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Brigham Young University. Public Communications



  • 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.

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 118 Collections and/or Records:

University Communications general files on campus museums, 1979-1985

 Sub-Series — Carton 26: Series 3; Series 4; Series 6 [Barcode: 31197233630679]
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 6 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and press releases regarding the museums owned by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Materials cover the Monte L. Bean Museum, Earth Science Museum, Museum of Art, and Museum of Peoples and Cultures from 1979 to 1985.

Dates: 1979-1985

University Communications news clippings and reports, 1969-2009

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains articles, newspaper clippings, news releases, annual reports, speeches, distribution, and public communication releases from campus and local publications, and original stories, distribution lists, and distributed copies of Brigham Young University news publications. Also includes news releases, newspaper clippings, magazines, and articles from various national newspapers, and broadcast media relations concerning U.S. News World Report Surveys for September 11, 2001, and The Church...
Dates: 1969-2009

University Communications news releases, 1969-2009

Identifier: UA 5395 Series 1
Scope and Contents note

Contains aggregated newspaper clippings and press releases not necessarily related in subject matter from 1969 to 2003. Includes national news annual reports, news releases, news summaries, distribution records, and articles.

Dates: 1969-2009

University Communications news summaries, 1984-1989

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains weekly summaries of stories from various national publications including The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Economist, and Newsweek. Material is from 1969 to 1986.

Dates: 1984-1989

University Communications records

Identifier: UA 5395
Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings, news releases, photographs, and other materials created and compiled by University Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Includes information on student life, personnel, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon culture, university units, and local and regional events. The collection spans from 1921 to 2009.

Dates: 1921-2009

University Communications subject files, 1950-2009

Identifier: UA 5395 Series 4
Scope and Contents note

Contains newspaper clippings, news releases, and photographs relating to various subject files that do not necessarily fall under any one department at Brigham Young University. Includes files related to general subjects, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and controversies related to the Church or the university.

Dates: 1950-2009

Harold Orval Williams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5311
Scope and Contents

Contains Williams' professional papers from 1975 to 1987. Included in these papers are news reports, newspaper clippings (the bulk are from The Buffalo Hide: BYU American Indian Service and Research Center and The Eagle's Eye), photographs, and university commencement and homecoming publicity information, reports, outlines, and programs.

Dates: 1975-1987

Y news

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5331
Scope and Contents

Contains copies of The Y News published between 1975 and 1997.

Dates: 1975-1997