Municipal Archives

State Fair of Texas Reports and Studies, 1908-1986

Collection 1995-045


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorState Fair of Texas
TitleState Fair of Texas Reports and Studies
Quantity1.2 linear feet
AbstractTypescript manuscript, manuscript, electrostatic, printed, photographic.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Typescript manuscript, electrostatic, printed materials, manuscript notes, and newspaper clippings documenting the financial activities of the State Fair of Texas and its relationship with the City of Dallas.

The State Fair of Texas established a business relationship with the City of Dallas when the City purchased the 117-acre fairgrounds and buildings in 1904 after Dallas voter approval. Based upon a similar arrangement in the city of Toronto, the grounds, buildings, and improvements would belong to the City, and the Fair Association would operate the annual fair.

In accordance with an agreement between the State Fair of Texas (a private, non-profit corporation) and the City of Dallas, owner of the Fair Park fairgrounds, the State Fair “…shall furnish annually to the City an audited statement, prepared by auditors acceptable to the City, reflecting its operations during the preceding year.” [1971 Agreement, 4.07, 4.08].

The collection contains auditor’s reports and annual financial reports on the State Fair of Texas between 1908-1946, 1979-86; reports regarding a master plan for fairgrounds redevelopment between 1965 and 1969; items relating to insurance of the fair and the fairgrounds 1961, 1969, and 1976, including appraisals of fairgrounds buildings; an audit from 1986; and brochure ephemera for the State Fair from 1964, 1965, and undated.


The collection is arranged by subject matter.  


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.


State Fair of Texas Reports and Studies, 1908-1986 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials


Index Terms

Agricultural exhibitions -- Texas
Dallas -- Texas -- History
State Fair of Texas

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Auditor's Report, December 8, 1908
 2Financial Statement, November 9, 1917
Auditor's Report, November 15, 1918
Meeting Minutes, Board of Directors, July 15, 1918
Director's Report, November 15, 1918
 4Auditor's Report, October 25, 1919
 5Auditor's Report, October 31, 1920
 6Auditor's Report, October 31, 1921
 7Auditor's Report, November 16, 1925
 8Annual Financial Report, December 8, 1927
 9Annual Financial Report, November 25, 1929
 10Annual Financial Report, November 21, 1930
 11Annual Financial Report, November 15, 1932
 12Annual Financial Report, November 15, 1933
 13Annual Financial Report, November 15, 1934
Auditor's Report, December 27, 1939
Supplemental Letter to Report of December 27, 1939
 2Auditor's Report, December 4, 1940
 3Auditor's Report, December 4, 1941
 4Auditor's Report, December 9, 1942
Auditor's Report, December 10, 1943
Auditor's Report, October 18, 1943 for Starlight Operetta
Auditor's Report, December 9, 1944
Auditor's Report, September 29, 1944 for Starlight Operetta
 7Auditor's Report, December 3, 1945
Auditor's Report, December 3, 1946
Auditor's Report, September 27, 1946 for Starlight Operetta
 9Financial Statements and Auditor's Report, 1979, 1980
 10Contract Compliance Review Audit of State Fair of Texas, June 30, 1986
31Report on Master Plan Study, Fair Park, June 1965
 2A Redevelopment Program for the State Fair of Texas, November 1, 1966
A Redevelopment Program for the State Fair of Texas, November 1, 1966
[Annotated copy of L. B. Houston with manuscript notes.]
41Management Report on Master Plan Studies for the State Fair of Texas, 1969
 2Management Report on Master Plan Studies for the State Fair of Texas, 1969 [copy 2]
 3Management Report on Master Plan Studies for the State Fair of Texas, 1969 [copy 3]
51Insurance Schedule for State Fair of Texas, December 31, 1961
Insurance Value Appraisal of State Fair Buildings, January 1969
Revised Appraisal of State Fair Buildings, January 1969
Appraisal of Construction Belonging to State Fair of Texas, September 8, 1976
Appraisal of the Construction of the Cotton Bowl Stadium, October 23, 1976
 4Correspondence and Notes Regarding Insurance, 1969
 5Estimate of Cost for Additions and Alterations to Livestock Exhibition, October 8, 1971
 6Contract Between Dallas Park Board and State Fair Association Regarding Terms of Texas State Fair, May 6, 1924
 7Publicity Brochures for Fair Park and the Texas State Fair, 1964, 1965, and undated