2018 Reports

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018


Austin History Center Director’s Report

Mike Miller is the Manager of the Austin History Center, a 14-person, $1.2 million division of the Austin Public Library, with responsibility for personnel, planning, and fiscal aspects. He represents the Austin History Center before library, city, and community groups.  Miller writes, speaks and consults about Austin history, managing local history collections, and preservation of historical materials.

January 2018

Programming & Outreach

  • On December 5 the AHC hosted a program celebrating the 40th birthday of Esther’s Follies and the release of their new book. Author Jesse Sublett and a handful of members of the Esther’s comedy troupe shared stories of the Follies over its history to a crowd of 50 people.
  • On December 15, Latin/x Community Archivist Amanda Jasso gave a presentation to the city’s Equity Action Team about Confederate monuments in Austin. Amanda has been active on the city team investigating the status of confederate memorials in the city.


  • AHC staff finished processing 7 collections, the David Thomson Emo's Poster
    Collection, the Lewis Hancock Harvard College Scrapbook, the Austin State Official Ladies Club Records, the Manda Common School District Number 25 Record Books, the Austin Bible Society Meeting Minutes, the Wilhelmine Sheffield Papers, and the Mary Ella Wallis Scrapbooks. The finding aids are available online at:
  • The AHC recently acquired 17 PechaKucha Austin Nights posters designed by
    Pentagram Design and an audio recording of Sam Quintanilla telling a ghost story. In addition, we received a donation of a video related to the UT Theater Stand-Ins produced by the People’s History of Texas.

Publications & Reference

  • Research was conducted at the AHC and photos from the AHC were purchased for use in a new book from Texas A&M University Press, The Cedar Choppers: Life on the Edge of Nothing, about the cedar choppers who settled just west of Austin in the mid-19th century. Also, authors of upcoming books about Barton Creek and the Austin music scene made us of the AHC collections