Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). City Council. Max Nofziger Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Nofziger, Max
Title: Austin (Tex.). City Council. Max Nofziger Records
Inclusive Dates: 1982-1996
Abstract: This set of papers is comprised of the working papers and correspondence from Max Nofziger’s three terms as an Austin City Council member in the 1980s and 1990s.
Identification: AR.2009.057
Quantity: 6 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Michael “Max” Nofziger was born on March 20, 1948 in Archbold, Ohio. He attended Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan where he graduated with honors with a BA in political science and a teaching certificate. In 1974 he moved to Austin, but it would be five years before Max decided to try his hand at local politics.

In 1979 he decided to put his political science degree to use and launched his first campaign for mayor. Although he lost his first election, he was not discouraged. He ran for Place 1 on the city council in 1981, and he ran for mayor again in 1983 and 1985. While Max failed to win these elections as well, the supporters and exposure he gained through these campaigns would ultimately result in a victory in 1987. In May of 1987 he won the run-off election for Place 1 on the city council, replacing Mark Rose. He won reelection to Place 1 on the city council in both 1990 and 1993 and served fifteen months as mayor pro tem.

Max's priorities while in office included improving the well being of the people of Austin and the protection of the environment and natural resources. Max investigated health care in Austin with the goal to ensure health care was available to anyone who needed it. This included working to improve Brackenridge Hospital. He was involved in the relocation of the city's airport from Robert Mueller Municipal Airport to where it is located today at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. As a founder of Austin Clean Energy prior to his terms in office, Max continued to be involved with environmental issues. He studied and tried to implement clean energy options like solar cells in Austin. In 1992, he supported the passage of the Save Our Springs Ordinance and remained committed to the preservation of clean water. Max also worked to improve the Capital Metro system to provide better public transportation options as a means of pollution and traffic reduction in Austin.

After leaving the City Council in 1996, he made two more unsuccessful bids for mayor in 1997 and 2003. He remains active in local politics in Austin area.


Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the working files of council member Max Nofziger. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence, proposals, studies, and reports from his first two terms in office. It should be noted that new file folders were not created with each new term and folders may contain documents from more than a specific term in office.


 

Arrangement

This collection was arranged into 3 series by date roughly corresponding to each of Nofziger’s three terms in office. However, there is considerable overlap if an issue or topic carried through several terms.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Nofziger, Max, 1948- .
Matthews, Ester.
Organizations:
City of Austin
Brackenridge Hospital
Save Our Springs Alliance
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Robert Mueller Municipal Airport
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Barton Springs (Tex.).
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Robert Mueller Municipal Airport
Subjects:
Ecology--Texas--Austin.
Airports--Texas--Austin.
Renewable energy sources--Texas--Austin.
Energy conservation--Texas--Austin.
Environmental policy--Texas--Austin.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.

Separated Material

City reports and publications were removed to the General Collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Records transferred from the Office of City Clerk.

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.) City Council. Max Nofziger Records (AR.2009.057). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donation Date: 2005 July 19

Processing Information

Finding Aid and Encoding: Kathryn Garvey/2009 August


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Correspondence and Working Files, 1982-1990, undated

