In addition to collecting and preserving the materials that document Austin's unique history, the Austin History Center serves as a research institution where customers can easily and efficiently access those materials for study. Some research using our materials may be accomplished remotely, but most of our resources will have to be viewed on-site. We offer a variety of reference and duplication services to assist you.
Subject guides compiled on a range of topics can help pinpoint AHC resources that fit your research needs, and some online databases are available. Here is a guide to using collection finding aids found through our online database. We also offer a general description of Austin's history. Everything Austin is a collection of links to a variety of Austin-related sites dealing with both historical and contemporary topics. Basic information about preserving your own archival items is also available.
Do you have a short, factual question that you would like for a staff member to answer? Are you in need of photocopies, scanned photographs, or an obituary? While the AHC remains closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently scheduled to begin offering expanded remote reference services to customers who need access to the AHC’s collections on June 8th. Submit your request using our Research Request Form.
If you have used our online tools or worked with a staff member to determine that we have materials that you would like to view in person, please see our information about what to expect from a research visit to the Austin History Center when we reopen to the public.