Municipal Archives


​Park Board Minutes, 1905-2003

​Collection 2018-003

Overview

RepositoryOffice of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Park Board
TitlePark Board Minutes [Bound volumes]
Dates1905-2003
Quantity23 volumes
AbstractBound manuscript Dallas Park Board minutes
Identification2018-003
LanguageRecords are in English


Scope and Content

Collection consists of the official minutes of the Dallas Park Board from 1905 to 2003.

The Dallas park system was established in 1876 with the acquisition of land for the city's first public park.  It was located in the Cedars neighborhood.   The Dallas City Council created a Board of Park Commissioners in 1904 to manage contract, oversight, and budget issues associated with the 1904 acquisition of the State Fair Association property in Fair Park.  Fair Park was the city's second public park area.

The minutes document not only the decisions, actions, day-to-day operations, services, and programs but also the laws, rules, and regulations of the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, as defined by the Park Board.

Between 1905 and 2003, the Dallas Park Board recorded original minutes on various paper formats then transcribed and copied them for preservation into 10.5 x 16-inch and 10 x 13.5-inch ledgers.  The department stopped using the ledgers in February 2003 and began recording the official minutes on standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper.

Early ledgers themselves are fragile, and use is restricted to a case-by-case basis. Volumes 7 through 16 are fully scanned and available online via the Portal to Texas History.  Type "Dallas Park Board Minutes", including the quotes, into the search cell to bring up the digitized volumes.

To research Dallas City Council minutes after February 2003, 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 information is organized by volume number.

Access

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.

Citation

Park Board Minutes, 1905-2003 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

None

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.) -- Parks
Dallas (Tex.). Park and Recreation Board

Container List

Volume Meeting Date Ranges
​1
5/31/1905-5/7/1908​
2
5/12/1908-1/18/1910
​3
2/19/1910-4/27/1914
​4
​5/5/1914-11/22/1919
​5
​12/4/1919-1/28/1924
This volume also includes minutes from the Zoo Commission - 1/22/1922-1/24/1923.
​6
​2/19/1924-10/20/1925
​7
​10/27/1925-4/27/1914
​8
​5/5/1914-1/31/1936
9
2/3/1936-1/22/1938
10
12/13/1938-9/24/1946
11
10/22/1946-8/3/1953
12
8/17/1953-5/19/1958
13
6/9/1958-​7/15/1963
14
8/5/1963-2/26/1968
15
3/11/1968-8/231971
16
9/7/1971-9/19/1974
17
10/3/1974​-7/20/1978
18
8/17/1978-5/27/1982
19
6/3/1982-12/12/1986
20
1/8/1987-6/27/1991
​21
8/1/1991-12/12/1996
22
1/9/1997-3/1/2001
23
3/22/2001-2/20/2003

Minutes of Park Board Index, 1939-1947

​Minutes of Park Board Index, May 1947-Aug 1953

​​Minutes of Park Board Index, 1963-1978, 1979-1996