Join the Texas Archive of the Moving Image in an exploration of their collection to discover stories of Texas. 

Power: Glimpses of Boomtown Texas

Airing for nearly 15 years, television's Dallas helped solidify global stereotypes of Texas oil families. But Hollywood's version of the impact of oil upon Texas and Texans lacks what "homegrown" media can illustrate: A multi-faceted record of how the oil and gas industry contributed to the state's ever-changing considerable social, economic, political, and cultural power. Utilizing the archive's home movies, industrial films, local news, and, yes, a bit of Dallas, POWER: GLIMPSES OF BOOMTOWN TEXAS highlights the boom, the bust, and the many challenges posed by the industry to the state.


Scenic Route: Discoveries in Texas Film & Video

In 2018, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Texas Film Round-Up, a pioneering community archives program presented in partnership with the Texas Film Commission. SCENIC ROUTE: DISCOVERIES IN TEXAS FILM & VIDEO offers a guided tour of highlights from the program, from Beaumont to El Paso, Brownsville to Amarillo, and countless places in between. Featuring moving images documenting Texas and Texans as early as the turn of the twentieth century, SCENIC ROUTE illustrates the sheer diversity of experience made possible in the Lone Star State.


Broadcasting 1968

The United States experienced significant transition and change throughout the twentieth century, but a particular year—1968—proved one of the most consequential to the nation. Considerations of the year's lasting cultural impact, however, too often undervalue the influence of broadcasts television. BROADCASTING 1968 considers a range of historic events and cultural trends through the lens of television news. With an emphasis on programming from Houston stations KPRC-TV and KHOU-TV, the exhibit further complicates easy assumptions about city, state, nation, and world.


True Crime Tales: 10 Cases Buried in the Archive

True crime may boast a current surge in popularity, but public interest in the subject is nothing new. What follows are ten singular tales of murder, scandal, and tragedy set in the Lone Star State. Combining local television coverage with newsreels, government films, home movies, and more, TRUE CRIME TALES not only uncovers the facts of each crime but also explores how Texans produce and consume crime stories. What cases capture our attention and how do crimes become legends?



Women on the Move: Texas and the Fight for Women's Rights

In November 1977, Houston hosted the National Women's Conference: American Women on the Move, the first (and, as yet, only) federally funded women's conference in United States history. Texas women patently shaped the proceedings, from the hundreds of conference volunteers to the state's 58 delegates to the pair of Texans who served on the planning commission. Combining local television coverage with newsreels, government films, commercials, home movies, and more, this exhibit examines the historical impact of the National Women's Conference, the ongoing debate it provoked, and the opposition movement it inspired. 



Weathering Texas

The old saying goes, “If you don’t like Texas weather, stick around a few minutes.” From the lush Piney Woods to the arid Chihuahuan Desert, the state’s diverse climate landscape has been home to drastic meteorological extremes. While conversations concerning climate change continue to be at the forefront of political agenda and debate, this audio-visual history of Texas not only tells a story of survival and rebuilding but also identifies storms as sites of change within the state's economy, infrastructure, and local communities.



La Frontera Fluida - The Fluid Border

The Texas borderlands are an exceedingly varied and evolving space, one of perpetual conflict and social tension, bi-national negotiation and cooperation, and rich cultural diversity and heritage. At a time when issues like immigration and border security are of increasing political prominence, we must take a closer look at the region and the intersecting layers of discourse that shape its complex history. LA FRONTERA FLUIDA explores the Texas borderlands through its representation on film, drawing from newsreels, documentaries, educational films, and home movies to examine not only the varied experiences of its residents but also its place within the mythology of Texas.



A Journey to the Moon through Texas

The Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston, now known as the Johnson Space Center, served as the focal point of activity for NASA's Project Apollo, the program through which the U.S.A. would land a man on the Moon. Thousands of NASA employees coordinated the design and testing of manned spacecraft components at the MSC and communicated this work via live broadcasts and films produced on site. The film artifacts featured in this exhibit document NASA’s progress towards achieving the historic moon landing to a degree that previously has not been available to the public. Though the majority were produced by NASA, also included in the exhibit are films shot by major contractors such as North American Aviation and Rockwell, home movies made by Texas families visiting the MSC, and even a star appearance by Doris Day.


Amateur Auteurs

Stereotypically associated with home movies or thought of as mere hobby, so-called “amateur cinema encompasses a wide-ranging array of film formats and genres, from simple “point-and-shoot” pieces to more intricate, creatively produced work. The story of amateur cinema in Texas, however, remains largely unknown as these films reside primarily in the private realm. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image is proud to showcase some of our favorite amateur films from across the state in Amateur Auteurs.



When Texas Saw Red

In November 2014, the world celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Only weeks later, the United States and Cuba announced that the two countries would normalize diplomatic relations after more than fifty years, suggesting that one of the last chapters of the Cold War may be closing. With the passing of these two events, TAMI selected highlights from its collection through which to explore the intricate, complicated history of the post-WWII period and the ways Cold War culture permeated Texas news, politics, home life, schools, careers, and entertainment. Join us for a peek behind the “curtain!”



Starring the Lone Star State

For over a century, Texas has served as a location for thousands of film productions, from independent features to Hollywood blockbusters. The state has also been home to some of cinema’s most influential players both in front of and behind the camera. In Starring the Lone Star State, the Texas Archive of the Moving Image leads you through highlighted films in our collection to explore the history of moviemaking in the state. Join us — it’s time for Texas’ close-up!