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[Female inmate behind bars]

Description: Photograph of a female inmate inside jail cell, sitting on bunk at Travis County Jail. She faces the interior of her dark cell. Her hair is in plastic curlers and her feet are bare. A blanket from the top bunk above her drapes low behind the bars, darkening the cell. A paperback book sits between the bars.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Woman wearing street clothes sitting on a bunk in a Travis County Jail cell]

Description: Photograph of a woman wearing a striped tank top and jeans sitting on a bunk in a jail cell. She holds a letter and pencil in her hands, and has a legal pad on her lap. The bed is made up with a blanket and polka dot pillow case, and there are two envelopes on the bed. A metal toilet and sink unit are in the foreground. The sink holds a bar of soap and a metal drinking cup is placed over the drain. The finish on the toilet seat is chipped and broken.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Man showing woman sewing]

Description: Photograph of a man either showing a female inmate how to sew or inspecting her sewing at Travis County Jail in Austin.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Travis County Jail interior]

Description: Photograph of an interior cell block at the Travis County Jail. Everything in the cell block, including ceiling, cell bars, table, benches, and walls, is made of metal. The hallway at the rear is separated from the cell block by a range of bars, through which is visible an exterior wall with windows, some of which are covered with paper or plastic. Items on the metal tables, including plastic cups, paper napkins, salt and pepper shakers, a individual-sized paperboard milk container, and a television set, seem to indicate that the area is a small recreation area where prisoners eat and watch television. Some disposable cups are also placed in the openings between the cell bars.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Two men protesting Travis County Jail]

Description: Photograph of two people carrying protest signs as they walk along the sidewalk in front of the Travis County Courthouse. The man on the left is carrying a sign which reads, "Jails Never solved ANYthing." The person on the right is carrying a sign which reads, "JAILS ARE INHUMAN." Both have shoulder-length, dark, wavy hair and are wearing wire-rimmed glasses. The man on the left has a beard and wears a striped, wide-collared shirt, as well as dark pants and shoes. The person on the right wears bell bottom blue jeans and is barefoot. A wood frame house is partially visible in the bakcground to the right of the courthouse, and a the top of a gas street lamp is visible behind the head of the person on the right.
Date: 1971
Creator: Bobo, Carolyn
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Female Travis County Jail worker offering books to a female inmate]

Description: Photograph of a female Travis County Jail librarian and female inmate. The librarian, on the left, is wearing a print shirt with pointed collar and holding three paperback books on top of a box of assorted paperbacks. The female inmate, who is on the right, reaches through the bars as she looks at the selections offered. Her hair is in plastic and foam rollers. A sewing machine and wooden shelving are visible in the background of the photograph.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Travis County Jail Cell with bunks, toilet and sink]

Description: Photograph of a large, multi-prisoner cell in the Travis County Jail, which has six bunks, a sink, toilet and wall-mounted light. Bars form the front wall of the cell, which has two sliding doors, one at each end of the cell. The bunks are made up with sheets, and have what appear to be blankets placed at the foot of the matresses.
Date: February 1972
Creator: Austin American Statesman
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Sewing machine and mail bin in the Travis County Jail]

Description: Photograph of a sewing machine workstation at Travis County Jail. The sewing machine is a Kingston by Brother deluxe zag zag sewing machine and sits on a sewing table base with ruler markings. To the right of the sewing machine is an open wooden box sitting on a folding table. The box is labeled "MAIL IN-OUT" and is stuffed with sewing patterns (including one by Jiffy) and other printed paper materials, including the instructions for pattern number 8211. Cell bars separate the sewing workstation area from an eating and recreation area with a metal picnic style table and bench holding rolls of toilet paper, a percolator, an open bag of sugar and a cup. There is a wall-mounted sink on the far wall.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Two seated inmates doing handwork in the sewing area of the Travis County Jail]

Description: Photograph of two inmates doing handwork in the sewing area of the Travis County Jail. On the left, an African-American man mends or performs crewel embroidery on a piece of dark fabric lying in his lap. He has a short goatee and is wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. There is a short piece of thick yarn or string tied around his middle finger. The man seated to the right, sitting next to a sewing machine, is dressed in white and wears a paper food service hat.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Female clothing hanging on a rope line in a Travis County Jail cell]

Description: Photograph of a cell area in Travis County Jail with rope laundry line strung across the bars. The rope holds items of women's clothing, including a flowered shirt, embroidered pants, and other tops, pants and nylon underwear. On the floor below there are four pairs of boots, pairs of sandals, house shoes, and other street shoes. The cell behind the bars is stuffed with a variety of clothing items.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Sheriff Captain Tony J. Casarez and a female guard in the cellblock hallway of the Travis County Jail]

Description: Photograph of Sheriff Captain Tony J. Casarez, standing in the hallway between the cells at Travis County Jail. He has a mustache and is wearing a white shirt and tie, blue jeans and boots. His upper body is turned toward the camera, and he is smiling. A uniformed female officer is behind Casarez. She has her back to the camera and is walking away. Her hair is cut in a shoulder-length bob. There is a row of lights with protective grills on the ceiling.
Date: 1970~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Man looks at body wrapped in blanket on gurney in high security Travis County Jail cell area]

Description: Photograph of a man with long sideburns and wearing a jacket, possibly a doctor or medical examiner, standing over a body or corpse completely wrapped in a blanket on a collapsible metal gurney. The location is the Travis County Jail in an area where the doors are solid and a have small barred window with a hinged cover. A man wearing a uniform, possibly a guard, is partially visible behind the gurney.
Date: 1970
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library