Justin M. White Posts
The Austin History Center has digitized more than 250 photographs from the Travis County Negro Extension Service Photograph Collection. These photos – primarily from the 1940s through the 1960s – document the everyday life of African-Americans in Travis County, Texas.
Extension services in Texas began in 1915 when the Texas Legislature assigned administration of the Texas Agricultural Extension to Texas A&M University and established the Cooperative Extension Program
administered by Prairie View A&M. Because of segregation practices
in Texas, African-Americans were served through the Negro Extension
Founders Online, a tool for seamless searching across the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton, launched in 2013. Since then, the tool has grown to a fully searchable online database of over 165,000 documents, including thousands of documents that have not yet appeared in the published volumes.
The site has had nearly 750,000 unique visitors—an average of over 42,000 people each month.
We continue to hear remarkable stories about how researchers are using the site and the surprising items they’ve found, such as this Oath of Allegiance taken by Alexander Hamilton when he was Washington’s Aide-de-camp.
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.