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  • Writer's pictureMaria-Elena Cigarroa

A Visit to the Mayors' Room! Sunday, March 12 (11-5pm)

Photo of Mayor Friedman from the Austin History Center Archives

Today, I worked the reference desk with Jennifer, which is always great because she's the reference archivist and is really great about answering all the questions I have. While she was assisting a patron who was doing some property research, I helped another patron who was visiting from Japan to give a presentation at the LBJ School about nuclear energy. He asked to see the Jeffrey M. Friedman records, which were located in the Mayor's Room (where we keep all the Austin Mayor records). This was my first time pulling materials from the Mayor's room so that was fun! The researcher was looking for clues regarding why the Friedman changed his stance on nuclear energy. He asked for some additional folders from a different archival collection that had some informaiton on the South Texas nuclear power plant.

I also helped some Austin tourists who were interested in looking at old photos of Austin. Jennifer showed me some of our "favorite photos" in the "favorite photo" album, and also suggested I pull some of the photos we have of the Capitol and Congress Avenue. They really loved some of these photos and said they would submit reproductions requests online. Martha Cotera also came back in to continue doing her research on Rainey Street. And a few other people came in who were interested in learning more about the AHC building. Overall, we had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, but the workload was manageable. At the end of the day, I reshelvhed materials, closed out the cash drawer, and helped Jennifer tidy up the reading room.

Maria-Elena Cigarroa

Supervisor: Jennifer Hecker

General Schedule: Sundays (11-6); Thursdays (2:00-6:00); Fridays (12:30-5:30)

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