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University Union Collection, 1947 - Present | University Archives

By Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: University Union Collection, 1947 - PresentAdd to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1965 - Present
ID: 02/20/U0475
Extent: 34.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The papers are arranged alphabetical and by organization for the documents that came in with no established order.  The photographs and media are in their own series. Artifacts are also grouped in a series.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2013. More info below under Accruals.

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Abstract

The need for a campus center to house student activities was recognized as early as 1928.  In that year UNT alumni started a fund drive to construct a memorial tower dedicated to the veterans of World War I.  The tower was designed by UNT alumnus O’Neal Ford.  Plans were for a 130 foot tower with chimes to replace the curfew bell, two electric clocks, and offices for the Ex-Student Association.  By 1931, Ford had incorporated the tower into a union.  The depression made it impossible to raise the funds for the structure.

By 1944-1945 a College Club House was opened on Ave. A and Sycamore Street.  It was called the “The Student Center” the following year.  The plan was to use this structure as a union until war priorities were lifted and a permanent structure could be built.

In 1948 construction started on an army surplus building to be the core of the new union. A brick veneer and two wings were added to the structure. A bookstore, post office, cafeteria, snack bar, meeting rooms, an office for the Ex-Students Association, and a large center room for dances and gatherings (the Howdy Room) were incorporated into the structure. The union was located on Chestnut Street.  It was two stories high and had a basement. The interior was decorated with a western theme – wagon wheels, barrel bases for lamps, and rustic wood furniture. The Memorial Union Building was dedicated on March 31, 1949, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the legislative act providing for the establishment of UNT as a state institution. A bronze plaque with the names of 147 former students who died in service was erected in the main foyer. Major General Roger Ramey, a UNT alumnus and later UNT regent, was the speaker.

The university’s growth led to the need for a larger union building by the 1960s.  The new structure was built in two sections.  The first wing was started in 1963 and opened in 1964. Then the old building was demolished and the main wing of the new union was built on the original Union site. It was opened in 1965.

In May 1973 the Board of Regents approved an expansion of the Union. One wing of the second Union was razed and the new structure was built around the remaining wing.   The bookstore and Post Office were retained in the surviving wing.  The expanded Union contained a central courtyard with a horizontal fountain on one side, the One O’clock Lounge, the Avesta Lounge (a quiet study area), meeting rooms (the Silver and Golden Eagle Suites, and the Denton Suite), offices for student services, the Campus Chat (a grill), The Corner (originally an ice cream parlor), the Rock Bottom Lounge (a bar) and the Syndicate (a game room) Later additions included the Mini Store (a trade bookstore), a food court, the Avesta (a restaurant).

In the 1990s students voted down a proposed expansion of the Union.  The poor economy was thought to have played a part in the students’ rejection of the planned enhancements to the facility. It was not until 2012 that the Student Government Association successfully put the idea of a new Union to a student wide vote. The students approved the referendum in April 2012.  In 2013 the first phase of construction started.  The new Union is expected to be finished by 2015.

Union Directors:

Harold Farmer

Hall Miller

Dorothy Pijan

Mike Maturea

Mary Yates

Jim Nicklas

Tom Rufer

Zane Reif

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The items in this collection were gathered and maintained by the University Union Administation and the Union's Design Works staff.  The items reflect the history of the unions on campus, the activities, the publications produced by and for the Union, and the organizations the Union served.  The collection contains publications, photographs, clippings, and artifacts.

