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Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Records

Identifier: DTEX 2022.001

Scope and Content

The records of the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (DHCC) consists of material accumulated since 2002. The materials include meeting agendas and minutes, financial documents, legal documents, correspondence, ephemera and digital files.

The collection has four series: Administrative Files, Events, Subject Files and Visual Media. The first series, Administrative Files (2002-2012), which include correspondence, financial records, minutes, agendas, legal documents and membership records. Series II, Events (2005-2012) consists of programs, flyers and other ephemera documenting events held or hosted by the DHCC, Denton Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and non-affiliated organizations. Series III, Subject Files (2006-2007) consists of digital files pertaining to a building with prospective use by the DHCC. Series IV, Visual Media (2007-2011), consists of digital images of board members, board meetings and logos of the DHCC.

Those interested in the history of the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its endeavors in supporting local Hispanic businesses and culture will find these records particularly useful.


  • 2002 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 2005 - 2011


Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Denton Public Library Special Collections. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Historical Sketch

The Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was established in the Spring of 1995, led by the efforts of Tomasa L. Garcia, as a response to a perceived lack of attention and services specifically tailored to the needs of Hispanic-run businesses by the greater Denton Chamber of Commerce. The need was seen as especially pressing due to the rapid growth of Denton’s Hispanic population within what was then the United States’ 13th fastest growing county.

Though the then president of the Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment that some Denton residents believed the establishment of a separate chamber was necessary, he acknowledged that the general nature of the chamber’s services presented a challenge when it came to focusing on the differing needs of any specific demographic within Denton’s business community, stating, “we as a chamber haven’t tried to address that segment as well as we should.”

Throughout the Hispanic Chamber’s existence, it often partnered with the Denton Chamber of Commerce, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Denton Council #4366 and the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce, which was established in May of 1995, to provide business education opportunities and community events that often highlighted Hispanic and other minority cultures and their local contributions.

Perhaps the most notable event sponsored by the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was the annual Fiesta on the Square. The Fiesta began in 2002 as a storytelling event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, but eventually grew to include: the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum’s permanent exhibit on the Denton’s early Hispanic families the Villanueva/Veanuevas and Menchacas as well as the Ramirez Family of Pilot Point and the Rodrigues family of Aubrey; a networking event called La Vida Denton for Hispanic students, college faculty and business and community leaders; and various culturally relevant performances from groups such as Ballet Folklórico.

At some point during 2017 or soon thereafter the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ended operation for reasons unknown to the author of this finding aid.

Cantu, Tony. “Community seeks more cultural focus.” Denton Record-Chronicle. March 17, 1995.
Cherubini, Jayme. “The people who help guide the business community Denton Chamber of Commerce.” Denton Record-Chronicle. February 10, 2005.
“Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bestows honors at banquet.” Denton Record-Chronicle. February 25, 2005.
Cantu, Micaela. “Cooperative spirit of business thrives in commerce chambers Two groups work to help minority business owners.” Denton Record-Chronicle. June 26, 2005.
Cobb, N. Dawn. “Hispanic Chamber event bestows honors, unveils new slate of officers.” Denton Record-Chronicle. March 4, 2006.
Breeding, Lucinda. “Dance, art hit the Square in Hispanic heritage celebration FIESTA ON THE SQUARE.” Denton Record-Chronicle. September 21, 2006.
Lewis, Bj. “Fiesta on the Square built out of partnerships Sept. 25 event involves schools, nonprofits, and now leads into World Fest FIESTA ON THE SQUARE.” Denton Record-Chronicle. September 14, 2009.


0.4 Linear Feet (One manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was established in the Spring of 1995 to provide services tailored to the needs of Denton's Hispanic run businesses. The Hispanic Chamber often partnered with the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Denton Black Chamber of Commerce and League of United Latin American Citizens to provide education for small businesses as well as sponsoring community events highlighting Hispanic culture and the local contribution of Denton's Hispanic business and community leaders.

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Series Description

The Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Records are arranged in four series:

Series I. Adminstrative Files 0.25 linear ft. (eleven folders), 2002-2012.

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.

Series II. Events 0.15 linear ft. (three folders), 2005-2012.

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.

Series III. Subject Files 0.10 linear ft. (one folder [digital]), 2006-2007.

Arranged alphabetically.

Series IV. Visual Media 0.10 linear ft. (three folders [digital]), 2007-2011.

Arranged alphabetically.

Provenance Statement

The Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Records were donated to the Denton, Texas Collection, Special Collections, Denton Public Library by Michelle Cunningham on 2020-02-28.

Additional Sources

More information on the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce may be found in the North Texas Daily and Denton Record-Chronicle newspapers beginning in 1995. Some digital copies are available online via The Portal to Texas History.


It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permissions from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about the 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

In digital files, DWG files may be viewed via AutoCAD's browser-based software at AEC files are created for use by Cinema 4D software which the library does not have access to, but it is possible this file type may also be viewed through Adobe After Effects which is available on the Special Collections computers.

The original Master Copy and a secondary copy of the collection's digital files exist on CDs that came with the collection inside the collection's Holding File. There is also a digital copy of these files on the Denton Municipal Archives networked drive S:\Library\Fowler\COD Archives\Collections\(DTEX 2022.001) Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If files become corrupted or unreadable on the public use archival DVD please request to see the corresponding file from one of these other sources.

Processing Information

Digital files originated from two CDs, labeled Master Copy #1 and #2. The files were arranged and transferred to archival DVD for ease of use. The original CDs are stored in the collection's holding file.

Material Removed List

Approximately 0.5 linear ft. of empty three-ring binders and folders, duplicate materials and ephemera with no known correlation to the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce were discarded.

Guide to the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Records, 2002-2012
Matthew Davis. Arranged and processed by Whitney Smith.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
First Edition by Matthew Davis. 2022-11-15.

Repository Details

Part of the Denton, Texas Collection Repository

Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA