Municipal Archives

​City of Dallas Sports Commission, 1965-1971​

​Collection 1997-008


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorCity of Dallas Sports Commission
TitleCity of Dallas Sports Commission
Quantity6 linear inches
AbstractCorrespondence, memoranda, and manuscript notes
LanguageRecords are in English
Scope and Content

The Sports Commission was created by the Dallas City Council through City of Dallas Ordinance 11128 in July, 1969. The commission was charged with coordinating the activities of local athletic clubs in various sports "with a view in mind of strengthening and enhancing the total Dallas amateur and professional sports program," and to act as an advisory board to the Dallas City Council on all matters relating to sports activities. The commission was also directed to assist in planning and maintaining a broad sports program for Dallas youth through the Park and Recreation Department. While not explicitly stated, a goal of the commission was to facilitate the construction of a major sports facility for the City of Dallas. 

The first chair of the commission was Field Scovell (1907-1992), "Mr. Cotton Bowl" and a major leader of the Dallas sporting community. For nearly four decades, Scovell served as the Cotton Bowl's Chairman of Team Selection. The Cotton Bowl Classic's championship award is named the Field Scovell Trophy. 

Collection consists of manuscript notes from the earliest meetings of the Dallas Sports Commission and correspondence and memoranda of the commission from 1965 through 1971. 


The collection is arranged chronologically.


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​City of Dallas Sports Commission, 1965-1971 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material


Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Sports -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List 

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Sports Commission meeting notes, August 9, 1965
 2Correspondence, 1965
3Correspondence, 1966
4Correspondence, 1967
5Correspondence, 1968
6Correspondence, 1969
7Correspondence, 1970
8Correspondence, 1971
9Resolutions, 1966
10Athletic proposal, South Dallas Coordinating Council, undated
11All Sports Association, 1966.
12Automobile decals for Dallas Sports Commission chairs, 1969-1971