Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). City Council. George Humphrey Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Humphrey, George
Title: Austin (Tex.). City Council. George Humphrey Records
Dates: 1982-1987
Dates (Bulk): 1985-1987
Abstract: George Humphrey served two terms as a member of the Austin City Council, Place 4, from 1985-1990. Correspondence, legal documentation, financial documents, reports, printed material, creative works, and maps document George Humphrey's first term in office.
Accession number: AR.2009.062
Quantity: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

George Humphrey served two terms as a member of the Austin City Council, Place 4, from 1985-1990. In 1972, he graduated from the University of Houston in with a degree in Economics. He moved to Austin in 1973 to complete some Post Baccalaureate work at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to serving on the council, he owned a housing renovation company, an importing operation, and a clothing store in Austin. He helped to cofound the Austin Citizens for Economical Energy (ACCE) which fought to get Austin out of the South Texas Nuclear Project.

George Humphrey first ran for City Council, Place 4, in 1983 but lost to Mark Spaeth in the run-off election. In 1985 he ran again, and he won against Gilbert Martinez. During his two terms in office, he remained committed to protecting the environment. He worked to pass the Comprehensive Water Ordinance, to stop the construction of Water Treatment Plant #4, to preserve the Hill Country, to create new parks, and increase the recycling effort in Austin. Humphrey was also involved in economic development and city planning. He helped to create the city's first Economic Development and International Trade Office, to keep Brackenridge Hospital financially stable and in public hands, and to improve existing roads and streets to handle increasing traffic.

Ultimately, he failed to be re-elected in 1990. He still lives in Austin where he has founded, George Humphrey Productions, a film production company.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal documentation, financial documents, reports, printed material, creative works, and maps document George Humphrey's first term in office as a member of the Austin City Council, 1985-1987. The bulk of collection consists of files related to three topics: economic development, city planning, and environmental policy and protection.


The records are arranged into one series, and the folders are arranged alphabetically by topic.


Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Humphrey, George A.
City of Austin.
Brackenridge Hospital.
Robert Mueller Municipal Airport.
Austin (Tex.).
Environmental policy--Texas--Austin.
Environmental protection--Texas--Austin.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

AF Biography File: Humphrey, George A.

Separated Material

City reports and publications were removed to the General Collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Records transferred from the Office of City Clerk.

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). City Council. George Humphrey Records (AR.2009.062). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #:Office of the City Clerk

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding Aid and Encoding: Kathryn Garvey/2009 November

Detailed Description of the Collection

Working Files and Correspondence, 1982-1987

Box Folder
1 1 Affordable Housing, 1987, undated
2 AIDS, 1986, undated
3 Airport, 1986-1987, undated
4 Aviation, 1985-1987, undated
5 Austin Transportation Study (ATS), 1987
6 Brackenridge, 1986-1987, undated
7 Building Inspection, 1987
8 Capital Recovery Fee, 1987, undated
9 City Clerk, 1985
10 City of Austin, 1985, undated
11 Communications, 1986-1987, undated
12 Crime and Police Affairs, 1985-1986
13 December 1986, 1986
14 Edwards Aquifer, 1982-1987, undated
15 Electrical Rates, 1987, undated
16 Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.), 1987
Box Folder
2 1 Economic Development, 1984-1987, undated
2 Environmental Resource Management, 1986, undated
3 Finance, 1986-1987, undated
4 Fire, 1987
5 Growth Management, 1985
6 Hazardous Materials, 1986
7 Housing and Community Services, 1985-1986, undated
8 Human Resources, 1987
9 Humane Society, 1985, undated
10 Hyde Park Baptist Church vs. City of Austin, 1986-1987, undated
11 (Texas) Legislation/Pilot, 1986
12 Legislative Issues, 1987, undated
13 Library, 1987
14 Memorandums - Environmental Resource Management, 1987, undated
15 Memorandums - Parks and Recreation, 1987
16 Memorandums - Purchase and Stores, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Miscellaneous Transportation and Road Information, 1984-1987, undated
2 Office Land Development, 1986-1987, undated
3 Parks and Parkland, 1985-1986, undated
4 Parks and Recreation, 1987, undated
5 Planning and Growth, 1987
6 Police, 1985-1987, undated
7 Public Event Facilities, 1987, undated
8 Public Interest Protection Ordinance, 1985-1986, undated
9 Public Works, undated
10 Recall, 1987, undated
11 Recruiting, 1987
12 Resource Management, 1985-1986, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Sanctuary, 1986, undated
2 Single Member Districts, 1987, undated
3 Taxis, 1986
4 Tourism Corporation, 1987, undated
5 Townlake Comp. Plan, 1986, undated
6 Traffic, 1986
7 Transportation and Public Services, 1987
8 Water/Wastewater, 1985-1987, undated
9 Watershed Ordinance, 1986