Guide to the
IRVING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCRAPBOOKS
November 1944 - March 1995
4.75 linear ft.
Collection Number: 6
Prepared by Kevin Kendro and Arthur H. Rubeck
CITATION: Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks, Collection 6, Box number, Volume number, Irving Archives, Irving Public Library.
The Irving Chamber of Commerce was established in May 1932, when the population of the city was less than eight hundred citizens. The original membership consisted of thirty-five Irving businessmen. The members agreed, according to the Irving Herald, that "the association is to function purely as a businessmen's body for Irving and is in no way to conflict with the workings of the community's larger civic groups. . . ."
The goal of the Chamber of Commerce is to further the economic development of the city. The Chamber works with the local government and the school district to enhance the quality of life and business environment of the city.
The Irving Chamber of Commerce received its national accreditation in 1964 and celebrated its golden anniversary in 1982.
Through the years the Irving Chamber of Commerce has grown substantially and is now comprised of several divisions, which address specific areas of civic and business concerns such as public relations, business development, transportation, education, and health care.
Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks, Collection 6, November 1944-March 1995.
Scope and Content Note
The Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks consist of newspaper articles and Chamber of Commerce publications from November 1944-March 1995. There is no record from January-May 1960. The collection, as originally donated, was comprised of twenty-eight scrapbooks. The covers and bindings of the scrapbooks have been removed. The contents of the scrapbooks remain on the original pages of the scrapbooks.
The vast majority of the contents consists of newspaper articles, with the remainder of the material made up of Chamber of Commerce publications and of photographs. The newspaper clippings are from several of the various Irving newspapers which have existed through the years, in addition to the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Times Herald.
The Chamber publications relate to Chamber functions such as meetings, mixers, and banquets. The more recent scrapbooks contain annual reports and programs of action and executive letters.
The newspaper articles pertain to general city news, Chamber activities, business news, and new business openings.
More specifically, the scrapbooks from the earlier years (1944-1975) relate mainly general news about the city. This was a period of explosive population growth and rapid city expansion. These news articles provide an excellent capsulized version of the city's history in the post-World War II economic boom. The material concerning city events between 1954 and 1960 is highly informative about this dynamic time in the city's history. Topics addressed are the need for expanded city services, problems with the school district, the need for road development, burgeoning retail business growth, and residential building growth. Also included (1967-1971) is an extensive newspaper record covering the debate over and development of Texas Stadium.
The information in the collection for the years 1975-1995 is more specific to the Chamber of Commerce. Most of the news articles document Chamber events and activities. There are a great many pictures and articles chronicling new business openings.
The collection also contained one laminated newspaper page from the Irving Daily News Texan of December 15, 1960. The lamination includes pages one and sixteen. It was photocopied. The original was placed in the newspaper collection, and the copy was placed in box six.
The Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks were donated to the Irving Archives by the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. Jan Hart, City Archivist, received the materials from James Spriggs and John Owens, officers in the Irving Chamber of Commerce, on June 3, 1997. Prior to their dontation to the Archives, the scrapbooks were kept in the Chamber of Commerce office.
Literary Rights Statement
Permission to publish material from the Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks must be obtained from the Irving Archives.
Note to the Researcher
In addition to documenting the Chamber of Commerce's concerns and activities from 1944-1995, this collection provides an excellent history of the growth and development of the city of Irving after the Second World War.
Series I. Irving Chamber of Commerce Scrapbooks, 1944-1995
1 November 1944-December 1953
2 January 1954-December 1954
3 January 1955-December 1955
4 January 1956-December 1956
5 January 1957-December 1957
6 January 1958-December 1958
7 January 1959-December 1959
8 June 1960-December 1962
9 January 1963-December 1963
10 January 1964-December 1964
11 January 1965-December 1965
12 January 1966-March 1967
13 March 1967-March 1968
14 April 1968-January 1969
15 January 1969-November 1969
16 November 1969-March 1971
17 April 1971-April 1973
18 April 1973-March 1974
19 April 1974-March 1975
20 April 1975-October 1976
21 October 1976-January 1980
22 January 1980-March 1981
23 February 1981-August 1982
24 August 1982-April 1984
25 April 1984-March 1988
26 April 1988-March 1990
27 April 1990-March 1993
28 April 1993-March 1995