University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Film Collection, 1940-1984

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Film Collection
Title: Texas Film Collection
Dates: 1940-1984
Abstract: Lobby cards, posters, distributor's pressbooks and presskits, screenplays and photographic stills documenting 148 films relating to Texas. Pressbooks contain synopses of the films as well as articles about them.
Accession No.: 85-275; 85-284
Extent: ca. 800 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The Texas Film Collection, 1940-1984, is comprised of lobby cards, posters, distributor's pressbooks and presskits, screenplays, and photographic stills, pertaining to Texas-related films. The distributor's pressbooks in the collection are especially valuable because they contain detailed and accurate synopses of the films as well as lengthy articles about the films, reproductions of entire ad campaigns, and all of the posters. Additionally, the collection contains a substantial photographic archive of stills of many of these films. A number of foreign posters are included in the collection, documenting the way that Texas films were perceived overseas. Some of the notable films documented in the collection include Bonnie and Clyde, Urban Cowboy, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Alamo, and Dallas (television program).


Arrangement and Organization

Film titles are listed alphabetically in the collection inventory with locations designated for materials available for each one. The materials are also separated into series, as follows:
I. Pressbooks, Presskits, Screenplays
II. Lobby cards
III. Posters
IV. Photographs


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Index Terms

Motion pictures--Texas--Sources
Motion picture plays
Western films
Motion pictures--Distribution
Bonnie and Clyde (Motion picture)
Urban cowboy (Motion picture)
Best little whorehouse in Texas (Motion picture)
Alamo (Motion picture : 1960)
Dallas (Television program)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Film Collection, 1940-1984, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alison Beck and Kerry Rusch, February 1986.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



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