Fonds - Public Affairs Office fonds

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Public Affairs Office fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1980 - 2002 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Public Affairs Office

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900 photographs
183 videocassettes
42 sound recordings

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Administrative history

The University of British Columbias Public Affairs Office emerged in 1994/95 as part of the External Affairs Division. Like its direct predecessors, the Information Office (1965-1985) and Community Relations (1985-1994), the Public Affairs Office's primary function is to communicate UBC's mission, key messages and values to both its internal community of faculty, staff and students and to the broader external community. Public Affairs produces twenty-one issues of UBC Reports each year. This publication includes major articles on people, events and activities in the university community. In addition to using information for articles in UBC Reports, Public Affairs is also responsible for disseminating information to a broad base of print and electronic media sources for publication and presentation to the public. Public Affairs has also assumed an important responsibility for acting as the "University Spokesperson" for a number of major and complex issues.

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The fonds consists of photographs (35mm negatives), and video and audio recordings. They document a wide variety of important people, events and activities at the University of British Columbia. It is arranged in two series: Photographic and Audio Visual.
Most of these materials were actually created by Information Services and Community Relations, the predecessor agencies of Public Affairs.

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Transferred to the University Archives by Public Affairs in April 1998.


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Digitized copies of the photographs are available through the UBC Historical Photograph Database. Online Finding Aid

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-920

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