Municipal Archives


Dallas City Charter, 1871-Current

​Collection 1991-074

​Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity Manager's Office
TitleDallas City Charter
Dates1871-Current
Quantity16 boxes, 7.6 cu. ft.
AbstractCity charters.
Identification1991-074
LanguageRecords are in English


Scope and Content

This collection contains original copies of the various charters from 1871 to 1907 and amendments through 1993.  As changes are continued to be made, amendments and or new charters will be added to the collection.

A charter, granted by the State Legislature, is the written document which creates and defines the powers of a city.  Included in the charter are the composition of the City Council, election procedures, the establishment of various departments and other functions of government.

In Texas, as governmental needs vary, a charter can be amended through popular election and State Legislature approval every two years.  The various charters and amendments in this collection, between 1871 and 1993, reflect the growth and changes of Dallas as a governmental body.

To see both proposed and actual changes to the City Charter between 1968 and 2014, click here.  The changes of 1968 added so much new content that using the current Charter to straightforwardly track changes prior to 1968 is difficult; the chapter and section numbers are significantly different.

Organization

The collection is organized chronologically.

Access

Due to the fragile nature of the materials photocopies cannot be made from these documents.  All access to these materials are subject to the use of archive materials policies of the Office of the City Secretary.  For more information concerning these policies contact the Archivist for an appointment.

Citation

Dallas City Charter 1871-Current (Box <#>, Folder <#>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related materials

None

Index terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History 

Container list

BoxFolderTitle, Date
1 Bound Volume Charter Ordinance and Record 1871-72
21An Act to Incorporate the City of Dallas, April 20, 1871, Certified copy/Secretary of State, May 9, 1871
 2An Act to Incorporate the City of Dallas, signed and sealed by Texas Secretary of State, June 1, 1871
 3Amendment to an Act to Incorporate the City of Dallas, April 20, 1871, March 8, 1873
 4Dallas Charter and Code of Ordinances, c. 1871
 5Special Laws of State of Texas 1876 ‑ includes an act to incorporate the City of Dallas and to grant a new charter, August 9, 1876
 6Charter 1876
 7Charter and Ordinances, City Attorney's copy, April 1881. Covers only, no text, charter notations on cover
 8Dallas City Charter and Ordinances, 1884
 9Charter and Ordinances, 1884
 10Charter of the City of Dallas, Granted by Act of the Legislature of the State of Texas, Approved March 13, 1889
 11Charter of the City of Dallas 1889 with Amendments 1891 and 1893, partial copy; very fragile.
31Part of Charter of 1889, Amended 1891 and 1893
 2Partial pages of 1896
 3Photocopy 1897 Special Laws of Texas, pages 15-51 New Charter City of Dallas
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1897, fragile
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, Approved May 9, 1899.  Took effect August 26, 1899
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, Approved May 9, 1899.  Took effect August 26, 1899
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1899, fragile
 8Charter of 1899.  Partial copy.
41Charter 1899 ‑ Partial copy, heavily damaged
 2Charter of 1899 ‑ Title page only
 3Loose pages
 4Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 5Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 6Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 7Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 8Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 9Revised Charter of the City of Dallas 1899 with all amendments down and including the year 1905
 10Charter of 1907, Bound with Introductory Act of the Legislature ‑ Corporation Bill
 11Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907.  Fragile condition
 12Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907
 13Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907.  Fragile condition.
51Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909
 3Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911 and 1914
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911 and 1914
 8Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911 and 1914
 9Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911 and 1914
 10Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911 and 1914
 11Printed Proposed Charter Amendments to be voted on December 15, 1927
 12Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927 and 1930, printed 1931
 13Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927 and 1930, printed 1931
 14Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927 and 1930, printed 1931.
61Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927 and 1930, printed 1931
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, and 1930, printed 1931, with amendments through 1949 stapled in the back
 3Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, and 1930, printed 1931
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, and 1930, printed 1931
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, and 1930, printed 1931
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949 and 1952
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 8Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 9Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 10Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 11Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 12Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 13Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952, with pasted changes on various pages, date of changes unknown.
71Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 3Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 including amendments of 1909, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1930, 1945, 1947, 1949, and 1952
 8Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 9Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 10Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 11Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 12Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 13Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968.
81Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 3Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 8Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968.
91Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 3 Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1968
 4Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements
 5Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements
 6Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements
 7Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements and 1981 amendments
 8Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements and 1981 amendments
 9Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as Amended in 1973 with 1976 supplements and 1981 amendments.
101Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as amended in 1983
 2Charter of the City of Dallas, 1907 as amended and reprinted 1991.
11 State Guidelines, and Amendments 1882 ‑ 1923
 1Charter Guidelines-State of Texas
 2State Law on Annexations-1875
 3 Amendments 1882
 4Amendments 1882
 5Amendments ‑ H. B. #628 ‑ act to Amend the Charter of the City of Dallas, 1905
 6Amendments ‑ 1914
 7Amendments to the City Charter, approved, April 4, 1916, certified copy by the Secretary of State April 26, 1916
 8Amendment to the Charter Approved/Election April 2, 1918, certified copy by the Secretary of State May 18, 1919
 9Amendment to the Charter Approved/Election April 1, 1919, certified copy by the Secretary of State May 26, 1919
 10Amendments ‑ Pamphlet guides, 1920s
 11Amendments to Charter ‑ Approved/Election April 5, 1921, certified by Secretary of State April 23, 1921
 12Amendments to Charter ‑ Approved/Election April 3, 1923, certified by Secretary of State April 13, 1923
 13Amendments 1928
 14Amendments to the Charter ‑ Approved/Election October 10, 1930, certified by Secretary of State November 25, 1930
 15Amendments, 1930
 16Amendments, 1930, Newspaper articles
 17Amendments-April 3, 1945
 18Amendments-January 29, 1952
 19Miscellaneous Sheets-Amendments.
12 Amendments Bound Volume Dallas City Charter Amendments. Volume 1, 1914 ‑ 1928.
13 Amendments Bound Volume Dallas City Charter Amendments. Volume 2, 1930 – 1965.
14 Amendments Bound Volume Dallas City Charter Amendments. Volume 3, 1968 – 1989.
15 Amendments Bound Volume Dallas City Charter Amendments. Volume 4, 1993 – forward
  Supplemental Inventory of City Charters received from the Office of the City Attorney, 1993.
1611897 Special Laws of Texas, photocopy of pages 15-51
 21897
 3 1899
 41899 amended through 1905
 51907 two copies
 61907 amended through 1909
 71907 amended through 1914
 8Printed list of amendments for 1927
 91907 amended through 1930, 3 copies
 101907 amended through 1952, 14 copies
 111907 amended through 1968, 11 bound copies, 1 copy loose leaf
 121907 amended to 1973
 131907 amended to 1973 with 1976 supplements, 2 copies
 141907 amended to 1973 with 1981 additions, 5 copies