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 has in its archives past issues of The Bastrop Advertiser, dating back to the 1880s. 
Staff is available to assist and to make copies of documents, subject to copyright, for a small charge; books and other archival materials are restricted to on-site use, however. You may search the records during your visit to Bastrop or you may email your request to
Our photograph archive is extensive. We have over 3,500 photographs which include a picture of the 1889 reunion of Terry’s Texas Rangers, classroom pictures of rural schools in the late 1800s, a fat man contest on Bastrop’s Main Street in about 1900, the 1889 Old Iron Bridge across the Colorado at Bastrop, and the beautiful entrance into the cemetery for German prisoners of war at Camp Swift.
All rights to photographs and documents belonging to the Bastrop County Historical Society are reserved to the Society.


For more information about the Bastrop County Historical Society Archives, call 512.303.0057 or click HERE.