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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 47 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph M. Boel papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 498
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and papers pertaining to journalism and news photography, with copies of the Intermountain Journalism Bulletin, and Nieman Reports, 1946-1962. 64 items.

Dates: 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.

Dates: 1967-1969

College of Engineering Sciences and Technology course notes, 1966-1981

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5367 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains a variety of material from the Brigham Young University College of Engineering and Technology as well as the Brigham Young University Department of Communications related to programs and specific classes and various matters concerning the faculty and the departments themselves. This material includes syllabi, course and program outlines, curriculums, lecture notes, exams, grade sheets, teacher and course evaluations, inventories, and memos between members of the faculty. Also...
Dates: 1966-1981

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

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 666 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains 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.

Dates: 1969-1983

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.

Dates: 1959-1962

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.

Dates: 1947-1967

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.

Dates: 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.

Dates: 1948-1964

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.

Dates: 1960-1974

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Archival Record 38
Collection 9
 
Subject
Colleges and Universities 38
Education 38
Letters 27
Reports 11
Minutes (Records) 10