Historic Record Research Resources


Austin Public Library

You can access the following resources on any public Library computer or on a personal device that's connected to the Library's WiFi network.


Ancestry Library Edition 

Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive online source of information for genealogical research, with billions of names in over 6,000 databases. 


Austin American-Statesman (Historical), 1871-1978

The Austin American Statesman (Historical) includes searchable articles from Austin, Texas, newspapers for the years 1871-1980. Articles display in PDF format.


Austin History Center Digital Collections Site

As the local history division of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County. Use the digital collections to conduct research


Austin History Center Research Request Form 

Fill out the form to place an order with the Austin History Center for in-depth research services.


Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provide detailed property and land-use records of Texas towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. 


Historic Design Standards

Historic Design Standards

Design standards were adopted into the City code in Fall 2022. 


The Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

The standards offer four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties - preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction with accompanying guidelines for each.


Identifying Historic Designated Sites 


Historic Austin Parks 

View a list of historic Austin parks.


Historic Property Viewfinder

Use the Viewfinder to find out if a property is a historic landmark, located in a locally designated historic district, or in a National Register district.


Historic Surveys and Determinations of Eligibility

Historic surveys highlight potential landmarks and historic districts.


National Register Database and Research

The official list of the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places national program.


Texas Historical Commission ATLAS

Features more than 300,000 historic site records.


Tax Credit Programs

Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

A state tax credit program for certified rehabilitation of historic structures.


Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program

A federal tax credit program administered in Texas by the National Park Service in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), that requires projects to meet the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.