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Spotlight on North Texas: The City of Dallas

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 the City of Dallas' extensive but disappearing film heritage.

Bring your home movies and materials related to Dallas motion picture history to Top Ten Records (338 W. Jefferson Blvd) from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, May 19th. Trained librarians and archivists from UNT Libraries will scan your print materials onsite and immediately return the originals along with a free digital copy. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image will inspect and collect your 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 Dallas.
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.
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, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Top Ten Records 
338 W. Jefferson Blvd
Dallas, TX 75208


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