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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Ashworth Family Papers, 1939, 1993

Austin History Center

Ashworth Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Ashworth, Mae Grote, 1910-2006
Title: Ashworth Family Papers
Dates: 1938-1939,1993
Abstract: The collection consists of six black-and-white photographs of the Ashworth’s 1939 apartment in Chalmers Court, an annotated Austin Housing Authority report, and Mae G. Ashworth’s 1993 memoir “On Unbeaten Paths” which documents her and her children’s lives in Austin during the 20th century.
Accession number: AR.2015.023
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Mae Grote Ashworth was born in 1910 in Mason, Texas. She moved to Austin, Texas, with her four children, Barbara, Don, Kenneth, and R.B., in 1936. In late 1939, they became some of the first occupants of Chalmers Court, one of the first federal housing projects funded by the United States Housing Authority. Chalmers Court was specifically designated for white families. In her memoir writings, she notes that the rent was $14 per month and her family stayed until 1941. The Ashworth’s apartment was photographed for brochures to promote public housing units.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of six black-and-white photographs of the Ashworth’s apartment in Chalmers Court, and Mae G. Ashworth’s 1993 memoir “On Unbeaten Paths” which documents her and her children’s lives in Austin during the 20th century. There is also a copy of a 1938-1939 Austin Housing Authority report containing images of the Ashworth's apartment and annotations by Ashworth.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ashworth, Mae Grote, 1910-2006.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Housing Authority.
United States Housing Authority.
Subjects
Public housing--Texas--Austin.
Low-income housing--Texas--Austin.
Family--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs.
Writings.
Reports.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 929.2 AS Ken Ashworth, Phantom in the Family : Tracking Down My Runaway Father. 2015.

Austin Files


  • AF Subject - Housing Projects - Chalmers Court H4510(3) P T
  • AF Subject - Housing Projects - Austin Housing Authority H4510(1) P T

Archives & Manuscripts


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ashworth Family Papers (AR.2015.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2015/015

Donation Date: 2015 March 27

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus in April 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Ashworth Family Papers, 1939, 1993

Box Folder
1 1 Report of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (annotated by Ashworth), 1938-1939
2 Chalmers Court photographs (#001-006), 1939
3 "On Unbeaten Paths" memoir writings, 1993

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