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 2013-25
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
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 Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Design Works (Analise Minjarex and Steve Meehin)
Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: University Union, 1949-1985Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 642604
Folder 1: University Union, 1949Add to your cart.
This folder contains various publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: Invitation to the dedication of the Student Memorial Building, North Texas State College, 31 March, 1949Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Dedication Services Program, Memorial Student Union Building, North Texas State College, 31 March, 1949Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: University Union, 1974Add to your cart.
This folder contains one brochure for the university union.
Item 1: Brochure for "In The Tub And In The Union--Increasing Student  Opportunities", 1974Add to your cart.
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Folder 3: University Union, 1975Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: Letter to Staff Members, North Texas State University, 20 November, 1975Add to your cart.
This letter to NTSU staff members concerns the opening of the highly anticipated university union.
Item 2: Poster For The Union, 1975Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: University Union, 1976Add to your cart.
This folder contains two publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: The Union Catering, North Texas State University, 1976Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information concerning the university's catering services.
Item 2: The University Union, North Texas State University, 1976Add to your cart.
This booklet provides general information concerning the university union.
Folder 5: University Union, 1977Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: The University Union, North Texas State University, 1977Add to your cart.
This booklet provides general information concerning the university union.
Item 2: Union Courtyard Series, A Pause in a Busy Day, North Texas State University, Fall, 1977Add to your cart.
This flyer provides information about the union courtyard series.
Item 3: A Week's Worth, Union Program Committees, NTSU, 24-29 October, 1977Add to your cart.
This newsletter provides general news updates concerning the university union.
Item 4: A Week's Worth, Union Program Committees, NTSU, 7-12 November, 1977Add to your cart.
This newsletter provides general news updates concerning the university union.
Item 5: A Week's Worth, Union Program Committees, NTSU, 14-19 November, 1977Add to your cart.
This newsletter provides general news updates concerning the university union.
Folder 6: University Union, 1978Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: The University Union, North Texas State University, 1978Add to your cart.
This booklet provides general information concerning the university union.
Item 2: NTSU Union Suggestions Card, 1978Add to your cart.
This card allows for students to give input on the operations of the university union.
Item 3: A great '78, The Union Program Committee, North Texas State University, 1978Add to your cart.
This booklet provides a brief schedule of events organized by the university union. It also contains various ads and general information.
Item 4: Letter to Perspective Students, Union Program Committee, North Texas State University, 1978Add to your cart.
This letter to perspective students encourages students to join a UPC Committee.
Item 5: Skuttle Butt, Union Newsletter, North Texas State University, October, 1978Add to your cart.
This newsletter provides general news updates concerning the university union.
Item 6: Brochure for Movies in Union, Fall, 1978Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: University Union, 1979Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: The Movie Collection Flyer, Union Program Committees, North Texas State University, 23-25 January, 1979Add to your cart.
This flyer advetises a sale for original movie poster art.
Item 2: Arts&Crafts Center's Spring Workshops, NTSU Union, 1979Add to your cart.
These handouts provide general information concerning arts and crafts workshops put on by the university union.
Item 3: Mazes Flyer, Bruce Hodges, UPC Fine Arts Committee, North Texas State University, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: NTSU Union Arts snd Crafts Summer Workshops Flyer, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Our Greaest Hits Flyer, Union Gallery/North Texas State University, 9-20 April, 1979Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Skuttle Butt, Union Newsletter, North Texas State University, March, 1979Add to your cart.
This newsletter provides general news updates concerning the university union.
Item 7: Union Programs Committees Borchure, North Texas State University, 1979Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information on the various union program committees.
Item 8: Commuter Movie Specials Flyer, UPC Cinema Committee, North Texas State University, 1979Add to your cart.
This flyer advertises the anticipated commuter movie special series.
Item 9: Poster For Exhibits At Union Gallery, 1979/1980Add to your cart.
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Item 10: Poster For Randy Bolton/Stephen Dennie Exhibit, April, 1979Add to your cart.
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Item 11: UPC Calendar, Spring, 1979Add to your cart.
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Item 12: Poster For Union Arts And Crafts Center, September, 1979Add to your cart.
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Folder 8: University Union, 1980Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the university union.
Item 1: "Magic Bones and Udder Truths," Linda Fawcett and Celia Munoz, NTSU Union Gallery, 12-18 January, 1980Add to your cart.
This card advertises an art exhibit taking place in the NTSU union gallery.
Item 2: "Naughty Thoughts," Rodolfo Contreras, NTSU Union Gallery, 11-18 April, 1980Add to your cart.
This card advertises an art exhibit featuring Rodolfo Contreras in the NTSU union gallery.
Item 3: Union Program Committees Brochure, North Texas State University, 1980Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information concerning the different union program committees.
Item 4: The Incredible Fall Calendar, Union Program Committee and Student Association, North Texas State University, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Brochure For NTSU Union, 1980Add to your cart.
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Item 6: UPC Spring Calendar, Spring, 1980Add to your cart.
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Item 7: Brochure For Cinema Attractions, Union, Spring, 1980Add to your cart.
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Item 8: Poster For Plant Sale, September, 1980Add to your cart.
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Folder 9: University Union, 1981Add to your cart.
This folder contains a union coupon books.
Item 1: Union Coupon Book, North Texas State University Union, 1981Add to your cart.
This booklet/flyer provides various coupons for some of the services that the University offers.
Folder 10: University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the University Union.
Item 1: "A Christmas Wish," University Program Council, North Texas State University, 2 December, 1982Add to your cart.
This is a program for the annual christmas tree lighting which takes place outside on the library mall.
Item 2: The Union "Summer II" Brochure, North Texas State University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information regarding the operations of the University Union during the summer.
Item 3: Graduate Assistant Program Brochure, North Texas State University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
This provides information concerning the graduate assistant program in urban administration, student activities, student development, and educational facilities mangement.
Item 4: Union Graphics Flyer, North Texas State University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Graphics Mini-Workshops, North Texas State University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
This flyer advertises a graphics workshops taking place during the fall semester.
Item 6: Union Graphics Price List, North Texas State University Union, 1982Add to your cart.
This flyer provides information concerning the cost of various services offered by Union Graphics.
Item 7: Letter to Faculty and Staff Members, North Texas State University Union, 10 June, 1982Add to your cart.
This letter for faculty and staff members advertises the services of Union Graphics.
Item 8: Faculty/Staff Talent Show Flyer/Letter, University Program Councl, North Texas State University Union, 20 October, 1982Add to your cart.
This letter/faculty encourages faculty/staff members to participate in the first annual faculty/staff talent show.
Folder 11: University Union, 1983Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the University Union.
Item 1: Holiday Card, NTSU University Union, 1983Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: "A Christmas Wish," University Program Council, North Texas State University, 1 December, 1983Add to your cart.
This is an invitation to the annual christmas tree lighting which takes place on the library mall.
Item 3: Letter to NTSU Faculty and Staff, North Texas State University Union, 9 December, 1983Add to your cart.
This letter for NTSU faculty and staff encourages them to visit and explore the University Union.
Item 4: Memo to All Full-Time Faculty and Staff from the Union Arts Studio, North Texas State University Union, 11 April, 1983Add to your cart.
This memo contains a list of all of the equipment and tools available for use in the Union Arts Studio.
Item 5: Poster For Third Annual Silver Christmas Ball, 1983Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Brochure For Union Building, 1983Add to your cart.
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Item 7: Poster Of A Night Madness, Scott Jones, University Program Council, 1983Add to your cart.
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Item 8: Poster For Steamboat Ski Holiday, University Program Committee, 1983Add to your cart.
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Folder 12: University Union, 1984Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publications concerning the University Union.
Item 1: The Syndicate Flyer, North Texas State University Union, 1984Add to your cart.
This flyer provides general information concerning the Syndicate, the recreational center of the union, such as a list of activities, costs, and hours.
Item 2: Holiday Card, North Texas State University Union, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Invitation to the third annual University Pcinic, North Texas State University Union, 23 September, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: University Program Council Brochure, North Texas State University Union, 1984Add to your cart.
This brochure contains a calendar of events for the fall semester sponsored by the University Union.
Item 5: Union Day Invitation/Schedule of Events, North Texas State University Union, 6 March, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Invitation to the formal opening of the University Room, North Texas State University Union, 30 October, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 7: Summer in the Union Arts Studio, North Texas State University, 1984Add to your cart.
This packet contains a list of classes offered during the summer as well as a registration form.
Item 8: Union Arts Studio Flyer, North Texas State University Union, 30 January-16 March, 1984, 26 Mar-11 May,1984Add to your cart.
This flyer provides a list of all of the classes offered by the Union Arts Studio during the two spring sessions.
Item 9: North Texas Express Card Information Brochure, North Texas State University, 1983Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information concerning the N.T. Express Card.
Item 10: North Texas Express Card Letter, North Texas State University, 1984Add to your cart.
This letter offers the N.T. Express Card user four important suggestions for proper card usage.
Item 11: Letter to Faculty/Staff of NTSU, 3 August, 1984Add to your cart.
This letter announces the introduction of the N.T. Express Card.
Item 12: University Program Council Flyer, North Texas State University, 1984Add to your cart.
This flyer provides general information concerning the univeristy program council.
Item 13: Invitation to a Christmas Wish, North Texas State University, 29 November, 1984Add to your cart.
This is an invitation to the annual christmas tree lighting in the union courtyard.
Item 14: Smoked Turkey Order Form, North Texas State University Union, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 15: The University Room Announcement Flyer, North Texas State University, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 16: Poster For UPC Movies, Spring, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 17: Poster For Chris Bliss and Schwartz Lefantz Concert, 8 March, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 18: Poster For University Program Council Concert "Spectrofocus," 11 April, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Item 19: Poster For Kern and Wall Performance, 19 April, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 20: Poster For UPC Movies, Fall, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 21: Brochure For The Union, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 22: Brochure For The Union, 1984Add to your cart.
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Item 23: Poster For Cross Country Skiing, Keystone, Colorado, University Program Council, 1984Add to your cart.
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Folder 13: University Union, 1985Add to your cart.
This folder contains a variety of publictations concerning the university union.
Item 1: Season's Greetings, North Texas State University Union, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 2: Christmas Wish, Invitation to the Christmas Tree Lighting, NTSU, 5 December, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Union Day Schedule, Free Birthday Party, 7 March, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Social Hour Flyer, The University Room, North Texas State University, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: The University Room Flyer, North Texas State University, 1985Add to your cart.
This flyer advertises the faculty/staff dining room located on the first level of the university union.
Item 6: North Texas Express Card Brochure, NTSU, 1985Add to your cart.
This brochure provides general information concerning the North Texas Express card such as how to acquire one and places where it is accepted.
Item 7: Faculty/Staff Week Flyer, North Texas State University, 14-18 October, 1985Add to your cart.
This flyer provides a brief overview of the events to take place during faculty and staff week.
Item 8: Thanksgiving Dining In Flyer, North Texas State Univesity Union, 1985Add to your cart.
This is an order form for a smoked turkey provided by the union  food service.
Item 9: Invitation to the Christmas Open House, North Texas State University Union, 17 December, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: Smoked Turkeys/Fruitcakes For Christmas Form, Union Food Service, NTSU, December, 1985Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Poster On Black Emphasis Month, February, 1985Add to your cart.
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Item 12: Poster On UPC Movies, Spring, 1985Add to your cart.
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