Municipal Archives


Fair Park, 1905-1918, 1930-1952

Collection 1995-027

Overview

Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department 
TitleFair Park
Dates1905-1918, 1930-1952
Quantity5.7 linear feet
AbstractDocumentation of the daily operations of Fair Park from 1905 to 1952​.
Identification1995-027
Language​​Records are in English​


Scope and Content

Fair Park is a 277-acre City of Dallas park located in east Dallas that is the permanent site of the annual State Fair of Texas. Acquired by the City of Dallas in 1904, it is the city's second public park and a National Historic Landmark comprising the largest collection of cultural facilities in Dallas, as well as the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the United States. The park is home to attractions such as the Cotton Bowl stadium, the State Fair of Texas, the Music Hall at Fair Park, city-owned radio station WRR-FM, the Hall of State, and features cultural events and festivals throughout the year. Fair Park was the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial and Exposition and the 1937 Pan American Exposition.

Collection consists of correspondence and memoranda, contracts, plans, maps, photographs documenting the operations history of Fair Park from 1905 to 1918 and from 1930 to 1949. The bulk of the records document the planning, construction, and operation of the 1936 Centennial and Exposition and the 1937 Pan American Exposition. The collection is organized alphabetically by subject.

Organization

The collection is arranged first by the following subjects and second by date.
A-Band shell
Band Shell bids-Domestic Arts Museum
Bids-Centennial Exposition
Centennial Exposition-Contracts
Cotton Bowl-E
Electrical-Fences and basins
Fine Arts Museum
Fire alarm system-floodlighting
Floodlighting-fountains
Fountains-L
Landscaping-Q
Materials-Museum of Natural History
Soil-Wortham
Sanitary and Storm Sewers
Storm Sewers and Street Illumination
Street Illumination And Specifications
Specifications and Paving Proposals
Paving
Tests

Access​

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.

Citation

Fair Park, 1905-1918, 1930-1952 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material

None

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Fair Park (Dallas, Tex.) -- History
Dallas (Tex.) Texas Centennial Exposition, 1936


​Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  A-Band shell
11A-General, 1912; 1935-1937
 2Administration Building heating and ventilating, 1935
 3Alamo-Fair Park, 1909-1949
 4Aquarium-pump-roof specifications, 1941-1947
 5Architect portfolios, 1930
 6Auditorium-landscape architects contract, 1936
 7Automobile Aviation Recreation (AAR) Building, 1948-49
 8Automobile Building, 1922-43 (burned 1942)
 9Band Pavilion and Shell, 1935-1936
 10Band Shell Addition request for materials, 1941
 11Band Shell Addition, 1941
 12Band Shell Addition receiving records, 1941
  Band Shell bids-Domestic Arts Museum
21Band Shell Addition payroll, 1941
 2Benchmark record, undated
 3Bids-advertisements, 1935-1936
 4Bids-Aquarium, mechanical, 1936
 5Bids-Aquarium, mechanical, 1936
 6Bids-Aquarium, mechanical, 1936.
 7Bids-Municipal Substation, 1935-1936
 8Bids-Domestic Arts Museum and addition and competition, 1937
 9Bids-Domestic Arts Museum (Texas Natural Resources Building), 1935
 10Bids-Domestic Arts Museum (Texas Natural Resources Building), 1935
  Bids-Centennial Exposition
31Bids-WRR, municipal substations, 1935
 2Bids-Museum of Natural History, 1935
 3Bids-Museum of Natural History, 1935
 4Bids-clearing, salvaging and grading, 1935
 5Bids-Drinking fountains, 1936
 6Bids-Horticulture Museum specifications, 1936
 7Bids-Landscaping and planting, 1936-1937
 8C-General, 1935-1936
 9Comfort stations, 1935 -1936
 10Centennial and Pan American Exposition, 1935-1938
 11Exposition breakdown contract, 1937
 12Texas Centennial Central Exposition, 1935-1936
 13Pan American Exposition, 1937
 14Contract-Greater Texas and Pan American Exposition, 1937
  Centennial Exposition-Contracts
41Centennial contracts, undated
 2Centennial breakdown contract, undated
 3Buildings-26 acres-Texas Centennial construction, 1936
 4Buildings-26 acres-Texas Centennial construction, 1936
 5Civic Center-Centennial, 1935-1937
 6Centennial contracts, 1935-1936
 7Centennial breakdown, 1935
 8Centennial-removal of buildings, fountains, and memorials, 1935
 9Greater Texas and Pan American contract, 1937
 10Chattel mortgage-Centennial and Pan American Exposition, 1937
 11Chestnut, George L. [Park Board member], 1935 -1936
 12Claims-damages to Fair Park paving by U.S. Government, 1943-46
 13Contracts-concessions (State Fair) 1907-1914
 14Contract drafts, 1924-1936
 15Contracts for construction 1905-1913
  Cotton Bowl-E
51Cotton Bowl enlargement, 1948-1949
 2Cotton Bowl, 1930-1936
 3Cotton Bowl Stadium, 1935-1936
 4D-General, 1935-1936
 5Dallas Gas Company, 1936
 6Dallas Power and Light Company, 1935-1936
 7Dallas Railway and Terminal Company, 1935-1936
 8Derrick size trees, 1935-1937
 9Derrick size trees, 1935-1937
 10Derrick size trees, 1935-1937
 11Directors, curators, and city buildings, 1935-1936
 12Domestic Arts Museum and addition (Natural Resources Building), 1937
 13Domestic Arts Museum-addition (Natural Resources Building), 1936-37
 14Domestic Arts Museum-alterations and additions, 1937
 15Domestic Arts Building-Institute of Natural Resources, 1937-1946
  Electrical-Fences and basins
61Electrical Communications Building [Varied Industries Building], 1935
 2Entrance gates-general, 1935-1936
 3Entrance gates-specifications, 1936
 4Entrance gates-bids, 1936
 5Expenditures reports, 1935-1936
 6F-General, 1935
 7F-Fish Hatchery, undated
 8Fences and basin contract-W. H. King Construction, 1937
 9Fences and basin contract-Frank Parrott, 1937
 10Fences, 1937
 11Fences and basins, 1937
 12Fences and basins-specifications, 1937
 13Fences and basins, 1937
 14Fences and basins, 1937
 15Fences and basins, 1937
 16Fences and basins, 1937.
  Fine Arts Museum
71Fine Arts Museum-architects, 1935-1938
 2Fine Arts Museum-bids, 1936
 3Fine Arts Museum-contracts, air conditioning and plumbing, 1936-1942
 4Fine Arts Museum-contracts, air conditioning and plumbing, 1936-1942
 5Fine Arts Museum-contracts, display cases specifications, 1939-1940
 6Fine Arts Museum-construction work within building-C. A. Guess and Company, 1936
