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Purdue University News Service photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 19

Scope and Contents

The News Service Photograph collection contains photos taken by the News Service Office from 1948 to 2000. The majority of the collection are negatives, but there is also one box of slides removed from slide carousels (notes includes) and a small box of loose slides. There is also a small stack of loose photos from 1977 with negatives included. Negatives from more recent years are B&W and color 35mm while older negatives are B&W 4”x5” large format negatives. The collection covers all aspects of the university including but not limited to university administration, academic departments, events, campus views, student life, athletics, and conferences. There is a detailed inventory of this collection in the “Links” section of this finding aid.


  • 1948 - 2000


Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

The University News Service was the news disseminating office for the Purdue University West Lafayette campus. They wrote news releases, took photographs, produced radio and television programs, and provided other information to news media through the state and nation. They also maintained a photo and biography file of Purdue personnel for use by the media. The University News Service has been a part of a continually evolving organizational restructuring of units involved in marketing, news dissemination and communication, and public/alumni relations. The department’s prior name was Office of Public Information and reported to the Vice-President for Development. When it was renamed to University News Service, it reported to the Vice-President for University Relations. In 2009 the department was renamed to News Service and Media Relations. At the same time the Office of Marketing and Media was created which took responsibility of the media creation portion of the department. These two entities were later combined into the Office of Marketing and Communications.


71.795 Cubic Feet (365 shoe boxes, 1 slide box, and 1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The materials have been maintained the original arrangement; in general materials are arranged by date and subject group.

Acquisition Information

Collection was transferred from the Purdue University News Service to the archives in three different installments. The original acquisition was on 11/30/2006. Additional acquisitions were transferred on 9/1/2010 and 2/18/2016.

Separated Materials

Two boxes of VHS tapes were not processed into this collection and remained with the original accession (Purdue University News Service photographs and negatives, addition 01).

Processing Information

The entire collection was rehoused into acid free boxes indexed at the sleeve level. Addition 1 from 9/1/2010 contained several boxes of slide carousels with speaking notes. These slides were removed from the carousels and placed in slide sleeves and placed inside acid free folders with their corresponding notes. This accession also contained two cubic foot boxes of VHS tapes. These tapes were removed from the collection made into their own collection.
Purdue University News Service photographs
Richard R. Bernier
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Third edition. Second edition was completed on 2019-11-06. Collection description first completed 2013-06-09.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-11-06: Updated collection collection description to current standards, by Neal Harmeyer.
  • 2021-10-15: Instances for Group 1 were added to the record, Group 3 (addition 20100901.3) was added to the collection, and the collection level record was brought up to current standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States