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Public Relations records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-8.1

Scope and Contents

The Public Relations office records consist of subject files relating to campus, photographs, video recordings, annual reports, negatives and electronic resources. Topics of the subject files concern motion pictures, the MSU Centennial, magazine articles, conferences and workshops and many others. The photographs in the collection include images of conferences and workshops on campus, people, buildings, campus life, commencement, student activities and organizations, student awards, student beauty queens, faculty, the university emblem, the theatre department, television broadcasting, the veterinary medicine department, the zoology department, the Vietnam Project, and images from the yearbooks. The collection also contains one videotape (#3) which contains two films: "MSU Network Halftime" (1983), and "MSC Goes to War for Peace" (1940s). The latter was copied from film #59.


  • Creation: 1943 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Since it began operation in 1943, the Public Relations office reported to the Vice President for University Relations. It has also been known as Publications (1943-1945) and Information Services (1950-1981). The unit was preceded by the Journalism and Publications Department (1930-1943). Since 1981, it has administered several information departments and the Photo Editor. In 2012, the division was renamed Communications and Brand Strategy and handles university marketing, communications and advertising, media and public relations, photography and videography, web and social networks.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Public Relations Records
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Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US