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TDSHPT-Texas Tourism films

Texas tourism films and audiotapes, 1965-1966, 1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975, 1977-1985, 15.68 cubic ft. (211 motion picture components, 27 motion pictures, and 1 open reel audiotape)

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Scope and Content
The Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TSDHPT) was responsible for the building and maintenance of Texas roads and highways and for developing public mass transportation in state from 1975 to 1991. The agency was formed in 1975 when the Texas legislature merged the Texas Highway Department and the Texas Mass Transportation Commission into this single agency. The Travel and Information Division under TSDHPT and the Texas Highway Department promoted travel to and within the state and Texas tourism. The division produced several tourism films, including Texas, America’s Funtier, which received a certificate of excellence in the 1970 Sunset Travel Film Festival; and Law West of the Pecos, a film still shown at the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas. Records in this series consist of 11 film projects, dating 1965-1966, 1969-1970, 1972-1973, 1975, 1977-1985, and are comprised of 16mm motion pictures and motion picture components, including work prints, camera original footage, negatives, and internegatives as well as magnetic and optical sound tracks; a 35mm work print; and 0.25-inch open reel audiotapes.

Titles that were available through the division’s film lending library include Festival Time in Texas, described as “A light-hearted romp through more than a dozen events where Texans congregate for fun. It captures the exuberance of celebrating Cajuns, the belting rhythm of deep soul music, fiery Mexican fiestas, and lots of down home entertainment where guitars and fiddles are king.”Missions of Texas, narrated by actor Ricardo Montalban that tells the “story of 10 missions from El Paso to the Piney Woods, built by the Indians and missionaries in the late 1700’s,” and Texas – Live the Legend, “frontier history, recreational activities and diverse cultures are portrayed against backdrops of scenic splendor and living heritage” (a book with the same title was also released in 1981). These film projects, along with Texas, America’s Funtier and Texas, Land of Contrast include more than one finished print. Texas, Land of Contrast has both an English and Spanish version, while Texas – Live the Legend had versions of varying lengths that were printed for distribution.

(Sources include: Email communication with TxDOT staff, October 30, 2017; Texas Department of Transportation, Travel Division. “Video Library.” Austin, TX, February 2002; “Roy Bean Film Wins Applause,” in the Del Rio News-Herald, January 30, 1970, accessed on November 28, 2017, through the Access Newspaper Archive; and the records themselves.)


Arrangement/Organization
These records are arranged by film project and then by reel number.

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas tourism films and audiotapes, Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Other Formats for the Records
A portion of the films described in this series have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive (See Inventory below).  Other components will be added as they are digitized.


Inventory of Texas tourism films and audiotapes

Click here for the full inventory of the Texas Tourism films and audiotapes.

Digitized Texas tourism films and audiotapes

Texas, Land of Contrast, 1965 [17 motion picture components and 2 motion pictures]
Reel
2013/063-103 Texas, Land of Contrast, print, about 1965 [running time: 30:35, 16mm acetate color optical sound film, 1,100 ft.]
Texas – Live the Legend, 1982 [85 motion picture components and 7 motion pictures]
Reel
2013/063-542 Texas, Live the Legend, print, 1981 [running time: 48:00, 16mm acetate color optical sound film, 1,750 ft.]
[Print of the longer 60-minute version of the film with optical soundtrack.]
Beautify Texas, 1972 [5 motion picture components and 1 motion picture]
Reel
2013/063-6 Beautify Texas, print, about 1972 [running time: 28:40, 16mm acetate color optical sound film, 1,100 ft.]
[Print of the longer 60-minute version of the film with optical soundtrack.]
Festival Time in Texas, 1975 [7 motion picture components and 2 motion pictures]
Reel
2013/063-15 Festival Time in Texas, print, about 1975 [running time: 14:40, 16mm acetate color optical sound film, 580 ft.]
Missions of Texas, 1974 [9 motion picture components and 3 motion pictures]
Reel
2013/063-68 Missions of Texas, print, about 1973 [running time: 14:30, 16mm acetate color optical sound film, 520 ft.]
[Print with optical soundtrack for distribution.]
Cows of Abilene, about 1985 [1 motion picture component]
Reel
2013/063-68 Cows of Abilene, negative, about 1985 [running time: 12:00, 16mm acetate color silent film, 430 ft.]
[Internegative.]
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