01/AR0845 Guide to the Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection Denton Chamber of Commerce Finding Aid Authors: Leonard Martin and Laura Treat.

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Guide to the Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection 1938/1998 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection 1938-1998 01/AR0845 Denton Chamber of Commerce. 7.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
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This collection contains Denton Chamber of Commerce archival materials from 1938 through 1998.
Administrative History:

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.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: One O’Clock Lab Band Texas Woman’s University Family Name: Nolen, Calvin Cleave Geographic Name: Denton County (Tex.) Personal Name: Barnes, Benny, 1936-1987 Camp, Joe Conried, Hans, 1917-1982 George, Phyllis Lyons, Jodie, 1930-2011
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift

Accruals:

2015-019

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Preferred Citation:

Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, The Portal to Texas History

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

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.

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 The Portal to Texas History.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection contains 7 boxes with materials arranged into 3 series and 2 sub-series. 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. Sub-series 1 contains motion picture films related to the Dynamic Denton campaign. Sub-series 2 contains motion picture film and videotape documenting the City of Denton and the activities fo the Denton Chamber of Commerce.

Scope and Contents

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 to 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, March, and 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.

Detailed List of Contents id132379 Manuscripts id132400 1 Documents, Letters, and Photos 641097 Scope and Contents

This box consists of 54 folders containing Denton Chamber of Commerce documents, photos, and letters organized by content.

id132401 2 Documents, Letters, and Photos 641098 Scope and Contents

This box consists of 75 folders containing Denton Chamber of Commerce documents, photos, and letters orgainzed by content.

id132402 3 Newspapers id132864 3 1 Denton Chamber of Commerce Poster Scope and Contents

Black and white poster on cardboard.

id132865 3 2 Denton Record-Chronicle 1992-01-25 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Section C - Special Section

id132866 3 3 Denton Record-Chronicle 1984-01-29 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Sunday, January 29, 1984 Section E; Family Weekly.

id132867 3 4 Denton Record-Chronicle 1985-01-02 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Sunday, January 27, 1985, no. 152.

id132868 3 5 Denton Record-Chronicle 1983-01-30 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Sunday, January 30, 1983.

id132869 3 6 Denton Record-Chronicle 1982-01-31 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Sunday, January 31, 1982, no. 157.

id132870 3 7 Denton Record-Chronicle 1976-07-04 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Sunday, July, 4 1976, no. 289.

id132952 3 8 Denton Record-Chronicle 1977-01-30 Scope and Contents

Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper: Section G - Sunday, January 30, 1977.

id132403 Denton Chamber of Commerce Sound Recordings id132862 3 Denton Chamber of Commerce Sound Recordings id132863 3 1 Dynamic Denton 1967-1971 Scope and Contents

12" vinyl record: "Dynamic Denton: In Sound and Music". With the Jodie Lyons Singers and Orchestra; Narration by Hans Conreid. Side 1: "Book" by Jodie Lyons and Joe Camp. Side 2: "Miss America" - Phyllis George Talks About Denton: Excerpts, remarks, and feelings of Miss America 1971 about her hometown.

id132404 4 Denton Chamber of Commerce Sound Recordings 641105 id132431 4 1 Denton Spot Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: 15 Denton AM Commercial. Written on reel: "Denton" spot 6. Length: 60 sec

id132432 4 2 Denton Spot Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: 7 1/2 Denton AM Commercial. Written on reel: Denton Spot 7 1/2. Length: 60 sec.

id132433 4 3 We've Got Go Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: (1) We’ve Got Go; (2) We’ve Got Fun; (3) Kids; (4) Denton, Texas.

id132434 4 4 Denton Presentation 1968-09 Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: Denton Presentation 9/68; Collect Bears (non Mask).

id132435 4 5 Phyllis Talks About Denton Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: "Phyllis Talks About Denton" DUB.

id132436 4 6 Coured Sound for WFAA film Scope and Contents

5" audio reel without container. Written on reel: Coured Sound for WFAA film.

id132437 4 7 Denton Ch. 8 Scope and Contents

5" audio reel without container. Written on reel: Denton – Ch. 8 – Sound from film report on N.Y. trip.

id132438 4 8 Unlabeled Audio Reel Scope and Contents

5" unlabeled audio reel without container.

id132439 4 9 Unlabeled Audio Reel Scope and Contents

5" unlabeled audio reel without container.

id132440 4 10 Denton Com's 1967-09 Scope and Contents

5" audio reel without container. Written on reel: Denton Com's 9/67.

id132441 4 11 Denton WFFA 1967-08-25 Scope and Contents

5" audio reel without container. Written on reel: Denton WFAA 8/25/67.

id132442 4 12 Denton A6 - Show Scope and Contents

Audio cassette tape. Written on cassette: A side: Slide Project - Paul Philips "Campgournd Selection". B side: Denton A6 - Show.

id132443 4 13 Chamber of Commerce - Denton, TX Scope and Contents

Plus-X panchromatic video reel with aluminum container. Written on container: Chamber of Commerce; Denton, TX. Object was originally contained in brown paper bag labeled, "Film slides, 1949 Meeting." The brown paper bag is housed within Series 1: Box 1, Folder 23.

id132444 4 14 AUX. Demo Tape Scope and Contents

Plastic film canister labeled: AUX. demo tape.

id132405 5 Denton Chamber of Commerce Sound Recordings id132841 5 1 Demonstration Record: "Denton, Texas" 1967-08 Scope and Contents

7" vinyl record. by Jodie Lyons with the Jodie Lyons Singers. Produced by Norsworthy-Mercer, Inc.

id132845 5 2 Demonstration Record: "Denton, Texas" 1967-08 Scope and Contents

7" vinyl record. by Jodie Lyons with the Jodie Lyons Singers. Produced by Norsworthy-Mercer, Inc.

