Municipal Archives


​​​City Council Minutes - Bound Volumes, 1866-1977​

Collection 1994-010

Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City Secretary’s Office
Title City Council Minutes - Bound Volumes
Dates 1866-1977
Quantity393 linear feet
Abstract Bound manuscript City of Dallas minutes.
Identification 1994-010
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the official minutes of the Dallas City Council from 1866 to 1977.
 
The minutes document not only the decisions, actions, day-to-day operations, services, and programs but also the laws, rules, and regulations of the City of Dallas.   The early ledgers also contain newspaper clippings and broadsides pasted onto blank pages.
 
During the years 1866-1977, the Office of the City Secretary recorded original minutes on various paper formats then later transcribed and copied them for preservation into a 13 x 18-inch ledger.  The department stopped using the ledgers in June 1977, when it began recording the official minutes on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

The first extant volume of minutes for the Town of Dallas dates to October 1866.  That earliest edition, from October 1866 to May 1867, is called Volume 1.  Also named Volume 1 is the minute book from September 1868 to June 1875.  Furthermore, in June 1907, to reflect the beginning of the new Mayor-Commissioner government system, the minute books started again with Volume 1 as the title.  Consequently, three sets of volumes labeled 1 exist, and two sets of 2 through 33 exist.  The container list is divided to address this duplication.  Researchers should pay close attention to which volume is needed when making requests.
 
Beginning February 1941, the City Council began assigning reference numbers to its meetings.  Prior to that date, council meetings were referenced only by date.

The ledgers themselves are fragile, and use is restricted.  Researchers will use either microfilm or paper copies, as available, to see the contents of the minutes.

To research Dallas City Council minutes after May 1977, contact the Open Records Center in the Office of the City Secretary.  That team will provide instruction on accessing the more recent minutes.

Organization

The books are arranged chronologically.  Index books are arranged first by subject or topic and second by ordinance and resolution number (when used).

Access

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future 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.

Minutes are available for viewing via paper and microfilm, except for the years 1956-1976; these dates are only available on paper.

Citation

Select the citation based on which type of minute book you used:

City Council Minutes - Bound Volumes, 1868-1977 (Volume <x>, Page <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
City Council Minutes - Bound Volumes, 1868-1977 (Volume <x>, <File reference #), Dallas Municipal Archives
 

Related Materials


Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). City Council
 

Container List

Volume Date range
​​ Original volume, 1866-1867
1
10/1866-05/1867
[This volume also contains both a "List of white men subject to road duty beginning August 1, 1866" and an 1868 census of Dallas.]
[Minutes from 06/1867 through 08/1868 do not exist.]


Volume Date range
Original volumes, 1868-1907
1
09/1868-06/1875
206/1875-04/1879
308/1879-06/1882
406/1882-11/1884
511/1884-07/1886
607/1886-06/1887
706/1887-04/1888
804/1888-10/1888
910/1888-05/1889
1005/1889-10/1889
1110/1889-03/1890
1203/1890-07/1890
1307/1890-10/1890
1410/1890-03/1891
1503/1891-04/1891
1607/1891-01/1892
1701/1892-06/1892
1806/1892-01/1893
1901/1893-08/1893
2008/1893-04/1894
2104/1894-12/1894
2201/1895-12/1895
2301/1896-12/1897
2401/1898-03/1899
2503/1899-04/1900
2604/1900-03/1901
2703/1901-06/1902
2806/1902-04/1903
2904/1903-04/1904
3005/1904-05/1905
3105/1905-04/1906
3205/1906-06/1907
33
01/1906-05/1907
[Some overlap with Volumes 31 and 32]


Volume Date range
Volumes since June 1907
106/1907-01/1908
2
01/1908-09/1909
312/1908-09/1909
409/1909-06/1910
506/1910-03/1911
604/1911-02/1912
702/2012-12/1912
801/1913-01/1914
901/1914-12/1914
1001/1915-08/1915
1108/1915-07/1916
1207/1916-01/1917
1301/1917-08/1917
1408/1917-05/1918
1505/1918-06/1919
1606/1919-06/1920
1706/1920-03/1921
1803/1921-12/1921
1912/1921-09/1922
2009/1922-05/1923
2105/1923-01/1924
2201/1924-07/1924
2307/1924-02/1925
2402/1925-08/1925
2508/1925-03/1926
2603/1926-11/1926
2711/1926-04/1927
2805/1927-01/1928
2901/1928-09/1928
3008/1928-12/1928
3112/1928-05/1929
3205/1929-09/1929
3310/1929-03/1930
3403/1930-09/1930
3509/1930-09/1931
3602/1931-07/1931
3707/1931-01/1932
3801/1932-07/1932
3907/1932-01/1933
4002/1933-08/1933
4108/1933-05/1934
4204/1934-02/1935
4302/1935-10/1935
4410/1935-05/1936
4505/1936-12/1936
4612/1936-07/1937
4708/1937-03/1938
48
03/1938-10/1938
4910/1938-05/1939
50
12/1939-01/1940
5101/1940-07/1940
52
08/1940-02/1941

