Municipal Archives

Dallas Fire Department Planning for Republican National Convention Security, 1984

Collection 2014-004


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorDallas Fire Department
TitleDallas Fire Department Planning for Republican National Convention Security
Quantity1 linear foot
AbstractDocuments relating to security planning for the 1984 Republican National Convention.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

The 1984 Republican Party National Convention took place in Dallas, Texas, from August 20 to August 23, 1984, with 2235 delegates in attendance.  Events were held in both the Dallas Convention Center and Reunion Arena.  It was the 33rd Republican Party presidential nominating convention and remains the only convention of either party to be held in Dallas.  The convention was recruited to Dallas by Fred Meyer, chair of the host committee and president of the Tyler Corporation. 

President Ronald Reagan was nominated unanimously on the roll call vote.  The Vice Presidential vote was held simultaneously, with Vice President George H. W. Bush receiving 2042 votes and Jack Kemp and Anne Armstrong receiving one vote each.  The vice presidential tally would be the last at a Republican Convention during the 20th century. 

Katherine Ortega, Treasurer of the United States, delivered the keynote address.  Other speakers included Elizabeth Dole, United States Secretary of Transportation; Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and Jack Kemp, Congressman from Buffalo, New York.

The collection contains correspondence, contracts, security plans, meeting minutes and agendas, and memoranda regarding security planning and comes from the files of Dallas Fire Department Section Chief Barney McKenzie.  The Dallas Fire Department daily staff journals are the only non-planning-related documents in the collection.  The journals record the Dallas Fire Department's activities during the convention, capturing incidents, messages, orders, and other events.


The  collection  is  organized  into  the  following five series.   Folders  are  then  arranged  alphabetically  by  subject.
Dallas Fire Department daily staff journal 
Newspaper clippings
Security plans


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Dallas Fire Department Planning for Republican National Convention Security, 1984  (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1992-005—Dallas: A Profile and Fact Book, Dallas Welcoming Committee, 1984

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Republican National Convention (33rd : 1984 : Dallas, Tex.)
Political conventions - Texas - Dallas – Security

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Correspondence, 1983-84
 2Dallas Fire Department daily staff journal, August 19-23, 1984
ACORN vs. City of Dallas, 1984
[The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was a community organization of low- and moderate-income families who supported voting registration, affordable housing, and other social issues.  ACORN was founded in 1970 by Wade Rathke and Gary Delgado and shut its doors in 2012.  ACORN filed this lawsuit against the City of Dallas claiming that not only did the city fail to provide access to public lands but also that it neglected to spend appropriate monies on environmental and biological matters related to ACORN's petition for a place of assembly.]
 4City site agreement, 1982
 5Memoranda 1, 1983-84
 6Memoranda 2, 1983-84
 7Newspaper clippings, 1983-84
  Security plans
 8Aerial images of Trinity River greenbelt, undated [most likely 1983]
 9Barney McKenzie project file 1, 1983-84
 10Barney McKenzie project file 2, 1983-84
 11Barney McKenzie project file 3, 1983-84
Barney McKenzie project file 4, 1983-84
[Official Dallas Fire Department Plan]
 2Call center setups, 1984.
Convention emergency plans, 1984 [except where noted]
[Dallas Fire Service Plan, Emergency Evacuation Plan, Emergency Procedures Dallas Convention Center Convention and Event Services, Contingency Plan for Major Medical Emergency and Mass Casualty, types of crowds, FEMA Contingency Plan, Dallas Fire Department Riots and/or Civil Disorders Operations Plan, February 1968.]
 4Coordinating committee meetings, 1983-84
 5Delegation hotel assignments Emergency Evacuation Plan, 1984
 6Milestone charts, 1983-84
 7Police Department telephone requests, 1984
 8Security equipment planning budget, 1983-84
Welcoming committee, 1993
[A volunteer group organized to help greet the visitors and media representatives attending the convention.]