 7Fine Arts Museum-contract, 1909-1938
 8Fine Arts Museum-A. J. Rife Construction Company, 1936-1937
 9Fine Arts Museum-A. J. Rife Construction Company, 1936-1937
 10Fine Arts Museum bid tabulations, 1936
  Fire alarm system-floodlighting
81Fire alarm system, 1935
 2Fire alarm system, 1935
 3Auxiliary fire alarm systems, 1936
 4Auxiliary fire alarm systems, 1936
 5Floodlighting building exteriors, 1935
 6Floodlighting building exteriors, 1935
 7Floodlighting building exteriors, 1935.
 8Floodlighting contracts, 1935 -1936
  Floodlighting-fountains
91Floodlighting building exteriors-Eugene Asche, 1936
 2Floodlighting building exteriors-N. E. Busby and Company, 1936
 3Floodlighting building exteriors-N. E. Busby and Company, 1936
 4Floodlighting building exteriors-Forney Engineering Company, 1936
 5Fountains, reflecting basins and pools, 1936
 6Fountains, reflecting basins and pools, 1936
 7Fountains, reflecting basins and pools, 1936
 8Fountains, reflecting basins and pools, 1936
  Fountains-L
101Drinking fountains-contracts, 1936
 2Drinking fountains-Goodwin and Tatum, 1935-1936
 3Forest Avenue widening, 1936
 4G- General, 1935-1936
 5G-Gates, 1935-1936
 6Globe Theater (Fair Park), 1937-1946
 7Government leases, 1943-1946
 8H-General, 1935-1936
 9Hall of State, 1935-1936
 10Hall of State, 1935-1936
 11Horticulture Museum-General, 1936-1937
 12Horticulture Museum-proposal bids rejected, 1935
 13J-L General, 1935-1936
  Landscaping-Q
111Landscaping, 1935-1937
 2Landscape architect-Van Valkenburgh and Vozel, 1937
 3Landscaping and planting-specifications for park improvements, 1936
 4Landscaping-furnish of plant materials, 1936
 5Landscaping-furnish of plant materials, 1936
 6Levy Plumbing Company, 1936
 7Lighting, 1935-1937
 8M-Q General, 1935-1936
  Materials-Museum of Natural History
121Materials equipment files, 1940-1942
 2Municipal Service Building-Police, Fire and Hospital, 1935
 3Municipal Substation-WRR, Police, Fire and Hospital, 1935
 4Municipal Substation-WRR, Police, Fire and Hospital, 1935
 5Museum Buildings-specifications, 1935-1937
 6Museum of Natural History-architects, 1935-1936
  Museum of Natural History-Softball diamond
131Museum of Natural History, 1936
 2Museum of Natural History-contract-R. F. Ball, 1935-1936
 3National Youth Administration, 1939
 4Naval Resource Building-WPA Building, 1937-1948
 5Oliensis test, 1935
 6Property maps, 1935
 7Department of Public Works-A. P. Rollins, director, 1935-1936
 8Race track, 1935-1937
 9Rest stations, 1935-1936
 10Rest stations, 1935-1936
 11Rest stations, 1935-1936
 12Salvaged materials, 1935-1936
 13Service connection, 1936
 14Sheils, R. T., Park Board member, 1935-1936
 15Sidewalks and paved areas, 1935 -1936
 16Sidney Lanier School-wading pool receiving records, 1941
 17Sidney Lanier School-wading pool payroll, 1941
 18Sidney Lanier School-wading pool requisition for materials, 1941
 19Sidney Lanier School-wading pool data, 1941-42
 20Simpson, A. L., 1936 [operations manager]
 21Softball Diamond Fence plans-specifications, bids, 1945-1946
  Soil-Wortham
141Soil, 1935.
 2Starlight Operetta, 1941-1952
 3Supervisor of Public Utilities, 1936
 4Texas and Pacific Railway, 1936
 5Texas and Pacific. Railway, 1936
 6U General, 1935-1936
 7W General, 1933-1936
 8Water mains, 1935-1936
 9Water mains, 1936
 10Water Department-meters, 1935
 11Water mains specifications, 1935
 12World War I-contract with U. S. Government to use Fair Park, 1918
[Camp Dixie, also called Camp Dick ]
 13Wortham Riding Device Company contract, 1935
  Sanitary and Storm Sewers
151Sanitary sewers-bids, 1935-1936
 2Sanitary sewers-contract, 1935-1936
 3Sanitary sewers, 1936
 4Sanitary sewers-specifications, 1935-1936
 5Storm sewer, 1936
 6Storm sewers-construction, 1935
 7Storm sewers-construction, 1935
 8Storm sewers-construction, 1935
  Storm Sewers and Street Illumination
161Storm sewers specifications, 1936
 2Storm sewers specifications, 1936
 3Street Illumination, 1936
 4Street Illumination, 1936
 5Street Illumination, 1936
 6Street Illumination, 1936
