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Houston City Charter Commission Records

Identifier: RG A 0027

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks of news clippings and the minutes of the Charter Commission.


  • 1938

Biographical / Historical

In 1938, Houston attempted to reorganize its city government. Mayor R. H. Fonville and the city council created a committee of thirty-five members to consider several political structures, including the aldermanic, to replace the existing one of mayor/commissioners. In October, the committee submitted a modified city-manager proposal, the Houston Plan, to the voters. Opposition, however, was vehement, particularly from Commissioner Frank Holton who denounced the plan as a dictatorship and attached his own amendments to the ballot. Houston voters, in a light turnout despite the active campaigns, defeated reorganization efforts.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
M Closed | T 10-6 | W 10-6 | Th 12-8 | F 10-5 | Sa 10-5 | Su Closed
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
M Closed T 10-6 W 10-6 Th 12-8 F 10-5 Sa 10-5 Su Closed