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Wayne State University University Relations Division Records

Identifier: WSR000005
The papers of the University Relations Division reflect the activities of Wayne’s public relations offices. They consist of press releases, photographs, correspondence, minutes, reports, and clippings. The papers focus on general subjects, including the promotion of the United States Bicentennial, Wayne's Centennial, the Michigan Legislature's allocation and Wayne's budget, and Wayne's athletics program.

Important subjects in the collection: Air Cargo Research; McGregor Conference Center; Alumni Association; Medicine - Student biographies; Athletes women; Medicine, School of; Athletics; Michigan Week; Awards; Mrs. Wayne State University Contest; Ban; Music Department; Baseball; National Collegiate Athletic Association; Basketball; Nursing, College of; Blood Symposium; Pharmacy, College of; Budget, University; Pilafian and Montana Architects; Buildings; President’s Athletic Conference; Centennial, WSU; Radio; Central High School Alumni Reunion; ROTC; Civil Defense Program; Rowing; Commencement; Scholarships; Communism; Selective Service; Convertaplane; Sororities; Cross Country; Speaker ban; Detroit; Schmidt Farm; Detroit – Riot of 1967; Student Center; Detroit Bicentennial Commission; Students, Physically Disabled; Detroit Board of Education; Swimming; Detroit Federation of Teachers; Tennis; Draft; "The Metro"; Education, College of; Track; Education Day; TV Broadcasting; Emancipation Centennial; Veterans; Engineering, College of; Vietnam; Fencing; Wayne Foundation; Football; Wayne State University - History; Golf; Wayne Victory; John Wayne Day; WDET; Kresge Science Library; World War II - Wayne activities; Law School; Wrestling; Legislature, Michigan; Loyalty Oath

Important correspondents in the collection are: Bartlett, Lynn M.; Mason, Philip; Beach, Mark; Matthaei, Fredrick; Blozitis, Gerald J.; McDonald, Robert; Brucker, Wilber M., Jr.; McKee, Jean; Burdick, Benjamin D.; Neef, Arthur; Dodge, Percival; Nieuwsma, Milton; Ferry, W.H.; Pentecost, Paul J.; Baysinger, Gerald; Reed, Ralph R.; Gullen, George E., Jr.; Richards, John R.; Hilberry Clarence B.; Stirton, William E.; Hillcoat, Robert N.; Tuohey, Frank X.; Keast, William Rea; Whaley, Randall M.; Lewis, Charles A.; Woodock, Leonard
Series Description: Series I: General Files, 1936-76: Newspaper clippings, press releases, reports, minutes, correspondence, and subject files pertaining to the Michigan Legislature, School of Medicine, and the United States Bicentennial.

Subseries A: Subject and Correspondence, 1936-64 Subseries B: School of Medicine, 1939-68 Subseries C: University Budget and Michigan Legislature, 1939-67 Subseries D: Subjects including School of Medicine and Budget, 1943-68 Subseries E: Press Releases, Clippings, and Press Coverage, 1940-76 Subseries F: Detroit Bicentennial Commission, 1973-76

Series II, Wayne State University Centennial, 1963-68: Newspaper clippings, photographs, press releases, minutes, and correspondence pertaining to the WSU Centennial celebrations as well as Centennial commencements.

Series III, Wayne State University Athletics, 1940-77: Press releases, correspondence, minutes, photographs, and biographical information pertaining to the athletics program at the university, individual athletes, teams, and women athletes.

Subseries A, General Files, 1955-76 Subseries B, Individual Athlete Biographies, 1950-78 Subseries C, Athletic Teams, 1940-77

Oversize, 1943-45: Scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings on university departments and subjects.


  • 1936 - 1977
  • Majority of material found within 1949 - 1977


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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64.5 Linear Feet (64 SB, 1 OS)


These papers chronicle the activities of the University Relations offices. Subjects covered deal generally with Detroit and Michigan; specifically, the collection contains information regarding the Michigan Legislature, the School of Medicine, and the United States Bicentennial for the period 1936-1976. The Wayne State Centennial files cover the time period 1963-1968. WSU Athletics are represented for the period 1940-1977.


The Division underwent several name changes to more accurately reflect its services. In the 1940s it was called the Community Relations Program and aimed to establish a working relationship between the University and any group or individual within the community with the intent of selling the University as a service institution to the community.

In August of 1949, all University activities and programs related to public communication and interpretation of the University’s work were integrated to form the Division of Community Relations under the direction of Percival Dodge. The new division included the Office of Press Relations, Wayne University Speakers’ Bureau, and the Office of Community Services. William E. Stirton replaced Dodge as the director on July 1, 1952.

Frank X. Tuohey replaced Stirton in October of 1955. The Office of Press Relations and Publication Services, under Tuohey’s direction, assisted all units of the University in internal and external relations projects. The office was divided into art, printing, publications, and press relations. The primary function of the Office of Press Relations was to interpret the University to the community through all available media such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television. A second function was to assist in the publicizing of material relating to the University or any of its components by providing professional help and advice. The third service was the collection and preparation of news and information upon the request of newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and other media. The office also had full editorial responsibility for the University staff publication, Inside Wayne, for The Alumni News and The Otherlander. This collection most closely reflects the Office of Press Relations.

In April of 1961 the unit was redesignated the Division of University Relations to reflect more realistically the Division’s services. The new division operated not only to interpret the University to the community through all available media, but also in the collection and preparation of news and information upon request from such media as newspapers, magazines, journals, radio, television and wire services. A continuous flow of information about the University was disseminated through daily press releases and through a weekly newsletter. In addition, special features, mat releases, photographs and radio and television programs were prepared to insure full public awareness of the University. Tuohey remained as director. Paul J. Pentecost continued as assistant director devoting the majority of his attention to press relations. Charles A. Lewis continued as assistant director editing Inside Wayne, Alumni News and the Otherlander.

In 1978, the Division of University Relations consisted of seven units including Information Services and Publications. These two units were concerned with publicity, publications, advertising, and personal contact. Together they encompassed most of the “communications services” of University Relations. Information Services directed its energies toward interpretation of university-related activities and higher education to the general public through the mass media. Through a number of regular publications, the publications office kept those with direct ties or strong interest in Wayne State abreast of university activities. This office was responsible for Wayne Report, Alumni News, and WDET Program Guide.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-24), Series 2 (Boxes 25-20), and Series 3 (Boxes 31-60). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Series 1 is further divided into 6 subseries and Series 3 is further divided into 3 subseries.

Related Materials

Additional files relating to the work of the Division of University Relations can be found in the University Relations Division Information Services Collection (1940-68) which includes press releases and commencement material.


One box of photographs have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual collection. They were mainly athletic teams but also include School of Medicine graduating classes for 1957-1966 and miscellaneous photographs.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Wayne State University University Relations Division Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

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