University of North Texas Homecoming Collection, 1927-2013Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

By Daniel Lucio and Catherine Keenan

Collection Overview

Title: University of North Texas Homecoming Collection, 1927-2013Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: 02/20/ U0492
Primary Creator: University of North Texas.
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
Arrangement: These documents are arranged in date order.
Forms of Material: Invitations.
Programs (documents)
Languages: English


This collection contains a variety of documents related to various homecoming and reunion activities in UNT’s history. Examples of these documents include programs, invitations, and flyers with box 3 containing scrapbooks.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This box contains a variety of documents related to various homecoming and reunion activities in UNT’s history. Examples of these documents include programs, invitations, and flyers with box 3 containing scrapbooks from the mid 20th century. The first two boxes (146 and 147) are part of the Ready Reference Collection.

Collection Historical Note

Early Homecomings were held in the spring and involved the return of alumni of the school.  Banquets, picnics, and receptions by campus organizations were held to honor the ex-students. Many of the components that today’s students would recognize, such as pep rallies, parades, dances, and football games, started to be included in the 1920s. In 1927, Homecoming was held May 28-30. The celebrations included a Mary Arden breakfast, a pipe organ recital, a picture show, a lantern promenade, and a reception. By 1929, Homecoming was being held in November. Activities included a football game (North Texas vs. East Texas), club open houses, a decorated boarding house contest, and a dance.

            Bonfires were not a regular part of Homecoming until after the second World War. Students experimented with torchlight parades, lantern promenades, and the occasional bonfires. Among the earliest bonfires to be documented occurred in 1926.

            The first Homecoming Queen, Nikki Hendrix, was crowned in 1946. The first African-American Queen was Rosalind Johnson. She was honored in 1973. Kings did not enter the picture until 1984, when Homero Bayarena and Molly Smith shared the school royalty honor.

            Homecoming themes became a standard part of Homecoming in 1953 with Today’s North Texas (TNT).  Other samples include The University Year (1961), Movin’ Like a Superstar (1976), North Texas Does it Best (1979), W Haven’t Been Normal in Years (1991), Blaze of Green Glory (2002) and Deep in the Heart of UNT (2017).

Biographical Note

“The University of North Texas originated in 1890 when Joshua C. Chilton founded the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute.  A private institution, the normal college operated for the first eleven years of its live in buildings provided by the City of Denton.  An 1893 act of the Texas State legislature allowing the school to certify teachers added the work “North” to its name.  In 1901, the Texas State Board of Education, pursuant to an 1899 act of the state legislature, took control of the school and renamed it North Texas State Normal College.  The school awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1919 and changed its name to North Texas State Teachers College in 1923.  Two years later, the secondary-school program (a feature of normal schools in this era) was consigned to a separate Demonstration School, allowing North Texas to receive accreditation from the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of Southern States.  Graduate study began in 1935, and the college gradually moved toward emphasis on liberal arts study as well as education programs.  In 1949 the Texas Legislature recognized the school’s growth by renaming it North Texas State College and by authorizing a separate Board of Regents. North Texas began to award doctoral degrees in education and music during the 1950’s, and in 1961, as a recognition of increasing emphasis on research and graduate study, the state legislature approved yet another name, North Texas State University.  The University grew very rapidly and became the largest, most comprehensive public institution of higher learning in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by the early 1970s. In 1988, the legislature approved the present name, the University of North Texas.

“In January 1999 the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorized the creation of the UNT System Center at Dallas.  This Center offers junior, senior, and graduate-level courses leading to the completion of baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, certificates, and endorsements.  In January, 2000 the UNT System Center at Dallas opened a new facility at 8915 South Hampton Road.  The university leases the 78,000 Spare food facility which features state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs, and the first virtual library in the Metroplex. Inquires about the System Center should be made to the Executive Director at 972-780-3601 for email”

[Faculty Handbook, 2007-2008]

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Access Information

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 Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Collection is partially housed in the UNT Special Collections department vault and partially off-site. The UNT Special Collections department requests a 24 hour notice from patrons in order to page materials from vault and ready the materials for use. Please contact the UNT Special Collections department for further information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Acquisition Method: These documents concerning homecoming have primarily been collected by the UNT library.
Related Materials: University Photogtaphy Collection
Preferred Citation: University of North Texas Homecoming Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: Accession was processed by Catherine Keenan 3/21/2017


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