Johnny Goyen Papers
Scope and Contents
All materials in this collection came directly from Houston City Hall, where Goyen held office from 1956-1981. While most materials in this collection pertain to city affairs, Series 9 includes materials from Goyen’s alma mater, the University of Houston, and Series 12 includes personal Christmas cards addressed to Goyen. Series 11 contains materials regarding the re-election of Congressman Bob Eckhardt in 1976 and 1978.
- Majority of material found within 1964-1972
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Biographical / Historical
In 1957, alongside business partners Earl Galceran, Bill Sherrill, Welcome Wilson, and Jack Valenti, Goyen helped create the Jamaica Corporation to develop Jamaica Beach, a 2000-lot resort subdivision on Galveston Island. The subdivision was built upon a burial ground of the Karankawa People, prompting Goyen to create historical programs to preserve their memory and draw public attention. Jamaica Beach was officially incorporated on May 12, 1975, with most lots having already sold.
Goyen served on Houston City Council in At Large Position #3 from 1956-1981. He returned in 1982 to fill in the At Large Position #4 after the death of Homer L. Ford. During his time on Council, Goyen acted as an avid proponent of air pollution control and anti-billboard legislations. As a non-smoker, he advocated heavily for a Houston non-smoking ordinance to be implemented in public spaces. In perhaps the most notable moment of his career, Goyen aided Phyllis Frye, who would later become the first openly transgender judge to serve in Houston, in repealing the anti-crossdressing ordinance. On August 12, 1980, with Goyen acting as Mayor Pro-Tem due to Mayor Jim McConn being out of town, Goyen called for a vote on the repeal of this ordinance. The vote went through, and the ordinance has never been reinstated.
Goyen died on March 14, 1990 at the age of seventy one from complications of heart disease. His legacy lives on in Johnny Goyen Park, located on the University of Houston campus at Main and Buffalo Bayou. This park was dedicated in 1987.
37 Linear Feet (6 record storage boxes, 2 document boxes, 14 scrapbooks, 5 maps)
Language of Materials
This collection is organized by subject matter, material type, and date.
Series 1 Houston Sports Arena; 1971-1973
Series 2 Livingston Dam and Reservoir; 1964-1972
Series 3 Mass Transit; 1961-1974
Series 4 Air Pollution; 1966-1979
Series 5 Waste Disposal and Compost Plants; 1961-1969
Series 6 Ship Channel Pollution; 1965-1970
Series 7 Billboards and Traffic; 1955-1973
Series 8 Non-Smoking Ordinance and Fluoridation; 1971-1978
Series 9 University of Houston; 1958-1969
Series 10 Assorted City Documents; 1962-1979
Series 11 City and Congressional Elections; 1976-1979
Series 12 Assorted Correspondence; 1970-1980
Series 13 Scrapbooks; 1953-1983
Series 14 Maps; 1958-1974
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Air -- Pollution Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- City council members Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municipal government Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Municipal officials and employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Transportation Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Water -- Pollution Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- July 2019
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