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Bastrop County History Resources

Since the inception of the Bastrop County Historical Society in 1952, a driving force has been the development of a useful Research Library.  From the early days, Society members solicited a variety of family letters, maps, and original historical materials to create a collection that now totals more than 7,400 archival documents, including letters, written histories, newspapers, genealogical data, wills, land records, biographies, military records, obituaries, and news articles.  The collection includes more than 4,800 photographs, 250 maps, and 550 reference books.​


Having materials on hand does not make resources accessible to researchers, archaeologists, and public members seeking information about their ancestors or Bastrop's historic past. To provide a meaningful method to connect researchers and materials, Collections Manager Heather Bloom and her team of volunteers work diligently to examine each archival document and determine how to assign keywords to the museum's searchable database.  As many as 150 individuals or organizations communicate with the Library or search its files yearly.

At this time, the Research Library is accessible only by appointment. To visit, please call 512-303-0057 to schedule a meaningful research experience with Heather Bloom.

Additional Resources

Bastrop Public Library - Books and Reference Materials

Bastrop, Texas Network Community Information, photo tours, evens and more at

Bastrop, County, Texas - Genealogy Website - devoted to genealogy research in Bastrop County

Camp Mabry Library and photo archives of military history.  The official archive for Camp Swift.

TSHA Online A digital gateway to Texas History. Contains the Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical Association

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