Municipal Archives

​Deeds, 1874-1968

​Collection 1992-003


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas
Dates1874-1968 [bulk 1920-1939]
Quantity23 linear feet (55 boxes)
AbstractDeeds, correspondence, abstracts, maps.
Language Records are in English
Scope and Content

Collection consists of deeds, correspondence, abstracts, maps, and related deed documentation.

A deed is a written document by which title to real estate is conveyed from one party to another.  In this collection, the deeds relate to work occurring in, with, and for the City of Dallas, frequently with the sewerage system.  The deeds were deposited with the Office of the City Secretary and may be duplicated at the Dallas County Clerk's office.

The collection contains over 2000 deeds of varying types, including 

  • Abstract—A document describing the significant aspects, in an abbreviated manner, of all recorded deeds, mortgages, leases, and other instruments affecting the title to a piece of land.
  • Easement—A right held by a person to either enjoy or make limited use of another entity's real property.
  • Quit Claim—A deed that does not imply the grantor holds the title, but which surrenders and gives to the grantee any possible interest or rights that the grantor may have in the property.
  • Right of Way—(1) The right to pass over property owned by another, usually based upon an easement.  (2) A path or thoroughfare over which passage is made.  (3) A strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads, or power lines are built. 
  • Some folders contain maps related to the properties in question.  They show neighborhood street names and property boundaries at a particular date.


    The collection is organized chronologically and then alphabetically within the year. 

    A note on the naming convention:  For married couples where both first names are known, the names are used, and the names are joined with the word and (e.g., Linne W Barrett and Edward P Dougherty, WC and Laura Harvey).  For married couples where the woman's name is unknown, the names are written using the Mr and Mrs titles (e.g., Mr and Mrs AJ Burkhead).


    Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives.  All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. 


    Deeds, 1874-1968 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives 

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    Index Terms

    Dallas -- Texas -- History
    Dallas County (Tex.) -- Genealogy
    Deeds -- Texas -- Dallas
    Deeds -- Texas -- Dallas County 

    Container List 

    Click here to open the container list.  Over 4000 deeds and other legal instruments exist in this collection; they are presented in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, so different options to view and to sort the material are available.  If Microsoft Excel is not accessible, contact the Archives.