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Clemson University Communications Center Audio Recordings

Identifier: Series-0077

Scope and Content Note

This series contains tape recordings produced by the Clemson University Communications Center, 1966-1980. The recordings consist primarily of interviews with administrators, professors, and students on a variety of topics. The recordings were distributed for weekly broadcast to radio stations throughout the state of South Carolina. Several recordings have brief descriptions.

Harry Durham, Director of University Communications Center, conducted most of the interviews.


  • 1965-1980


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use and access. The recordings may be reproduced by various means in accordance with Unit policies.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection contains audio-visual material. Please contact Special Collections & Archives (, 864.656.3031) for details.

Historical Sketch

The University Communications Center was created in 1967 to serve internal needs of the University and to inform the public of University programs and activities. The Communications Center also produced materials for classroom use; these included photographs, films, and audio recordings. More than fifty weekly radio features were broadcast by twenty-five stations throughout the state. Before 1967, similar functions were carried out by Auxiliary Enterprises and the University News Bureau. William Harry Durham served as Director of University Communications until 1981. At that time, Durham became Executive Director of University Relations and Communications. James P. Burns was named Director of Electronic and Photographic Services, and Ross Cornwell was named Director of Information and Public Services. Additional name changes occurred in the years following 1981.


1 Cubic Feet (42 reel-to-reel recordings, 19 audiocassettes, 3 compact discs)

Language of Materials



This series contains audio recordings produced by the Clemson University Communications Center, 1965-1979. The recordings consist of interviews with administrators, professors, and students on a variety of topics.


The recordings are arranged in chronological order.


The recordings originated in the Clemson University Communications Center. They were accessioned as 87-39 and 87-43. Originally recorded in reel-to-reel format, the recordings suffered from degradation known as "sticky shed syndrome," in which magnetic particles detach from the tape base resulting in loss of sound quality. They have been reformatted as audiocassettes and compact discs.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2001-2002. Students assisting were Mark Fitzsimmons, Jennifer Lightweis, and Richard Litchfield. The finding aid was written by Dennis Taylor, University Archivist, October 2002.

The conversion of this finding aid to Encoded Archival Description format was made possible with a grant from the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board in 2009-2010. The finding aid was prepared for encoding by Kristi Roberts.

Clemson University Communications Center Audio Recordings
2010 August 9
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Repository Details

Part of the Clemson University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Repository

230 Kappa St.
Clemson SC 29634 U.S.A. US