Municipal Archives

City of Dallas Civil Defense Administrative Files, 1958

​Collection 2008-001


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorCity of Dallas Civil Defense Administrative Commission
TitleCity of Dallas Civil Defense Administrative Files 
Quantity6 linear inches
AbstractUnpublished printed manual with color printed maps.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection consists of one copy of a manual intended for use in organizing citizens of Dallas County in the event of manmade or natural disaster, and to provide for disaster relief efforts. The manual is focused on the immediate Dallas, Texas, area but also includes information on surrounding North Texas communities. 

The Dallas Texas City-County Civil Defense and Disaster Commission was appointed by the Dallas City Council under City Ordinance 6203 and approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 1954. The mission of the commission was to "provide for the formation of a plan...which will have for its provide aid and assistance in saving lives, render aid to the injured, give protection to property, maintain the morale of the community and be prepared to go to the aid of other stricken communities." 

The term civil defense refers to the organized non-military effort to prepare civilians for military attack. The term and practice of civil defense has fallen into disuse and has been replaced by emergency management and homeland security. Although the concept of Civil Defense originated with President Franklin Roosevelt, it did not become a social phenomenon until the Cold War era. The preoccupation with nuclear attack during the 1950s and 1960s prompted most municipalities across the United States to develop and issue plans for securing citizen safety, restoring order, and assuring business resumption. 


The collection is one report housed in three parts.


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.


City of Dallas Civil Defense Administrative Files, 1958 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Civil defense -- Texas -- Dallas
Dallas -- Texas -- History  

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Operational Survival Plan for Dallas and Dallas County, maps and pages 1-124
2Operational Survival Plan for Dallas and Dallas County, pages 125-394
 3Operational Survival Plan for Dallas and Dallas County, pages 395-563 and maps