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By Leonard Martin and Laura Treat

Collection Overview

Title: Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1938-1998Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: 01/ AR0845
Primary Creator: Denton Chamber of Commerce.
Extent: 7.0 Boxes
Arrangement: 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.
Date Acquired: 04/00/2015. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


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 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.

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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Access Information

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 The Portal to Texas History.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2015-019
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, The Portal to Texas History
Preferred Citation: Denton Chamber of Commerce Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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