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
Creator City Manager's Office
Title Dallas City Charter
Dates 1871-Current
Quantity 16 boxes, 7.6 cu. ft.
Abstract City charters.
Identification 1991-074
Language Records are in English


Scope and Content

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.  Dallas received its first charter on February 2, 1856, as the Town of Dallas.  A charter for the City of Dallas was granted on April 20, 1872.

A charter, granted by the State Legislature, is the written document that creates and defines the powers of a city.  Included in the charter are the composition of the City Council, election procedures, and 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.

Charter changes

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.  Access to these materials is subject to the use of archive materials policies of the Office of the City Secretary.  For more information concerning these policies, contact the Archives for an appointment.

Citation

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

Related materials

1991-016 Dallas City Code, 1911-Current
1991-133 Dallas City Code Chapter 51 Maps, 1989

Index terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History

Container list

Box Folder Title, Date
1 Bound Volume Charter Ordinance and Record 1871-72
2
1An 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

6
Charter 1876

7Charter and Ordinances, City Attorney's copy, April 1881.  Covers only, no text, charter notations on the 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.
3
1Part 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
8
1Charter 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