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Brigham Young University. University Relations Division

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1964-1999

Administrative History

The University Relations Division (1964-1999) was in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University.

In addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world. In 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director. Directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999).

University Relations Division administers the university's relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations. It supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs. They also coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies. Part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970. This committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.

University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director. During Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President. Covey, Heber G. Wolsey, and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President.

Citation

BYU Organizational History Project, via WWW, viewed 6/19/2013; University Relations Divison page (University Relations Division; 1964-1999; in charge of all public relations concerns of Brigham Young University; in addition to public relations concerns, the University Relations Division oversaw many organizations within campus that put the university's name out into the world; in 1999 the division was placed under the advisement of the Associated Advancement Vice President, Alumni and External Relations Executive Director; directors of University Relations Division included Lester B. Whetten (1964-1966), Stephen R. Covey (1966-1969), Heber G. Wolsey (1969-1973), Bruce L. Olsen (1973-1983), George H. Bowie (1983-1985), Ronald G. Hyde (1985-1992), and George H. Bowie (1992-1999); University Relations Division administers the university's relations with local and state government agencies, as well as with professional, religious, and civic organizations; supervises all information relating to campus activities and programs; coordinated General Authority relations and ceremonial events, and co-chairs commencement ceremonies; part of the University Relations Division was the Student Conduct Appeals Committee/Board, also called the University Relations Committee, from at least 1968-1970; committee heard appeals from disciplinary action taken by the office of Student Special Services.University Relations Division acted under the direction of a director; during Stephen R. Covey's term the position become an Assistant to the President; Covey, Heber G. Wolsey and Ronald G. Hyde held the position as Assistant to the President)

Found in 138 Collections and/or Records:

University Relations Division reference file on race relations, 1963-1973

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Contains materials from the Public Communications Department and the tenure of Edwin Butterworth as the director. Includes correspondence, minutes, financial records, and other materials relating to the operation of the University's news bureau and public relations. Also contains copies of news clippings and articles concerning the University and various issues attached to the University. Contains Lyceum files and VIP files.
Dates: Other: 1963-1973

University Relations Division scrapbooks on football and basketball

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 836
Scope and Contents Two volumes relating to Brigham Young University football and basketball. Volume one includes quotes from members of the 1979 football team; images of old Cougar Stadium, the team, and individual players; caricatures and reproductions of photos of coaches LaVell Edwards, Norm Chow, Dick Felt, Garth Hall, Dave Kragthorpe, Mel Jay Olson, Tom Ramage, Doug Scovil, and Fred Whittingham; and newspaper clippings. Volume two includes images of the 1980-81 BYU basketball team, fans, players,...
Dates: 1979-1981

University Relations Division sports newsclippings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 942
Scope and Contents Contains newspaper clippings from the Daily Herald, Deseret News, and other newspapers during the years of 1946-1976. The clippings include information about the players and scores of the Brigham Young University football, basketball, tennis, track, swimming, baseball, soccer, golf, and wrestling teams. The collection is sorted chronologically.
Dates: 1946-1976

University Relations Division subject files, 1925-1978

 Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 5
Scope and Contents note Subject files related to a wide variety of topics.
Dates: Other: 1925-1978

University Relations Division topical news clippings, 1969-1970

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 586 Series 9 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains news clippings from 1969 to 1970.
Dates: Other: 1969-1970

University Relations records, 1952-1998

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5346 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains materials from the division, alumni relations, faculty, student clubs and sports, correspondence, and commencement. The activities include homecoming events, football, basketball, dance and music performances, and Y News articles. Dated 1952-1998.
Dates: 1952-1998

Vontella Hess Kimball papers on University Relations Division, 1955-1963

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence and memos related to Kimball's position in University Relations at Brigham Young. Includes correspondence between her and the university president and university memos on a variety of different topics, including military etiquette. Materials dated 1955-1963.
Dates: 1955-1963

Vontella Hess Kimball research papers, 1862-1965, bulk: bulk 1947-1965

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6960 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains materials such as newspaper clippings and copies of magazines which pertain to Kimball's research on topics such as Women of the Bible, the Holy Land, and Christmas in Bethlehem as well as collected works on Kimball's fashion career based in Denver and brochures and photographs of Germany, Turkey, and the Holy Land. Materials dated 1862-1965.
Dates: 1862-1965; Majority of material found within 1947-1965