Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). City Council. Mark Spaeth Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Spaeth, Mark
Title: Austin (Tex.). City Council. Mark Spaeth Records
Dates: 1980-1985
Bulk Dates: 1983
Abstract: Mark Spaeth served as member of the Austin City Council from 1983-1985. The records are arranged into one series and contain correspondence, creative works, financial and legal records, printed materials, photographs, clippings, and maps from his term in office.
Identification: AR.2009.060
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Mark Spaeth was born in Madeira Beach, Florida in 1940. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 1950s, but had to leave high school to do so. In 1960 he began working in real estate in Miami, and he continued working in real estate when he moved to California in 1961. After living in California for 10 years, he moved to Austin in 1971. Here he owned his own business, Mark E. Spaeth Co., a rental agency.

Spaeth claimed he was ready to leave Austin in the early 1980s, but he changed his mind and decided that he would rather stay and help the city instead. He believed the experience he gained running his own business would benefit the council and ran with the campaign slogan, “A Decision Maker for Austin.” Spaeth promised while in office to include tax breaks for the elderly, improve traffic by building an east-west thoroughfare, control growth, and improve child care options in Austin. Spaeth ran a successful campaign and won Place 4 on the Austin City Council in a run-off against George Humphrey in 1983. Due to an ongoing illness, Spaeth missed many council meetings during his two-year term. His declining health kept him from seeking a second term in office.

Mark Spaeth died at age 45 due to complications from illness on May 27, 1985 at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Scope and Contents

The records are arranged into one series and contain correspondence, creative works, financial and legal records, printed materials, photographs, clippings, and maps from Mark Spaeth's term as an Austin City Council member. The bulk of the files are from his first year in office, 1983. Records pertaining to growth and development projects make up a large portion of the records. Spaeth's personal notes and notations can be found throughout the records.


The records are arranged into 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.
Spaeth, Mark.
City of Austin.
Austin (Tex.).
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Community development--Texas--Austin.
Government - Austin - City

Related Material

AF Biography File: Spaeth, Mark

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. Mark Spaeth Records (AR.2009.060). 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, 1980-1985

Box Folder
1 1 Austin Community Access Television, 1983
2 Barton Creek Portfolio, 1983-1985, undated
3 1983 Bond Issue, 1983, undated
4 Budgeting – FY 83-84, 1983, undated
5 City Self Insurance Health Fund, 1983, undated
6 Council, 1983, undated
7 Councilman Mark Spaeth, 1983, undated
8 East Austin Chicano Economic Development Corporation, 1983
9 East Austin Industrial Development Plan, 1983
10 Harlem Taxicab Company, 1983
11 Hemphill Park, 1983
12 Human Services Funding FY 83-84, 1983
13 Hyde Park Moratorium, 1983
14 Junior League of Austin, 1983
15 Lost Creek Drive-In Bank Case, 1983, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Northeast Library Site-Carrington, 1980-1983, undated
2-3 Planning and Zoning, 1983, undated
4 Rosewood and Givens Park Issue, 1983
5 Round Rock – Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Annexation, 1983, undated
6 Social Policy Advisory Committee Final Report on Transportation for the Elderly, 1983
7 Southern Union Rate Case, 1983
8 Texas Municipal League Legislative Report, 1983
9 Ullrich Water Treatment Plant, 1983, undated
10 Water Distribution Plan Oak Hill Annexation Study, 1983
11 Waterloo Counseling Center, 1983
12 Wendler, 1983, undated
13 Woods of Westlake Park, undated
14 Y, 1983
15 Z, 1983, undated