 

Volume
Date rangeFile reference number range
 File reference numbers put into use  
53
02/1941-08/1941
41-1 to 41-906
54
08/1941-03/194241-907 to 42-366
55
03/1942-10/1942
42-367 to 42-1540
5611/1942-06/194342-1541 to 43-699
5706/1943-12/194343-700 to 43-1760
5801/1944-06/194444-1 to 44-949
5906/1944-11/194444-950 to 44-1929
6011/1944-05/194544-1930 to 45-801
6105/1945-08/194545-802 to 45-1932
6209/1945-01/194645-1933 to 46-245
6301/1946-05/194646-246 to 46-1652
6405/1946-08/194646-1653 to 46-2602
6508/1946-11/194646-2603 to 46-3660
6611/1946-03/194746-3661 to 47-985
6703/1946-07/194747-986 to 47-2447
6807/1947-11/194747-2448 to 47-3909
6911/1947-03/194847-3910 to 48-746
7003/1948-07/194848-747 to 48-2146
7107/1948-10/194848-2147 to 48-3481
7210/1948-02/194948-3482 to 49-579
7302/1949-05/194949-580 to 49-1825
7406/1949-09/194949-1826 to 49-3048
7509/1949-12/194949-3049 to 49-4262
7612/1949-03/195049-4263 to 50-1023
7703/1950-06/1950
50-1024 to 50-2287
7806/1950-08/195050-2288 to 50-3691
7909/1950-11/195050-3692 to 50-4967
8012/1950-02/195150-4968 to 51-953
8103/1951-05/195151-954 to 51-2370
8206/1951-08/195151-2371 to 51-3634
8308/1951-11/195151-3635 to 51-4722
8411/1951-01/195251-4723 to 52-322
8501/1952-03/195252-323 to 52-1169
8604/1952-06/195252-1170 to 52-2247
8706/1952-08/195252-2248 to 52-3288
8808/1952-11/195252-3289 to 52-4356
8911/1952-01/195352-4357 to 53-401
9001/1953-04/195353-402 to 53-1574
9104/1953-06/195353-1575 to 53-2733
9206/1953-08/195353-2734 to 53-3896
9308/1953-10/195353-3897 to 53-4935
9411/1953-01/195453-4936 to 54-138
9501/1954-03/195454-139 to 54-1387
9604/1954-06/195454-1388 to 54-2642
9706/1954-08/195454-2643 to 54-3744
9808/1954-10/195454-3745 to 54-4901
9910/1954-01/195554-4902 to 55-111
10001/1955-03/195555-112 to 55-1275
10103/1955-05/195555-1276 to 55-2452
10205/1955-08/195555-2453 to 55-3641
1038/1955-10/195555-3642 to 55-4711
10410/1955-01/195655-4712 to 56-296
10501/1956-04/195656-297 to 56-1535
10604/1956-06/195656-1636 to 56-2931
10707/1956-08/195656-2932 to 56-4274
10809/1956-11/195656-4275 to 56-5465
10911/1956-02/195756-5466 to 57-634
11002/1957-04/195757-635 to 57-1708
11104/1957-06/195757-1709 to 57-2795
11206/1957-08/195757-2796 to 57-3913
11308/1957-11/195757-3914 to 57-4971
11411/1957-01/195857-4972 to 58-202
11501/1958-03/195858-203 to 58-1249
11603/1958-05/195858-1250 to 58-2365
11706/1958-08/195858-2366 to 58-3471
11808/1958-10/195858-3472 to 58-4445
11910/1958-12/195858-4446 to 58-5497
12012/1958-02/195958-5498 to 59-888
12103/1959-05/195959-889 to 59-2063
12205/1959-07/195959-2064 to 59-3114
12307/1959-09/195959-3115 to 59-4276
12409/1959-12/195959-4277 to 59-5487
12512/1959-02/196059-5488 to 60-804
12602/1960-04/196060-805 to 60-1842
12705/1960-07/196060-1843 to 60-3030
12807/1960-08/96060-3031 to 60-3989
12909/1060-10/106060-3990 to 60-4895
13010/1960-12/106060-4896 to 60-5974
13101/1961-03/196161-1 to 61-1122
13203/1961-05/196161-1123 to 61-2237
13305/1961-07/196161-2238 to 61-3504
13407/1961-09/196161-3505 to 61-4528
13509/1961-11/196161-4529 to 61-5610
13611/1961-02/196261-5611 to 62-546
13702/1962-04/196262-547 to 62-1690
13804/1962-06/196262-1691 to 62-2890
13906/1962--8/196262-2891 to 62-4028
14008/1962-10/196262-4029 to 62-5085
14110/1962-12/196262-5086 to 62-6220
