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Record Group: 4 UW
Record Sub-Group: 76
Records Title: UM System; President's Office; University Relations; Audio Records
Volume: 13 and 1/6 cubic feet, 16.46 linear feet
Scope and Content Note
This Record Sub-Group contains audio tape and phonograph recordings produced by the Office of University Relations. Recordings include two University sponsored radio programs series entitled Open Meetings and University Close-Up, the RFK Memorial Symposium on the Mass Media, and some Board of Curators meetings and press conferences. Also included are a variety of tapes which were produced cooperatively with University Extension.
Public relations and information dissemination for the University of Missouri System and MU were handled by the MU Office of Public Relations until 1968. During the 5 year period between the creation of the UM-System and 1968, the MU Office of Public Relations handled the communications needs of both the MU campus and the UM system. In 1968, the Office of University Information Services was created as an UM-System office to serve the public relations, information and publicity needs of the UM-System's central administration and the four campuses. The campus specific information dissemination needs of MU were handled through the Office of Public Information and its successor office, University Affairs. In 1980, the name of University Information Services was changed to University Relations and it was charged with the responsibility of planning and conducting internal and external communications programs at the system level. This included acting as the information source for the Board of Curators. The Office of University Relations was also responsible for coordinating information and publicity efforts with counterpart offices at the four campuses and with University Outreach and Extension. The Office of University Relations consisted of three departments: the Information, Public Relations and Publicity unit; the Radio and Television unit; and the Extension Information unit. In 1985 Extension Information split from its parent office and formed the Office of Extension Communications.
Series 1. - UW:4/142/1
This Series contains audio tapes produced by the Office of University Relations (1968-1976). The Series consists of audio tapes (1/4", 7" reel) of University Close-Up, a University sponsored radio program (1968-1976). The weekly show used a short interview format and covered a variety of topics related to the University of Missouri. Persons interviewed included chancellors, student organization leaders, museum directors, speakers at UM-sponsored workshops, faculty, and federal and state officials. Topics were diverse and included archeological projects, congressional investigations, space travel, community service programs, law enforcement, black history, medical education, exploration in Antarctica, wildlife management areas, USO entertainment in Vietnam, the 1970 Orange Bowl, the Nuremberg Trials, the Water Resources Center, and wild game research in Africa. Interviews of note include; C. Brice Ratchford (post resignation), Dan Devine, Mrs. Warren Hearnes, and John C. Weaver (West German Parliament). Most of the tapes include a short, printed introductory statement on the person interviewed or topic. This Series includes the first show of April 11, 1968.
(6 c.f., UMLD1)
Series 2. - UW:4/142/2
This Series contains records produced by the Office of University Relations. This Series is comprised of the taped proceedings (1/4" audio, 7" reels) of the RFK Memorial Symposium on the Mass Media, held February 25-28, 1970. Included are speeches by Rod Serling, David Susskind, and Pierre Salinger, among others, and panel discussions on topics such as the responsibility of the press, government control and politics, and censorship.
(1/2 c.f., UMLD1)
Series 3. - UW:4/142/3 (A80-53; A82-2; A95-99; A03-72)
This Series contains recordings generated by University Information System and the Office of University Relations (1971-1988), as it was later known. The tapes include President Ratchford's June 1971 Commencement Speech (1/4" audio, 5" reel), the 1973 State of the University Meeting (3 reels, 1/4" audio, 7" reel), and an audio tape of the House Agriculture Committee Hearing on the UM Budget (1/4" audio, 7" reel), June 2, 1975. The Series also contains a 33 1/3 rpm phonograph recording of a collection of Water Resources Research Center radio spots entitled On the Water-Front, (1973). Also included in the Series are recordings (audio cassette) generated by the University Relations in cooperation with University Extension covering a broad range of topics including Missouri agriculture, legislative relations, low input farming, gerontology, and the rural crisis. A transcript (combination typed and handwritten) and recordings (audio cassettes) of remarks by Cordell Tindall, Chair of the Missouri Extension Study Commission, on the September 1977 meeting is also in this Series.
(1/3 c.f., UMLD1; OSF, Ellis)
Note to Archivist: A digital copy of the cassette tape containing an interview with John Oren, (1985), is available.
Series 4. - UW:4/142/4 (A10-10; etc.)
This Series contains audio tapes generated by the Office of University Relations of the Board of Curators meetings (June 1970 through May of 1991, with gaps, 2006-). These recordings (1/4" reels, cassettes, digital files) also include press conferences and a series of Open Meetings programs.
(6 1/3 c.f.: 1 c.f., UMLD1; 1/3 c.f., UMLD1; 4 c.f., UMLD1; Shoebox, Ellis; 1 c.f., UMLD1; Shoebox, Ellis; Electronic Records)
Note to Archivist: The digital recordings are available as mp3 or other electronic audio formats
Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.
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