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University of Arkansas University Relations Records

Identifier: MC 1302a

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: 1907-2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1990


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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

"Boxes 1, 3, 20, 21, and 24 contain some materials with access restrictions, these folders are identified as such in the file list. 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.


60 Linear Feet (58 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

  1. Staff and Faculty Files
  2. Topical News Clippings
  3. Hometown Student News Clippings
  4. University Press Releases
  5. University Photographs
  6. General Materials
  7. Audiovisual Materials
  8. Oversize Photographs and Objects

Staff and Faculty Files are arranged alphabetically by last name. Topical News Clippings are arranged alphabetically by identified subject, then chronologically. Hometown Student News Clippings are arranged alphabetically by county, then chronologically. University Press Releases are arranged alphabetically by identified subject, then chronologically. University Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject with photographs and negatives first, then slides. General Materials are arranged predominantly alphabetically and by item size. Audiovisual Materials are arranged as they were received. Oversize Photographs and Objects are arranged by item type with foam-backed exhibit photographs first, followed by objects, then loose photographs, posters, and publications.

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, Margaret Martin, and Stephen Turner; completed in April 2021.

University of Arkansas University Relations Records
Heath Robinson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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