14212/1962-02/196362-6221 to 63-708
14302/1963-04/196363-709 to 63-1715
14404/1963-05/196363-1715A to 63-2858
14506/1963-07/196363-2859 to 63-4065
14607/1963-09/196363-4066 to 63-5129
14709/1963-11/196363-5130 to 63-6215
14811/1963-12/196363-6216 to 63-7352
14912/1963-02/196463-7353 to 64-1069
15003/1964-04/196464-1070 to 64-2058
15104/1964-06/196464-2059 to 64-3120
15206/1964-07/196464-3121 to 64-4115
15308/1964-09/196464-4116 to 64-5207
15409/1964-11/196464-5208 to 64-6268
15511/1964-01/196564-6269 to 65-88
15601/1965-03/196565-89 to 65-1230
15703/1965-05/196565-1231 to 65-2382
15805/1965-06/196565-2383 to 65-3634
15906/1965-09/196565-3635 to 65-4822
16009/1965-11/196565-4823 to 65-6104
16111/1965-01/196665-6105 to 66-286
16201/1966-03/196666-287 to 66-1527
16304/1966-06/196666-1528 to 66-2759
16406/1966-08/196666-2760 to 66-3930
16508/1966-10/196666-3931 to 66-5070
16610/1966-01/196766-5071 to 67-176
16701/1967-03/196767-177 to 67-1288
16803/1967-05/196767-1289 to 67-2385
16905/1967-08/196767-2386 to 67-3574
17008/1967-10/196767-3575 to 67-4573
17110/1967-12/196767-4574 to 67-5622
17212/1967-02/196867-5623 to 68-791
17302/1968-04/196868-792 to 68-1870
17404/1968-06/196868-1871 to 68-2926
17506/1968-08/196868-2927 to 68-3983
17608/1968-09/196868-3984 to 68-5009
17709/1968-11/196868-5010 to 68-5942
17811/1968-01/196968-5943 to 69-206
17901/1969-03/196969-207 to 69-1274
18003/1969-04/196969-1275 to 69-2291
18106/1969-08/196969-2292 to 69-3343
18206/1969-08/196969-3344 to 69-4404
18308/1969-10/196969-4405 to 69-5518
18410/1969-11/196969-5519 to 69-6400
18511/1969-01/197069-6401 to 70-181
18601/1970-03/197070-182 to 70-1139
18703/1970-05/197070-1140 to 70-2118
18805/1970-07/197070-2119 to 70-3072
18907/1970-08/197070-3073 to 70-4122
19009/1970-11/197070-4123 to 70-4920
19111/1970-02/197170-4921 to 71-436
19202/1971-03/197171-437 to 71-1189
19307/1971-05/197171-1190 to 71-2033
19406/1971-08/197171-2034 to 71-2829
19508/1971-09/197171-2830 to 71-3555
19610/1971-11/197171-3556 to 71-4278
19712/1971-01/197271-4279 to 72-401
19802/1982-04/197272-402 to 72-1267
19904/1972-06/197272-1268 to 72-2093
20006/1972-07/197272-2094 to 72-2783
20108/1972-09/197272-2784 to 72-3634
20210/1972-11/197272-3635 to 72-4456
20312/1972-01/197372-4457 to 73-345
20401/1973-03/197373-346 to 73-1086
20503/1973-04/197373-1087 to 73-1844
20605/1973-06/197373-1845 to 73-2678
20707/1973-08/197373-2679 to 73-3505
20808/1973-10/197373-3506 to 73-4379
20910/1973-12/197373-4380 to 73-5169
21012/1973-02/197473-5170 to 74-639
21102/1974-04/197474-640 to 74-1473
21204/1974-05/197474-1474 to 74-2300
21305/1974-07/197474-2301 to 74-2945
214
07/1974-09/197474-2946 to 74-3647
21509/1974-11/197474-3648 to 74-4352
21611/1974-01/197574-4353 to 75-144
21701/1975-03/197575-145 to 75-762
21803/1975-04/197575-763 to 75-1375
21904/1975-05/197575-1376 to 75-1902
22005/1975-08/197575-1903 to 75-2568
22108/1975-11/197575-2569 to 75-3307
22211/1975-01/197675-3308 to 76-170*
22301/1976-03/197676-173 to 76-870*
22404/1976-06/197676-872 to 76-1531*
22506/1976-08/197676-1533 to 76-2282
22609/1976-11/197676-2283 to 76-3066*
22712/1976-02/197776-3068 to 77-581*
228
03/1977-05/197777-618 to 77-1449

​*The following file reference numbers were unassigned by City Council: 
76-171 to 76-172
76-871
76-1532
76-3067
77-582 to 77-618