Box Folder
1 1 150 Committee, 1987-1989, undated
2 Affirmative Action Report and Workplan, 1988
3 Affordable Housing Task Force, 1987-1988
4 Airport, 1987-1990, undated
5 Arts Commission, 1987-1989, undated
6 Arts Funding/Commission, 1987-1990, undated
7 Austin Bird Sanctuary, 1988, undated
8 Austin Chamber of Commerce, 1988-1989
9 Austin Convention and Visitor’s, 1987-1989, undated
10 AustinPlan, 1987-1989, undated
11 Austin Metropolitan Area Roadway Plan, 1987
12 Austin Technology Incubator, 1988
13 Avante Plaza, 1987
14 Barton Creek Access, 1985-1988
15 Board and Commission Congrat Letters, 1990
16 Budget Policy Committee, 1989-1990
17 Building Inspection, 1988-1989
18 Charter and Amendments, 1988, undated
19 Childcare, 1988, undated
20 Capital Metro Board Correspondence, 1987-1988, undated
21 Citizens Against Pornography (CAP), 1987-1988
22 City Real Estate, 1989
23-34 Correspondence A-W, 1987-1989, undated
35 Austin Civic Center, 1987-1988, undated
36 Budget 1986-1987, 1987
37 City Retirees Insurance Premiums Increase Problem, 1988
38 Biotechnology (Dr. Bittner), 1988
39 Black-Capped Vireo , 1987-1989
40 Brackenridge Tract, 1989, undated
41 Capital Improvement Projects, 1988
42 Cedar Park WW Plant, 1985-1987
43 Community Development Block Grant, 1988-1989
44 Community Education Program, 1987
45 Cultural Facilities Policy Funding, 1988
46 Economic Development and Economic Trade, 1987-1989, undated
47 Electric Rates, 1988
48 Electric Utility Commission, 1988
49 Electric Utility Department, 1987-1988
50 Endangered Species Ordinance, 1988-1990
51 Energy Code Amendments, 1988
52 Financial Services Department, 1987, undated
53 Fire Department, 1987, undated
54 Floor Area Ratios (FAR), 1988
55 Friendship Place Proposal Letters of Support, 1989
Box Folder
2 1 Hazardous Materials Trans, 1986-1987, undated
2 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1989
3 Historic Landmark Commission, 1987-1988
4 Housing and Community Services, 1987-1988
5 Housing Task Force, 1987-1988, undated
6 Invitations, 1988-1989
7 Laguna Gloria Art Museum, 1988-1989, undated
8 Laguna Gloria (Support Letters), 1988-1989
9 Legislative Updates, 1987-1988, undated
10 Library Department, 1987-1988
11 Loop 360, 1986-1987
12 Mayor and Councilmember’s Goals and Priorities, 1988
13 Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center Board of Trustees, 1987-1988
14 Mexican American Cultural Center Task Force, 1988
15 Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center-Board of Trustees, 1989
16 Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Ordinance, 1987-1988
17 MOKAN, 1984-1988
18 Municipal Court, 1982-1988
19 Municipal Office Complex, 1986-1987
20 Music Commission, 1989
21 Parks Board, 1989-1990
22 Parks and Recreation, 1988-1989, undated
23 Paving Assessments, 1988
24 Planning Commission, 1987
25 Police Department, 1987-1989
26 Public Event Facilities, 1988
27 Public Health Department, 1987-1988
28 Renaissance Market Commission, 1987, undated
29 Resource Management Department, 1988-1989
30 Requests for Information (RFA’s), 1988-1989, undated
31 Rodriguez Subdivision Proposal, 1989
32 Select Committee On Tax Equity, 1987-1988
33 SEMATECH, 1987-1989
34 Set Aside Contracts (Easter Seals), 1983
35 Sign Ordinance, 1987-1992, undated
36 Single Member Districts Committee, 1987
37 Single Member Districts, 1987-1989, undated
38 Social Service Agencies, 1988-1989, undated
39 Softball RFP, 1988
40 Solid Waste, 1988-1990, undated
41 Southern Union Gas Compliance, 1987
42 Southwest Parkway, 1989, undated
43 Sumiken, 1986-1989, undated
44 Superconductivity, 1988
45 Theme Park (Williworld), 1987, undated
46 Toll Road, 1987
47 Town Lake Master Plan, 1988, undated
48 Town Lake Park Plan, 1988-1989, undated
49 Transportation and Public Services Departments, 1988, undated
50 Trash Plant, 1986-1988, undated
51 Uplands Project, 1987, undated
52 Vista Chemical Co., 1987
53 Waller Creek, 1987
54-55 Personal (Warm Fuzzies), 1987-1988, undated
56 Waste Burn Plant, 1987-1988, undated
57 West Bull Creek Wastewater Joint Venture, 1987
58 Westminister Glen, 1987, undated
59 Wild Basin, 1987-1989



 

