Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). City Council. Ronney Reynolds Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Reynolds, Ronney
Title: Austin (Tex.). City Council. Ronney Reynolds Records
Inclusive Dates: 1990-1993
Bulk Dates: 1992-1993
Abstract: Ronney Reynolds served as a member of the Austin City Council from 1991 to 1997. These records are comprised of materials from his first term in office.
Identification: AR.2009.061
Quantity: .40 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Ronald “Ronney” Reynolds served as a member of the Austin City Council from 1991 to 1997. He was born in Austin and is a fifth generation Austinite. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in accounting and graduated with a BBA in 1969. He spent two years in Houston working as a CPA before he decided to return home to Austin. Here he and his wife, Mary, raised their two children Nancy Michelle and Ronald Jr. (Bo). In 1973, he started his own accounting firm, and in 1979 he entered in a partnership with John Lawson. Reynolds was very active in the Austin community, and he held a number of leadership roles in local organizations.

Reynolds decided to run for city council in 1987 due to his love for the city, and he believed his experience as a CPA would be valuable to the Council. While his first run for City Council, Place 2 ended in a loss to Smoot Carl Mitchell, he ran again in 1991. This time he won in a run-off election. After a successful first term, he ran for re-election in 1994 and won with more than half the vote. While in office he worked to improve Austin in a number of ways. In order to make Austin a safer place, he increased the number of police officers on the streets and tried to reduce juvenile crime rates by suggesting increased communication between AISD and the Austin Police Department. He also sought to improve child care options within the city by expanding the child care voucher program and creating a child care resource center. Reynolds responded to a number of neighborhood needs. He headed projects to build new libraries for the Milwood and Oak Hill Neighborhoods and expanded the Windsor Park library as part of this effort.

When Bruce Todd announced he was not seeking re-election in 1997, Reynolds decided to make a bid for mayor. Although the race went to a run-off, Reynolds made the decision to withdraw his name from the race because he did not want to participate in a negative campaign to win against Kirk Wilson. After his mayoral run he returned to being a CPA and continues to be active in the Austin community.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of collection consists of printed material from Reynolds' first term in office. The majority of the items are newsletters from various neighborhoods and organizations within in Austin. There is little to no material created by Reynolds himself. However, his notations can be found on documents throughout the collection.


This collection is one series and the folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Reynolds, Ronney.
City of Austin.
Austin (Tex.).
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.
Child care services--Texas--Austin.
Family services--Texas--Austin.
Community development--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

AF Biography File: Reyonlds, Ronney.

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. Ronney Reynolds Records (AR.2009.061). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: Office of the City Clerk

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding Aid and Encoding: Kathryn Garvey/2009 October

Detailed Description of the Collection

Working Files, 1990-1993

Box Folder
1 1 Austin Sierran, 1992
2 Austin Sunshine Camps, 1992-1993
3 Avallon Complex, undated
4 Barton Creek, 1992
5 Believe in Me, 1992
6 Bill of Rights - Employees, 1992, undated
7 Capital Area Statues, Inc., 1992
8 Carousel, 1992
9 Channel 6, 1992
10 Child Care, 1993, undated
11 City Bond Election, 1992
12 Disabilities, 1992
13 Drainage Fee, undated
14 Environmental Subcommittee, undated
15 Fire Fighters Association 93-94 Budget, 1991-1992
16 Hart, Christopher S., 1992
17 Hyde Park Realtor, 1993
18 Neal Spelce Austin Letter, 1992
19 Neighborhood News, 1993
20 Parks and Recreation Department, 1990-1992, undated
21 Pecan Press, 1992
22 Public Address, 1992-1993, undated
23 Public Employee, 1992
24 Ralph Ablanedo Street, undated
25 Real Estate Council, 1992
26 Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Travis County Newsletter, 1992
27 Richards, Ann, undated
28 Rogers, Tom, 1992
29 Senior Citizens, 1992
30 Signal Smoke, 1992
31 Sky Liner, 1992
32 Texas Natural Resources Information System, 1992
33 Texas Nature Conservancy, undated
34 Urban Oak Wilt Management, undated
35 Walnut Creek Neighborhood Association, 1992
36 Water and Wastewater, 1993
37 Willow Neighborhood Association, 1993
38 Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, 1992
39 Women's Foundation, 1992-1993