University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Kay B. Crooker Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Crooker, Kay B., 1933-2012
Collection Title Kay B. Crooker Papers
Dates 1951-1996
Identification 2010-016
Physical Description 6.00 Linear Feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Kay B. Crooker was a professional and volunteer advocate for Houston’s quality of life for more than thirty years.  Appointed to the City of Houston Planning and Zoning Commission in 1984 and reappointed by five different Mayors, Crooker retired in 2008.  As a former president of Scenic Houston (a collection in the Houston History Archives) and board member with The Park People (Houston History Archives), Katy Prairie Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Quality of Life Coalition, and Trees for Houston, Crooker was key in the development of Houston’s Tree and Shrub ordinance .  Crooker was a strong advocate for zoning and was active in the most recent, unsuccessful campaign to enact zoning in Houston in 1993. 

As a neighborhood activist, Crooker became the first woman to join the Tanglewood Homeowners Association’s board of directors.  Then the board elected her president of the board.  Subsequently, Crooker founded the Houston Homeowners Association and served for three years as its president.

Crooker expressed her philosophy of activism when she signed on with “1000 Friends of Houston – Houston deserves to be a better place to live.”  As a dedicated activist, Crooker worked devotedly to fulfill this claim for Houston’s future. Mrs. Crooker died on August 20, 2012. Her endless contributions and hard work for the city of Houston left a trail of great outcomes and her personal imprint on civic duty.


Scope and Contents

Crooker’s papers include documents relating to zoning ordinances, city planning minutes, activities of subdivisions, news clippings on development issues, City Council speakers, and organizations such as Citizens for Zoning.  Arrangement follows as closely as possible Crooker’s own organizational schema, with adaptations sufficient to facilitate the third-party exploration of the collection.  Collection includes approximately 6 linear feet of materials.  Materials cover the period from roughly the 1950s to mid-1990s.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Agendas (administrative records)
Correspondence
Deeds -- Texas -- Houston
Minutes (administrative records)
Speeches (documents)
Topical Term:
City Traffic -- Texas -- Houston
Environmental issues -- Texas -- Houston
Homeowners' associations -- Texas -- Houston
Zoning Boards -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Kay B. Crooker Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information:

Donated


Detailed List of Contents

Houston

Scope and Contents
This series covers issues in Houston proper and includes materials related to zoning, restrictive covenants, and formation of citizens’ groups such as the Houston Homeowners Association founded by Kay B. Crooker. Information covers the 1950s through 1996. Topics covered include racial issues in deed restricted neighborhoods, community affairs, press coverage, and neighborhood goals to enhance property values and protect homeowners’ rights.
Deed restrictions
Box Folder
1 1 Restrictive Covenants-Lawsuit, Racial Issues, Claims, and Examples 1951-1982
2 Community Affairs Issues 1986-1989
3 Modification and Creation of Restrictive Covenants 1955-1996
4 News-clippings 1988-1996
Houston Homeowners Association
Box Folder
1 5 Mission Minutes and By-Laws 1984-1993
6 Meeting Minutes and By-Laws 1984-1989
7 Residential Deed Restrictions, Requirements and Forms 1967-1987
Ordinances
Box Folder
1 8 Billboard Regulations and Backgrounds 1985-1995
9 Ordinance for Deed Restriction Amendments 1994
10 Ordinance for Historic Preservation 1995
11 Helicopter Landing Sites (1 of 2) 1973-1983
12 Helicopter Landing Sites (2 of 2) 1984-1989
13 Sanitary Sewer System 1982-1986
14 Trees and Shrubs Amendment and Proposals 1990-1996
Ordinances – Development Committee for Community Goals and Standards
Box Folder
1 15 Controls and Standards - City Planning Files 1981-1989
16 Controls and Standards Land Use Plan Research - City Planning Files 1981-1982
17 News-clippings 1979-1982
Ordinances – Off-Street Parking
Box Folder
1 18 Controls and Standards- Land Use Plan Research - City Planning Files 1985-1989
19 Summaries, Brochures and Photos 1988-1989
20 Responses to Parking Comments 1988-1989
21 Ordinance Draft: Construction for Off-Street Parking and Loading 1988-1989
22 Chapter 26 Amendments 1955-1996
23 Texas Land Use Law Seminar 1989
24 Committee Meeting Minutes 1987-1989
25 Committee Roster 1987-1989
26 Remarks to Council Members 1989
27 Comments and Positions 1980-1989
28 Houston Parking Study 1988-1989
29 Correspondence 1987-1988
Box Folder
2 1 Parking Party Invitations Undated
2 Congratulation Cards and Letters 1989
3 News-clippings 1988-1989
4 Background and Research – Other Cities and States 1982-1987
Ordinances – Private Streets
Box Folder
2 5 Committee Meeting Minutes 1992
6 Private Streets for Residential Developments 1992
7 Sample Subdivisions and Photographs 1995
Planning
Box Folder
2 8 City Planning - Land Platting Policy Manual and Annual Report 1976-1980
9 City Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: Plats Recommendations for Final Approval (1 of 2) 1984-1990
10 City Planning Commission Meeting Minutes, Staff Reports and Policy 1983-1995
11 City Planning Commission Meeting Minutes: Planning and Zoning Commission (2 of 2) 1991-1995
12 Comprehensive Plan 1991
13 Planning and Development Department – Goodman Report 1986-1989
14 Planning Commission Journal Publication 1992-1995
15 Planning Commission Membership and Appointments 1984-1994
16 Planning and Development Department – Newsletters and Fiscal Year Reports 1993-1994
17 Planning Commission – Legal Guidelines and Procedures 1992
18 Planning Commission Site Tour 1984-1987
19 Fault Lines Letter Undated
20 Publications 1980-1996
21 Planning and Zoning Commission - Controversies 1990-1996
22 Background Research and Correspondence: Stub Street Extensions for Major Thoroughfare and Building Setbacks 1979-1982
23 Planning Policy Manual 1990
24 News-clippings 1993-1994
Quality of Life
Box Folder
2 25 Houston Metropolitan Area Survey (UH & Rice) 1982-1995
26 News-clippings 1984-1990
Transportation
Box Folder
2 27 Metro/Rail Transportation Press Coverage 1983-1996
28 Metropolitan Transit Authority, Letters of Recommendation 1989-1990
29 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) 1991-1992
30 Metro Transit System and Traffic Congestion 1994-1996
31 Thoroughfare Hierarchy 1984-1990
Zoning
Box Folder
3 1 Goals and Policies 1990
2 Neighborhood Plan 1981-1990
3 Zoning Background Notes, Presentations, Terms and Conditions 1988-1991
4 Ad Hoc Task Force - Issues and Letters 1989-1991
5 Land Use Strategy Committee (1 of 2) 1990
6 Land Use Strategy Committee (2 of 2) 1990
7 Legal Aspects of Zoning 1991
8 News-clippings 1980-1991
9 Zoning Strategy Committee – Map Corrections 1992
10 Leadership Houston Program 1990-1992
11 Planning and Zoning Commission Formation 1990-1991
12 Chapter 48: Code of Ordinances Hearing Draft 1993
13 Chapter 48: Code of Ordinances Draft 1993
14 Chapter 48: Code of Ordinances 1993
15-16 Speakers at Council Hearings 1993
17 Zoning Strategy Commission Party 1993
18 News-Clippings 1993-1994
19 Citizens for a Better Houston 1994
20 History by Meg Madoc-Jones 1994
21 Cite Article - No Zoning but Many Zones 1995
Box Folder
4 1 Recommendations on Houston-Style Zoning and Letters 1992
2 Planning and Zoning Legal Seminar Draft 1982-1992
3 Pro-zoning Correspondence 1990-1993
4-5 Zoning Articles News-clippings 1990-1993
6 Zoning Supporters Survey Results 1992
7 Zoning Performance Standards Policy/Principles Discussion 1991-1992
8 Zoning Strategy Committee 1991-1994
9 Zoning Background Notes, Presentations Purpose and Functions 1988-1990
10 Consultant Team Biographies 1991
11 Public Participation Programs 1992
12 User’s Guide and Glossary 1991
13 Districts and Strategies 1991
14 Houston Home-Owners Association – Pro-zoning 1993
15 Land Use Press Coverage 1990-1993
16 Preparation for Referendum 1993
17 News-clippings 1989-1996
18 Houston Land Use Regulation Without Zoning 1994
19 Research and Collected Information 1993
20 Converting Walls to Bridges – Proposed Zoning Ordinance 1988-1993
21 Converting Walls to Bridges – Proposed Zoning Ordinance (Research) 1991-1993
22 City Planning Research 1981-1991
Zoning – Citizens for Zoning
Box Folder
4 23 Citizens for Zoning – Correspondence, Comments and Directory 1993
24 Citizens for Zoning – Research 1993
25 Citizens for Zoning - Handouts at Regional Meeting 1993
26 Citizens for Zoning – Background Notes, Presentations and Recordings (1 of 2) 1993
27 Citizens for Zoning – Background Notes and Presentations (2 of 2) 1993
28 Citizens for Zoning – Research 1993
Box Folder
5 1 Citizens for Zoning – Handouts 1993
2 Citizens for Zoning – Press Relations 1993
3 Article - “Houston Needs Zoning … It Works” 1993
4 Contributions and Expenses 1993
5 News and Information after 11/2 Election 1993-1994
6 List of Supporters and Directory 1933
7 Endorsements 1933
8 Neighborhood Center 1993
9 Budgets 1993
10 Speakers Schedule 1993
11 Related Materials on Anti-zoning 1993
12 Mailing List 1993
13 News-Clippings 1990-1993
14 Pro-zoning Tabloids 1993
Zoning – Neighborhood Goals for Zoning
Box Folder
5 15 Steering Committee Members and Goals 1991
16 Meeting Minutes 1991
17 Community Workshops Schedules 1991
18 Critical Issues for the Development of Houston’s Zoning Ordinance 1991
19 Workshop Summaries 1991
Zoning – Neighborhood Initiatives
Box Folder
5 20 Land Use Strategy Committee, Mission III, Public Workshop 1990
21 Initiative Recommendations Report 1991
22 Neighborhood Initiatives Committee 1990-1991



