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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Campaign Materials, 1992-1996

Correspondence, 1994-1995

Agendas and Minutes, 1993-1996

Austin-Related Bills in the 74th Texas State Legislature, 1995

Working Files, 1991-1997

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). City Council. Brigid Shea Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shea, Brigid
Title: Austin (Tex.). City Council. Brigid Shea Records
Dates: 1991-1997
Dates (Bulk): 1993-1996
Abstract: Brigid Shea served on Austin City Council, Place 4, from 1993 to 1996. Her records contain documentation of her campaign and subsequent work as council member through correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, reports, and clippings.
Accession number: AR.2019.029
Quantity: 4 linear feet (10 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Brigid Shea was born in Minot, North Dakota in 1961. In 1982, she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Government, Journalism, and German from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She was a Rockefeller Foundation Journalism Fellow at the University of North Carolina in 1983 and a research fellow at Yale Divinity School from 1984 to 1985.

Shea began her professional career as a radio journalist with National Public Radio, working in Minnesota from 1978 to 1984 and in Philadelphia from 1986 to 1987. She moved to Austin, Texas in 1988 to serve as Program Director for Texas Clean Water Action, where she worked with legislators towards governmental and environmental reform. In 1990, Shea was hired as press and environmental advisor to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower.

In 1991, Shea co-founded the Save Our Springs (S.O.S.) Coalition, now known as Save Our Springs Alliance, with several other civically active Austinites, including Mary Arnold, Bill Bunch, and Ann Kitchen. Shea was named the Coalition’s first director. In this capacity, she helped lead the campaign for the S.O.S. Initiative to protect Barton Springs, which Austin citizens voted to support in an August 1992 election. In 1993, the Austin Professional Chapter of Women in Communication awarded Shea “Outstanding Austin Communicator of the Year.”

Shea ran for Austin City Council, Place #4, in 1993. Her campaign was endorsed by the Austin Women’s Political Caucus, the Save Our Springs Coalition, Save Austin’s Neighborhoods and Environment, Texas Citizen Action, the Austin Progressive Coalition, the Black Women’s Political Caucus, the Austin chapter of the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and several Democratic organizations in the Austin area. In her campaign, she emphasized environmental issues, responsible economic development, and city council campaign finance reform. She was elected in May 1993.

Shea served on the Austin City Council from 1993 to 1996. Her accomplishments include legislating campaign finance reform; opposing property tax rate increases; protecting the environment, especially Barton Springs; advocating on behalf of her constituents for specific street repairs; acquiring affordable housing for the city via the Bergstrom Housing Re-use Task Force; and developing a program to save civic funds by sharing facilities among schools, libraries, colleges, and health service providers. While on the Council, Shea expressed frustration about the divisiveness of city government. This frustration, along with the birth of her first child, contributed to her decision not to seek reelection in 1996.

After leaving City Council, Shea served for a year as co-director of Texas Citizen Action, a consumer watchdog group. In 1997, she returned to S.O.S. as Executive Director and remained with the organization until 1999, when she resigned because the organization refused to support Mayor Kirk Watson’s re-election campaign. In 2000, Shea founded a business consulting firm, Brigid Shea & Associates. She worked as an advisor for corporations, governments, and non-profits, including the Lower Colorado River Association, Seton Hospital, and the City of Austin. In 2010, she won the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Environmental Excellence award for her carbon-reduction work.

She was elected in 2014 to the Travis County Commissioner’s Court for Precinct 2. She also serves on the national board of Clean Water Action and as a state board member of the Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) Fund. Shea represents Travis County on the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). She was selected for the 2019 Women in Government Leadership Program of Governing magazine.

Sources

Travis County. “Commissioner, Brigid Shea, Precinct Two.” https://www.traviscountytx.gov/commissioners-court/precinct-two (accessed September 25, 2019).

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Scope and Contents

The records consist of Brigid Shea’s campaign materials as well as working files, correspondence, and agendas/minutes from her time serving on Austin City Council, Place 4. The Campaign Materials consist largely of campaign finance materials dating from 1992-1996. There are reports of contributions and expenditures to her campaign as well as ethics complaints filed against her with the Texas Ethics Commission. Correspondence dating from 1994-1995 unrelated to her working files consists of received correspondence from supporters, friends, and colleagues, as well as communication between and about City Manager Jesus Garza, including Shea’s letters of support for Garza’s appointment. Agendas and Minutes from Shea’s time in office dating from 1993-1996 are part of the collection, some of which contain marginalia and highlighting. Also of note is a status report on council items from January 1994 through October 1995 which lists the councilmember who sponsored each item along with a description and status update.

