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This film was originally made in 1943 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and all the rights transferred to the Austin History Center in 2006. The film highlights a wide array of city landmarks, including the Texas State Capitol, University of Texas Tower, the Moonlight Towers, Zilker Park, and Barton Springs. By following the Smiths, new residents of Austin, the film also visits many of the city's main attractions, including several museums, Treaty Oak, and a Longhorn football game. An overview of Austin's government and healthcare buildings, as well as the lakes along the Colorado River, is also included. The film was preserved and digitized in 2008 and made possible by a Partnership Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Run time: 31minutes (color)

In March of 2020, to ensure that stories from the COVID-19 era were preserved, the Austin History Center began an initiative to collect materials from the public documenting life in Austin during the pandemic. AHC collected items through a digital submission form, though physical items were also added to the collection when AHC reopened following the strictest part of the City's pandemic shutdown. The call for submissions resulted in over 5,000 items collected from hundreds of donors, each giving a unique perspective of life in Austin during COVID-19. The COVID-19 Files includes records of local businesses responding to the crisis, new visual art, original written works, compiled public health information and statistics, social media posts, and extensive photographs and moving images, all documenting Austin's response to the pandemic.



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