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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Description of Series

Personnel Records

History: Notes & Drafts 1870s-1930s

History: Notes & Drafts 1930-1973

Report of Department Operations

Report of Department Operations

Internal Publications & Reports

Correspondence

Correspondence

Correspondence

Photographs

Photographs

Photographs

Photographs

Bound Materials (Flat Box)

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

City of Dallas Health Department Collection

Register and Researcher's Guide



Overview of the Collection

Creator: City of Dallas Health Department
Title: City of Dallas Health Department Collection
Dates: 1870 - 1975
Abstract:
Accession No.: MASC82-2
Quantity: 6.5 cubic feet (14 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Note

One of the consequences of the development of cities and people living closer together is the outbreak of disease. Public health problems, such as the Plague, cholera, smallpox, and other communicable diseases have been a major concern for hundreds of years. However, since Dallas is a relatively young area, the issue of public health has been a concern for a little over one-hundred years. In the 1870s, as Dallas grew from a small village to a large town, problems of sanitation and health became a major concern. The city government began passing ordinances to control disposal of wastes, sale and serving of food items, and the processing of milk products, in order to improve living conditions and control disease. With the appointment of Dr. Matt Cornelius as city health officer in 1873, the City of Dallas Health Department was created. Almost one-hundred years later, the Department became a division of the city's Department of Health and Human Services in 1982.

Significant Dates in the History of Public Health in Dallas


  • 1870 -- City Hospital established, Wood and Houston Streets, for paupers and emergencies
  • 1871 -- City of Dallas ordinance against unlicensed dogs
  • 1873 -- Dr. Matt Cornelius becomes the first health officer
  • 1873 -- Public Health Nurse, probably a volunteer position
  • 1873 to 1898 -- Health officer is an appointed position
  • 1876 -- City of Dallas ordinance extends the duties of the health officer to include quarantine of communicable diseases, inspection of private premises for unsanitary conditions, and treatment of injured city employees
  • 1880 -- City sewer system established
  • 1882 -- Position of City Scavenger created, who was responsible for sanitary conditions and removal of garbage
  • 1882 -- Smallpox epidemic
  • 1886 -- City of Dallas ordinance regulating the sale of fresh meat
  • 1887 -- Garbage and refuse of all kinds were required by law to be placed in galvanized cans or tight wooden barrels with close-fitting lids.
  • 1888 -- First regulation of milk and inspection of dairies
  • 1889 -- Smallpox epidemic and Meningitis outbreak
  • 1890 to 1891 -- Health officer recommended that all dwellings be equipped with sanitary toilets and that stagnant water around the intersection of Poydras and Commerce Streets be drained.
  • 1892 -- Cholera and Scarlet Fever epidemics
  • 1899 -- Health officer becomes an elected official for a 2-year term. This was later changed back to an appointed position.
  • 1906 -- City chemist position established
  • 1906 -- Milk inspection for tuberculosis
  • 1906 -- Pure food and drug ordinance, City of Dallas allowed the city chemist to analyze food, drugs, and drink samples, required proper labeling of foods and the inspection of dairies and registration of milk sellers
  • 1907 -- Blanton Pure Food Bill of Texas
  • 1907 -- Smallpox, first general compulsory vaccinations of public school children - over 700 cases of smallpox reported during this epidemic
  • 1907 to 1909 -- Opposition to the Pure Food and Drug Ordinance caused the city ordinance to be declared invalid
  • 1908 -- Emergency hospital opened
  • 1911 -- Another city ordinance for the maintenance of bakeries and canneries was passed
  • 1911 -- Bacteriology lab funded
  • 1911 -- First reference to public health nurse on city personnel lists
  • 1911 -- New meningitis serum developed by Dr. Soprian
  • 1911 to 1912 -- Meningitis outbreak in December, by January, 83 reported cases with a 45% mortality rate, by January 11-12, over 190 cases with 79 deaths reported.
  • 1912 -- City of Dallas ordinance against expectorating on sidewalks, (part of TB control)
  • 1912 -- Dallas Mothers Council provided for a nurse stationed in the Wesley Settlement House in South Dallas
  • 1912 -- Health department moved to City Hall
  • 1913 -- City hospital merged with county hospital and no longer under the supervision of the Public Health Department
  • 1915 -- Bureau of Vital Statistics created, requiring official birth and death records
  • 1915 -- Rating food establishments and physical exams for food handlers
  • 1915 to 1916 -- Mosquito control
  • 1918 to 1919 -- Influenza epidemic, St. Paul's Hospital turned over to the military
  • 1919 to 1920 -- Director of Public Health created and position filled by Mr. Charlie Saville
  • 1919 -- Nurse was sent to instruct mothers in the care of newborns
  • 1919 -- Smallpox epidemic
  • 1919 to 1935 -- * Division of authority between Director of Public Health and the City Health Officer, occasionally held by the same person, a city ordinance merging the two offices was passed in 1935. *
  • 1925, Feb. -- Measles epidemic, 4,000 cases, 18 deaths
  • 1926 -- Influenza epidemic
  • 1926 -- Rat control
  • 1928, March -- Smallpox epidemic
  • 1929 -- Nursing staff of 7 - "Keep Babies Well" - slogan
  • 1930 -- Diphtheria epidemic
  • 1931 -- Creation of inspection districts
  • 1931 -- Malaria and rodents biggest problem for public health
  • 1931 -- Swimming Pool samples taken
  • 1931 to 1932 -- Typhoid vaccine developed
  • 1932 to 1934 -- Major campaigns against diphtheria
  • 1939 -- Ordinance passed regulating the licensing of nursing homes
  • 1940 -- Assistant Director's position created
  • 1943 -- Typhus control - "All out" attack on Typhus
  • 1944 -- TB Control Clinic established
  • 1953 -- Vector control division expanded
  • 1954 -- Dallas is a pilot city for the Salk vaccine (polio)
  • 1957, April 2 -- Tornado
  • 1958 -- Public Health Department moves to 1936 Amelia Ave.
  • 1960 -- Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing begins
  • 1962 -- Dallas pilot city for measles vaccine
  • 1962 -- Department receives spraying equipment for mosquito control
  • 1962 -- * City reorganization placed public health under the Department of Health and Human Services *

