Austin History Center

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Hyde Park Neighborhood Association
Title: Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records
Dates: 1975-1985
Abstract: The collection highlights the activities of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association in Austin, Texas during the 1970s and 1980s.
Accession number: AR.2005.038
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) was founded in 1974 to preserve the historic and unique character and amenities of the community of Hyde Park. The nucleus of founders, including Dr. Agnes Edwards, Dorothy Richter, Merle Franke, Cathy Goodwin, Tom and Ann Zelinka had coalesced in 1971/72 over the issue of Fire Station No. 9. In a round of cost-cutting fervor the city manager had determined to close the local fire station. Residents found this measure counter-intuitive and draconian so they banded together to resist. The outcome was that more the a quarter century later, the 1930’s brick and tile building was still standing. Today the fire truck is never more than a minute or two away from any house in the neighborhood.

Austin residents are eligible for membership if they reside within the boundaries of HPNA or within 300 feet of the boundaries. The boundaries south of 45th Street are: Guadalupe to Duval and 38th Street to 45th Street. The boundaries north of 45th Street are Guadalupe to Red River (excluding the intramural fields) and 51st Street to 45th Street.

SOURCE: Hyde Park Neighborhood Association website

Accessed 2010 July 16

Scope and Contents

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association records include assorted administrative materials, membership lists, newsletters, correspondence, mailings and flyers and newspaper clippings that span the years 1975 through 1984. The administrative records include meeting notes, bylaws, proposal for a Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, calendar of events and membership brochures. The nature of the materials suggest that the donor was a member of the organization but not office holder in the association. The newspaper clippings highlight events and issues concerning the Hyde Park Neighborhood. Of interest are the articles following City Council's 1983 decision to end the moratorium on the destruction of old Hyde Park houses and the differing opinions among the residents of Hyde Park. Also documented in the clippings is the controversy surrounding the plan to move the Woodburn House in the late 1970s. Also included is an emblem with an image of the Elizabet Ney house and the words "I live in Hyde Park".


Arranged by material type.


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.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association
Hyde Park (Austin, Tex.)
Community development--Texas--Austin.
Neighborhood government--Texas--Austin.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.

Related Material


Hyde Park Neighborhood Association: Pecan Press

General Collection:

A 728.0976431 HY Hyde Park Homes Tour. Various years.

A 728.0976431 HY Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. Hyde Park, Austin, Texas Centennial Homes Tour, 1891-1991. 1991.

A 307.76 HY 1983 Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. Neighborhood Plan. 1983.

A 728.3730976 HY City of Austin. Hyde Park compatibility standards. 199?].

Austin Files:

AF N1900 (7) Neighborhood Groups--Hyde Park

Separated Material

Eight issues of the Newsletter: City of Austin Planning Department dating from 1975-1977 have been separated to the Periodical collection. All of the issues reference AUSTIN TOMORROW and are addressed to Edith Thompson.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material found in an attic.

Preferred Citation

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records (AR.2005.038). Austin History Center. Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1982/070

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records, 1975-1984

Box Folder
1 1 Assorted administrative materials, 1975-1983, undated
2 Event flyers, 1976-1983, undated
3 Membership directories, 1975-1981
4 Newspaper clippings, 1975-1983
5-7 Newsletters, 1975-1984
8 Emblem, undated