Municipal Archives

Court Services Scrapbook and Photographs, 1950-1957

​Collection 1994-011


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDepartment of Court and Detention Services
TitleCourt Services Scrapbook and Photographs
Quantity1 linear inch
AbstractBlack and white photographic prints.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

The City of Dallas Department of Court and Detention Services, formerly called Corporation Court, is charged with managing and operating the Dallas Municipal Court that adjudicates Class C misdemeanors, providing support as Official Clerk of the Court of Record, directing and managing the activities of the Municipal Court, The Office of the Dallas Marshal and Detention Center, and incarcerating City of Dallas prisoners at the Dallas County Lew Sterrett Justice Center Facility. Services divisions include Fiscal Services, Case Management, Detention Services, and Enforcement.

Collection consists of black and white photographic prints documenting the relocation and remodeling of the Corporation Court quarters between 1954 and 1957 and the Corporation Court Staff between 1950 and 1953. The images, created by the City Photographer, are then-and-now comparisons showing the previous location in a former fire station, former and present judges’ chambers, courtrooms, interior and exterior cashier windows, docket records section, and the court clerk, deputy clerk, and chief prosecutor quarters. The scrapbook was accompanied by two photographic prints of the Corporation Court staff in November 1950 and August 1953.

The scrapbook was unbound in 2003 to prevent further deterioration of photographic prints.  Prints were sleeved and original order of images was maintained. Captions from disintegrated labels were penciled on corresponding prints.


The collection is arranged by subject.  


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.


Court Services Scrapbook and Photographs, 1950-1957 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives​

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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Court Services Dept.

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Permanent Quarters at Last for Dallas' Corporation Courts, 1957
 2Corporation court staff, 1950 and 1953