City of Dallas Health Department Officers and Directors 1873 - 1987


  • 1873 to 1879 -- Dr. Matt Cornelius
  • 1879 to 1881 -- Dr. John L. Carter
  • 1881 to 1882 -- Dr. Marshall M. Newsom
  • 1884 to 1890 -- Dr. John L. Carter, second term, non-consecutive
  • 1890 to 1891 -- William Reid Wilson, M.D.
  • 1891 to 1892 -- Charles M. Rosser, M.D.
  • 1892 to 1898 -- Velie P. Armstrong, M.D.
  • 1898 to 1902 -- John W. Hicks Florence, M.D.
  • 1902 to 1906 -- James H. Smart, M.D.
  • 1906 to 1911 -- Thomas B. Fisher, M.D.
  • 1911 to 1915 -- Albert W. Nash, M.D.
  • 1915 to 1917 -- Charles Saville; health officer becomes director 1919
  • 1916 to 1917 -- Edgar Webb Loomis, M.D.
  • 1917 to 1919 -- Alva Wood Carnes, M.D., director and health officer
  • 1919 to 1921 -- Leslie C. Frank, director
  • 1919 to 1921 -- Lane B. Cook, M.D., health officer
  • 1921 to 1923 -- Colonel William T. Davidson
  • 1923 to 1924 -- Lane B. Cook, M.D., health officer
  • 1924 to 1927 -- Noah W. Andrews, M.D.
  • 1927 to 1929 -- Manton M. Carrick, M.D.
  • 1929 to 1931 -- Lane B. Cook, M.D.
  • 1931 to 1965 -- James W. Bass, M.D.
  • 1935 -- Ends possibility of health officer and director being separate people
  • 1942 to 1945 -- Joseph M. Dowis, M.D., Acting Director, during World War II, Dr. James Bass serving in the war
  • 1965 to 1972 -- Dr. Jal J. Dewlett
  • 1972 to 1981 -- Dr. E. Lowell Berry
  • 1981 -- Joseph R. Williams, Acting Director
  • 1982 -- Callie Scruggs, Director of Health and Human Services
  • 1982 -- Reorganization of Public Health under the Department of Health and Human Services
  • 1982, Feb. -- Creation of Assistant Director over Public Health with a city health officer
  • 1987 -- Adela Gonzalez, health officer

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the notes and drafts of an unpublished history of the City of Dallas Health Department from 1870 through the mid-1970s. In addition, correspondence, annual reports, studies, and statistical information from each of the divisions within the Health Department are available. An extensive collection of photographs covering the history of the activities of each division are also included. Bound in scrapbooks are newspaper articles on the Department and various health issues. The collection as a whole illustrates the growth of public health in Dallas from an underfunded one-man operation to a large, multi-faceted organization meeting the health needs of the citizens of Dallas.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 Personnel Records
1 Register
Box Folder
2 Correspondence
3 Personnel Records, Manuals, & Organization Charts 1930-1977
4 Personnel Records, Manuals & Organization Charts 1930-1977
5 Supporting Documents for March-April, 1974 Employee Newsletter, "Roundtable"
Binder of Dallas Public Health Institute Minute Book 1935

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Box Folder
2 History: Notes & Drafts 1870s-1930s
1 Healthcare Advertisements pre-1920
2 - 3 History - Part I 1870-1899
4 - 6 History - Part II 1900-1929
7 History - Part III 1930-1965 (1930s)

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Box Folder
3 History: Notes & Drafts 1930-1973
1 History - Part III 1930-1965 (1930s)
2 History - Part III 1930-1965 (1940s)
3 History - Part III 1930-1965 (1950s)
4 History - Part III 1930-1965 (Early 1960s)
5 History - Part III 1965-1973 (Late 1960s)
6 History - Part III 1965-1973 (Early 1970s)

