Municipal Archives


​​​City Ordinances - Bound Volumes, 1871-1978​

Collection 1996-040

Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorOffice of the City Secretary
TitleCity Ordinances Index
Dates1871-1978
Quantity 26 linear feet
AbstractBound volumes.
Identification1996-040
Language Records are in English


Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the official ordinances of the Dallas City Council from 1871 to 1978.
 
Ordinances are laws passed by a municipal government.  They constitute the subject matter of municipal law and address issues, such as public safety, public streets and sidewalks, and zoning.

Until approximately 1977-1978, the Office of the City Secretary recorded original Dallas ordinances on multiple paper formats then later transcribed and copied them for preservation into a 13 x 18-inch ledger.  The department stopped using the ledgers when it began recording the official minutes on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
              
The first extant volume of ordinances for the Town of Dallas dates to 1871, and the ordinances are referenced by date.  In 1916, the City Council began assigning numbers to its ordinances; beginning with Number 1, the ordinances numbering continued chronologically through the succeeding years.
              
The ledgers themselves are fragile, and use is restricted.  Researchers will use either microfilm or paper copies, as available, to see the contents of the minutes.
              
To research city ordinances after Ordinance 15857 (in 1978), contact the Open Records Center in the Office of the City Secretary.  That team will provide instruction on accessing the more recent minutes.

Organization

The books are arranged chronologically.  

Access

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future 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. 

Minutes are available for viewing via paper and microfilm, except for the years 1956-1976; these dates are available only on paper.
        

Citation

Select the citation based on which type of minute book used:

City Ordinances Index, 1871-1978 (Volume <x>, Page <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
City Ordinances Index, 1871-1978 (Volume <x>, <Ordinance #), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). City Council
Ordinances, Municipal -- Texas -- Dallas
 

Container List

Volume Year range
Ordinance numbers not specified
11871-1873
1-A1873-1882
21882-1885
3Duplicate of Volume 2
41885-1887
51887-1888
61888-1890
71890-1893
81893-1894 
91894-1899
101899-1901
111901-1903
121903-1906
131906-1908 
141908-1910
151910-1911
161911-1912
171912-1913
181913-1915

 

Volume Year range Ordinance range
  Ordinance numbers specified 
beginning 1916
191915-19161-207
201916-1918208-418
211918-1921419-682
221921-1922683-993
231923-1925994-1279
241925-19261280-1509
251926-19271510-1701
261927-19291702-1947
271929-19301948-2106
281930-19312107-2286
291931-19332287-2539
301933-19372540-2872
311937-19412873-3256
321941-19453257-3612
331945-19473613-4001
341947-19484002-4261
351948-19494262-4627
361949-19504628-4936
371950-19514937-5321
381951-19525322-5644
391952-19535645-5994
401953-19545995-6301
411954-19556302-6623
421955-19566624-6970
431956-19576971-7271
4419577272-7502
451957-19587503-7784
461958-19597785-8016
4719598017-8243
481959-19608244-8496
4919608497-8736
501960 City Code8737
511960 City Code; 
1960-1961

8738-8794
5219618795-9900
531961-19629901-9215 
5419629216-9449 
551962-19639450-9673
5619639674-9883
5719639884-10119
581963-196410120-10370
59196410371-10615
601964-196510616-10875
61196510876-11143
621965-1966 11144-11440 
631966-196711441-11693 
64196711694-11950
651967-196811951-12127
66196812128-15316
671968-196912317-12523
68196912524-12785
691969-197012786-13015
701970-197113016-13263
711971-197213264-13538
72197213539-13770
731972-197313771-13995
74197313996-14247
751973-197414248-14521
76197414522-14968
771974-197514769-14988
781975-197614989-15202
79197615203-15392
80197715393-15520
81197715521-15579
82197715580-15658
831977-197815659-15735
84197815736-15801
85197815802-15857