Austin History Center

Cochran Family Photograph Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cochran Family
Title: Cochran Family Photograph Collection
Dates: 1886-circa 1933
Dates (Bulk): circa 1892-1913
Abstract: Attorney and Judge of the 26th Judicial District of Travis and Williamson counties, Thomas B. Cochran (1858-1913) and his wife, Elizabeth Henley Rose Cochran (1860-1953), moved their family from Georgetown, Texas to Austin in 1892. They resided in the Greek Revival home at 2310 San Gabriel Street, commonly known today as the Neill-Cochran House. The bulk of photographs in this collection depict members of the family in the yard of their home. A few other photographs document other places and scenes in Georgetown and Austin.
Identification: AR.2016.055
Quantity: .20 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversized folder, 54 photographs)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Thomas Beauford Cochran (1858-1913) and Elizabeth Henley (“Bessie”) Rose (1860-1953) were married in Burnet, Texas, in November 1881 and had five children, three daughters (Frankie, Mary and Bessie) and two sons (Thomas Jr. and James). A native of Williamson County, Tom Cochran served as County and District Clerk in Williamson County before his admission to the bar in 1891. The daughter of Presbyterian minister Henry Bates Rose, Bessie Cochran moved to Texas from Virginia in 1873 with her family.

In 1892 Tom Cochran served as Judge of the 26th Judicial District of Texas, appointed by Governor James S. Hogg to fill an unexpired term. Following his brief service on the bench, Judge Cochran moved his family to Austin where he practiced law with the firms West & Cochran, Cochran & Penn, and then Cochran & White until his death in 1913. The Cochran family lived in the Greek Revival home at 2310 San Gabriel Street, commonly known today as the Neill-Cochran House. Bessie Cochran, a member of the Austin Women's Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution, continued to live in the home until her death in 1953.

Scope and Contents

54 black-and-white photographs dating from as early as 1886 through circa 1933 document the Cochran family, friends and acquaintances, their house, and other sites in Austin and Georgetown, Texas.

The bulk of the collection features undated snapshots of the Cochran family in the yard or on the porch of their home and near Shoal Creek, affixed to photo album or scrapbook pages. Family members depicted include Thomas B., Mamie (Mary), Bessie (daughter), Frankie, James, and Tom Jr. Cochran. The snapshots consist of informal portraits, the children playing and the sons playing baseball. There is also a formal group photo of the Covenanters baseball team which includes James and Thomas Jr. It is presumed these photographs date from the period following the family’s move to 2310 San Gabriel Street in 1892 and were taken no later than Judge Cochran’s death in 1913. The Franzetti store at 24th and San Gabriel streets is visible in the background of some of these photos.

In addition to the family snapshots, the collection includes images of people and places in Georgetown and Austin. Photo #001 was identified by the donor as the unveiling of the Volunteer Firemen monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol which was erected in 1896. Two photographs of the Neill-Cochran House (#002 and #004) appear in the collection; #002 bears a date of 1899. Photo #003 of the Old Main Building and the Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus is estimated to have been taken circa 1933, the year the fountain was dedicated; by 1935 the Old Main Building had been razed so the photograph cannot have been taken later than that. The oldest dated image in the collection is that of the Martha Washington Tea Party in Georgetown, dated 1886 (#005).

Identifications were primarily made by the donor on Post-it notes affixed to the album pages. The album pages were photocopied with the Post-it identifications, and then the notes were removed from the album pages for preservation purposes. The copies with identifications are stored with the original photographs.


The collection is arranged by subject matter into three subseries: Buildings, Family and Friends, and Photo Album Pages.


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.
Cartledge, Eugene
Cochran, Bessie
Cochran, James
Cochran, Mary
Cochran, Thomas Beauford, 1858-1913
Cochran, Thomas Beauford, Jr.
Hill, Frankie Cochran
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works
2310 San Gabriel Street (Austin, Tex.)
Littlefield Fountain--University of Texas (Austin, Tex.)
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.

Related Material

Austin Files - Biography

  • Cochran, Thomas Beauford, 1858-1913.

Austin Files - Subject

  • Museums - Neill-Cochran House Museum M9100(10).

Austin Files - House Building

  • San Gabriel Street 2310.

Other Institutions

  • Eugene C. Cartledge Papers, 1874-1940, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was a donation to the Austin History Center from Martha James Parten, a great-granddaughter of Thomas B. and Elizabeth Cochran.

Preferred Citation

Cochran Family Photograph Collection (AR.2016.055). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1991/098

Donation Date: 1992-01-16

Processing Information

Finding Aid created and encoded By/Date: Frances Rickard/March 2017

Detailed Description of the Collection

Cochran Family Photograph Collection

Buildings, 1896-circa 1933
Box Folder
1 1 Unveiling of the Firemen Monument, Texas Capitol (#001), circa 1896
1 Neill-Cochran House (#002), October 7, 1899
1 Old Main and Littlefield Fountain, University of Texas Campus (#003, circa 1933
1 Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel (#004), undated
Family and Friends, 1886-circa 1913
Box Folder
1 2 Martha Washington Tea Party, Georgetown (#005), February 1886
2 Law office of Thomas Beauford Cochran and Eugene Cartledge (#006), undated
2 Cochran family members in yard at home (#007-010), undated
Location Location
Outer Vault qAR box Covenanters baseball team (#011), 1910
Photo Album Pages
Box Folder
1 3 Cochran Family (#012-014), undated
Location Location
Outer Vault qAR box Cochran Family (#015-054), undated