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Box Folder
4 Report of Department Operations
1 October 1910
May 1, 1927 - April 30, 1928
October 1, 1928 - March 31, 1929
2 October 1, 1931 - September 30, 1932
October 1, 1932 - September 30, 1933
1939 - Outline only
3 1929-1954 (3 copies)
4 1952 & 1953 (2 copies each)
5 1955, 1956-1957 (2 copies)
6 1958, 1959 (2 copies)
7 1951-1960, 1961 (2 copies)

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Box Folder
5 Report of Department Operations
1 1962 (2 copies)
2 1873-1963 (2 copies)
3 1964 (2 copies)
4 1965 (2 copies)
5 1966-1967 (2 copies)

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Box Folder
6 Internal Publications & Reports
1 State of Texas Public Health History & Profiles
2 Studies & Surveys: Diarrhea Epidemic 1937
Air Quality, 1967-1968
3 Studies & Surveys: Household Immunizations 1975
Crossroads Community Medical Center, 1970
4 Studies & Surveys: Dallas City - County Hospital System 1936
5 Internal Newsletters August 1956 - August 1958
6 Municipal News & Views (Dallas City Employees Newsletter) April 1946 - November 1947
7 History & Responsibility of Health Departments: Papers & Speeches

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Box Folder
7 Correspondence
1 Correspondence: Administration Division
2 Correspondence & Studies: Air Pollution Control Division
3 Correspondence: Animal Control Division
4 Correspondence: Child Health Program Division
5 Correspondence: Communicable Disease Control Division
6 Correspondence: Crossroads Health Center
7 Emergency Hospital Report of Operations 1929-1941
8 Correspondence: Emergency Medical Services Division
9 Correspondence: Food Service Inspection Division
10 Documents: Food Service Inspection Division 1916
11 Correspondence: General Sanitation Division

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Box Folder
8 Correspondence
1 Correspondence: Health Education Division & World Health Organization
2 Correspondence: Hospitals
3 Correspondence: Immunization Division
4 Correspondence: Industrial Hygiene Division
5 Correspondence: Laboratory
6 Correspondence: M. L. McDonald
7 Correspondence: Maternal Health Program
8 Correspondence: Meat Inspection
9 Correspondence: Mental Health
10 Correspondence: Milk Inspection
11 Miscellaneous Articles on Public Health

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Box Folder
9 Correspondence
1 Correspondence: Nursing Service
2 Correspondence: Oak Cliff Lions Club Health Center
3 Correspondence: Tuberculosis Control
4 Correspondence, Articles & Pamphlets: Venereal Disease Control 1800s-1942
5 Correspondence, Articles & Pamphlets: Venereal Disease Control 1943-1973
6 Correspondence: Vital Statistics Division 1939-1952
7 Statistical Studies: Vital Statistics Division 1910-1955
8 Correspondence: Water Quality Inspection

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Box Folder
10 Photographs
1 Administration 1970s
2 Administration Health Officer Portraits to 1969
3 Administration; 1870s City Council Minutes; Annual Report Pages; Graveyard Headstones
4 Administrative Services 1970s
5 Administrative Services to 1969
6 Ambulance Services
7 Animal Control
8 1973 Baseball Team
9 Buildings 1970s
10 Buildings to 1969
11 Child Health 1970s
12 Child Health to 1969
13 Communicable Disease Control 1970s
14 Communicable Disease Control to 1969
15 Crossroads Clinic
16 Day Care 1970s
17 Dental Health 1970s
18 Dental Health to 1969
19 Environmental Division
20 Employee Association
21 Employee Hobbies
22 Employee Parties

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Box Folder
11 Photographs
1 Employee Service Awards
2 Exhibits 1970s
3 Exhibits to 1969
4 Geriatric Nursing
5 Heart Disease Control 1970s
6 Health Education
7 Immunization 1970s
8 Immunization to 1969
9 Laboratory 1970s
10 Laboratory to 1969
11 Maternal Health 1970s
12 Maternal Health to 1969
13 Medical Social Services
14 Nursing Services 1970s
15 Nursing Services to 1969
16 Nutrition Services 1970s
17 Nutrition Services to 1969
18 Physical Therapy
19 Seminars & Training 1970s
20 Seminars & Training to 1969

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Box Folder
12 Photographs
1 Street & Skyline Scenes
2 Swine Flu mid-1970s
3 TPHA & TEHA Convention 1970s
4 TB Control 1970s
5 TB Control to 1969
6 Title XIX 1970s
7 Venereal Disease Control 1970s
8 Venereal Disease Control to 1969
9 Vital Statistics 1970s
10 Vital Statistics to 1969
11 Photo Descriptions (Location of Referenced Photos Unknown)

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Box Folder
13 Photographs
1 Miscellaneous & Unknown
2 Miscelleanous & Unknown - Clinic Scenes
3 - 4 Miscellaneous & Unknown - Individuals (Employees?)
5 Negatives - Annual Report
6 Negatives - Miscellaneous & Unknown
7 Slides - Miscellaneous & Unknown

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Box Folder
14 Bound Materials (Flat Box)
Box Folder
14 1 Newspaper Clippings 1959-1971
2 Newspaper Clippings 1947
3 Newspaper Clippings 1949-1952
Box Folder
14 4 Monthly Reports January - May 1917

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