Denton Centennial Collection
Scope and Content
The collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Scrapbooks, Series II. Ephemera, Series III. Printed Materials, Series IV. Photographs, and Series V. Film.
Series I. is Scrapbooks (1957). This contains two subseries. Subseries 1. is Denton Centennial Commission Scrapbooks and Competition Scrapbooks. The Denton Centennial Commission Scrapbooks subseries is 3 scrapbooks by the Denton Centennial Commission and Mrs. Cecil J. Massey on the planning, carrying out, and reception of the Centennial Celebration. These scrapbooks include newspaper articles, letters, and internal papers. Subseries 2. is Competition Scrapbooks. It includes scrapbooks created for the Centennial's scrapbooking competition by the Centennial Belles groups: Lee's Lassies, Rotary Annabelles, and Texsheen Belles. The competition scrapbooks include newspaper articles, photographs, planning materials, cards, letters, napkins, and advertisements.
Series II. is Memorabilia (1957). It includes objects like identfication buttons for Centennial Belles, Peddler Permits, and Shaving. It also includes two hats, ribbons dated 1957, and tickets.
Series III. is Printed Materials (1957) intended for distribution before and during the Centennial Celebration. These include "Faith of our Fathers" religious bulletins, Centurama programs, and the registration sheets for the Centennial Belles and Brothers of the Brush groups.
Series IV. is Photographs (1957-04-22). These were taken of the Centennial Parade from above and include floats, the audience, horses, marching banks, and tanks.
Series V. is Film (1957-04-22). The 8mm color film is of the Centennial Parade and audience from street-level.
Those interested in local history, especially early Denton history, will find this collection valuable.
- Denton Public Library (Denton, TX) (Collector, Organization)
Literary Rights Statement
The Denton Centennial Commission planned all Centennial events, sent out invitaions to politicians and media, and organized the sale of historical fashions and memorabilia in Denton stores. The Commission supported the creation of other groups, known as "Brothers of the Brush" and "Centennial Belles." These groups comprised of people from Denton and the local area. Later, a children's version, "Kampus Kiddie Klub Belles and Beaus," was created.
The "Brothers of the Brush" were men who grew out their facial hair and wore historical clothing. Men in the area could opt out of growing facial hair by buying $1-2 buttons. "Centennial Belles" were women who wore historical dresses and bonnets. Both groups advertised for the Centennial Celebration by traveling through North Texas in costume with hand outs and performances, starting in March 1957. "Brothers of the Brush" acted as "Kangaroo Kops" in Kangaroo courts to convict, fine, or mock imprison people who did not wear historical dress on Thursdays from mid-March to April 18th. "Centennial Belles" held parties, made historical clothing, created scrapbooks for competitions, and participated in the Kangaroo courts. Many "Centennial Belle" groups also sponsored a contestant for "Miss Denton Centurama" which was won by Miss Patsy Pitner of the Belles of the Saddle with a trip to Mexico aboard American Airlines as her prize.
Three scrapbooks in this collection were entries in the scrapbooking competition. They were created by the Belles groups: Lee Lassies, Rotary Annabelles, and Texsheen Belles. Judging for the scrapbooking competitions took place on April 24 with The Texsheen Belles winning the white division and the Fred Moore Bronze Belles winning the Fred Moore Division.
Three other scrapbooks include the Denton Centennial Commission's internal documents and letters.
Before the Commission's planned Centennial Celebration, the Penn-Reynolds-Jones Post 840, American Legion hosted a Thursday-Saturday show on "100 years of Negro progress" with demonstrations by Carver Kitchen about food and home appliances. Other events included a comedy skit, contests, and the election of a Queen.
The Centennial Celebration of 1957 was officially April 21-27 and started with an Easter Sunday "Faith of our Fathers" religious meeting in the Denton High School stadium. Other events included a parade, "Young America Day," costume contests, pioneer kitchen demonstrations, "Education Day," recognition of local communities, and a rodeo. Every night of the week ended in a Denton Centurama play performance by the John B. Rogers Players at the High School stadium.
- Denton Centennial Collection, Denton Municipal Archives, Special Collections, Denton Public Library.
3.3 Linear Feet (Seven nonstandard boxes (16.75 in. x 13 in. x 3 in.), two nonstandard boxes (13.5 in. x 12 in. x 6 in.), one nonstandard box (14.75 in. x 9.5 in. x 3 in.), one CD box (5.5 in. x 5 in. x 4.75 in.), one reel case (7.5 in x 1 in.))
Language of Materials
Series I. Scrapbooks 1.5 linear ft. (6 manuscript boxes), 1957. Arranged in two subseries: 1. Denton Centennial Commission Scrapbooks and 2. Competition Scrapbooks
Subseries 1. Denton Centennial Commission Scrapbooks .75 linear ft. (3 nonstandard boxes), 1957. Subseries 2. Competition Scrapbooks .75 linear ft. (3 nonstandard boxes), 1957. Series II. Memorabilia 1.4 linear ft. (3 nonstandard boxes), 1957.
Series III. Printed Materials 0.4 linear ft. (1 nonstandard box), 1957.
Arranged in two subseries: 1. Centennial Group Membership Lists and 2. Programs
Subseries 1. Centennial Group Membership Lists 0.3 linear ft. (12 folders), 1957
Subseries 2. Programs 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders), 1957
Series IV. Photographs Oversize box 4, 1957.
Series V. Film .08 linear ft. (1 reel case), 1957.
the Denton Centennial Commission, Mrs. Robin L. Galvin on 2020-09-25 as a Memorial for Marion and Corinne Smith, Mrs. Cecil T. Massey, and Alma Lane Chambers.
THe 8mm film was purchased at a second-hand store by library staff.
Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about format, record group, collection, series, box, folder and image numbers. If one exists please use this number when ordering reproductions of images for this collection.
Note to the Researcher
Most printed materials like programs are still in good condition, but some have been torn or are brittle. There are multiples of some items, so the sturdier copies should be handled instead of the more fragile.
The photographs of the Series IV. Photographs are grouped and attached together to boards. Photographs must be handled with white cotton gloves.
The 8mm film in Series V is fragile, a digital version is available for viewing.
- Brothers of the Brush Subject Source: Local sources
- Centennial Belles Subject Source: Local sources
- Denton (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Denton (Tex.) Centennial Subject Source: Local sources
- Denton Municipal Archives Subject Source: Local sources
- Denton, Texas Collection Subject Source: Local sources
- Guide to the Denton Centennial Collection, 1957
- Heather Butler
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- First edition by Heather Butler. 2021-06-18.