Municipal Archives

Early Dallas City Council Minutes, 1866-1905

Collection 1991-090


Repository ​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City Secretary's Office
Title Early Dallas City Council Minutes
Dates 1866-1905
Quantity 7 volumes
Abstract Bound manuscript minutes of the City of Dallas Board of Aldermen.
Identification 1991-090
Language ​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents​​

Collection consists of the official minutes of the Dallas City Council, known initially as the City of Dallas Board of Aldermen from 1866 to 1905. The Mayor-Alderman system existed from 1856 to 1906 and included a mayor and five elected aldermen. The minutes document the decision making, actions, day-to-day operations, services, and programs, as well as the laws, rules, and regulations of the City of Dallas.  Several of the ledgers contain a number of blank pages, and the earliest ledger contains newspaper clippings and two 1871 broadsides pasted into blank pages. 
The ledgers are an original set of manuscript minutes created in various non-standard paper formats that were later transcribed and copied for preservation into the standardized ledger size of 13 x 18 inches, a format used from the 1870s to the mid-1970s.  The City Secretary's Office officially abandoned the adopted the standard 8.5 x 11 inch dimensions in 1975. Use of this original set is restricted due to the fragile condition; a microfilm set is available to researchers.  Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 1, 1869-1872 is mislabeled; it is actually the second volume.
Council minutes contain information about all actions of city government, including elections, ordinances, resolutions, reports of all kinds relating to government services, and other information.  The council’s official records, including minutes of the Dallas City Council [and earlier forms of government], from 1868 to the present, are available for research in paper, electronic, and micrographic forms.  Complete earlier minutes (1868-1955) and later minutes (1977-2000) are on microfiche and indexed by subject or topic and by ​ordinance and resolution numbers.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

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Early Dallas City Council Minutes, 1866-1905 (Volume <x>, Page <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.) -- Politics and government

Container List

Box Item Title, Date
11Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 1, 1866-1867
 2Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 1, 1869-1872
 3Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 2, 1872-1874
 4Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 3, 1874-1875
 5Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 3, 1899-1903
 6Dallas City Council Minutes Book No. 3, 1903-1905
 7Dallas City Council Executive Sessions, 1886-1905