 7Street Illumination, 1936
  Street Illumination And Specifications
171Street Illumination, 1936
 2Street Illumination, 1936
 3Street Illumination, 1936
 4Street Illumination, 1936
 5Specifications, 1936
 6Specifications-plants, 1935-1936
 7Specifications-plants, 1935-1936
 8Specifications-plants, 1935-1936
 9Specifications-plumbing and electrical wiring, 1935-1936
  Specifications and Paving Proposals
181General specifications-Livestock Building Unit 1 and Poultry Building Numbers 45 and 57 [George Dahl, architect] 1936
 2Specifications-grading and paving, 1935
 3Specifications-walks, paved areas, walls-Central Bitulithic and Uvalde Construction Company, 1936
 4Specifications-walks, paved areas-Civic Center, 1936
 5Specifications-walks, paved areas-Civic Center, 1936
 6Paving proposals, 1935
 7Paving proposals, 1935
 8Paving proposals, 1935
  Paving
191Paving proposals, 1935
 2Paving proposals, 1935
 3Paving-Civic Center, 1936
 4Specifications for grading and paving, 1936
 5Paving and walks-Vilbig Brothers, 1935
201Bids for walks and pavings, 1936
 2Paving and grading, 1935-1936
 3Paving-26 acres, 1936
 4Paved areas, 1936
 5Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 6Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 7Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 8Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
211Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 2Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 3Park improvement proposal and specifications for the paving of roadways at Fair Park, 1935
 4Specifications for clearing and grading, 1935
 5Paving and grading estimates, 1936
 6Paving and grading correspondence, 1936
  Tests
221Aquarium plaster sand tests, 1936
 2Art Museum-concrete tests, 1936
 3Art Museum-cement tests, 1936
 4Band Shell-concrete tests, 1936.
 5Band Shell-crushed rock tests, 1936
 6Band Shell-sand and gravel tests, 1936
 7Band Shell-tests-steel, 1936
 8Comfort stations-cement tests, 1936
 9Comfort stations-concrete tests, 1936
 10Comfort stations-steel tests, 1936
 11Domestic Arts Museum-concrete tests, 1936
 12Domestic Arts Museum-sand and gravel tests, 1936
 13Domestic Arts Museum-cement tests, 1936
 14Domestic Arts Museum-steel tests, 1936
 15Electrical and Varied Industries Building steel tests, 1936
 16Electrical and Varied Industries Building concrete tests, 1936
 17Electrical and Varied Industries Building cement tests, 1936
 18Entrance gates concrete tests, 1936
 19Entrance gates cement tests, 1936
 20Entrance gates steel tests, 1936
 21Federal Exhibit steel tests, 1936
 22Federal Negro Building steel tests, 1936
 23Federal Negro Building concrete tests, 1936
 24Federal Building concrete tests, 1936
 25Federal Building cement tests, 1936
 26Foods Building cement test, 1936
 27Foods Building sand and gravel tests, 1936
 28Foods Building concrete tests, 1936
 29Foods Building steel tests, 1936
 30Gulf Building concrete tests, 1936
 31Lagoon sand and gravel tests, 1936
 32Livestock Building steel tests, 1936
 33Livestock Building sand and gravel tests, 1936
 34Livestock Building concrete tests, 1936
 35Livestock Building cement tests, 1936
 36Hall of Religion concrete tests, 1936
 37Hall of Religion steel tests, 1936
 38Horticulture Building cement tests, 1936
 39Horticulture Building concrete tests, 1936
 40Horticulture Building sand and gravel tests, 1936
 41Horticulture Building steel tests, 1936
 42Muny Substation hollow file, 1936
 43Muny Substation steel tests, 1936
 44Muny Substation sand and gravel tests, 1936
 45Muny Substation concrete tests, 1936
 46Muny Substation cement tests, 1936
 47Muny Substation steel tests, 1936
 48Museum of Natural History sample of roofing asphalt tests, 1936
 49Museum of Natural History sample of plaster sand tests, 1936
 50Natural History Museum sand and gravel tests, 1936
 51Natural History Museum concrete tests, 1936
 52Natural History Museum steel tests, 1936
 53Reflecting basins-concrete tests, 1936
 54Reflecting basins-cement tests, 1936
 55Test holes, 1935