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Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1938-1998 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Leonard Martin and Laura Treat

Collection Overview

Title: Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1938-1998Add to your cart.
ID: 01/AR0845
Extent: 7.0 Boxes
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.
Date Acquired: 04/00/2015. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: 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: English

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Abstract

This collection contains Denton Chamber of Commerce archival materials from 1938 through 1998.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

The Denton Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1909 by Denton county business leaders, educators, and citizens. In the late 1940's the city of Denton's population increased dramatically, which resulted in several projects to expand the city's infrastructure, promote local businesses, and regional influnce. In the 1960's and 70's the Denton Chamber of Commerce developed several comprehensive promotional campaigns to draw interest and commerce to the city of Denton. In 1967 the Chamber launched a 5-year program, "Dynamic Denton '72." One of the goals of this campaign was to attract new busineses to the city. Promotional activities included an LP narrated by Hans Conried and composed by North Texas State University (NTSU) alumni Jodie Lyons and a film, Dynamic Denton (or "We've Got Go"). This 1968 film featured NTSU students and alumni at various locations around the city of Denton. The Denton Chamber of Commerce screened this film and played the record for major businesses in Texas, California, and New York.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2015-019
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.
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: 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 Note: 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 Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 3: Film and Video RecordingsAdd to your cart.
All film and video recordings from this collection have been digitally reformatted and the majority will be available online through the Portal to Texas History. Three prints of "Dynamic Denton" will not be available online because a superior copy is available. See sub-series and item-level descriptions for additional information regarding the prints, print condition, and digitization information.
Sub-Series 1: Dynamic DentonAdd to your cart.
This sub-series includes films related to the Chamber of Commerce's "Dynamic Denton" promotional campaign. Included are (4) four prints of their 1968 promotional film (referred to variously as "Dynamic Denton" and "We've Got Go"), outtakes from this film, and a news interview. Three of the four prints of "Dynamic Denton" were donated by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. All of these prints have significant color-shift, various levels of physical damage and deterioration, and are not available online. A fourth print was donated by the film's director, Joe Camp. This print is in excellent condition with good color and minimal scratching and will be available online.  The other (4) four films in this sub-series include outtake reels (Items 4, 5, and 7) from "Dynamic Denton" as well as another film directed by Joe Camp, "There's Gold in then There Thar Chills", which was produced for the ICEE company.These items were also digitized and will be available online. See individual item descriptions for details regarding print condition and digitization.
Box 6Add to your cart.
On-site
Barcode: 704221
Item 1: "Dynamic Denton"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, Color, Optical soundtrack

Film not digitized due to poor physical condition

Item 2: "We've Got Go", ca. 1969Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack

Film digitized (UNTA_AR0845_006-001) but not available online.

Item 3: "We Got Go"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack

Original film can labeled "Brand New Prints"

Film digitized (UNTA_AR0845_006-002) but is not available online.

Item 4: "Outtakes - Phyllis Denton and ? 'Gold' Film", ca. 1967Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, Color, Silent

This film has been rehoused and is in the same film can as Items 5 and 6.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-003) was digitized in high definition and will be available online.

Item 5: "Outtakes Denton and ? 'Gold' Films"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This film has been rehoused and is in the same film can as items 4 and 6.

This film  (UNTA_AR0845_006-004) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 6: "Channel 8 Interview 'New York Trip'", ca. 1970Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack.

This film has been rehoused and is in the same film can as Items 4 and 5.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-005) was digitized in high definition by an outside vendor and will be available online.

Item 7: "Outtakes Denton and ? 'Gold Films'"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-006) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 8: "Dynamic Denton", 1968Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This print was donated by director Joe Camp.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-010) was digitized in high definition and will be available online.

Sub-Series 2: Home Movies and Other Film and Video RecordingsAdd to your cart.
This sub-series consists primarily of home movies documenting the City of Denton and activities of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. These films have been digitized and will be available online. See individual items for descriptions and information concerning digitization.
Box 6Add to your cart.
On-site
Item 9: "Phyllis George"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-007) was digitized was digitized in high definition by an outside vendor and will be available online.