II. Correspondence and Working Files, 1985-1996, undated

Box Folder
3 1 A.I.D.S., 1987-1990
2 Airport, 1989-1990
3 Airport Subcommittee, 1989, undated
4-5 Action for Metropolitan Government (AMEGO), 1986-1990, undated
6 Anti-Apartheid Ord., 1987-1990
7 Austin Police Department (Vice Squad), 1990
8 Aqua Festival, 1987-1991, undated
9 Aqua Fest (Negotiating Team Report), 1989-1990
10 Arts In Public Places, 1989-1990, undated
11 Art Museum, 1989
12-15 Austin Transportation Study, 1987-1991, undated
16 Austin Convention Center, 1989-1991
17 Convention Center Subcommittee, 1992
18 Austin Metropolitan Business Resource Center, 1990
19 Austin Plan, 1989
20 Barton Creek, 1991, undated
21 Barton Creek Mall, 1991-1992
22 Barton Creek Planned Unit Development (PUD), 1990, undated
23 Barton Creek Watershed Ordinance, 1987-1992, undated
24 Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer, 1988-1990, undated
25 Bergstrom (Constituent Correspondence), 1990
26 Bergstrom (Memos), 1990-1991
27 Bergstrom (News Articles), 1989-1991, undated
28 Bergstrom Air Force Base, 1990-1991, undated
29 Bikes, 1987-1993, undated
30 Bonds, 1989-1990
31 Brackenridge, 1990
32 Budget Letters FY 90-91, 1990
33 Budget Memos FY 90-91, 1989-1990, undated
34 Capital Metro, 1988-1991, undated
35 Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority Board, 1987-1990, undated
36 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding, 1989-1991
37 Certificates of Participation, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Child Care RFP and Minutes, 1990-1991
2 Christopher House and Faith Home, undated
3 "Circle C", 1988-1991
4 City Council in Concert, 1988-1990
5 Climate/Global Warming, 1988-1989, undated
6 Coffee Boycott, 1991
7 Comprehensive Watershed Ordinance, 1987-1991, undated
8 Concessions Contract (Palmer), 1990
9 County Commissioner’s/Court, 1987-1990
10 Department of Highways and Public Transportation, 1987-1990
11 Development Systems Improvement Phase II, 1990, undated
12 Drug Testing Ordinance, 1991, undated
13 Earth Day Celebration, 1989, undated
14 Earth Day 1990, 1988-1990, undated
15 East 11th Street Corridor, 1982-1988
16 East Austin Projects, 1989
17 East End Terminal Market (Mercado), 1991
18 Employee Protection Ordinance, 1987-1990, undated
19 Endangered Species, 1988-1989, undated
20 Energy Issues, 1987-1990, undated
21 Goals (Max Nofziger), undated
22 Hill Country Water Supply Contract, 1990
23 Impact Fee, 1992
24 Koenig Lane, 1989-1993
25 Lakeway E.T.J., 1989, undated
26 Leased Space (COA), 1989
27 Legislative Proceedings Ordinance, 1987-1990, undated
28 Letterhead, undated
29 Letters to the Editor (American Statesman), 1989
30 Lower Colorado River Authority, 1986-1991
31 Manager, 1989, undated
32 “Max” Personal Letters, 1990-1994
33 Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center (M.H.M.R.), 1989-1991
34 Middle East Crisis, 1990-1991
35 Music, 1988-1989, undated
36 Music Commission/Music Channel, 1991, undated
37 Neighborhood Association Activity Survey U.T., 1993
38 Norwood House, 1989-1990, undated
39 Ozone Depleting Chemicals Amendments, 1990, undated
40 Ozone Depletion, 1989, undated
41 Parks and Recreation, 1989-1990
42 Police Department, 1990
43 Requests for Assistance 1990, 1990
44-45 Requests for Information (RFA), 1989
Box Folder
5 1 6th Street Subcommittee, 1990, undated
2 Solar Energy, 1989-1996
3 Solid Waste, 1990
4 South Austin Outfall, 1985-1993, undated
5 South by Southwest (SXSW), 1989
6 Southern Union Gas Company (SUG), 1992-1993
7 Sunset Advisory Commission, 1992
8 Trees, 1989-1994
9 University of Texas Board of Regents and Correspondence, 1989, undated
10 Urban Watershed Ordinance, 1990-1991, undated
11 Warm Fuzzies (1989-1991), 1988-1990, undated
12 Waste-to-Energy, 1990, undated



 

III. Correspondence and Working Files, 1986-1996, undated

Box Folder
5 13 ACC South Austin Campus, 1995
14 Air Quality File, 1994-1995
15 Austin Transportation Study, 1992-1993, undated
16 Barton Springs Road, 1991-1995
17 Bicycle Helmets, 1996, undated
18 Brackenridge Hospital, 1994, undated
19 Cable Television, 1992-1993, undated
20 Capital Metro File, 1994
21 Children’s Museum, 1995
22 Council Rules, 1989-1993
23 Creeks, 1995
24 Cultural Facilities Policy, 1992-1993
25 Detox, 1992-1994, undated
26 Downtown Sub-Committee, 1992-1996, undated
Box Folder
6 1 Electric “Holly Power Plant”, 1993-1995
2 Environmental Study Group, 1994, undated
3 Goals, Priorities, Committees, 1992, undated
4 Great Streets, 1995-1996
5 Homeless, 1995, undated
6 Lists and Ordinances, 1994-1995
7 Max Research, 1985-1995
8 Mueller Redevelopment, 1996
9 Nuke, 1992, undated
10 Overton versus City of Austin, 1987, undated
11 Parks and Recreation, 1991-1995
12 Rail Trail, 1995-1996, undated
13 Research, 1990-1993
14 Save Our Springs/Freeport McMoran Properties, 1990-1995, undated
15 Save Our Springs Initiative, 1986-1993, undated
16 South Texas Nuclear Plant Correspondence, Newsletters, 1987-1994, undated
17 Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial, 1991-1993, undated
18 Tree Care Ordinance, 1995-1996, undated
19 Trust for Public Land, 1994, undated
20 Zilker Miniature Train, 1995, undated