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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records, 1928-2007

Correspondence, 1929, 1935

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Parks and Recreation Board Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Board
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Parks and Recreation Board Records
Inclusive Dates: 1928-2007
Abstract: The Austin City Council first authorized the Parks and Recreation Board (then named the Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission) via a 1928 ordinance that stated that the commission was to "act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the City Manager in the acquirement, development, improvement and equipment of all parks, public playgrounds and boulevards owned or controlled by the City of Austin. The collection consists of administrative materials from the Parks and Recreation Board: (1) meeting minutes from 1928 to 1941, 1951 to 1993, and 2006 to 2007; (2) agendas and accompanying material (including meeting minutes) from 1976, 1985 to 1987, and 2006 to 2007; and (3) annual reports from 1999 to 2007. Also in the collection is correspondence, dating from 1929 and 1935, to the mayor and city council regarding recommendations that the board made on various matters.
Identification: AR.2013.024
Quantity: 2.6 linear feet (7 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.

The Austin City Council first authorized the Parks and Recreation Board (then named the Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission) via a 1928 ordinance that stated that the commission was to "act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the City Manager in the acquirement, development, improvement and equipment of all parks, public playgrounds and boulevards owned or controlled by the City of Austin, within and without the corporate limits of the City" and "consider and prepare general plans for the parking and beautifying of the public grounds and ways, now owned or hereafter acquired by the City, and from time to time shall submit its recommendations thereon, for the action of the Council, and shall actively assist the City Council and the City Manager in all things necessary for the establishment of a park system for the City of Austin." The name of the commission was subsequently changed to the Parks and Recreation Board.

Among the Board's duties today are advising the City Council and the City Manager on various matters, including "acquisition, development, improvement, equipment, and maintenance of city parks and public playgrounds; future development of city parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, and purchase of additional land for those purposes; and improvements in the maintenance, operation, and general welfare of the city's parks, grounds, and recreational facilities and their use by the public." The Board is also required to "outline a general plan of development for new parks and playgrounds, including landscaping, roads, trails, buildings, and equipment."

Sources:

Parks and Recreation Board website-- https://www.austintexas.gov/parb (accessed on March 25, 2014)

Austin's city code-- http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/austin/thecodeofthecityofaustintexas?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc= (accessed on March 25, 2014)

1928 city ordinance establishing the Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission-- http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=113850 (accessed on March 25, 2014)

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Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of two series. The first series, Administrative Records (1928-2007), contains meeting minutes, agendas, and annual reports. The meeting minutes from 1928 to 1993 are bound together in large minute books. Each agenda from 1985 to 1987 (as well as the agenda from June 7, 1976) is bound together with its accompanying materials, including meeting minutes.

The second series, Correspondence (1929, 1935), includes correspondence to the mayor and city council regarding recommendations that the board made on various matters. Among those on the board who sent the correspondence were W.T. Caswell, owner of the Austin Cotton Gin, Jac L. Gubbels, a local landscape architect, and H.F. Kuehne, a local architect.

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Arrangement

The records are arranged into two series: I. Administrative Records and II. Correspondence.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
Austin (Tex.). Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission.
Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Board.
Persons:
Caswell, W.T.
Gubbels, Jac L.
Kuehne, H.F.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)--Recreational facilities.
Subjects:
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Parks--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Agendas.
Annual reports.
Meeting minutes.

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Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2009.024 Hugo Franz Kuehne Records and Drawings

Austin Files


  • AF Parks and Recreation Department - Parks and Recreation Board P1400 (2) T

General Collection


  • A 352.73 AUP234R Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Board. Annual Report. 1986-1987
  • A 711.409764 AUP234R Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Board. Report to City Manager and City Council. 1990

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Parks and Recreation Board Records (AR.2013.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Multiple donations for the Austin Department of Parks and Recreation (DO/1968/063) and 2013 records transfer from the Office of the City Clerk.

Processing Information

Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, March 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records, 1928-2007

Box
1 Minutes, 1928 June - 1941 September, 1951May- 1956 June, 1956 June - 1964 March
Box
2 Minutes, 1964 April- 1978 December
Agenda, 1976 June 7
Box
3 Minutes, 1979 January-1983 December
Box
4 Minutes, 1984 January-1990 December
Box
5 Agendas, 1985 July-1986 October
Box
6 Minutes, 1991 January- 1993 July
Agendas, 1987 January-1987 December
Box Folder
7 1 Agendas and minutes, 2006 October-2006 December
2 Agendas and minutes, 2007 January- 2007 September
3 Annual reports, 1999-2007

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Correspondence, 1929, 1935

Box Folder
7 4 Correspondence, 1929, 1935

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