Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
|Creator||Dallas Park and Recreation Department|
|Title||Parks - Works Progress Administration|
|Quantity||6 inches linear|
|Abstract||Typescript, printed, photographic, and cartographic materials documenting the administration of WPA-funded park improvement projects in the City of Dallas between 1939 and 1947.|
|Language||Records are in English|
Scope and Content
The Works Progress Administration (WPA), later called the Work Projects Administration, was a federal relief program enacted by the United States government in 1935 to offset unemployment created by the Great Depression. Through state and municipal projects the WPA disbursed some $11 billion in work relief to as many as 3.2 million Americans between 1935 and 1942. The City of Dallas executed a number of WPA park improvement projects totaling nearly $300,000 in federal funding. $124,000 was contributed by the City.
Typescript, printed, photographic, and cartographic materials documenting the administration of WPA-funded park improvement projects in the City of Dallas between 1939 and 1947. The projects were supervised by L.B. Houston, director of the City of Dallas Park Department.
The collection contains administrative correspondence, budgets, construction and employment time reports, materials ordering and receiving records, and photographic prints and negatives of construction at Lake Cliff Park about 1940. The Lake Cliff materials include vendor literature, planting specifications, and oversized plans and sketches regarding the park's rose garden and fountains. It also contains proposals for city-wide park improvement projects, application materials from the City of Dallas to the War Production Board seeking funding for public swimming pools, and Public Works reserve estimates for improvements to city parks.
The collection is arranged into two main series
• Lake Cliff Park project
• Other city-wide WPA projects
These are organized by administrative records and photographic materials. It also contains oversized maps.
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.
Parks - Works Progress Administration, 1939-1947 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
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United States -- History -- 1933-1945
| || ||Administrative Records|
|1||1||Works Progress Administration proposal, 1939|
| ||2||City-wide tree planting project, 1939|
| ||3||Lake Cliff Park, 1940-1941|
| ||4||Lake Cliff Park-requests for materials, 1940-1943|
| ||5||Lake Cliff Park-Rose Garden, 1941-1944|
| ||6||Lake Cliff Park-receiving records, 1941-1943|
| ||7||Lake Cliff Park-receiving records, 1941-1943|
| ||8||War Production Board-Pools, 1945|
| ||9||Public Works reserve estimates for future park improvements, 1942-1947|
| || ||Photographic Materials|
|2||1||Photographic prints (5x7)-Lake Cliff Park, ca. 1940-1941|
| ||2||Photographic negatives (5x7)-Lake Cliff Park, ca. 1940-941|
| || ||Oversized maps|