Local History

Clara Scarbrough Texas History Room

The Clara Scarbrough Texas History Room contains printed materials related to state and local history and materials about how to do genealogy. The microform reader-printer and microfilm cabinets are in the reference area on the second floor. Microfilm of the Williamson County Sun is available. Staff members are available most days to help you locate resources.

The room also contains Preservation Georgetown’s Historic Building Survey Files, which may be used for researching historic buildings in the Old Town area of Georgetown.

Historic Photographs
Preservation Georgetown Collection of Historic Photos – The Georgetown Public Library is honored to be the repository of a collection of historical photos belonging to the Preservation Georgetown, formerly Georgetown Heritage Society. This is the first of several digital projects to preserve the history of Georgetown and Williamson County. Please see our digital collections terms of use policy.

Photos of Downtown Georgetown circa 1980s from the City of Georgetown

Georgetown's Historic Architecture

Preservation Georgetown produced two videos about Georgetown’s historic architecture. Links to these videos (below) are through the Williamson County Historical Commission’s YouTube Chanel.

Legacy of Wood and Stone covers historic structures around Georgetown.

On the Square covers a brief history of Georgetown and goes more in-depth on the history of the square.

Oral Histories: Memories of Marshall-Carver School and Desegregation in Georgetown
In August 2008, the Georgetown Public Library sponsored a panel discussion about desegregation in Georgetown. The event was the kick-off of an oral history project focused on memories of Marshall and Carver Schools and the events during the 1950s and ’60s that led up to desegregation.

Each of the people on the panel agreed to be interviewed individually for the oral history project, which are the interview links and transcripts below.

The panelists who spoke in August 2008 were;

These interviews reflect very personal memories and experiences. They are not intended to be the final word on the events surrounding desegregation. In fact, the project will continue indefinitely. Anyone who wishes to be interviewed about their experiences at Marshall and Carver Schools, or about their experiences before and after integration occurred is invited to contact Eric Lashley at (512) 930-3551 to arrange for an interview.

The interviews found below are with people who came forward as a result of the kickoff event and graciously agreed to participate.