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A Guide to the News Releases and Indices of the University of Florida Division of Information and Publications Services

Finding aid created by Peggy McBride

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
February 2012


Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Florida. Division of Information and Publications Services.
Title: News Releases and Indices of the University of Florida Division of Information and Publications Services
Dates: 1913-1976
Abstract: Official news releases for the University of Florida, which were disseminated by the Division of Information and Publications Services and its predecessors.
Extent: 2.4 Linear feet. 3 boxes.
Identification: Series 71
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Official news releases for the University of Florida first emanated from a Publicity Committee composed of representative faculty from various university colleges. The original committee, organized sometime around 1913, consisted of Dean Harry Trusler (Law), C. S. Willoughby (Agriculture), W. B. Hathaway (English Department), R. W. Thoroughgood (Engineering), and C. L. Crow (Arts and Sciences). In 1929, a Director of Publicity, Frank L. Wright, was appointed and a News Bureau began to issue releases. This office evolved into the Division of Public Relations and then the Office of Information Services. Later a Division of Information and Publications Services, which reported to the Vice President for University and Government Relations, was responsible for releases. Still later a University of Florida News Bureau responsible for disseminating news about the university and responding to media inquiries was established in the office of the Vice President for University Relations. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Levin College of Law, and the Health Sciences Center maintain their own publicity and outreach programs.


Scope and Content

The Archives holds University of Florida news releases from 1913-1920 and various years from 1929 to 1952. There are indices or story logs for the releases for 1917-1942, 1953-1969, 1975-1976. The indices list subject, date issued, distribution, and writer.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], News Releases and Indices of the University of Florida Division of Information and Publications Services, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Index to news releases. 1913-1942
1 2-6 News releases. 1913-1917
1 7 News releases. Not dated
2 1-3 News releases. 1917-1920
2 4 News releases. 1929
2 5-6 News releases. 1930-1939
2 7 News releases. 1940-1942, 1946
2 8-9 News releases. 1952 Oct-Dec
3 1-12 Indices. 1953-1969
3 13 Indices. 1975
3 14 Story log. 1976

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