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1887 Graduating class of Austin High School
Photograph of the 1887 graduating class of Austin High School. Front row (left to right): Pearl Caswell, Nannie Kelley, Florence Collins, Lucille James. Middle row (left to right): Eliza Mitchell, J. H. Bryant (professor), Minnie Sykes. Back row standing (left to right): unidentified woman, Mila Morris, Janie Maxwell, unidentified woman, Eve Sadler, Gertrude Whitis, Helen Grant, and William Gorden.
[Allen Hall, Tillotson Institute]
Photograph of a five-story brick building with a mansard roof. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Allen Hall, Erected 1880-1881, Demolished 1966." Cabinet card format.
[Anderson High School students]
Photograph of Anderson High School students lined up outside the schoolhouse which is either at Olive and Curve Streets or at Pennsylvania Street (currently Kealing Middle school). This class is composed of mostly female African American students.
Athol Estes Porter Autograph book
Autograph album belonging to Athol Estes, includes 10-line two stanza poem. First letters of first five lines acrostically spell Athol (first letters of lines) and Estes (last letters of lines). Signed "W.S.P."
Austin Baseball Club
Photograph of members of the Austin Baseball Club. There are eleven men arranged in a diamond formation with there names and position listed.
[Austin City Administration, 1881]
Photograph of Austin city administration: Standing L to R: J.W. Howard, Treasurer; C.D. Johns, Attorney; Ben Thompson, City Marshall; E.B. Connell, City Clerk; - Sitting L to R: Fred A. Sterzing, City Assessor; Mayor L.M. Crooker; Dr. R.H.L. Bibb, Physician. The city was incorporated in 1836 when Republic of Texas Vice President Mirabeau B. Lamar proposed that the state capital, then located in Houston, be moved to the area that sat just north of the Colorado River in the township then called Waterloo. Shortly thereafter, the city was renamed in honor of Stephen F. Austin. 1881 was the year that Austin public schools first held classes, and the University of Texas opened its doors shortly afterwards in 1883. Austin continued to expand throughout the 1880s and late 19th century.
Beauties of San Antonio River
Photograph of the San Antonio River. The silhouettes of three individuals are visible in the bottom left corner of the image. The other side of the river has buildings behind a wooden fence. The back of the photograph has a printed history of the city of San Antonio.
Ben Hur Steamboat
Photograph of the Ben Hur steamboat from the Lake Navigation Company. The decks are full of people and hills are visible in the distance.
"Big Foot Wallace"
Photograph of "Big Foot" Wallace (William Alexander Anderson Wallace, 1817-1899). The photograph is cabinet card format.
Birds Eye Map of Austin
Birds eye map of Austin showing downtown, the river, and the University of Texas main building.
The Burning Capitol
View of the Capitol as it burns looking north from the corner of 11th and Congress.
[Cancelled Checks to W. S. Porter]
Cancelled checks written by Maddox Bros. & Anderson all made out to W. S. Porter. Some are endorsed on the back by Porter.
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of a close up view of the construction of the Capitol building. A man stands on top of a high wall while a few other men on scaffolding guide a pillar, attached to a crane, into place.
[Capitol Construction]
Photograph of construction of the state capitol building. The main building is mostly complete while construction of the dome is just beginning.
Capitol Dedication
Parade south down Congress Avenue from the Capitol. Caption reads: "Chichasaw Guard from Murpheesburo, Tenn."
Capitol under construction
Photograph of the construction site for the current Capitol building, constructed 1881-1888. View is from the Travis County Courthouse located on 11th Street.
[Cathedral of San Fernando, San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of the Cathedral of San Fernando in San Antonio, Texas. Several shops are visible in the street to its right. A hrose adn carriage is parked in front of one of the shops. The plaza in front of the buildings is muddy. The back of the photograph has a detailed history of the building and its predating missions printed on it. Cabinet card format.
[Cavalry Troops Marching in Texas Capitol Building Dedication Parade]
Photograph of the parade for the dedication of the Texas State Capitol building. This particular photograph features cavalry troops (Interstate drill) marching down Congress Avenue. Crowds of spectators are standing watching on either side of the street. Many flags are on display.
[Century Plant, San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of a man standing by a century plant. The century plant has a long stalk that stretches several meters into the air, with flowers blooming on the top. The back of the photograph has a printed history of the city of San Antonio. Cabinet card format.
[Cliffs at Marble Falls]
Photograph of a cliff of flat, layered rock, with small trees growing on its side and top. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Marble Falls, Llano County, Texas 1884, South side up to Honeymoon."
Colorado River Near Marble Falls
Photograph of the Colorado River near Marble Falls. The river cuts between two hills, with the photograph being taken from one of them. A note on the back indicates the photo was taken from a bridge at Marble Falls.
[Construction of Capitol Dome]
Photograph of the unfinished Capitol dome. Scaffolding is in place and the stonework for the base of the dome is complete.
[Construction of the Capitol Building]
Photograph of the construction of the State Capitol Building, looking at the east side of the building. The base of the building is largely complete and scaffolding is in place to build the dome.
Convict Laborers Shaping Columns
Photograph of "Convict laborers shaping columns and loading flat cars near a Marble Falls,Texas quarry." The stones were used for construction of the Texas state Capitol building.
[Correspondence from E.M. Pease to President Rutherford B. Hayes]
A draft of a letter from E.M. Pease to President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Cutstone yard, Burnet, Texas
View of the cut stone yard in Burnet, Texas. The stones were used to construct the Texas state Capitol building.
Downtown Austin
Photograph of downtown Austin with Capitol under construction. Caption reads, "Birdseye view of Austin, Texas taken from School for Deaf showing the Capitol Bldg under construction. Note that west wing of main bldg of University was only partly built at that time."
