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University of Colorado Boulder Publicity Offices collection

Identifier: COU:3331

Scope and Contents

Series 1: University of Colorado PhotoLab contains images taken from 1940s-1979, mainly 4x5” photographic negatives. The first part of the collection holds a number of portraits of campus staff, faculty, administrators, and other community members.

Series 2: Publication Services contains images taken or used for University publicity publications from the 1960s to the 1980s, though some older images are included in this series. Images in this series are mostly photographic prints, with some photographic film negatives and glass negatives.

Series 3: Office of Publication and Creative Services hold University publicity images from the 1970s to the 1990s, mostly 35mm photographic film and a large number of slides and some large format negatives and contact sheets.

Series 4: Publications Office contains printed publicity material and working records of the Publications Office from 1977 to 1983. Material includes pamphlets, mailings, and records related to the publication of the Colorado Quarterly.

Series 5: Public Information Office contains diverse publicity material related to all University of Colorado colleges and campuses, including the University of Colorado Medical Center, from 1929 to 1981. Material includes office records, photographs and negatives, moving image films, audio and video recordings, and printed publications.

Series 6: News Media Relations office contains the records of the News Services section of the Public Information Office, and the files of Robert S. Dunham, Assistant Director of News Services. Material reflects the years 1951-1980, particularly "student unrest" around anti-communist hearings in the 1950s, anti-Vietnam War protests and other "disturbances" in th 1960s and 1970s.

Series 7: Media and News Services Office contains original video and sound recordings and publicity announcements, as well as collected news and media recordings from local and national news stations, related to the CU Boulder campus and its faculty, from the 1980s-2000. The series also includes collections of published paper news clippings related to CU Boulder in the same period, which were collected and stored by the Office of Strategic Media Relations according to relevant personal names and subjects.

Series 8: Strategic Relations and Communication contains original video from the 2000s.

Photographers associated with this collection include Floyd Walters (1945- 1968), George Kupfner (1968-1973), Arnie Ogden (1974- 1976), Daniel Eitemiller (1976- 1979), Gregory Jones (1979- 1985), Paul Larkin (1985-1986), Martin Natvig (1986-1988, 1992-1994), Ken Abbott (1988- 1996, 1996-2002), Edward Kosmicki (1988-1992), Larry Harwood (1994 -2008), John Eichhorn (1994-1999), Neurath (1996-1998), Casey Cass (2001-), Glenn Asakawa (2008-), Andrea Fabri (2008-), and others.


  • Creation: 1886-2000s

Conditions Governing Access

Research access to original moving image films in this collection is restricted, due to preservation concerns. Contact with a list of desired items and a statement of intended use, which will be evaluated by the Moving Image Archivist based on preservation condition of the desired items and staff availability; please note that access may not be guaranteed for all items.

All analog sound recordings, video formats, and badly deteriorated film held by the Archives must be digitized for research access, due to preservation concerns. If these materials have not previously been digitized, the researcher is responsible for the cost of digitization. Researchers may request access to previously-digitized audiovisual materials that are not online on the CU Digital Library by contacting

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries may not own copyright to materials within this collection that were produced by other creators. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Biographical / Historical

Since 1921, campus publicity services at the University of Colorado Boulder-including publications, photography, news, and media-were offered under a variety of department and office titles.

Variations are believed to have included: the Department of Publications (1921, headed by Ralph L. Crosman), the Department of Publicity (1922-1926), the Department of Publications (1926-1944), Office of Public Information (1949-1971, headed by John Bartram from 1949-1957, including the Bureau of Publications from 1958-1971), Information Services (1971), Publication and Creative Services (1972-1978), Public Information Office (1978-1984, merging with News Services in 1983), News Media Relations (1984-1986), Public Relations (1986-1994), Office of Public Affairs (1994-1998, directed by Pauline Hale), Institutional Relations (1998-2000, led by Executive Director Bobbi Barrow), and University Communications (2000-, with Pauline Hale named as Executive Director in 2003 and Michael Warden named as Vice Chancellor for University Communications in 2007).

The University PhotoLab (or "Photographic Services") was included in all of these department changes. It was located in the Macky building until the 1980s, when it moved to Hallet, then to East Campus in Boulder. In its numerous re-namings and re-organizations, the campus publicity office may also have been divided into separate named sections according to media function, including Publication Services, the CU News Bureau, Strategic Media Relations, and CU Media and News Services.


330 linear feet (680 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains material received from several University of Colorado departments that have provided publicity and public relations services to the University, including photography, publicity publications, film and video, news and other media. Although there were many changes to the department name and structure, the core services have remained the same.


This collection is divided into eight series, according to the department or section name from which material was transferred to the CU Boulder Archives.

Series 4 finding aid by Marilyn Burns, 1991. Series 1-3 and Series 5 surveyed by Stephanie Hodges, 2011. Series 7 inventoried, reformatted, and edited by Alex Jefferson, Dominic Molinari, and Brian J. Obenchain, 2012. Series 1-3 edited and uploaded to ArchiveSpace by Jennifer Sanchez, 2019. Series 4-7 edited by Jamie Marie Wagner, 2020. Series 8 added by Kalyani Fernando, 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States