id132851 5 3 Denton C&P Scope and Contents

5" audio reel with container. Written on container: Denton: Hans C.; Phyllis: Love Story.

id132852 5 4 Phyllis Mixes Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: "Phyllis on Denton"; Two Mixes #1@ 000; #3@ 400 Master.

id132853 5 5 Phyliss Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: Contact: Joe Camp, Dallas

id132854 5 6 Denton Excerpt for New Business Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: Dow Jones Business News. 6:20 minutes; Air check KMOX.

id132855 5 7 Denton... Has All You Need Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. 5:55 minutes.

id132856 5 8 Hans Conreid Interview Scope and Contents

5" audio reel. Written on container: Hans Conreid Interview used on WFFA Radio.

id132857 5 9 Standby's Scope and Contents

7" reel to reel tape. Written on container: Film- cued, plugged, & on sound up/ dm; tape cued; cue defeat off.

id132858 5 10 Denton Slide Presentation Scope and Contents

7" reel to reel tape. Written on container: Master "1/4".

id132859 5 11 Denton Presentation Scope and Contents

7" reel to reel tape. Written on Container: Denton Presentation by Jodie Lyons; Tail Out - Full Track.

id132860 5 12 Group Rehearsal Tape Scope and Contents

7" reel to reel tape. Written on container: File- study group. #5A CH 31.

id132861 5 13 J. Harold Farmer 1952-05-22 Scope and Contents

7" reel to reel tape. Written on container: Denton-Texas for KRLD-Dallas.

id134993 Film and Video Recordings Scope and Contents

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.

id134994 Dynamic Denton Scope and Contents

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.

id134995 6 704221 Scope and Contents

On-site

id134997 6 1 "Dynamic Denton" Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, Color, Optical soundtrack Film not digitized due to poor physical condition

id134998 6 2 "We've Got Go" ca. 1969 Title:

[We've Got Go]

Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack Film digitized (UNTA_AR0845_006-001) and available online.

id134999 6 3 "We Got Go" Title:

[We Got Go]

Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack Original film can labeled "Brand New Prints" Film digitized (UNTA_AR0845_006-002) and available online.

id135004 6 4 "Outtakes - Phyllis Denton and ? 'Gold' Film" ca. 1967 Title:

[Dynamic Denton: Outtakes Part 1]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135005 6 5 "Outtakes Denton and ? 'Gold' Films" Title:

[Dynamic Denton: Outtakes Part 2]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135006 6 6 "Channel 8 Interview 'New York Trip'" ca. 1970 Title:

[New York Trip]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135007 6 7 "Outtakes Denton and ? 'Gold Films'" Title:

[Dynamic Denton: Outtakes Part 3]

Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-006) was digitized in standard definition and is available online.

id140054 6 8 "Dynamic Denton" 1968 Title:

Dynamic Denton

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id134996 Home Movies and Other Film and Video Recordings Scope and Contents

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.

id135008 6 Scope and Contents

On-site

id135015 6 9 "Phyllis George" Title:

[City of Denton Promotional Film]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135016 6 10 "City Park #2" ca. 1940 Title:

[City Park #2]

Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, color, silent This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-008) was digitized in standard definition and is available online.

id135017 6 11 "Miss America Pageant" ca. 1971 Title:

[Miss America Pageant 1971]

Scope and Contents

1 film reel, 16mm, color, optical soundtrack This film (UNTA_AR0845_006-009) was digitized in standard definition and is available online.

id135019 7 704222 Scope and Contents

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.

id135020 7 1 "Miss America Credits (Phyllis Spliced Out)" ca. 1970 Title:

[Miss America Credits]

Scope and Contents

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_007-001) was digitized in standard definition and is available online.

id135026 7 2 "1st Roll Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 25, 1971" 1971 Title:

[1971 Chamber of Commerce Banquet Roll 1]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135027 7 3 "2nd Roll Chamber of Commerce Banquet March 25, 1971" 1971 Title:

[1971 Chamber of Commerce Banquet Roll 2]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135028 7 4 "Denton Chamber of Commerce Reception July 28 1971" 1971 Title:

[1971 Chamber of Commerce Reception]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135029 7 5 "County Fair" ca. 1938 Title:

[Denton County Fair]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135032 7 6 "Creeks Before Planting" ca. 1959 Title:

[Creeks Before Planting]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135033 7 7 "Bank Day" ca. 1940 Title:

[Bank Day]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135034 7 8 "Beauties at Homecoming 1971" October 30, 1971 Title:

[Beauties at Homecoming 1971]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135035 7 9 "Green Giant Spot" Title:

[Compilation Reel, No. 1]

Scope and Contents

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_007-009) was digitized in standard definition and is available online.

id135037 7 10 "Ben Barnes Reception" ca. 1971 Title:

[Ben Barnes Reception, No. 1]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135038 7 11 "Ben Barnes Reception" ca. 1971 Title:

[Ben Barnes Reception, No. 2]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135042 7 12 Unidentified Home Movie ca. 1940 Title:

[Easter Egg Hunt]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135045 7 13 Unidentified Home Movie ca. 1971 Title:

[Miss America Phyllis George Greets Crowd]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135046 7 14 Unidentified Home Movie ca. 1951 Title:

[Day at the Park]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135048 7 15 Unidentified Home Movie ca. 1955 Title:

[Business in Denton, Texas]

Scope and Contents

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 is available online.

id135049 7 16 "Honoring Our Heritage 1992" 1992 Title:

[Honoring Our Heritage and other Denton Chamber of Commerce Productions]

Scope and Contents

1 videotape, VHS, Color, Sound This tape (UNTA_AR0845_007-016) has been digitized and is available online.