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San Diego Public Information Office Records
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The San Diego Public Information Office Records documents the establishment of an information service for San Diego and the daily responsibilities of the Public Information Office (PIO) in the county. The collection consists of community liaising program files, correspondence, memorandums, financial reports, and purchase orders documenting the management and daily responsibilities of the PIO. The collection also includes news releases written and released by the PIO, and newspaper clippings. The collection dates from 1971- 1978, however there is minimal documentation for the years 1971-1975. The collection consists of four series: Committee Files, Administrative Files, News Releases, and Newspaper Clippings. The Committee Files are divided into two sub-series: Community Liaising Files and Projects and Programs Files. The Administrative Files are also divided into two sub-series: Correspondence and Memorandums, and Financial Records.
In 1970, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors became aware that the public lacked understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of the county government. The County Board of Supervisors established the San Diego Public Information Office (PIO) which was developed into a public relations firm under the Chief Administrative Office and charged with creating a communications program for San Diego County government. Frank Aleshire was elected as Chief Administrative Officer for the County in 1973, and oversaw the PIO for two years. During which time the PIO developed and began implementing a broad, comprehensive public information program for the County. In order to perform the tasks, the office was divided into four units: Media, Publications, Public Affairs, and Staff Services.
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The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.