[Downtown San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of a busy street scene in downtown San Antonio, Texas. People walk by the numerous shops and businesses while horse-drawn carriages pass through the street. A banner over the street reads, in reverse, "R.A. Holland, City T Store, Coffee Roaster." Other signs are visible for Wheeler & Wilson sewing machines, a tailor, and a leather goods shop. Cabinet card format.
D.E. Hall School of Domestic Economy
Photograph of a group of women sitting out front of the D.E. Hall of Domestic Economy. These women were associated with the Young Women's Christian Association as indicated by notes on the back of the photograph. Stamped on one of the boards of the school is [CALC]ASIEU LUMBER referring to Calcasieu Lumber Company which was established in Austin,Texas in the early 1880s.
[Effie Roach Hofer Autograph Album]
Autograph album belonging to Effie Roach Hofer. It includes page a 10-line verse poem entitled "Poetry," with drawing of fiddle and pointing finger and hand, signed "W.S. Porter/Secretary Jolly Brothers."
[Exterior of Driskill Hotel]
Photograph of a northwest view of the exterior corner of the Driskill Hotel.
[Exterior of Driskill Hotel]
Photograph of a corner view of the Driskill Hotel taken from the southeast corner of 6th Sreet and Brazos.
[Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of a field at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas. The rectangular field's perimeter is lined with trees. Cannons are visible at the base of the flagpole in the center of the image. A tower is in the background and other buildings are at the right. Cabinet card format.
[Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of a field at Fort Sam Houston near San Antonio, Texas. There is a gazebo in the center. At the edge of the field are trees with houses visible behind them. Cabinet card format.
Fritz Reichmann
Photograph of a uniformed individual named by the name of Fritz Reichmann. He wears a uniform and his hat says, "Recorder." Inscription on the back reads "Fritz Reichmann, killed at San Jacinto at 16th jumping out of a buggy." Photograph is cabinet card format.
[Front exterior of Governor's Mansion]
Photograph of exterior front of Texas Governor's Mansion. The columns are dark, and the grounds are a bit unkempt and the windows shuttered. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1886 was Governor John Ireland. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
[Front exterior of Governor's Mansion]
Photograph of exterior front of Texas Governor's Mansion. The columns are dark, and the grounds are a bit unkempt and the windows shuttered. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1886 was Governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
Georgetown, Texas
Photograph of the town square of Georgetown, taken from the east side of an upper story on the courthouse. Signs on buildings are visible for C.A.D. Clamp, W. Patrick, and Pebworth's Barber Shop.
Goddess of Liberty with Workers
Capitol construction crews surrounding the Goddess of Liberty statue that was later placed on top of the Capitol dome. Right side, back row, fifth from right with mustache is identified as Hans Falkenberg. This original iteration of the Goddess was taken down during restoration of the Capitol in 1985, restored and eventually put on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Governor's Mansion
Photograph of the Texas Governor's Mansion in 1882 when it was first occupied.
Governor's Mansion, Austin
Photograph of the Texas Governor's Mansion from the southeast showing dark columns, white picket fence out front, and wild grounds. Windows on the south side and front upper porch of the mansion are shuttered. Photographed from behind the white picket fence, which is visible in the immediate right foreground. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant here in 1880 was Governor Oran M. Roberts. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
[Granite for the Capitol]
Photograph of people and horses gathered around a deposit of granite. The granite is cut into progressively smaller blocks from its original mass. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Granite Mountain about 1884. This mountain of granite supplied 50,000 tons of granite for the Texas State Capitol at Austin and about 450,000 tons to Galveston for the sea wall and jetties."
Granite Mountain
Photograph of two men in a hilly landscape, with a moving train in the background. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Granite Mountain near Marble Falls, Texas 1882, A&NW [Austin and Northwest] Narrow Gauge R.R."
[Hilly Landscape]
Photograph of a rocky, hilly landscape, possibly near Marble Falls. A picket fence is built along the edge of a small cliff to the right, and a horse-drawn carriage is visible in the distance, slightly to the left of the center of the image.
Hix Ball Team -- Champs of Central Texas
Photograph of the Austin Hix Baseball Team, a group of nine young men in uniforms. Their names and positions are handwritten on the back of the photograph. They are, seated left to right: William G. Bell (pitcher), D. G. Eglehart (3rd base), Allen Harn (Right Field), Claud Steward (Center Field); standing: Bob Huck (2nd Base), Hugh Hajnie (Left Field), David A. McFall (Catcher), Fred T. Connaly (1st Base), James Gibbs (short stop). The photograph is cabinet card format.
Jack County Courthouse
Photograph of the Jack County Courthouse in Jacksboro, Texas. Three groups of men are seen in this picture. The largest group is on the ground, standing and on horseback, in front of the courthouse, another is standing on an arch above a door and outside a window, and the last group is on a balcony at the clock tower.
[Kampmann Building]
Photograph of the Kampmann Building, a bank at the Northeast corner of the Alamo Plaza at San Antonio, Texas. People are visible walking in the street along with horse-drawn carriages. A sign is partially visible reading "Solomon, Dry Goods, Clothes." Cabinet card format.
[Letter from O. Henry to Belle Palm]
Letter detailing programme for a musical event to be held on October 1, 1886, in which Belle Palm is on the program and O. Henry is the Musical Director.
[Main Plaza in San Antonio, Texas]
Photograph of a line of horse-drawn carriages in a street at downtown San Antonio, Texas. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "North east corner of Main Plaza." A sign on the building at right reads "Solomon Deutsch & Co., Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes and Hats." A sign on the building at left reads "Lambert's Ideal, Gents, Furnishings, Goods." Cabinet card format.
Manor, Texas
Street scene of Manor, Texas with horse-drawn carts.