Fonds 03.008, 04.008, 05.005 - University Relations Communications Photographs

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University Relations Communications Photographs

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CA UWA 03.008, 04.008, 05.005

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  • 1894 - 2002 (Creation)

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2046 photographs : 1593 prints ; 453 slides

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Administrative history

The department responsible for this collection prior to donation was ratified after United College became University of Winnipeg. Prior to its existence as a discrete administrative unit, its function was performed by a General Faculty Council Committee. It was afterwards titled variously – starting from the beginning – Information Office (1967-1972), Public Relations (1972-1984), Development Centre (1984-1985), Community Relations (1985-1987), External Relations (1987-1988), University Relations (1988-2004), and University Advancement Services (2004-2006). This body co-operated with the Media Department towards print & radio advertisements, announcements, recruitment material, fundraising, institutional events and celebrations, and official communication with alumni. The Media Department was disbanded in 1995 and its responsibilities redistributed to various other departments. Communications, previously a subdivision of University Relations since 1991, became a separate entity in 2003; in 2006 University Advancement Services was reformed with Communications and other departments into Government, External & Alumni Affairs.

Custodial history

Prior to the disbanding of the Media Department in 1995, the images were held disparately by Media and University Relations. At that time they were transferred to the custody of University Relations; when Communications separated in 2003, it took custody of some of that material. The collection is formed from three separate accessions: the first, from University Relations, 6th May 2003; the second, from Communications, December 2004; and the third, also from Communications, 18th May 2005. The photographic materials from these three accessions were rehoused, arranged, and described over the summer of 2010 into their current form as a collection.

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Fonds consists of images collected or produced by the Media Department and the University Relations Department (under its various appellations: please see Administrative History) that document the institutional life and history of the University of Winnipeg, United College, and Wesley College. This account includes the occupations and lifestyles of University faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests, acting in formal and informal contexts; construction and external or internal architectural features of campus buildings; and the official and unofficial activities of various administrative and academic bodies within the University. The Media Department’s photographer Peter Tittenberger created many of the images during his employment, 1979-1995; outside photographers are credited as well. The images were used as documentation of these events and functions, as well as in various print and radio media publicizing and advertising the University to potential and current students, alumni, donors, and the public. The images encompass the years 1894-2002, the majority of which cover the latter half of the 20th century; the vast majority of the images were taken from the University of Winnipeg campus, with a small number from other locations in Winnipeg. They are organized broadly by the institutional function or body documented, or by the role of the people featured in the images: they form nine series, with a tenth comprised of images which could not be clearly enough identified to sort into other subjects. Approximately three quarters of the fonds are colour or black & white prints, with the other quarter as slides.

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There is an electronic item-level finding aid for all series available through the University of Winnipeg Archives.

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