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[Main Building and baseball field at Rosewood Recreation Center]

Description: Photograph of Rosewood Recreation Center, showing the historic Bertram-Huppertz home which became the clubhouse and bath house once the park was established for black citizens. The City acquired the 1875 home of Rudolph Bertram, and adjacent land at 2300 Rosewood Avenue, from his daugheter Emmie Bertram Huppertz (Mrs. Charles Huppertz) in 1928, for the purpose of creating a segregated park for the African American community. The development included a swimming pool for Negros. A grand stone staircase was constructed next to the building by the Civil Works Administration (C. W. A.) in 1934, leading down to a baseball field. This view shows the side of the two-story stone house, designed by architect Joseph Sherwin, with two bay windows on the first floor. The stone steps and ball field are visible in the foreground.
Date: 1936
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab., Austin

[Swimmers at Rosewood Park pool]

Description: Photograph of swimmers at the swimming pool at the Rosewood Park for Negroes. Because of an extensive remodeling and enlargement program, Rosewood Pool opened its swimming session on June 19, but even with this late start, attendance for the rest of the season totaled 73,155. The completed pool measures 70' x 125' plus an adjacent wading pool that is 20' x 40', giving a combined total of 9,550 sq. ft. A water filtering system was installed with a 3-gallon per minute filter rate. The pool has a 350,000 gallon capacity with a 6-hour turnover. Other improvements include underwater lights in the deep end of the pool. Total cost of improvements was about $68,000.
Date: 1936~

Pool at Zilker Park

Description: Photograph of the pool at Zilker Park. Inscription on back of photo reads "Lily Ponds built w/relief labor 1935 Annual Report"
Date: January 30, 1936
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Laboratory - City of Austin

[Rosewood Park pool]

Description: Photograph of the swimming pool at the Rosewood Park for Negroes. The pool was built by J.F. Johnson Construction and is seventy feet wide by seventy five feet long, and runs three feet to seven feet and six inches deep. The photo is of the shallow end of the pool. Two cars are parked in near the pool. A lifeguard sits underneath a rules notice.
Date: May 19, 1936
Creator: Ellison Photo Service

[Rosewood Park swimming pool]

Description: Photograph of the empty swimming pool at Rosewood Park for Negroes. The photograph shows the shower in the middle left where swimmers can wash off grass and dirt before entering the pool. The diving board is visible behind the shower indicating this is a photo of the deep end of the pool. A lifeguard sits in the lifeguard chair at the far end of the pool. A swing set is partially visible behind the diving board and a some trees.
Date: May 19, 1936
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab, Austin

[President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt making a whistle-stop campaign appearance in Austin]

Description: Photograph of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt standing behind a podium, on a platform, at the end of a train car as he addresses the large, night-time crowd assembled before him. His outstretched arms grasp the podium. Roosevelt is surrounded by a group of people including his wife, Eleanor, and possibly John Nance Garner ("Cactus Jack"), the vice-president. A neon sign above the train car reads, "PROSPERITY'S ROSE BLOOMS AGAIN WITH ROOSEVELT." The crowd is standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
Date: June 11, 1936
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Laboratory, City of Austin

[Seaholm Power Plant]

Description: Photograph of the Seaholm Power Plant at 800 West Cesar Chavez Street. The plant has a water tower, vent stacks, and railroad tracks crossing the foreground of the image. The plant is surrounded by a short, chain-link fence on all sides except where the main gate is open on the right side of the image. The plant was constructed during the 1930s and was eventually demolished in the 1960s.
Date: July 27, 1936

[Austin Municipal Golf Course club house]

Description: Photograph of Austin Municipal Golf Course Club House front elevation. Screened double doors, a columned entrance, and gable windows are visible. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
Date: 1937
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab., Austin

[Golfers and caddy on green at Austin Municipal Golf Course]

Description: Photograph of a putting green at Austin Municipal Golf Course with one man, two women and a boy. One of the women puts the ball while the man holds the flag and a golf bag with clubs. The boy holds another golf bag with clubs while the second woman leans on her putter. A man on tractor rides by them behind the green. Trees are in the distance. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
Date: 1937
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab., Austin

[Golfers putting on green at Austin Municipal Golf Course]

Description: Photograph of a family playing golf at the Austin Municipal Golf Course and a lawn maintenance worker keeping the grounds. One woman puts while a man holds the flag. A boy holds a second golf bag while a second woman looks on. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
Date: 1937
Creator: Bureau of Identification Photographic Lab., Austin

[Governor's Mansion Conservatory]

Description: Photograph of the conservatory, also called the family dining room at the Texas Governor's Mansion. It had green walls with white woodwork, marquisette curtains with ball fringe, a rose colored carpet, and early 1900s furniture painted and antiqued in green’, (Blodgett info sheet, TSLA). The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant during this time in 1937 was Democratic Governor James V. Allred. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
Date: 1937
Creator: Boone Photo Co.

[Governor's Mansion interior hallway with staircase]

Description: Photograph of Interior hallway of the Governor's Mansion with a staircase leading to the second floor. Side tables and seating, governor portraits, flowers, a large gilt mirror and light fixture are visible. Open doorways are visible to two rooms on the right and one room on the left. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant during this time in 1937 was Democratic Governor James V. Allred. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
Date: 1937
Creator: Boone Photo Co.

[Municipal Golf Course club house]

Description: Photograph of Municipal Gold Course club house in snow with lion statue representing the Lions Club, which built the clubhouse in 1928. The entrance opens to the right. The municipal Golf Course, constructed originally by the Lions Club in 1928 at 2901 Enfield Road, has served its citizens since 1934 and has long been Austin's most popular course.
Date: 1937

Sam Houston Room in Governor's Mansion

Description: Photograph of interior view of the Sam Houston Room in the Governor's Mansion showing a fireplace on the left and a window on the right. Two vanity dressers with mirrors line the walls and a dark wood table sits in the center of the room. The mansion was built by Abner Cook in 1855 and was continuously occupied since 1856. The occupant during this time in 1937 was Democratic Governor James V. Allred. The mansion was declared a Texas historical landmark in 1962 and a national historic landmark in 1970.
Date: 1937
Creator: Boone Photo Co.