Public Information Subject File, 1919-2002, 2009
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Brief Description: Subject file of Josef F. Wright (1919-55) and Charles Flynn (1955-75), Directors of Public Information and Managers of Radio Station WILL, including correspondence, news releases, reports, copies of magazine and newspaper supplement articles, editorials speeches, press clippings, radio programming schedules, educational movie catalogs, financial reports, budget records, requisitions, photographs and questionnaires concerning publicity, radio and television stations and Public Information Office activities. The series includes material on University research activities, educational programs, permissions to reproduce material, professional meetings, American College Publicity Association, equipment, competition from commercial broadcasters, criticisms, Federal legislation, Federal Radio Commission, James O. Bennett's writings on the University, David Kinley, Harry W. Chase, Joseph Tykociner, Lorado Taft, Sousa Gift, Illinium, McCollum case, radio policies, shortwave and FM, listener surveys and comments, licenses, television, transmitter, radio course (1938-50), the appointment of David D. Henry, copies of President Henry's speeches (1955-57), Charles E. Flynn's files for planning of Chicago Circle Campus and the Committee for the Cultivation of the Chicago Area, materials on dedications, Honors Days and receptions (1966-84), Kappa Tau Alpha, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, NASULGC, personnel and campus demonstrations and disturbances (1967-71); also includes information gathered for press releases (1932-1996) arranged by topic, including outstanding alumni, Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA) Historic Property Inventory (1986), yearly notable events, David P. Linowes, Robert Parker, Dave Wilson, and David White.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 39/1/1
Created by: Public Information
Volume: 60.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 1/21/65;9/22/65;7/26/66;1/25/68;9/5/74;4/20/76;9/2/77;6/10/81;1/1/84;2/15/8;4/2001;4/2009
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Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject
Biographical Note for Public Information :

In 1919, a special committee of the Board of Trustees "recommended establishing a 'Bureau of Publicity' whose duties would be along 'University publicity and propaganda lines'1. On August 15, 1919 the Board of Trustees appointed Joseph F. Wright as Director of Publicity, effective September 1, 19202. On July 25, 1956 the Board of Trustees approved a change of title to Director of Public Information3.The Office of Public Information is charged with the responsibility "for interpreting the University to the public" and with "the task of collecting University news and making it available to the communications media"4. The Director of Public Information advises the President on University matters "in which the public is interested" and assists "in interpreting University policies and activities" through the media5.

In September 1967, the Director became University Director of Public Information and Assistant to the President for institutional relations and development6. On January 17, 1980 the Board of Trustees authorized the position of Special Assistant to the President and university director of public information and communication activities7.

1. Jerome Rodnitzky, "A History of Public Relations at the University of Illinois, 1904-1930" (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1967), p. 193.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 30th Report, August 15, 1919, p. 505.

3. Ibid., 49th Report, July 25, 1956, p. 20.

4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Academic Staff Handbook, p. 33.

5. University of Illinois Statutes, Section 50(b), June 1958.

6. President's Faculty Letter, No. 174, April 7, 1969, p. 5.

7. Board of Trustees Transactions, 60th Report, January 17, 1980, p. 506-07.

Subject Index
Argonne Universities Association
Assembly Hall
Athletic Association
Athletic Publicity
Building Dedications
Building Program
Centennial, University
Chicago Art Institute
Chicago Circle Campus
Chief Illiniwek
Gizz Kids
Handicapped Students
Illini Horizons
Illini Union
Illinois High School Tournament
Illinois Press Association
Kappa Tau Alpha
Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Medical Center
Miller Professorships
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
Oak Park, Illinois
PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations)
Public Information Office
Public Service
Radio Educational Programs
Rehabilitation Education
Sound on Film
Student Demonstrations
Student Discipline
Student Life
Television Station - WILL
Ultra Sonics
University History
Water Survey, Illinois
Wheel Chair Basketball
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]