This collection consists of materials created or collected by the University of Louisvlle Public Information Office. It was originally received in two acccesions. Both included some records relating to the Black Student Union, their calls for increased representation of Black people in the student body, the faculty, and the curriculum, the May 1969 sit-ins in the offices of the University president and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the University's response. However, there is substantially more of this material in accession 1976-105 (box 1). Accession 1978-021 (box 2) focuses more on the University's relationship with the Council on Public Higher Education, evaluations of University of Louisville's academic programs, planning, and annual reports.
University records more than 25 years old are generally open; however, some records may be restricted by statute or federal law. The vast majority of this collection is open to researchers. Restrictions related to student privacy apply to one folder.
2.5 linear feet (2 records center box)
The Public Information Office was established in 1964; in 1973 it was renamed the Public Relations Office. The office is currently known as the Office of Communications and Marketing. David (Dave) Baker served as director of the office from 1965 until 1976, when he became University Counsel. These records were created during his administration. In addition to creating and distributing press releases, Baker served as President Strickler's speech writer and the University's legislative liaison. Under his administration, the PIO was responsible for photo identification cards, slides and illustrations; the sports information office was also under his supervision.