Centennial Celebration Collection, 1964-1990Add to your cart.

By H. LaRock, Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Centennial Celebration Collection, 1964-1990Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1988-1990
ID: 02/20/ U0044
Primary Creator: University of North Texas
Extent: 10.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged in three series: 1) Down the Corridor of Years; 2) Committees, Events, and Activities; and 3) Oversized Materials.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2011. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material: Administrative reports
Clippings (information artifacts)
Minutes (administrative records)
Languages: English


This collection is comprised of centennial committee documents, project plans, alumni records, event memorabilia, various university publications, correspondence, activity reports, meeting agendas, certificates, newspapers, and photographs. Though a majority of the included materials relate directly to the University of North Texas's centennial, materials and records of other university celebrations are included as examples and inspirations for UNT's 100th anniversary.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The materials included in this collection will aid researchers looking to dissect the intricate planning processes and sheer amount of inter-departmental cooperation and effort required to celebrate the University of North Texas's 100th anniversary. This collection includes plans and meetings leading up to the centennial; advertisements, publications, event information, and photographs created in the midst of the celebrations; and reports, correspondence, and certificates written after the centennial had passed. Researchers will discover meeting minutes and project plans covering the minutest details, to large-scale committee reports spanning the entirety of the celebrations.

Furthermore, within this collection is an entire series dedicated to the systematic editing process of UNT’s book, Down the Corridor of Years. Multiple versions of the publication, book notes, and even order invoices allow scholars to conceptualize the process of creating a comprehensive history of a university. Finally, certificates of recognition and congratulation as well as proclamations and resolutions included in the oversized materials provide a glimpse into the respect and support the University of North Texas garnered for reaching such a historic milestone.

Collection Historical Note

“It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress.” – Joshua C. Chilton

In 1988, the University experienced one last name change, its seventh,  to The University of North Texas. On September 16, 1990, the University of North Texas celebrated its official 100th birthday. Among the accomplishments at this time was the building of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building and the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Now in the 2000s, enrollment is at an all-time high, UNT is ranked as a Tier One research university, and can boast a unique and diverse community of students and teachers. From humble beginnings, an impressive university emerged.

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 untdallas@unt.edu.”

[Faculty Handbook, 2007-2008]

Subject/Index Terms

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:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 91-022, 2011-002
Acquisition Source: Beth Avery
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials:

125th Anniversary Collection

History of UNT

College of Business Administration Papers

Centennial Extravaganza

Centennial Solar Car

Centennial Capital Campaign

Centennial Celebration Play

For more information please see https://findingaids.library.unt.edu/?p=collections/findingaid&id=134&q=College+of+Business#.WiGLbUqnGUk.
Preferred Citation: Centennial Celebration Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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