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Guide to the University of San Diego University Relations records
USDA_2011_005; USDA_2019_024  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: University of San Diego University Relations records
    Date (inclusive): 1953-2010
    Collection number: USDA_2011_005; USDA_2019_024
    Creator: University of San Diego University Relations
    Physical Description: 33 boxes (32 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    spcoll@sandiego.edu
    Abstract: The University of San Diego University Relations records document the functions of the University Relations department and its offices. These functions include publication design, editing, and final products; planning for activities and events; surveys and research on community relations; and fundraising activities.
    Languages: English

    Historical Note

    According to the 1973 Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation report, the Office of University Relations was the first University-wide office for the merged University of San Diego. The goals for this office were to establish a strong fundraising program and to build a stronger community image. Dr. Gilbert Brown began as the first Director of University Relations in 1972, shortly thereafter becoming the Vice President for University Relations. Brown worked to build relationships with those outside the University. This endeavor included improving rapport with the community, building media relations, and fostering alumni relations. Brown served through 1978, then William Picket became Vice President until 1986. John McNamara served as Vice President for University Relations for 15 years until Msgr. Dan Dillabough became Vice President for Mission and Public Relations from 2001 to 2005. Tim O’Malley served for 12 years as Vice President for University Relations. In August 2018, Richard P. Virgin became the Vice President for University Advancement.
    The work of the University Relations department has included planning for events; designing invitations and programs; creating and distributing news releases; compiling news about USD from various news outlets; implementing fundraising activities; administering alumni events; and planning and administering community activities and events. According to the 2004 University Relations website under Msgr. Dan Dillabough, “The role of university relations is exceptionally simple. We preserve and promote the university's story. We engage the community. We encourage giving. We create lifelong bonds.” In 2010, the message shifted slightly to identify the varied constituents University Relations served: “Whether you are a student discovering the community, an alum reconnecting with friends, a parent maneuvering a new role, or a journalist searching for answers, University Relations can help you make connections. And connections build relationships, which build friendships, which build the lifelong bonds that define our lives.”

    Scope and Content Note

    The University of San Diego University Relations department is the public face of the University of San Diego, administering the image of the university to students, parents, alumni, and the community. The University Relations records document the functions of the department and its offices. These records include planning and informational materials about community, university, and alumni events; designs and final versions of invitations and programs; campaign planning materials; information on community programs; some departmental meeting and retreat information. Also included is information gathered about local government officials and local government issues, as well as information pertaining to the Irvine Foundation Grant "Institutionalizing Cultural Diversity."

    Arrangement

    The University Relations records are organized into seven series:
    Series II is further arranged into the following subseries:
    Series IV is further arranged into the following subseries:
    Series VI is further arranged into the following subseries:

    Arrangement

    Records in each series are arranged in alphabetical order. Unless otherwise noted, photographs are arranged in chronological order.

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, University of San Diego University Relations records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.
    Accruals are expected.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Ashley Toutain in 2019.

    Related Material

    University of San Diego News Releases have been digitized and are located on Digital USD.
    Additional University Relations records are located in the Esther LaPorta Donor Relations records (1938-1999) and the Public Relations Community Programs records (1979-1995).
    Related collections include the USD Fiftieth Anniversary records (1998-2000), the James Irvine Foundation Grant records (1965, 1990-1996), and the Presidents Club records (1973-1990).

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Eagan, Brent
    Finn, Sara
    Maher, Leo Thomas
    Martinez-Cosio, Maria
    Hughes, Author E.
    Hayes, Alice B.
    Lyons, Mary E.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    (San Diego, Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    fund raising
    planning
    publications
    dedications
    events