Sub-Divisions/Neighborhood/Associations

Scope and Contents
Series 2 covers specific neighborhood areas inside and outside Houston and the organizations that evolved to protect and develop those areas.
Box Folder
5 23 Allen’s Landing Plan 1988
24 Braesbrook Landing, Colonnade Street Issue 1992
25 Briargrove, Letters and Regarding 1987
26 Broad Oaks and Cinco Ranch, Maps of Subdivision 1987-1990
27 Harrisburg-Wayside, Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) 1993
28 Hickory Ridge Plat Revision 1991
29 Highland Village/Houck, Tenant’s Directory Undated
30 Heights’s Neighborhood 1981
31 Lamar Terrace, Reinvestment Zone 1991-1992
32 Neighborhood Meetings 1990-1991
33 Neighborhood News-clippings 1993-1996
34 Neighborhood Concerns 1991-1993
35 Neighborhood Traffic Project 1993-1996
36 Four Post Oak Port Brochure Undated
37 St. George Place, Off-Street Parking /Reinvestment Zone 1988-1989
Box Folder
6 1 South Main Center Association, Annual Report 1987-1988
2 Tanglewood Issues and Oppositions 1971-1981
3 Tanglewood Widening of Chimney Rock 1992-1993
4 Tanglewood Correspondence to Neighbors 1980
5 Texas Medical Center Background Information 1987-1988
6 Texas Medical Center Correspondence Regarding Off-Street Parking 1988-1989
7 Texas Medical Center Off-Street Parking Proposal/Exemption 1989
8 Texas Medical Center Project/M. D. Anderson 1992
9 Board of Directors Information Manual and Financial Statements 1967-1978
10 Traffic Cut-through Neighborhoods, Annual Report 1990-1991
11 Uptown Houston, Association Scenic District 1989
12 Washington Avenue Coalition 1994
13 Waugh/I-45/Allen Parkway/Peden, Founders Park 1990
14 West Oaks II Civic Association and HHA, Replat Laws and Proposed Bill 1993
15 Woodlands/Cypresswood, Planning and Zoning Correspondence 1993-1994



Urban and Environmental Issues

Scope and Contents
Series 3 includes information on environmental issues that affect urban development and quality of life.
Environmental Protection
Box Folder
6 16 Wetlands Research and News 1979-1996
17 Newsletter Submission 1983-1993
18 Bayous and Coastal Subsidence District 1983-1996
19 Forestry Bill 1995
Flooding
Box Folder
6 20 Surface Water Run-Off 1960
21 News-Clippings 1980-1982
22 Crooker’s Remarks to the President’s Commission on Housing 1981
23 Storm Water Management 1981-1994
24 Waterways Planning and Protection 1984-1996
25 Conference on Urbanization and Rivers 1991-1994
Quality of Life
Box Folder
6 26 Minimum Urban Rehabilitation Standards 1992
27 Materials Regarding Gun Control 1991-1996
28 Affordable Housing 1991-1993
29 Elections and Term Limits 1990-1991
30 Official Term Limitation 1991-1996
31 Land & Real Estate Deals Affecting Divisions, News and clippings 1981-1995
32 Public/Private Partnership 1982-1984
33 Public Policy, Regional Issues Research 1992
34 Public Art, Art League of Houston 1994-1995



Other Cities/States

Scope and Contents
Series 4 includes city planning and park preservation materials that Kay B. Crooker collected for research purposes and for examples of effective and progressive policies.
Box Folder
6 35 Austin, TX Barton Springs Watershed 1991-1994
36 Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Charlotte City Planning Seminars 1980-1990
37 Denver, Colorado, Bayou Coalition and River Information 1980-1986
38 Dallas/Oregon, Legal Cases Regarding Zoning 1992-1996
39 Florida/Maryland, Architecture and Planning Undated
40 Oregon, Property Rights/Takings 1994-1996
41 Oregon/Texas/Boston, Park Systems across the Nation 1977-1981
42 Zoning News 1990