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Name of Creator:Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Division of Marketing and Communications.
Title:Office of Communications records
Date:1952–2004
Reference Code:A107
Location Code:34/4
Extent:3.35 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records document the Office of Communications' efforts to publicize Northeastern University events, programs, and curriculum to the Northeastern community, including alumni and to the general public. The collection is organized in two series: I. Subject Files and II. Clippings and Press Releases. Series I. comprises subject files on Northeastern faculty, events, and programs such as the University's 75th Anniversary, the dedication of Kariotis Hall, commencement ceremonies, and the School of Criminal Justice. Included in the commencement files are graduation announcements, information on commencement planning and logistics, and informational packets on honorary degree recipients. Of special interest is information on the Urban Schools Collaborative. Series II. consists of clippings from local and regional newspapers and magazines with limited circulation from cities and towns in New England and across the United States. These clippings document University exhibits, programs, events, and information on accomplishments and activities of individual alumni.
Historical Abstract:The Office of Public Information was established by Northeastern University President Asa S. Knowles in 1959. In the mid–1980s, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, James B. King divided the office into two subdivisions: University Relations and Public Relations. The Division of University Relations focused on internal communications while Public Relations focused on external relations. In 1986 the Office of Public Information became the Office of Communications whose mission was to promote and support the University's “position as leader in higher education by marketing its programs and educational philosophy and by publicizing its accomplishments and resources to a wide array of internal and external audiences.” The Office of Communications was renamed the Division of Marketing and Communications in 2004. The Division oversees public relations, branding, photography, and the production of informational and editorial publications and websites about the University. It consists of six departments: Communications and Public Relations, Web Services and Marketing, Creative Services, Northeastern University Magazine, the Northeastern Voice, and University Photography.
Language and Scripts:The material is in English.
System of Arrangement:The collection is organized into two series: Series 1. Subject Files; and Series 2. Press Clippings and Releases.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Knowles, Asa S. (Asa Smallidge), 1909–1990
  • Lane, Harlan L.
  • Ryder, Kenneth G., 1924–

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Press Bureau.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Public Affairs.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Office of Public Information.
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law
  • Office of Urban Schools Collaborative

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) –– Alumni and alumnae
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) –– Faculty
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) –– Students

Conditions Governing Access:This collection is unrestricted.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Irina Tsiklik and Cheryl Ostrowski, April, 2011