body. In his eyes, the university was made up of “corruptionists,” “draft dodgers,” “two-bit thieves” and “butterfly chasers,” according to a historical account compiled by what is now the Texas Exes. The account said Ferguson accused the student protesters of committing treason against him. Soon after, the alumni group began taking out ads in newspapers calling for the governor’s impeachment. In the wake of the controversy, issues from Ferguson’s past campaign for governor in 1916 came back into the spotlight. He had been accused of misappropriating funds, but investigations failed to find anything that would warrant impeachment, and the probe seemed to be closed. But in the midst of this personal war he had sparked with the flagship university in Austin, Ferguson appeared before a Travis County grand jury and was indicted on nine charges. Seven related to misapplication of public funds, one to embezzlement and one to the diversion of a special fund. He posted bond and wasted no time in announcing his candidacy for a third term as governor. House Speaker Franklin Fuller called a special session to consider charges of impeachment against the governor. The legality of the speaker calling a session was questionable — the Texas Constitution says only the governor can call a special session — but the point became moot when Ferguson called his own special session to discuss the budget for the University of Texas. Instead, the House immediately turned its attention to 21 articles of impeachment. The Senate, acting as a court of impeachment, spent three weeks considering the charges and convicted the governor of 10 of them. Five concerned the misapplication of public funds, three related to his quarrel with the university, one declared that he had failed properly to respect and enforce the banking laws of the state, and one charged that he had received $156,500 ($2.9 million in today’s dollars) from a source he refused to reveal. The Senate removed Ferguson from office by a vote of 25-3. The vote made him ineligible to hold any office of honor, trust or profit in the state of Texas.


Group portrait of students and adults outside of the Manor school, a two-story building.

circa 1915

Group portrait of group of women at a convention. The convention that these women are attending is unidentified. It may have been a social gathering but might also have been a political rally, as many of the women are wearing lapel pins and ribbons.


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