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Museum Archives

The Society's Research Library contains 5,300 books, publications, newspapers, letters, maps, and genealogical and biographical material on the history of Bastrop County, its towns, communities, schools, historical buildings and early families. Cemetery records, family files and many out-of-print materials are available for research. 

The museum archives house past issues of the Bastrop Advertiser, dating back to the 1880s.

While books and other archival materials are restricted to on site use, staff members are available to assist and make copies (subject to copyright) for a minimal fee.  You may search our records during your visit. Please use our contact form to make an appointment so we can be available to assist.  

Archive Resources

Our extensive photograph archive contains over 5,500 items, including a picture of the 1889 reunion of Terry's Texas Rangers, classroom photos of rural schools in the late 1800s, a fat man contest on Bastrop's Main Street circa 1900, the 1889 Old Iron Bridge across the Colorado River, and the beautiful entrance into the cemetery where German prisoners of war who died at Camp Swift are buried.  The archive also contains 9,000 documents, 2,050 objects and 716 reference books.

For more information about the Bastrop County Historical Society Archives, call 512-303-0057.

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