Municipal Archives


Welcome to the Dallas Municipal Archives

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​The Dallas Municipal Archives is proud to announce 
the release of the following websites


Learn the history of how the Dallas City Council came to have 
14 single-member districts and one at-large voting district (the mayor).



Use this site to research proposed, failed, and adopted
City Charter amendments between 1968 and 2014​.

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Established in 1985, the Dallas Municipal Archives contains over 2000 cubic feet of departmental records in a variety of forms and formats, including ledgers, manuscripts and typescripts, maps, photographs, microforms, and printed materials.  Furthermore, we maintain thousands of permanently valuable documents, maps, and architectural plans reflecting the actions of every aspect of Dallas government.  

As a division of the City Secretary´s Office, the Archives is also responsible for the preservation microfilming of the City Secretary´s council action files, which contain the originals of all City ordinances and resolutions, meeting minutes, agenda, and support documentation.  

Among our many collections are the "Bonnie and Clyde" Barrow Gang materials of the Dallas Police Department, the John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy, the earliest extant City of Dallas Charter, and over a quarter-million images documenting the growth and public services of the City of Dallas.  

The Dallas Municipal Archives is open to the public by appointment only Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.   

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City of Dallas History

City of Dallas Officers
Origin of the name Dallas
City of Dallas "Firsts"
City Seal
Dallas City Hall Buildings History
Timeline of Dallas Government
New Deal History in Dallas
WRR History
Mayors
City Attorneys
City Auditors
City Managers
City Secretaries 
City Council Election History

 


A Taste of Dallas History

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Golf lesson at an unidentified Dallas park, 1960s

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City Secretary's Office, 1955
City Photographer Collection, 1950-1997
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The Praetorian Building, also known as Stone Place Tower, is regarded as the first skyscraper in Texas.   It was a 15-story, 190-foot high-rise that was constructed in 1909 at Main Street and Stone Street.  It remained the tallest building in the city only until 1912.   
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Lt. William T. Campbell, Air Service Aviator and Reserve Military Aviator, stands with his mechanic in front of his Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny" at Love Field.  Campbell and this plane made the world loop record—151 consecutive loops—on November 12, 1918.  
The photo itself is undated.


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Kids playing at Pike Park, 1970s 
Dallas Park and Recreation Department Photograph Collection, 1910-2004

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Kids playing at Exline Park, 1960s 
Dallas Park and Recreation Department Photograph Collection, 1910-2004

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Dallas Sanitation Team, March 24, 1938
Sanitation Department