Partner Event: Spotlight on North Texas

Join the University of North Texas Libraries and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image for the unique opportunity to become part of North Texas film history while also preserving your family’s photographs, home movies, and more. From ticket stubs and theater advertisements to home movies of local parades and festivals, this free community event will help to preserve Denton County’s extensive but disappearing film heritage.
Residents of Denton County are invited to participate in “Spotlight on North Texas,” at the UNT Willis Library Forum (First Floor, Room 140) at 1506 Highland Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 30.
Families may bring in historic photos, advertisements, ticket stubs and other print items documenting the history of film production and distribution in Denton County. UNT Libraries staff and volunteers will scan these items onsite and immediately return the original materials along with a free digital copy. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) will also be onsite to collect your historic family film and videos, which will be digitized off-site and returned by mail to the owners at no cost, along with a digital copy.
To qualify for free digitization, films and videos must:
  • Be one of the following formats:
    • Film - Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films
    • Video - VHS, VHS-C, SVHS, Beta-SP, ¾” U-matic  tapes, Hi-8 tapes, 8mm tapes, and mini-DV cassettes
  • Relate to the history and culture of Texas because they were filmed in Texas, filmed by a Texan, or featured Texas or Texans
  • Be submitted by the copyright holder, who grants permission for the films/videos to be shared by TAMI and UNT or be in the public domain
  • Total no more than 20 film reels and no more than 5 videotapes per household. 

To qualify for free digitization, print materials must:

  • Document the motion picture history of Denton County including photographs, ticket stubs, and print advertisements.
  • Be submitted by the copyright holder, who grants permission for the films/videos to be shared by TAMI and UNT or be in the public domain
  • Total no more than 25 items per household.
We regret that we cannot accept:
  • Any format not mentioned above, including Betamax, open reel video, or audio tape
  • Copyrighted material (i.e., programs recorded from television or commercial films)
  • Items that are in too poor condition for us to digitize using our equipment

The sponsoring organizations will retain a digital copy of the materials for long-term preservation. With a selection of digitized items, UNT will create a community collection on the Portal to Texas History which will document or local and regional heritage. A selection of materials will also be placed online as part of TAMI’s digital collection. Thousands of materials have already been preserved by these institutions and can be viewed online at and

“Spotlight on North Texas” is free and open to the public. In addition to digitization, attendees can learn about film history and preservation and view historic film clips from North Texas including the Southwest Premiere of Bonnie and Clyde and a recently preserved film by legendary director Joe Camp. Dr. Georgia Caraway will be selling and signing copies of her books including Legendary Locals of Denton and Postcards of Denton County from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
Free parking is available on campus in “Lot 26” on Highland Street & Avenue C and all “G” lots. Paid parking is available in the Highland Street Parking Garage at Avenue A & Highland Street.
UNT encourages Denton County residents to start digging their films, videos, and photographs out of their attics and garages and bring them down to the “Spotlight on North Texas” event for this free digitization program and unique opportunity to be part of film history.
If you have questions about the program or whether your materials qualify for free digitization, please contact the Program Director, Laura Treat at or (940) 369-5293. Follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @Spotlight_NTX. Additional information about parking is available through the UNT Parking and Transportation Office at and at (940) 565-3020.
This event has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Willis Library
The Forum, Room 140