Fonds F0250 - University Communications fonds.

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University Communications fonds.


  • 1912, 1940-2009 (Creation)

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18.13 m of textual records, 1.83 m of photographs, and 2.52 m of audio and video material.

85 audio recordings:
57 audiotape cassettes
21 ¼-inch tapes
7 4mm audio reels

110 video recordings:
70 VHS videocassettes
2 Umatic videocassettes
3 16mm film reels
35 2-inch film reels

5 microfilm reels

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Before University autonomy, matters relating to public relations on campus were the responsibility of an Information Officer (ca. 1964). By 1977 the Department of Information had been formed to handle public relations. The name was changed in 1981 to the Information Office, and in 1982 to the Public Affairs Office in the Office of Community Relations. In 1998, it became University Communications. Around 2014, it was renamed Strategic Communications, reporting to the Vice-President (University Relations).

The Public Affairs Office, later University Communications and Strategic Communications, is responsible for gathering and disseminating information about the University to the public and the news media on a continuing basis, and facilitating communication within the university community through the publication of newsletters, online news publications, and daily website updates.

The University Gazette was first published as The University of Calgary's general campus newsletter in 1967. After two issues, it was called simply The Gazette. Other newsletters which preceded The Gazette included Quid Novi, Faculty Gazette, UAC Bulletin, and Staff Gazette. Another publication, The University Report, was a quarterly publication of University news published ca.1967-1969.

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Fonds consists of the University Gazette (1967-1968); Gazette newsletter (1968-2003); photographs which appeared in the Gazette and those not chosen for publication (1988-1992); newsclippings of events or persons related to the University (1945-1981); Olympic files and news releases of changes in programs, departments and personnel, including biographical data on new faculty and staff (1966-1990); general administration, convocation and correspondence files (1965-1984); Distinguished Lecturer Series files (1970-1985, 1988-1990); photographs of University events, people and buildings 1912, 1940-1992, 2 audio cassettes of radio promotions (1988-1989), videos of the television program "University of the Air" (1978), photographs used as an Image Bank, pamphlets, brochures, material relating to the Gazette, and videos, audio tapes, CD-Roms and diskettes produced by the Public Affairs Office. Includes incomplete sets of Quid Novi (1965-1966), Faculty Gazette (1966-1969), and Staff Gazette (1968). Also includes The University Report (1967-1969), UAC Bulletin (1961-1965), Department of Information Bulletin (1979), Faculty Bulletin (1964), Building on the Vision (1991-1994), OnCampus (2003-2004), and OnCampus Quarterly (2003-2004), a biographical file on University President Harvey Weingarten, and files of records relating to two major archaeological excavations undertaken by the University of Calgary (Queen of Sheba and St. Mary's Reservoir). Fonds includes series for Quid Novi?; Faculty Gazette; UAC Bulletin; University Gazette; Staff Gazette; The Faculty Bulletin; Newsletter, Department of Information; University Report; The University of Calgary Bulletin; Building on the Vision; Pamphlets, Public Affairs Office; Pamphlets, External Relations; and Image Bank Collection;

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See also Senate fonds (UARC 83.005) for audio reels and cassettes of the Distinguished Lecturer Series and UARC 92.084 for the Public Affairs Image Bank photograph collection, indexed in IMAGE database.

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