A series containing materials about Austin-Related Bills in the 74th Texas State Legislature in 1995 consists of City Council correspondence and collected materials regarding proposed state legislation that would impact Austin citizens. Summaries of key bills and important dates in the legislative session are included, as well as correspondence from Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and local environmental activist Shudde Fath. Pro-Austin lobbying groups Better Austin Tomorrow and Texas Municipal League created material that is included in the collection that outlines how various legislation would impact the City of Austin negatively, largely focusing on environmental degradation and bills which would restrict City of Austin annexation.

Shea’s Working Files make up the bulk of the collection, and are arranged alphabetically by subject. Some items of note include the Barton Creek development plans dating from 1992-1995 that document conflict between the City of Austin and developer Freeport McMoRan. There are also 1995 records documenting the proposal of a minor league baseball team and stadium in Austin and financial documents regarding the Austin Sports Development Authority. Several materials from 1991-1996 document proposals to re-use residential housing at Bergstrom Air Force Base for housing for homeless and low-income citizens. There are also reports and correspondence regarding the complete re-use of Bergstrom during talks of airport relocation. In 1995, Shea represented Austin during a Municipal Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change in Berlin. Materials sent from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives are contained in her working files on climate change. Other subjects documented include electric utilities, the City of Austin’s first Internet presence, and transportation issues.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series:
Campaign Materials
Correspondence
Agendas and Minutes
Austin-Related Bills in the 74th Texas State Legislature
Working Files

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Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Shea, Brigid.
Bradley, Gary.
Bunch, Bill.
Garza, Jesus.
Kitchen, Ann.
Reynolds, Ronney.
Todd, Bruce.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin (Tex.). City Council.
Bergstrom Housing Reuse Task Force.
Better Austin Tomorrow.
Save Our Springs Coalition.
Save Our Springs Alliance.
Texas Municipal League.
International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.
Austin Community College (Austin, Tex.).
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Texas. Legislature.
Freeport-McMoran.
FM Properties.
Lantana Water Service.
Subjects
City council members--Texas--Austin.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Community development--Texas--Austin.
Elections--Texas--Austin.
Environmental policy--Texas--Austin.
Water quality management.
Springs--Texas--Austin.
Public utility districts--Texas--Austin.
Ordinances, Municipal--Texas--Austin.
Housing--Texas--Austin.
Climatic changes--Government policy.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Bergstrom Air Force Base (Tex.).
Holly Power Plant (Austin, Tex.).
Barton Springs (Tex.).
Edwards Aquifer (Tex.).
Barton Creek (Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)--Environmental conditions.
Circle C (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Administrative records.
Agendas.
Brochures.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Files by subject.
Legal documents.
Minutes.
Notes.
Press releases.
Reports.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts


General Collection


  • A 333.91 FA, The Facts About Freeport-McMoran, ClubCorp International and the Barton Creek Project.
  • A 333.91 BA, Barton Creek Community Plan Agreement, June 29, 1993: An Agreement Between the City of Austin, Texas and FM Properties Operating Co. and Freeport-McMoran Inc. 1993.
  • A 333.91 QU, Questions & Answers on the Barton Creek Community Plan Agreement. 1993.
  • A 331.91 BA 1993 REV, FM Properties Operating Co., Barton Creek Community Master Plan : Planned Unit Development Application. 1993.
  • A 333.91 F, FM Properties Operating Co. Application for Planned Unit Development. 1993.
  • A 551.483 SA Save Barton Creek Association, Barton Creek and Barton Springs Petition to Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for Designation as Outstanding National Resource Waters. 1994.
  • A 363.73922 Ea, The Earth's Ozone Layer and the Effects of Ozone-depleting Chemicals. 1990.
  • A 363.738742 IM, The Impact of Global Warming on Texas. 2011.
  • A 307.1216 AU 2012 Austin (Tex.). Office of Sustainability, Climate Action Report. 2012.
  • A 358.416 Dr, Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Disposal and Reuse of Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. 1993.
  • A 358.416 Fi, Final Environmental Impact Statement: Disposal and Reuse of Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. 1993.
  • A 358.416 So, Socioeconomic Impact Analysis Study: Disposal and Reuse of Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas. 1993.
  • A 387.736 AuB8r Austin (Tex.). Bergstrom Conversion Task Force, Final Report. 1993.
  • A 628.21 Es, South Austin Outfall Relief Main: CIP Project No. 237395 : Final Report ; Prepared for : City of Austin, Water and Wastewater Utility. 1986.
  • A 330.0112 CO Coopers & Lybrand Consulting, A Preliminary Viability Analysis for A Proposed Minor League Baseball Stadium/amphitheater in Austin, Texas. 1995.

