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AHC Director’s Report: November 2020

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.


November 2020

Programming & Outreach

AHC Staff participated and presented at 8 different virtual events for October. Highlights include:

  • Latinx Heritage Month virtual presentation to Google Employees

  • Native Mexican Experience in ATX, virtual presentation to Teacher Retirement System

  • North Carolina Central University Community Archives graduate course presentation

  • MidTexMod Docomomo National Tour Day – John Henry Faulk Building.


  • AHC received Film scripts, play scripts, photos, publicity materials, film reels, videotapes, newspaper clippings, and correspondence documenting the late Austin actor Lou Perryman. Perryman was a film crew member on the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film and had a number of small roles in TV shows and films throughout his life.

  • Photographs from an exhibit by photographer Loda Choo for the Korean American Association of Greater Austin were donated to AHC, along with clippings, posters, and administrative records of KAAGA created between March 2018 and February 2020. The materials were added to the Korean American Association of Greater Austin Records (AR.2010.002).


  • The AHC’s expanded reference and e-document delivery service continues for October. We received 124 requests and completed 135 this month, delivering 1751 scanned items. Comments we have received this month:

Woah! This is quite helpful information…and so well presented. I appreciate you taking it into next week with uncovering the color map version and key, too. These maps are quite interesting. You’ve made my day with your prompt response.

  • · During this time AHC staff helped with research on an upcoming biography of Lou Roberts, an upcoming book about the Hill Country, the Living Springs Documentary project, stories about racial justice for the journal End of Austin, public exhibition at the French Legation, and an educational video about the “Eyes of Texas” song.

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