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Press releases collection

Identifier: 1SP

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of press releases from the Publicity Office, the Office of Information Services, and the Office of Media Relations, dating from 1948 to 1994 (the office's name has changed over time). Also includes the Office of Media Relations' guidelines for writing op-eds, and for responding to interviews with the media. The folder titles "News Releases," "Press Releases," and "Media Relations releases" have been kept distinct to preserve the original description, but their content is similar.


  • 1948-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at or by phone at (781) 283-3745.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wellesley College Archives welcomes researchers to use materials in the public domain, to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law, and to request permission to use works whose copyright is held by Wellesley College. All materials from the Archives, regardless of copyright status, should be attributed to the Wellesley College Archives, Library and Technology Services when cited, quoted, or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

This office has undergone various name changes; in chronological order, they are the Publicity Office (circa 1920s-late 1960s), Information Services (late 1960s-late 1970s), Media Relations (late 1970s-circa 1990s), the Office for Public Affairs (circa early 2000s-early 2010s), and most recently Communications & Public Affairs (mid-2010s-present day). The earliest mention of the work of the Publicity Office in the Wellesley News is a November 25, 1926 article "Miss Johnson Explains the Functions of Press Board" (page 2). The article describes how the Press Board was housed in the Administration Building, in the Office of Publicity, and was tasked with managing distribution of college news to newspapers and making public statements, all under supervision of the Director of Publicity.


4.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials



Files are arranged in chronological order. Press releases are arranged in roughly the order in which they were sent out (this means only a rough chronological order within folders).
Wellesley College. Publicity Office. Press Releases collection, 1948-1994: a guide
Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, Project Archivist
2019 June 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository