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University of Arkansas University Relations Records

Identifier: MC 1864.UA

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of materials either collected or created by the Office of University Relations in the course of its operations. These include files on faculty and staff members used in the creation of news releases and publicity, newspaper clippings of stories about the university, publicity files about persons and businesses designated as important to the university, press releases, photographs used in Arkansas magazine, videos relating to university events and operations, publications such as budgets and Board of Trustees minutes, and other materials.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1918-2014
  • Creation: 1976-2005


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Some folders are restricted from access and have been identified as such.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

University Relations is an office of the University of Arkansas responsible for the marketing of the university, coordinating the messaging of the university across the campus, and publishes official news releases for the university. The office also facilitates communication with alumni, manages the University of Arkansas brand, and supports the annual publication of the catalog of studies, among other operations.

The functions of the office of University Relations were first handled by instructors of journalism in the English department at the University. J. Wainwright Evans, Murray Sheehan, J. Wymond French, and Victor Portman were all instructors who were also responsible for publicizing the University. With the hiring of Walter J. Lemke, the University News Bureau was formally founded. Lemke headed the bureau until 1939 when it was split from the Department of Journalism and Sam Schwieger was hired as its director. William J. Good succeeded Schwieger in 1943 running the bureau until the creation of the Division of Information Services in 1958. Information Services supplanted the University News Bureau, first led by Storm Whaley in its inaugural year. William (Bill) Hughes replaced Whaley in 1959 and served as director until 1986. In 1989, the division was renamed the Office of University Relations operating under the Division of University Advancement.


48 Linear Feet (50 boxes)


Materials collected or created by University Relations for the purposes of releasing news stories and marketing the University of Arkansas.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials in this collection are arranged into nine series:

  1. Staff and Faculty Files
  2. Topical News Clippings
  3. VIP Publicity Files
  4. University Media Clippings
  5. University Press Releases
  6. Arkansas Magazine Photo Morgue
  7. Videocassette Tapes
  8. Bound Publications
  9. General Materials

Staff and Faculty Files are arranged alphabetically by last name. Topical News Clippings are arranged alphabetically by identified subject, then chronologically. VIP Publicity Files are arranged alphabetically by last name for people, then alphabetically for businesses. University Media Clippings are arranged chronologically. University Press Releases are arranged chronologically. Arkansas Magazine Photo Morgue is arranged alphabetically by folder title. Videocassette Tapes are arranged alphabetically by title, with tapes produced by media monitoring services are at the end of the series in box 43, arranged alphabetically. Bound Publications are arranged topically then chronologically. General Materials are alphabetical with oversize material at the end of the series in boxes 49 and 50.

Acquisition Information

The University of Arkansas University Relations Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries at an unknown date by the Office of University Relations.

Processing Information

Heath Robinson, Ashley Fernandez, Keisha Stevenson, and Margaret Martin; completed inDecember 2019.

University of Arkansas University Relations Records
Heath Robinson
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444