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Ashworth Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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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Ashworth Family Papers (AR.2015.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2015/015
Donation Date: 2015 March 27
Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus in April 2019.