Recordings Collection


  • A VHS 363.5 Be, Bergstrom Housing Relocation Program [Video cassette]. 1994.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Brigid Shea
  • AF Biography - Jesus Garza
  • AF Biography - Ronney Reynolds
  • AF Biography - Bruce Todd
  • AF Subject - Subdivisions - Barton Creek Community S6000(126)
  • AF Subject - Ordinances - Barton Springs Contributing Zone Ordinance (BSCZ) O2000(15)
  • AF Subject - Baseball - Proposed Baseball Stadium/Park on the Colorado (1995) B1198(12)
  • AF Subject - Ordinances - Campaign Finance Ordinance O2000(14)
  • AF Subject - City Council - 1990 - 1999 C4030(13)
  • AF Subject - Public Utilities - Electric Utility Dept. - Austin P9220
  • AF Subject - Ecology - Climate Change E0400(48)

Periodicals


  • Barton Creek Forum
  • Bergstrom Airport Conversion Bulletin

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Separated Material

Separated to General Collection:


  • A 711.4097643 AU Austin (Tex.). Citizens' Planning Committee, From Chaos to Common Ground: A Blueprint for Austin : the Citizens' Planning Committee Report to the Austin City Council. 1996.
  • A 333.91 QU c.3, Questions & Answers on the Barton Creek Community Plan Agreement. 1993.
  • A 333.91 BA, Barton Creek Community 30 Year Financial Analysis. October 15, 1993.
  • A 307.7609764 SW William Scott Swearingen, Environmental City? The Historical Emergence of Austin's Environmental Meaning. 1997.
  • [insert call number] Traffic Consultants, Inc., Barton Creek Community PUD: Traffic Impact Analysis Update. August 9, 1993.
  • A 333.91 BA c.3, Barton Creek Community Planned Unit Development Proposed Agreement. 1993.
  • A 352.076431 St c.2, Strategic Partnerships. 1993.

The following books were deaccessioned:


  • Benjamin A. Goldman, Sustainable America: New Public Policy for the 21st Century. 1995.
  • Texas Sustainable Energy Development Council, Texas Energy for a New Century. 1995.
  • Environmental Defense Fund, The Next Texas Energy Boom: Power Choices for the 21st Century. 1995.
  • Texas Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy, Inc., Electric Utility "Restructuring": Can the Small Consumer Afford It? 1995.
  • Texas Legislative Service, Roster with Committees, Seventy-Fourth Legislature, State of Texas. 1995-1996.
  • Neal Peirce, Citistates: The True Economic Communities of Our Time. 1993.

The following periodicals were deaccessioned:


  • AAA World. March/April 1994.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). City Council. Brigid Shea Records (AR.2019.029). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/040

Donation Date: 2002 September 21

Processing Information

Initial processing by Brandon Burke, Susan Rice, Kelley Whitley, and Eric Lupfer in December 2001. City Council records were separated from the Brigid Shea Papers (AR.2001.011) in 2019 to create this collection. Final processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in September 2019.

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Other Finding Aid

The original finding aid to the collection also contains the inventory for Shea's personal papers, which are contained in AR.2001.011 and document her work with Save Our Springs Coalition and other organizations. See the original finding aid here.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Campaign Materials, 1992-1996

Box Folder
2 5 Campaign literature, 1993
Box Folder
10 10 Candid photograph, circa 1993
Financial Materials, 1992-1996
Box Folder
2 6 Campaign donors and donations, 1992
Box Folder
3 1 Campaign finances, 1992-1993
2-4 Campaign contributions and expenditures, 1993-1996
5 Ethics complaints, 1993

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Correspondence, 1994-1995

Box Folder
1 1 General correspondence, 1994-1995
2 City Manager Jesus Garza, 1994-1995

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Agendas and Minutes, 1993-1996

Box Folder
1 5 Agendas and minutes, 1993
6 Agendas and minutes, 1994 January-March
7 Agendas and minutes, 1994 March-June
Box Folder
2 1 Agendas and minutes, 1994 July-December
2 Agendas and minutes, 1995 January-June
3 Agendas and minutes, 1995 July-December
Box Folder
1 3 Status Report on Council Items, 1995 October 16
Box Folder
2 4 Agendas and minutes, 1996

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Austin-Related Bills in the 74th Texas State Legislature, 1995

