Do you have ancestors from central Texas, particularly the Austin area? Or are you interested in newspapers from that region? Then come explore the Austin American-Statesman on! has issues dating back to 1871, the year the paper was first published. We also have issues of two related papers: the Austin American and the Austin Weekly Statesman.

The Austin American-Statesman got its start in 1871 as the Democratic Statesman, which was published thrice weekly. That same year, a once-weekly version of the paper, the Weekly Democratic Statesman, also began publishing (and would continue to publish under various titles until 1906).

In 1915, the Statesman (which by then had become a daily) combined with the Austin Tribune. Then in 1924, it was merged into a company with a paper called the Austin American, which had been around since 1914. However, the two papers continued to publish separately (except for a joint Sunday edition) until 1973, when they were combined to form the Austin American-Statesman. Today, the Austin American-Statesman is the main paper in Austin and central Texas.

Austin has long been a cultural, educational, and political hub, and this focus has been reflected in the American-Statesman’s content over the years. The paper has also traditionally had strong local and regional coverage, making it a valuable resource for learning about interesting and important events in Austin’s past. For example, you can read about the unsolved serial murders committed between 1884 and 1885 by a perpetrator dubbed the “Servant Girl Annihilator.” Or read about a dam collapse in 1900 that resulted in the deaths of 18 people.

The American-Statesman’s strong local coverage also makes it a great resource for genealogical research. Read about your ancestors’ births, marriages, and deaths, as well as stories from their daily lives, such as this piece from an 1883 issue about a local boy who narrowly avoided being killed by runaway horses.

Get started searching or browsing the Austin American-Statesman on! With a Basic subscription, you can access issues up through 1922; or with Publisher Extra, access those early years plus issues from 1923 and beyond.

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5 thoughts on “Austin American-Statesman

  1. I have ancestors who served in the Texas Infantry (5th) CSA and was captured at Gettysburg. Thank you for the notice.


  2. Sounds incredible. Good work. Print history is the only history. You’re performing an incredible service. Long live lead (printers’ type that is).

  3. I would like to see the addition of two Louisiana newspapers. They are the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate.

  4. Do you print the newspaper called “The Caller” which covered the Civil War in the area of Corpus Christi? I have a great grandfather who fought for the Union and was the first Hispanic Constable in Corpus Christi. Any help is appreciated.

  5. Would a ‘historic’ division of a municipal government agency also require a “subscripition” for such references? Thank you for your response. We ‘archive’ the Lake Travis View.

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