Scope and Contents note
Title: University Communications Public Relations Materials
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 6020
Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material:
91.8 Linear feet
218 archives boxes and 4 oversize folders
Date (inclusive): 1956 - 2001
Public relations materials created and collected by University Communications, the UCSD administrative office responsible
for informing the public about teaching, research, administration, public services, and student life at the University. The
collection includes national and regional newspaper clippings (1961-1999) about UCSD; clippings on sports at UCSD (1963-1970,
1975-1984 and 1986-1992); news releases for the general campus (1956-1999); and subject files on campus-related events, the
development of programs and colleges, Camp Matthews, La Jolla Farms Stables, and important early UCSD dedications and groundbreaking
ceremonies. Additionally, the records include photographs of campus events, major campus buildings, aerial views of campus,
and portraits of campus administrators and faculty.
University of California, San Diego. University Communications.
University Communications. Public Relations Materials, RSS 6020. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
University Communications serves the campus, the community and the news media as a source of information about the campus,
about matters that affect the campus and about matters that affect American education. Its staff informs the public about
teaching, research, administration, public services, and student life at the University and stays abreast of developments
in government and the community that could affect the University. UCPA develops news releases, features and reports about
University Communications has experienced periodic reorganization since the Publications and Public Information Office (PPI)
at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography moved to Urey Hall and was renamed Public Affairs. On February 1, 1965, Cy W. Greaves
was appointed manager of Campus Relations which included public information, community relations, publications, and gifts
In July 1965, a Scripps office under the direction of Nelson Fuller was created. The Public Affairs Office managed public
relations functions for all university units except the University Hospital of San Diego County, which maintained its own
public relations office (1969), later designated as Public Information -- University Hospital (1971). After the School of
Medicine (SOM) opened in 1967, a public relations office funded by SOM was created and named the School of Medicine, Public
In 1976, the Public Affairs Office was renamed the Public Information Office and Paul West headed the office until 1985 when
he was succeeded by Winifred Cox.
The office was again reorganized in the late 1980s to centralize and incorporate units of the Medical Center. The Public Information
Office became known as University Communications with divisions to represent individual campus units. In 1989, the public
information offices at the School of Medicine and the UCSD Medical Center were merged into a single unit called Health Sciences
Communications, a division of University Communications.
Currently, Clare Kristofco currently directs University Communications, now named University Communications and Public Affairs.
Scope and Contents note
The public relations materials generated by University Communications contain newspaper clippings; news releases; photographs
of events, buildings and people; subject files; and publications. The materials are arranged in seven series: 1) NEWS CLIPPINGS,
2) NEWS RELEASES, 3) PHOTOGRAPHS, 4) SUBJECT FILES, 5) PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS, 6) VIDEORECORDINGS, and 7) PUBLICATIONS.
SERIES 1: NEWS CLIPPINGS
The NEWS CLIPPINGS series is arranged in six subseries: A) News Clippings Index, B) General, C) National, D) Scripps Institution
of Oceanography (SIO), E) Sports, and F) Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). The General subseries contains newspaper
clippings and magazine articles collected by a clipping service from local and regional sources. An index (1961-1985) preceeds
the subseries and lists titles in chronological order. The Sports subseries documents the history of athletics at UCSD.
SERIES 2: NEWS RELEASES
The NEWS RELEASES series contains information provided to the news media about campus events, programs and newsworthy achievements.
The series is arranged in six subseries: A) News Releases Index, B) University Communications, C) Office of the President
(UC), D) San Diego Supercomputer Center, E) School of Engineering, and F) Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). The news
releases are arranged chronologically.
The News Releases Index (1956-1999) relates to the University Communications subseries and provides a chronological list of
titles. News Releases after 1999 are available online at http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/news_releases.html.
SERIES 3: PHOTOGRAPHS
The PHOTOGRAPHS series is arranged in six subseries: A) Aerial Views of Campus, B) Buildings, C) Events, D) Portraits, E)
UCSD Libraries - Central University Library, and F) Miscellaneous.
The PHOTOGRAPHS series contains aerial photographs of campus, miscellaneous building construction, and images of campus events
including commencement exercises (1971-1984). Also included are portraits of selected UCSD faculty and administrators. Additionally,
the series includes miscellaneous photographs of campus and people used in publications. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.
SERIES 4: SUBJECT FILES
The SUBJECT FILES series contains information on the history and transfer of Camp Matthews to the University, the development
of the La Jolla Farms Stables property, early UCSD building dedication ceremonies, celebrations of the 25th Anniversary, commencement
planning and programs, chancellor's inaugurations, open houses. The files are arranged alphabetically.
The University Communications files were utilized for reference, and include many UCSD publications; files containing statistical
information; leaflets, circular letters.
SERIES 5: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENTS
The PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS are radio or on-air spot announcement transcripts dating from 1973-1994. The series is arranged
SERIES 6: VIDEORECORDINGS
Included in the VIDEORECORDINGS series are videocassette tapes of promotional and educational topics concerning UCSD histories
and events. The tapes are arranged alphabetically.
SERIES 7: PUBLICATIONS
The PUBLICATIONS series, arranged alphabetically by title, contains publicity materials published by the University Communications
office representing informational brochures, statistical pamphlets, and historical overviews.
Videorecordings located in Box 215 and Box 216, Folders 1-3, are restricted for use. Users must request a listening copy to
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California, San Diego. University Communications. -- Archives
University of California, San Diego. -- Faculty
University of California, San Diego. -- History--Archives
University of California, San Diego. -- Pictorial works