Fonds - Community Relations fonds

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Community Relations fonds

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  • 1944-1991 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Community Relations

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20.46 m of textual records and other material

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Community Relations emerged in 1985 to replace Information Services which functioned between 1965 and 1985. Like its predecessor, Community Relations strives to increase public understanding and support for the University. This goal is accomplished through encouraging public use of University facilities and campus attractions, promoting improved liaison between the University and the public and private sectors, and providing the media with information about UBC and its activities. Community Relations produces several publications in an effort to keep both the University community and the public informed about significant University events. In addition, this office provides public relations and counselling services for UBC academic and administrative units in all aspects of internal and external communications. In 1985, the Community Relations office included the Director, the Publications Editor, and Community Relations Officers. In late 1986, a News Bureau was established, later altering its name to Media Relations in 1991. In 1989, the UBC Speakers Bureau was transferred from the Alumni Association. Marketing was added in 1989 and re-named Promotion in 1992. In 1995, Community Relations changed its name to University Relations.

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In 1965, Information Services assumed the responsibilities of the Information Office which had existed from 1955 to 1965. Like its predecessor, the mandate of Information Services focused on the dissemination of information to the public by arranging interviews with the news media, promoting participation in television and radio broadcasts, and preparing news releases for all potential news outlets. The office published UBC Reports, and produced UBC Now, a weekly half-hour television series which chronicled university activities. Information Services continued until 1985 when its public relations functions were assumed by Community Relations.

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The fonds consists of minutes, agendas, financial statements, reports, surveys, publications, news releases and transcripts relating to activities and programs of Community Relations. Also included are subject files containing information concerning UBC organizations. Fonds is organized into twelve series: Office administration, Subject files, Media relations, Campus tours, Films and scripts, Donors and financial aid programmes, Congregation, Faculty and external CV's (biographical information), Central file series, President's report on the Health Sciences, photographs and UBC 75th Anniversary projects.

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Fonds consists of institutional records – access requests must be reviewed by the University's FOIPOP Coordinator.

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Related records can be found in the Information Office and Information Services fonds.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-778

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Includes 10 photographs, b&w ; 20 x 25 cm and 9.5 x 12 cm., 1 negative, 8 films (8mm), and 8 audio cassettes.

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