Harris, Theodore 1973-07-11

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Theodore Harris, former member of the Dallas Park Board, discusses the Board’s operation and recalls events in the history of park development. He also mentions the development of golf courses.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Theodore Harris

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Date: July 11, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Jebsen and Patricia Hogan

Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background early interest in Dallas parks related, Nature of Park Board work reviewed (1951), Purchase of property and nature of city growth cited, Marvin Springer plan examined, Anecdote on sale of park land for $425,000, Contribution of Dr. Samuels cited, Samuels trust fund discussed, Other contributors named, Racial integration in Dallas parks recalled, Lake Cliff swimming contests remembered, Ray Hubbard characterized, Park Board personnel mentioned.

Tape 1, Side 2: Ray Hubbard, park personnel (continued), Operation of Park Board explored, Operation of Park Department examined, Anecdote on opposition to art display, Origin of Beckley-Sanger Recreation Building recalled, Discussion of indoor recreational buildings, Recollections on improvement of the Dallas Zoo, Anecdotes on growth of gorilla, Murder of zoo animals cited, Anecdote on capture of an escaped monkey, Renovation of Garden Center mentioned, Examination of process in passing bonds for public use, Ray Hubbard’s financial contributions recalled.

Tape 2, Side 1: Development of golf courses cited.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1951-1973

Bulk Dates: 1951-1973

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