University of North Florida. Public Relations. Publications Records., Dummy Date
- The bulk of the Publications Records consists of newspaper clippings and articles published by national and regional news media about the University, and press releases issued by University personnel which inform the public about the campus, university events and the activities of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Also included are a small group of publicity reading files, from 1985-2010, which contain major advertisements and articles featuring UNF in magazines and reports.
- 59.00 boxes
- Preferred citation:
- University of North Florida. Public Relations. Publications Records. Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research.
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
- Scope and Content:
The bulk of the Publications Records consists of newspaper clippings and articles published by national and regional news media about the University, and press releases issued by University personnel which inform the public about the campus, university events and the activities of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Also included are a small group of publicity reading files, from 1985-2010, which contain major advertisements and articles featuring UNF in magazines and reports. The newspaper clippings, beginning in 1962, predate the opening of the University (October 2, 1972) and provide unique references and insight into the initial discussion and need for a public institution of higher learning in Northeast Florida. A review of these early articles document the persistent efforts and unwavering determination of State Senator John E. Mathews, Jr., and State Representative Frederick H. Schultz to procure state funding for planning, the initial site selection controversy over an urban versus suburban location for the University, and campus construction issues. Articles in the last two decades of the twentieth century detail the rapid growth and development of the campus under the leadership and initiatives of UNF Presidents Dr. Curtis McCray and Dr. Adam Herbert. In the mid-1990s, the policy for selecting newspaper clippings was broadened to include national as well as regional news media relating to the University. In many instances these clippings are the sole source of documentation for many aspects of the birth and development of UNF, inasmuch as they represent a record and overview of deliberations, actions, support offered or denied, and the general evolution of the institution. The total volume, depth and breadth of coverage, and the chronological arrangement render the collection the prime source for campus personnel, students and scholars seeking background information or performing indepth research on the history of the University.
- Biographical / Historical:
Public Relations, a department of the Division of Institutional Advancement, is the University's official media relations and marketing unit for both internal and external communication. It is chiefly responsible for creating and collecting materials, accomplished through newspaper and magazine stories, TV talk shows, radio programs, special events, advertising, web pages, electronic newsletters, brochures, posters and photography. Public Relations encompasses the sub-units of Media Relations and Events, University Marketing and Publications, and Development Communications. UNF newspaper clippings and press releases were initially produced by various offices in the Division of Public Relations, and its successor, the Division of University Relations. The latter Division was renamed in 1995 the Division of Institutional Advancement. Under Institutional Advancement, the Office of News and Publications produced and/or disseminated the UNF newsclippings and press releases from 1998-2003; 2004-2005 by University Marketing & Publications; and 2005- by the Dept. of Media Relations and Events. The University utilized a professional newsclipping service in later years.
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- Acquisition information:
The majority of materials were acquired by the transfer of print materials from the Department, and electronic copies via email. Early newspaper clippings (predating the opening of the University in