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Frank E. Mann Papers

Identifier: MSS 0049

Scope and Contents

Among the major subjects and materials of the collection are the reports on the nine single-member council districts plan, editorials on cable television, correspondence and financial statements covering city finances as a whole, reports on the technological development of fire control equipment, and progress reports regarding rapid transit. The rest of the materials consist of letters, reports of meetings, editorials, hearings, memoranda, and recommendations concerning such subjects as City annexations, City planning, sales and property taxes, and the Port of Houston Authority.


  • 1960-1979

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Frank E. Mann Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Frank E. Mann was a native Texan who served on the Houston City Council from 1960 to 1979. After securing law and accounting licenses, he served two nonconsecutive terms in the state legislature. Just before the outbreak of World War II, he organized the civilian fire defense program in Houston. During his tenure of nine terms in the City Council, Mann's accomplishments included a freeway program, the elimination of political firings, the installation of fire department ambulances, and the initiation of an employee insurance program. Forming close relationships with City employees, Mann worked on adjusting the salaries and insurance plans of Houston municipal employees in an effort to put them on par with those of private industry. Concerned about the difficulty of accommodating urban services to the City's growth, he dedicated himself to air and water pollution control, improved sewage and garbage disposal, and a continued supply of pure water. He advocated an equitable system of financing City services between the City and the county. Mann was not reelected to his seat on the City Council in 1979. Some cite his lack of connections with minority groups as reason for the failed re-election bid.


16.25 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged according to the major subject groupings, each containing materials under sub-headings which are organized chronologically. The less-frequent subject matters are also organized chronologically, though not by subheadings. The primary subject groupings and most folder titles reflect the original order of the papers.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Alec Sulak, April 1991.

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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002