Austin History Center

Howson Community Welfare Association Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Howson Community Welfare Association
Title: Howson Community Welfare Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1929-2003
Bulk Dates: 1986-2003
Abstract: The Community Welfare Association established the Howson Community Center in 1929 as a resource for the African American Community. Over the years, the center has served the community as a meeting place for various clubs, and organizations. The material in this collection contains photocopies of research material, correspondence, legal material, printed material and a single photo of the Howson Community Center.
Identification: AR.2011.030
Quantity: 1.04 linear feet (1 document box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Community Welfare Association established the Howson Community Center in 1929 as a resource for the African American Community. The association and the community leaders felt that there was a need for a building that could serve as a meeting space for clubs and organizations engaged in social, educational, and community wellness activities.

In the past, the Howson Community Center has housed the following events and organizations: nursery school programs, The National Administration Community Chest, local government and non-federated clubs, well-baby clinics, Negro Citizens Council, Girl Scouts, Federation of Women's Clubs, The American Woodmen, The Brush Burners Girls Reserve (sponsored by the YWCA), classes in art, and parenting education, and sewing guilds sponsored by the Federal Resettlement Act.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research material relating to the history of the Howson Center (1958-2003), correspondence regarding the building's listing on the national register and a renovation grant (1986), legal material showing the deed of conveyance for the property (1929), printed material regarding a second renovation (1987), and a community ad booklet (1991), and a photograph depicting the Howson Community Center (undated).


This collection is arranged by material type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Howson Community Center.


Austin (Tex..

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 361.7 CO Community Welfare Association, Howson Community Center, 1991
  • A372.21 TH Howson Child Development Laboratory: A Human Relations Agency, 1958

Austin Files

  • AF Biography File - Emilie Wheelock Howson, 1861-1957

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Howson Community Center

Preferred Citation

Howson Community Welfare Association Records (AR. 2011.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/045

Donation Date: September, 2011

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Cynthia Evans in 2012

Detailed Description of the Collection

Howson Community Welfare Association Records, 1929-2003

Box Folder
1 1 Research material, historical information, 1958-2003
2 Correspondence from the Texas Historical Commission, 1986
3 Legal material, 1929
4 Printed material, 1987-1991
5 Photograph of Howson, undated