Austin History Center

The Austin Waltz Club Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Waltz Club, The
Title: The Austin Waltz Club Records
Dates (Bulk): 1981-2011
Abstract: Founded in 1945, The Austin Waltz Club is a not-for-profit organization that hosts several dances a year for its members. The organizational records include contracts, financial records, minutes, rosters, and constitutions that document the activities of the organization from 1956 through 2011.
Identification: AR.2017.017
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin Waltz Club was founded in 1945 when the manager of the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Ross Shelton, met with a small group of individuals. Out of their discussions, the not-for-profit Club was founded to provide members with an opportunity to waltz. Although, over the years other kinds of ballroom dance was added. Member's dues fund the dances that the Club organizes throughout the year. Fifty-five couples are allowed to be members at one time, with other interested couples placed on a wait list. The dances have been held at the Austin Hotel, the Commodore Perry Hotel, and the Austin Country Club.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the Club's organizational records. Included are historical summaries, constitutions, contracts with orchestras and musicians hired for the dances, rosters and wait lists of members, correspondence regarding upcoming dances, financial records, and minutes and agendas from Board of Directors meetings dating from 1956 through 2011, although the bulk of records document the years 1981 through 2011.


The collection has retained the donor's original 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 Country Club.
Austin Hotel.
The Austin Waltz Club.
Commodore Perry Hotel.
The Gilbert Kautz Orchestra.
The Ken Ragsdale Orchestra.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Ballroom dancing.
Document Types:
Financial records.
Membership lists.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Austin Waltz Club Records (AR.2017.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2017/034

Donation Date: 2017

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Kendall Newton in 2017.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Organizational records, 1956-2011

Box Folder
1 1 Historical records, 1981-1995
2 Contracts, 2001-2009
3 Membership rosters and correspondence, 1986-2011
4 Financial records, 1978, 1986-2011
5 Constitution, 1988-1995
6 Minutes, agendas, and correspondence of the Board of Directors, 1990-2001
7 Member rosters, 1956-2010