Austin History Center

Faces of Austin Video Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hartzog, Martha
Title: Faces of Austin Video Collection
Abstract: This collection contains raw footage of oral history interviews conducted with six well known public figures who resided in Austin, Texas. Edited versions of the interviews were used to compile the short oral history documentary “Faces of Austin” in the early 1980’s.
Identification: AR.1994.094
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: Archives Video Collection Room G22
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Faces of Austin is an oral history documentary (video recording) commissioned by the Austin History Center Association in 1985 that addresses change and growth in Austin. Austin citizens Ada DeBlanc Simond, C. B. Smith, Emma Long, Jose Uriegas, Eddie Wilson and Gordon Fowler are interviewed about their experiences in Austin through the years. The video was produced by Martha Hartzog of Alta Vista Video.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 24 video recordings (U-matic 3/4 inch) of interviews with Ada DeBlanc Simond, C. B. Smith, Emma Long, Jose Uriegas, Eddie Wilson and Gordon Fowler conducted in the mid-1980s. In addition there are tape logs and handwritten transcripts of the interviews. The edited version of the video recording (both VHS and DVD) is cataloged as A 976.431 FA.


The records are arranged in chronological order, with the exception of two tapes of Ada Simond with dates written as "Early 1980s." These two tapes are filed with the other tapes of Ada Simond with the date 4/05/1985. Undated material is filed at the end of the series.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Fowler, Gordon.
Hertzog, Martha.
Long, Emma.
Simond, Ada.
Smith, C. B.
Uriegas, Jose.
Wilson, Eddie.
Armadillo World Headquarters.
Austin (Tex.) City Council.
Austin (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Economic conditions--Texas--Austin.
African Americans--Texas--Austin--Social conditions--20th century.
Cities and towns--Texas--Austin--Growth.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Austin--Social conditions--20th century.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.)--Race relations.
Document Types:
Video recordings.
Tape logs.

Related Material

Recording Collection

  • A 976.431 FA Faces of Austin
  • AR.2009.073 # 0007 A Tribute to Robert Shaw
  • AR.2009.073 # 00008 - The Past is in Your Hands
  • AR.2009.073 # 00010 - Mayfield Park
  • AR.2009.073 # 00011 - Lost Austin Found

Archives & Manuscripts

  • AR. X.004 C. B. Smith Papers
  • AR.Z006 Ada DeBlanc Simond Papers
  • AR.2011.005 Stuart and Emma Long Papers

Austin Files

  • AF Biography Long, Emma
  • AF Biography Simond, Ada
  • AF Biography Wilson Eddie

Oral History Recordings

  • Emma Long - Tape No. 1128, 1129, 1130, 1131
  • Ada Simond - Tape No. 1162, 1163, 1164

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a third party for the creator of the collection.

Preferred Citation

Faces of Austin Video Collection (AR.1994.094). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1981/138

Donation Date: 2006 July 1

Processing Information

Preliminary processing by Scott Hollis and Tim Hamblin. Final processing by Tim Hamblin in 2014. Encoded by Molly Hults in 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Tapes
1 1-5 Emma Long, 1985 April 2
6-9 C. B. Smith, 1985 April 3
10-11 Eddie Wilson and Gordon Fowler, b-roll, 1985 April 4
Box Tapes
2 12-13 Eddie Wilson and Gordon Fowler, b-roll, 1985 April 4
14-15 Ada Simond, circa 1980
16-20 Ada Simond, 1985 April 5
21-22 Jose Uriegas, 1985 April 8
23-24 Archival b-roll, 1985, undated
Box Folder
3 1-2 Tape logs, 1985