Municipal Archives


​Parks - Works Progress Administration, 1939-1947

​Collection 1995-043

Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park and Recreation Department
TitleParks - Works Progress Administration
Dates1939-1947
Quantity6 inches linear
AbstractTypescript, printed, photographic, and cartographic materials documenting the administration of WPA-funded park improvement projects in the City of Dallas between 1939 and 1947.
Identification1995-043
LanguageRecords 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.

Organization

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.

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

Parks - Works Progress Administration, 1939-1947 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

None
 

Index Terms

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Parks -- Texas -- History
Park facilities -- Texas -- History
Texas -- History
Texas -- Description and travel
United States -- History -- 1933-1945

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Administrative Records
11Works Progress Administration proposal, 1939
 2City-wide tree planting project, 1939
 3Lake Cliff Park, 1940-1941
 4Lake Cliff Park-requests for materials, 1940-1943
 5Lake Cliff Park-Rose Garden, 1941-1944
 6Lake Cliff Park-receiving records, 1941-1943
 7Lake Cliff Park-receiving records, 1941-1943
 8War Production Board-Pools, 1945
 9Public Works reserve estimates for future park improvements, 1942-1947
  Photographic Materials
21Photographic prints (5x7)-Lake Cliff Park, ca. 1940-1941
 2Photographic negatives (5x7)-Lake Cliff Park, ca. 1940-941
  Oversized maps