Box Folder
9 11 Important legislative dates, 1995
12 Key bills report, 1995
13 Correspondence, 1995
14 Notes, 1995
Pro-Austin Lobbying Groups, 1995
Box Folder
9 15 Better Austin Tomorrow, 1995
16 Texas Municipal League, 1995
Issues and Bills, 1995
Box Folder
9 17 Circle C/Gary Bradley bills, 1995
Box Folder
10 1 Extraterritorial jurisdiction bills, 1995
2 Freeport McMoran bills, 1995
3 Municipal Utility District bills, 1995
4 Phased annexation bills, 1995
5 Property rights bill, 1995
6 Water quality bills, 1995
7 Assorted materials, 1995
8 Clippings, 1995

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Working Files, 1991-1997

Box Folder
3 6 Ada Harden, 1994-1995
7 Advisory Policy Council, 1994
8 American Power Association, 1992
9 Audit of City by LBJ School, 1995
Box Folder
4 1 Austin Community College Land Deal, 1995
Barton Creek, 1992-1995
Box Folder
4 2 General, 1995
3-7 Barton Creek Community Plan Agreement, 1992-1995
Box Folder
7 11 Freeport McMoran, 1995
Box Folder
8 5 Lantana Water Service/Freeport, 1995
Location FlatFile
qAR 03/08/011 Barton Creek Water Quality System. Exhibit 4.02 B [map], 1995 January 17
03/08/012 Barton Creek Community Master Plan. Exhibit 5.01 [map], 1995 February 3
03/08/013 Lantana Revised Preliminary Plan. Exhibit 6.02 [map], 1995 February 14
Barton Springs, 1994-1995
Barton Springs Contributing Zone Retrofit Master Plan, 1995
Box Folder
4 8 Correspondence, 1995
9 Volume I draft, 1995
10 Volume II draft, 1995
Box Folder
5 1-2 Volume III draft, 1995
Location FlatFile
qAR 03/08/015 Barton Springs Aquifer [poster],
03/08/016 Barton Springs Contributing Zone [map], circa 1995
03/08/017 Figure 4. The recharge and contribuing zones of the Barton Springs Aquifer [map], circa 1995
03/08/014 Land Use in the Barton Springs Contributing Zone [map], circa 1995
Box Folder
5 3 Outstanding Natural Resource Waters (ONRW) designation, 1994
Baseball, 1994-1995
Box Folder
5 4 AAA baseball franchise, 1994-1995
5-6 Austin Sports Development Authority, 1995
7 Austin Sports Development Authority financial records, 1995
Bergstrom, 1991-1996
Box Folder
6 1-2 Bergstrom housing, 1991-1994
3 Bergstrom Housing Reuse Task Force, 1994
4 Bergstrom commercial reuse, 1994
5 Revenues, 1994
6 Terminal and landing fees, 1994-1996
7-8 Bid information, 1994-1996
9 Concrete recycling, 1995
10 Campaign finance reform, 1994-1996
Box Folder
7 1 Campaign finance reform, 1996
2 Circle C annexation, 1994-1996
Climate Change, 1995-1997
Box Folder
7 3 General, 1995-1996
4 Berlin Municipal Leaders Summit on Climate Change, 1995
5 International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, 1995
6 Texas Utilities Shareholder Resolution, 1996-1997
7 Town Hall Meeting on Global Climate Change, 1996
8 East Austin issues, 1995
9 Ethics ordinance revisions, 1996
10 Extraterritorial jurisdiction, 1995
Box Folder
8 1 Grants, 1997
Box Folder
10 9 Gresham, Oregon rail transit photographs, 1990s
Box Folder
8 2 International Visitors Program, 1997
3 Internet information, 1995
4 Joint use, 1994-1995
6 Lobby reform, 1995
7 Multimedia lab projects, undated
8 Neighborhood development, 1994-1995
Public Utilities, 1993-1996
Box Folder
8 9-11 Electric Utility Department, 1995-1996
12 Future of electric utilities, 1995-1996
13 Deregulation, 1993-1996
Box Folder
9 1 Radioactive waste, 1994
2 Religious right, 1993
3 Renewable energy, 1994-1996
4 Scattered Cooperative Infill Program, 1996
5 Sierra Club, undated
6 South Austin Outfall, 1994-1995
7 Tourism and quality of life, 1994
8 Transportation, 1995-1997
9 Youth apprenticeships, 1993-1995
10 Zilker Park legal settlement, 1992
Box Folder
1 4 Assorted clippings, 1995

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