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Collection Overview
Title:Office of Communications records
Location Code:34/4
Reference Code:A107
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


Frederick, Antoinette.  Northeastern University Coming of Age: The Ryder Years 1975–1989.  Boston: Northeastern University, 1995. (229)

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1. Subject Files, n.d., 1952–2004
Volume:.50 cubic ft.


This series documents events and programs promoted and supported by the University's Office of Communications. Included is information about commencement ceremonies such as graduation announcements, planning, and information on honorary degree recipients. Also, in this series are files on the Urban Schools Collaborative and President Kenneth G. Ryder and “NU Experts,” a guide published by the Office of Communications listing experts from the University community on a variety of topics, from African American Studies to Work and the Workplace. Also of note are folders containing memoranda and correspondence from Israel Katz, Dean of Center for Continuing Education, regarding programs like Upward Bound; and press releases regarding the Center for Continuing Education. Press. Record types include correspondence, memoranda, guides, commencement announcements, and flyers.
175th Anniversary1984
1Barron's Profiles of American Colleges1969–1974
1Center for Continuing Education 1965–1968
1Cooperative Education 1978–1983
1Correspondence and Memoranda 1952–1996
1Financial Aid1982–1984
1Flyersn.d., 1987–2004
1Graphic Standards1987
1Kariotis Hall Dedication1982
1Harlan Lane 1976
1NU Edition1978–1979
1NU Expertsca. 1995
1NU Media Resource Guiden.d.
NU Programs
1Bay Area Technology Center1985
1Irish Studies 1988
1State–of–The– Art Program1988
1“Northeastern University Parking Information”1986–1990
Kenneth G. Ryder
1Education Budget Cuts1981–1982
1Shaun Ouillette Scholarship Fund1988
1Technical Education News1961
1University Planning1975
1Urban Schools Collaborative1985
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2. Press Clippings and Releases, n.d., 1957–1993
Volume:2.85 cubic ft.

Alphabetical and chronological.

This series contains clippings and Northeastern University press releases documenting new developments in University departments, centers, colleges, and programs. The press clippings in the general folders are from local and regional newspapers and magazines of smaller towns and cities across New England and the United States. The press clippings document faculty and staff accomplishments, and upcoming speeches, events and programs at Northeastern University. The press releases in the general folders were published by the Office of Communications and they document alumni, faculty, and staff; University events, such as commencement; and special topics on continuing education, computers, deaf education and NCAA drug testing. Of note in this collection are newspaper clippings documenting Dr. Harlan Lane's research on “Jungle Boy” who many believed was raised by monkeys in the jungles of Central Africa.
1–3General Press Clippings and Press Releases (38 Folders)n.d., 1957–1993
3Alumni (2 Folders)1986
3Camp Echo1987
3Children's Defense Fund1988
3Commencement (3 Folders)1969, 1976, 1980
3Computer Science 1986
3Cooperative Education 1975–1988
3Deaf Education1978–1987
3Dean's List1986, 1971
Colleges, Departments, Centers, and Programs
3African American Master Artists–In–Residence Program1988
3Afro–American Institute and Northeastern Relations with South Africa1986
3Art and Architecture Departments1986
3Barnett Institute1983
3Boston–Bouvé College1986
3Center for Continuing Education (2Folders)1965–1987
3Center for Labor Market Studies1986
3Center for Media Economic Studies1987
3Center for Study of Sport in Society1986
3Economics Department1986
3Engineering Program1986
3Geology Department1988
3Psychology Department1966–1987
3School of Criminal Justice1971–1986
3School of Journalism1987–1988
3School of Law (3 Folders)1969–1986
3State of the Art Program1988
Faculty and Staff
3Dana Chandler1988
3Judy Chicago: “The Birth Project Exhibit”1988
3Patricia Fetter 1988
3Edith Flynn1988
3James A. Fox 1986
3James B. King1986
3Asa S. Knowles1971
3Donald Margotta 1988
3Wilburt J. “Skeeter” McClure 1988
3Jack McDevitt: Arson1987
3Kenneth Ryder: Student Loan Testimony1988
3Kenneth Sebens1988
3Ford Hall Forum1987
3Henderson House1988
4Gregory Jarvis, Class of 1969, and Challenger Explosion (2 Folders)1986
4Jungle Boy (4 Folders)1976
4Kodo Drummers1988
4Mandela City: Gathering Boston's Black Neighborhoods into One1986
4Martin Luther King Day1988
4Music Industry1987
4NCAA Drug Testing1986–1988
4Network Northeastern1988
4Northeastern in the News1986
4Performing & Visual Arts1971–1986
4Presidential Scholars1985
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