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Office of University Relations Records

Identifier: UnivRec-0029

Scope and Contents

The Office of University Relations Records contain correspondence, memoranda, photographs, 8mm films, videotapes, audiotapes, press releases, newsclippings, publication job jackets, President's Pride files, catalogs, bulletins, and broadsides documenting East Tennessee State University's diverse academic, athletic, and cultural activities between 1913 and 1986.

The photographic materials, produced by the university photographer, were removed from this collection and were placed in a separate collection, University Photographic Collections, accession No. 66. The films and videotapes created by the Sports Information Office, a small department within University Relations(1) were accessioned as a separate collection, Sports Information Office Records, accession No. 217.

(1) In 1993 Sports Information became part of the Intercollegiate Athletics department.


  • Creation: 1913 - 1986


Conditions Governing Access

The records were opened for research in March 1986.


101.50 linear feet (57 records cartons, 30 manuscript boxes, 5 3x5 card file boxes, 4 audiocassettes)

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The collection is divided into seven series: Series 1, Press Releases, 1960-1986; Series 2, Newsclippings, 1913-1981; Series 3, Publication Job Jackets; Series 4, President's Pride Files, 1970 and 1979-1981; Series 5, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Newsclippings, 1980-1981; Series 6, Athlete's Catalogs, 1919-1961; and Series 7, Administrative Files, 1962-1984.

Method of Acquisition

The records of the university relations office were transferred to University Archives in several installments, as follows: November 1979, newsclippings; March 1983, photographs; May 1984, news releases, Tennessee Higher Education Commission newsclippings, and President's Pride files; December 1984, athletes catalog; and December 1985, publication job jackets; Newsclippings, news releases, and photographs will be added periodically.

Separated Materials

Thirty-seven black and white photographs were removed and placed in the University Photographic Archives under: Students - B, C, R, G, H, S, T, W; Events - ROTC; Events - Awards; and Persons - unidentified. Four cassette audiotapes were removed and placed in the audio-visual collections under the accession number 29. The tapes are as follows:

1. Alumni Media Luncheon, Tom Garland, 10/22/85. 2. Faculty Conference, Dr. Beller, 8/19/85. 3. Homecoming 1985, Proclamation ceremony, 10/23/85. 4. Student Government Association Meeting, November 5, 1985/Faculty Conference, November 6, 1985.

Additional audio tapes relating to ETSU's 75th anniversary and Tennessee Homecoming '86 are filed with these two collections (acc. 264 and acc. 265).

Processing Information

N. Thomas, K.Workman, and S.Schwartz completed processing the collection in 1989.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA