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Brigham Young University. Department of Communications

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1963-

Administrative History

The Department of Communications (1963- ) is responsible for communications courses under the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.

The Department of Communications at Brigham Young University was established in 1963. Functioning under the College of Fine Arts and Communications, it is responsible for teaching public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, and communications. Previously, communications courses were part of the Department of Journalism in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The organization functions to provide a professional program in communications which includes a broad base of general education, thorough orientation in the processes, functions and responsibilities of mass communication, and the development of skills in fact finding, analysis, and communication through the mass media. The department also seeks to provide service courses to help students from other departments develop desired communication skills. Department chairs have included: Oliver R. Smith (1964-1966), J. Morris Richards (1966-1972), Edwin O. Haroldsen (1972-1975), M. Dallas Burnett (1975-1980); Brent D. Peterson (1980-1983), J. LaVar Bateman (1983-1986), Ralph D. Barney (1986-1987), Gordon Whiting (1987-1991), David P. Forsyth (1991-1996), Leonard L. Bartlett (1996-1998), Laurie J. Wilson (1998-2002), Michael K. Perkins (2002-2004), Edward E. Adams (2004-2008; 2012-2015), and Bradley L. Rawlins (2008-2012).

Citation

BYU Organizational History Project, May 4, 2012: Dept. of Communications (1963, College Fine Arts and Communications, public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, and communications, previously Department of Journalism in College of Humanities and Social Sciences, professional program, broad base general, orientation, mass communication, fact finding, analysis, service courses, chairs Oliver R. Smith (1964-1966), J. Morris Richards (1966-1972), Edwin O. Haroldsen (1972-1975), M. Dallas Burnett (1975-1980); Brent D. Peterson (1980-1983), J. LaVar Bateman (1983-1986), Ralph D. Barney (1986-1987), Gordon Whiting (1987-1991), David P. Forsyth (1991-1996), Leonard L. Bartlett (1996-1998), Laurie J. Wilson (1998-2002), Michael K. Perkins (2002-2004), Edward E. Adams (2004-2008), and Bradley L. Rawlins (2008- ))

Found in 46 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph M. Boel papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 498
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence and papers pertaining to journalism and news photography, with copies of the Intermountain Journalism Bulletin, and Nieman Reports, 1946-1962.

Broadcast Services correspondence with Department of Communications, 1967-1969

 Sub-Series — Box: 6, Folder: 13
Identifier: UA 558 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence with the university's Department of Communications. Materials date from between 1967 and 1969.

College of Fine Arts records on Department of Communications, 1969-1983

 Series
Identifier: UA 666 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Communications Department accreditation files, administrative records, audits, and files on an external review, forensics, and programs; Communciations History Archives administrative records and David O. Selznick collection files; and Communications Research Center administrative records and reports.

Department of Communications activity correspondence, 1959-1962

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 560 Series 1 Sub-Series 14
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence and reports on activities of department majors and graduates. Materials date from between 1959 and 1962.

Department of Communications budget and expenditures, 1947-1967

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 560 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains budget estimates, employee salary data, correspondence, student publication budget estimates, graphs, and balance sheets. Materials date from between 1947 and 1967.

Department of Communications building project records, 1920-1999

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1215 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains records related to the building projects of the Department of Communications, including brochures of funding information, funding proposals, and budgeting. Also contains pictures of project models and correspondence regarding the projects. Includes records about the planned Gordon B. Hinckley Communications Center, including a floor plan and details about conceptual design, as well as records on the Eagle Gate plaza and office towers and the Harris Fine Arts Center, 1920-1999.

Department of Communications building records, 1948-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 560 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains administrative files on furnishings, facilities, lab equipment, the Harris Fine Arts Center, McKay Building, Student Service Center, and Journalism Reading Room, including floor plans, correspondence, and room assignments. Materials date from between 1948 and 1964.

Department of Communications chair records, 1960-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 560 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains administrative files, including grade summaries, academics standards, memorandums, correspondence, invitations, articles, seminar and workshop files, book lists, brochures and pamphlets, bibliographies, curriculum materials, meeting minutes, and employment and enrollment data.

Department of Communications committees and offices records, 1952-1960

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 560 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence and other materials from the Public Relations Office (BYU) and Radio and Television Committee. Materials date from between 1952 and 1960.