Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1938-1998
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Brief Description: This collection contains documents, photographs, letters, newspapers, sound recordings, motion picture film, and videotape recordings from the Denton Chamber of Commerce (1938-1998). Several documents and letters detail the formation of Denton Industries, Inc., a coalition of Denton businesses to support Denton's expanding infrastructure from 1942-1978. Documents and other promotional materials related to the 1960's "Dynamic Denton" and "Top of the Golden Triangle" campaigns are also found in this collection. The sound recordings include 20 reel-to-reel audiotapes, 3 vinyl records, and 1 compact cassette. The motion picture film and video recordings include 26 reels of 16mm motion picture film and 1 VHS videocassette. The majority relate to the Dynamic Denton promotional campaign and include 4 prints of the film "Dynamic Denton." The primary target audience for this film was industrial prospects across the country. Produced and directed by Joe Camp for advertising company Norsworthy-Mercer, Inc., production began around the city of Denton in February - April 1968. The soundtrack was the 1968 promotional record produced by the Chamber of Commerce, Dynamic Denton in Sound and Music. The film showed North Texas State University students and alumni (Frank de Benedetto, Phyllis George, Harland Wright, Cathy Muirhead, Mike Moon, and La Juana Roth) in various locations around the city. The completed film was shown to the Chamber in the spring of 1968 and had its local debut at the Campus Theater in downtown Denton, Texas in August 1968. Screenings of the film were accompanied by a musical performance by some of the cast members. Also found in this collection are home movies documenting the city of Denton (1938-1971). Among these home movies are films highlighting the businesses of downtown Denton, the 1938 Denton County Fair, and visiting politicians like Ben Barnes. All of the film and video have been digitized and will be available online through the Portal to Texas History. Please see indvidiual item descriptions.
Held at:
University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Wilis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Record Series Number: 01/AR0845
Volume: 7.0 Boxes
Acquired: 04/00/2015. 2015-019
Arrangement: This collection contains 7 boxes with materials arranged into three series and two subseries. Series 1 (Manuscripts) contains documents, photographs and letters. Series 2 (Sound Recordings) contains reel-to-reel tape recordings, vinyl records, and cassette tapes. Series 3 (Film and Video Recordings) is divided into two subseries. Subseries 1 contains motion picture films related to the Dynamic Denton campaign. Subseries 2 contains motion picture film and videotape documenting the City of Denton and the activities fo the Denton Chamber of Commerce.
Access Restrictions: Access to sound  and moving image materials is limited to digitally reformatted access copies. Original reels and tapes are not available for playback. All but one of the motion picture film and video recordings were digitally reformatted for research access in 2015 and are not yet available online. Please contact Special Collections for access to digital copies.
Subject Index
Barnes, Benny, 1936-1987
Camp, Joe
Conried, Hans, 1917-1982
Denton County (Tex.)
George, Phyllis
Lyons, Jodie, 1930-2011
Nolen, Calvin Cleave
North Texas State University
One O’Clock Lab Band
Texas Woman’s University
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Notes: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.  Boxes 1 and 2 are housed in the Research Collections Library.
Technical Access Notes: Access to sound recordings and moving image materials is limited to digitally reformatted copies. The motion picture film and video recordings have been digitally reformatted and will be available online through the UNT Digital Library and Portal to Texas History.
Acquisition Notes:   Gift