Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Downtown Commission Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Downtown Commission
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Downtown Commission Records
Inclusive Dates: 1987-2007
Abstract: In 1986, the Austin City Council established the Downtown Commission to work with the city regarding projects and planning proposals for the downtown area. The collection consists of annual reports, work plans, agendas, meeting minutes, and backup materials from 1988 to 2007.
Identification: AR.2014.015
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 text box and 1 reel of microfilm)
Location: Archives Stacks, Microform Room
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.

In 1986, the Austin City Council, pursuant to resolution no. 860123-20, established the Downtown Commission in order to "facilitate coordination among existing City boards and commissions regarding specific projects and planning proposals for the downtown area, to encourage an informal exchange of ideas and planning data between such City entities and other private and institutional interests, and to facilitate the development of a comprehensive plan for the downtown area."

According to its website, the commission currently "[a]dvise[s] the city council and city staff regarding policies and projects impacting downtown Austin; serve[s] as [a steward] for the Downtown Austin Plan; maintain[s] liaison relationships with city staff and other boards and commissions; and perform[s] other activities as directed by the city council."


Website-- (accessed on April 3, 2014)

City Code section 2-1-141 (Downtown Commission)--$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc=JD_2-1-141 (accessed on April 3, 2014)

Resolution no. 860123-20-- (accessed on April 3, 2014)

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of one series, Administrative Records (1988-2007), which contains annual reports, work plans, agendas, meeting minutes, backup materials, and membership materials.


The records in the sole series, Administrative Records, are arranged in chronological order.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

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.
Austin (Tex.). Downtown Commission.
Austin (Tex.)
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Community Development--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Annual Reports.
Meeting Minutes.
Work Plans.

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 711.5522 AUD449D Austin (Tex.). Downtown Commission. Downtown Development and Capitol View Corridors. 2007.

Recordings Collection

  • Video recordings of Downtown Commission meetings (1995-1997; 2005-current) are in the Channel 6/ATXN Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Downtown Commission Records (AR.2014.015). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Austin History Center in accordance with the City of Austin Records Control Schedule.

Processing Information

Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, April 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Administrative Records, 1987-2007

Location COAcabinet
Microform Room Drawer 4 Membership materials, 1987-1993
The membership materials, meeting minutes and agendas and backup materials are on a single reel.
Drawer 4 Agendas, meeting minutes, and backup materials, 1988-2001
Box Folder
1 1 Annual reports and work plans, 1999-2006
2 Meeting minutes and annual report, 2006-2007