Municipal Archives

​The Bartholomew Plan, 1943-1957

Collection 1998-004


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorOffice of the Mayor
TitleThe Bartholomew Plan
Quantity2 linear inches
AbstractTypescript and manuscript memoranda and correspondence and printed materials.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents urban planning in Dallas, Texas, from 1943 to 1957. Urban planning is the discipline of land use planning, which explores several aspects of the built and social environments of municipalities and communities.

At the prompting of Mayor J. Woodall Rodgers, in June 1943, the Dallas City Council hired St. Louis, Missouri, city planner Harland Bartholomew to draft a new comprehensive master plan for Dallas. The finished plan was delivered in January 1945. Action on the plan was initiated in December, 1945 after voters approved $40 million worth of improvement bonds. Products included not only expanding Love Field, Dallas’ municipally-owned airport and the Garza-Little Elm Reservoir (renamed Lake Dallas and later, Lake Lewisville) but also the construction of Central Expressway (U.S. Highway 75), the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, and the Dallas Public Library central facility.  

Besides quality-of-life matters, the Bartholomew Plan attempted to streamline government and augment the economic development capacity of Dallas. Bartholomew’s comprehensive plan for the city treated Dallas government as a “system of systems” needing structure and coordination. The plan also marked the first time the City of Dallas sought to comprehensively improve African American neighborhoods and housing.

The collection contains printed and typescript reports of the Bartholomew Plan and materials relating to its follow-up study chaired by D.A. Hulcy, president of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and former president of the American Chambers of Commerce. Missing reports from the printed series were photocopied from originals located in other collections. Materials were originally part of the papers of L. B. Houston, Director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.


The collection is arranged chronologically.  


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The Bartholomew Plan, 1943-1957 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

City planning -- Texas -- Dallas
Dallas -- Texas -- History

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Your Dallas of Tomorrow, A Master Plan for a Greater Dallas, 1943
 2A Master Plan for Dallas, Texas; Report Number Seven, A System of Parks and Schools [two copies] and related correspondence, June 1944
 3The Economics of Central Expressway by Marshall E. Surratt, 1954
 4Hulcy Committee memoranda, correspondence, and notes, 1955-1957