Municipal Archives

Park and Recreation Department Subject Files:
Dealey Plaza, 1940-1942

Collection 1995-032​​​​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department
TitlePark and Recreation Department Subject Files:  Dealey Plaza
QuantitySix linear inches
AbstractCity of Dallas Park and Recreation Department records of the construction of Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memoranda, materials invoices, and orders regarding the construction of Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, 1940-1942.

Dealey Plaza is a 3.07-acre park in downtown Dallas, Texas, known both as the site of the founding of Dallas in 1841 and as the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  In 1841, John Neely Bryan built a log cabin on the site, on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River.  The bluff was later altered in 1928 through landscaping and flood control improvements of the Trinity River by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and other entities.  The area was further developed as "The Front Door of Dallas" between 1935-1942 as a vehicular park and a triple underpass constructed in part by workers from the federally-sponsored Works Progress Administration and the National Youth Administration.  Until the development of Dallas' highway system, Dealey Plaza served as the major gateway to the city from the west. 

In 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in the heart of the Plaza.  In 1993, the United States Department of the Interior designated Dealey Plaza a National Historic Landmark District.


The collection is arranged chronologically.  


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Park and Recreation Department Subject Files:  Dealey Plaza, 1940-1942 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
Dallas (Tex.) – History
Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (Dallas, Tex.)
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 – Assassination
Park facilities -- Texas – History
Parks -- Texas – History
Plazas -- Texas -- Dallas
United States. National Youth Administration
United States. Works Progress Administration

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Materials invoices and orders, 1940
 2Materials invoices and orders, 1940
 3Materials invoices and orders, 1940-1942
 4Materials invoices and orders, 1940
 5Materials invoices and orders, 1940
 6Materials invoices and orders, 1941
21Materials invoices and orders, 1940
 2Dealey Plaza completion, 1940
 3Materials expenditures, undated