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Brigham Young University. Public Communications

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1978 - 1997

Administrative History

Public Communications was responsible for overseeing mass media on all levels, local all the way up to international. Directors for Public Communications included Paul C. Richards (1978-1991), Margaret Smoot (1991-1994), Brent Harker (1994-1997). In 1997, Lee Bartlett assumed control of Public Communications and the name was changed to University Communications.

The main function and purpose of Public Communications was to act as the official university channel for interacting with mass media at local, state, regional, national, and international levels. This meaning they worked with broadcasting on campus, various publications including BYU Today, and Fine Arts News and Features.

The director of Public Communication reported to the president of University Relations. In 1992, with the creation of the Vice-President of Advancement, Public Communications was then under the care of Ronald G. Hyde, Vice-President of Advancement.

Prior to 1978 this unit was called the Brigham Young University News Bureau (1952-1978). The organization has been called University Communications ever since 1997 when the Public Communications Department was abolished.

Citation:
University Communications records, 1921-2009 (Brigham Young University, Public Communications)

BYU organizational history, via WWW, Mar. 12, 2013 (Public Communications; previously known as the News Bureau, renamed in 1978; reports to the university administration; responsible for overseeing university mass media; name changed to University Communications in 1997)

Found in 100 Collections and/or Records:

A brief history of the Brigham Young University News Bureau

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA SC 116
Scope and Contents

History of the public relations arm of Brigham Young University, formerly called the New Bureau, currently named Public Communications.

Dates: Publication: 1972

Broadcast Services audiotapes

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: UA 5336
Scope and Contents

Contains two reel-to-reel tapes and 110 cassette tapes of programs and interviews produced by the Broadcast Media Relations Office in the Public Communications Department dated 1969-1977.

Dates: 1969-1977

BYU Photo contact sheets and photographs, 1875-2001, bulk: 1970-2001

 Series
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2
Scope and Contents Consists of contact sheets, mainly black and white, and photograph prints, mainly color, corresponding to the negatives in series 1, including color contact sheets printed from compact discs. Dated 1970 to 2001. Images include various performing groups (Ballroom Dance, Folk Dance, Lamanite Generation/Living Legends, and Young Ambassadors, both on campus and touring), and general campus themes, including graduations, students on campus, administrators and leadership of the Church of Jesus...
Dates: 1875-2001; Majority of material found within 1970-2001

BYU Photo contact sheets and photographs of Entertainment Division, 1976-2001

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains contact sheets and photographs of various performing groups and entertainment features on Brigham Young University campus (and touring throughout the world), including instrumental and vocal musical ensembles (e.g., Philharmonic Orchestra, Men's Chorus), dance groups (e.g., theater, ballet), plays and other theater productions, and combinations thereof in productions such as Homecoming, both in regular practices/classes and rehearsals together, and in performances locally and around...
Dates: 1976-2001

BYU Photo contact sheets and photographs of International Folk Dance Ensemble, 1975-2000

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains contact sheets and photograph prints featuring the Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble on campus in classes and rehearsals, photo shoots, performances such as Christmas Around the World, in both live action and posed shots, and touring throughout the world, including rehearsals, performance shots, and sightseeing pictures. Materials dated 1975 to 2000.

Dates: 1975-2000

BYU Photo contact sheets and photographs of Living Legends, 1977-2000

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains contact sheets and photograph prints with assorted photographs of the Brigham Young University Lamanite Generation dance group, later known as Living Legends. Images include the group and its staff in rehearsals and performances on campus or on tour around the world, as well as publicity photos, passport mugshots, at the local Motion Picture Studio recording an album, with leadership of the university or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and sightseeing while on tour....
Dates: 1977-2000

BYU Photo contact sheets and photographs of Young Ambassadors, 1976-2000

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains contact sheets and photographs for Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors performances. Images show Young Ambassadors group director Randy Booth and other staff while performing on tour (Taiwan, Poland, 1984 Louisiana World's Fair, China, Disneyland, Scandinavia, India), group shots at the Motion Picture Studio, in performances at BYU or locally, sightseeing, with the Philadelphia Boys' Choir, and passport headshots. Materials dated 1976 to 2000.

Dates: 1976-2000

BYU Photo general contact sheets and photographs, 1875-2001, bulk: 1970-2001

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 2 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains contact sheets and photograph prints depicting scenes of campus life, including students and their activities, university faculty, employees, and administration, leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as its sponsoring body, campus buildings and construction/improvements, events in the Marriott Center and campus in general, sports teams, different departments, other University properties like Aspen Grove, pageants, appearances of famous people and groups...
Dates: 1875-2001; Majority of material found within 1970-2001

BYU Photo general negatives, 1968-2002

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains negatives taken by the BYU Photo office of various scenes of Brigham Young University campus life, including domestic and international students, University departments, University presidents, and staff and faculty. Also includes leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, events and ceremonies such as graduation and Homecoming, student activities during different seasons of the year, buildings and services, field trips, workshops, other properties such as Aspen...
Dates: 1968-2002

BYU Photo negatives, 1968-2002

 Series
Identifier: UA 5754 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains negatives for photos of various performing groups (Ballroom Dance etc., Folk Dance, Lamanite Generation/Living Legends, and Young Ambassadors, both on campus and touring), and general campus themes, including graduations, students on campus, administrators and leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Homecoming, etc. Materials dated 1968 to 2002.

Dates: 1968-2002