Municipal Archives

Memorials and Monuments, 1936, 1959-1982

​Collection 1995-039


RepositoryOffice of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas
TitleMemorials and Monuments
Dates1936, 1959-1982
Quantity1.75 linear inches
AbstractCorrespondence, construction plans, photographic prints, and printed materials.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents the history of several City of Dallas-owned sculptures and monuments created or dedicated between 1936 and 1982.

The Robert E. Lee monument in Dallas’ Lee Park,  the work of sculptor A. Phimister Proctor, was built at a cost of $50,000 raised over a period of eight years by the Dallas Southern Memorial Association.  On June 12, 1936, the statue was unveiled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in tandem with the opening day celebrations of the Texas Centennial Exposition.   On  September 14, 2017, the City of Dallas removed the statue from Lee Park when societal feelings towards Confederate statues began to change.  The City Council also returned Lee Park to its original name of Oak Lawn Park.

The Spirit of Flight is a 17-foot-high sculpture by Austin sculptor Charles Umlauf marking the entrance to Love Field airport and was dedicated in 1959. 

The John F. Kennedy Memorial, designed by Philip Johnson and dedicated in 1970, is located at Market and Commerce Streets in Dallas.  Located 200 yards from where President Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson’s design is a cenotaph.   The memorial is a square, roofless room, 30 feet high and 50 by 50 feet wide that sits in the middle of the city block.  It has narrow openings facing north and south. The walls consist of 72 white pre-cast concrete columns, appearing to float with 29 inches above the ground.  

The John Neely Bryan Log Cabin, purported home of Dallas’ founder, was “built of cedar logs before 1850” and has been rebuilt at several locations, primarily in Dallas’ central business district.  

The Texas Ranger Monument, by Texas sculptor Waldine Tauch, was dedicated in 1961 at Love Field airport and was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Wyatt.  The model for the sculpture was Captain Jay Banks, a retired Ranger from Company B in Dallas.

Collection contains typescript correspondence, construction plans, photographic prints, and printed materials. 


The collection is arranged by subject.  


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Memorials and Monuments, 1936, 1959 -1982 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

Dallas (Tex.) -- History -- Exhibitions
Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark (Dallas, Tex.)
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Monuments
Parks -- Texas -- Dallas
Sculpture -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Lee Memorial dedication program, 1936; honor guard list, undated
 2Spirit of Flight unveiling invitations, 1961
 3Spirit of Flight Dedication guides, 1961
 4John F. Kennedy Memorial, printed report, circa 1964
 5Dealey Park dedication leaflet, 1982
 6Correspondence concerning the history and conservation of the John Neely Bryan cabin, 1971
 7Texas Ranger Monument unveiling invitations, photographic prints, sculpture base plans, artist correspondence and internal Park Board memorandum, 1959-1961
 8Texas Ranger Monument relocation memoranda, 1980