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Congress Avenue looking at the Capitol, 1904

Congress Avenue looking at the Capitol, 1904, C00025 detail, Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives, photo by Jordan-Ellison Company

General Photograph Collection

There are approximately 100,000 prints in the General Photograph Collection. They are broken up in to three categories. The vast majority of these photographs can only be viewed on-site at the Austin History Center, though a small number have been digitized and are viewable through the Portal to Texas History.


PICA 36118

Street Railroads - General, PICA 36118

Austin Files
These photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject. Topics as general as agriculture or as specific as Barton Springs can be found in these files. To get a sense of what is in this series, you can download a copy of the Austin Files Subject Index.

PICB 06865

Anna McLaughlin Pennybacker, PICB 06865

Biography Files
The Biography files contain images of citizens of Austin who have made an impact on their community and are arranged by the names of the individuals or the surname of their family. Individuals and family names from this series have been cataloged in the Austin Public Library's Catalog


2607 Whitis Avenue, C10779

House Building Files
The House Building files have images of structures located around the city, although the heaviest concentration of photos documents the central part of town. These photos are arranged by street address. Many addresses from this series have been cataloged in the Austin Public Library's Catalog.