We've Got Go


In the 1960s, technological advances and changes within the Hollywood studio system allowed for increased participation in visual narrative production, diversifying a visual record and reflecting the growing dissonance and political turmoil of the United States during the Vietnam era. Although these events were unprecedentedly documented through home movies, independent films, and the nightly news, this media is rarely consulted as primary source material. To highlight these underutilized resources, librarians at the University of North Texas began work on an online exhibit to expose researchers and undergraduate students to the rich possibilities of working with archival moving images.This exhibit, We've Got Go, draws on digitized primary source materials from the UNT Special Collections and the Portal to Texas History (including moving images and sound recordings) to contrast amateur and professional visual narratives produced in North Texas in 1967-1968. Through the juxtaposition of imagery in the anti-establishment Hollywood film Bonnie and Clyde, the locally produced and optimistic Dynamic Denton, and the nightly news from the local NBC affiliate KXAS, the exhibit illustrates the incongruity of the conflicting narratives; how DFW was perceived through an outside lens, its idealized version of itself, and the news-media provided account of local, regional, and world events. 

Learn more about the project here.