Item 10: "City Park #2", ca. 1940Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-008) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 11: "Miss America Pageant", ca. 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack

This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-009) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Box 7Add to your cart.

On-site.

The precise dates for Items 2, 3, and 4 are unknown. Items 2 and 3 were labeled as reels 1 and 2 from a March 25, 1971 banquet. While Item 4 is labeled as having occurred on July 28, 1971, it appears to have been shot at the same banquet as Items 1 and 2.

Barcode: 704222
Item 1: "Miss America Credits (Phyllis Spliced Out)", ca. 1970Add to your cart.

1 film reel 16mm), color, optical soundtrack

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 2,3, and 4.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-00) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 2: "1st Roll Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 25, 1971", 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe Soundtrack, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 1, 3, and 4.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-002) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 3: "2nd Roll Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 25, 1971", 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 1, 2, and 4.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-003) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 4: "Denton Chamber of Commerce Reception July 28 1971", 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 1, 2, and 3.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-004) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 5: "County Fair", ca. 1938Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, B&W, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 6, 7, 8, and 9.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-005) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 6: "Creeks Before Planting", ca. 1959Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, B&W, silent

Note on original box reads "Before Planting Picture of Denton Creeks"

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 5, 7, 8, and 9.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-006) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 7: "Bank Day", ca. 1940Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm,color, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 5, 6, 8, and 9.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-007) was digitized in high definition and will be available online.

Item 8: "Beauties at Homecoming 1971", October 30, 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack, silent

Notes on original film can read: "Story: NTSU Home Come; Reporter: HWS; Photog: HWS; Date: 10-30-71"

Handwritten note inside film can (removed): "Jitter Nolen reception - 1971 - Includes Parade with Phyllis as Grand Master also Miss Texas." This note refers to UNT alumna Phyllis George and President of North Texas State University Calvin Cleave "Jitter" Nolen.

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 5, 6,7, and 9.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-008) was digitized in high definition and will be available online.

Item 9: "Green Giant Spot"Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color; optical and magnetic stripe soundtracks.

This compilation reel contains a Green Giant commercial, a reception with Ben Barnes in Denton, TX, and Phyllis George greeting people.

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as items 5, 6, 7, and 8.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_002-009) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 10: "Ben Barnes Reception", ca. 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 11, 12, 13, and 14.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-010) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 11: "Ben Barnes Reception", ca. 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, magnetic stripe soundtrack, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 10, 12, 13, and 14.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-011) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 12: Unidentified Home Movie, ca. 1940Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as Items 10, 11, 13, and 14.

This film features an Easter celebration and Easter egg hunt in Denton, Texas.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-012) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 13: Unidentified Home Movie, ca. 1971Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as items 10, 11, 12, and 14.

In this film Phyllis George, recently crowned Miss America, greets and poses with people.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-013) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 14: Unidentified Home Movie, ca. 1951Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, B&W, Silent

This film has been rehoused and is stored in the same film can as items 10, 11, 12, and 13. Original Kodak box postmarked June 04, 1954; Film edge code dated 1951

This film includes footage of people in a park in Denton, Texas.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-014) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 15: Unidentified Home Movie, ca. 1955Add to your cart.

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent

This home movie includes footages of businesses in downtown Denton, Texas including Western Auto Associate Store, Shraders Pharmacy, the Texas Theater, Austin Shoes, Franklins, Denman Hardware, Inc., The Shamrock Shoes, Stone's Shoe Store, Taliaferros, Lawhon Music Co., J.C. Penney, Co., and the  Denton Typewriter Exchange.

This film (UNTA_AR0845_007-015) was digitized in standard definition and will be available online.

Item 16: "Honoring Our Heritage 1992", 1992Add to your cart.

1 videotape, VHS, Color, Sound

This tape (UNTA_AR0845_007-016) has been digitized and will be available online.

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