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Clemson University University Relations Records

Identifier: Series-0078

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the collection consists of documents, audio and video recordings, but also includes photographs, and slides.

The bulk of the correspondence is that of William Harry Durham, Associate Vice President for University Relations 1984-1993. Prior to that time Durham served as Executive Director for University Relations from 1980 to 1984; Director, University Communications Center, 1968-1980; Head, University Television Center, 1966-1968.

The bulk of material in the collection covers the period 1965-1996, with most of the collection dating from 1980-1992. In 2012 several folders of material from the files of the Director of Visitor Programs, John Allen, were acquired; of these folders, one predates 1965.

The documents in this series consist of correspondence, media information, memoranda, minutes, public service announcements, radio promotions, and scripts.

Primary subjects include Board of Visitors, the University's Centennial celebration 1988-1989; the Communications Center, Cooperative Extension Service, Institutional Advancement, Employee and Student Orientation, Public relations, and the Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

The recordings consist primarily of interviews with the Clemson Alumni Class of 1943, administrators, professors, students, Clemson citizens; public service announcements, awards presentations, and events of the Strom Thurmond Institute. Harry Durham conducted most of the interviews.


  • 1954-1996


Restrictions on Use

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

Biographical Note

William Harry Durham, was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, March 6, 1932. He graduated from the Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn, Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, the year 1954. Durham then received a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1961.

Historical Note

Missing Title

  1. News Bureau, 1933
  2. Office of Public Relations and Alumni Affairs, 1951
  3. Office of Public and Alumni Relations, 1955
  4. Alumni Affairs, 1967
  5. Public Relations, 1967
  6. University Relations and Communications, 1980-1984
  7. University Relations, 1984-1989
  8. Communications and External Relations, 1989-1993
  9. University Relations, 1989-1993
  10. Public Affairs, 1993-


22 Cubic Feet (consisting mainly of folders, 41 photographs, 202 slides, 65 audio recordings, 138 video recordings)

Language of Materials



This series contains the documents and recordings produced by University Relations. The recordings are divided into two categories: sound and video. The recordings consist of interviews with administrators, professors, students, Clemson citizens, Clemson Alumni Class of 1943; public service announcements, awards presentations, Strom Thurmond Institute


The documents are arranged alphabetically by subject. The audio and video recordings are arranged in two categories. In each category the recordings are arranged by format and then in chronological order.


The following files were transferred through the Records Management Center or sent directly from University Relations to the University Archives: Accessions 93-30, 93-42, 95-76, 96-115, 98-13, 12-168.

The materials in this collection were created by University Relations.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Ferry, Archivist III; Student Assistants Chris Beam, Emelia Diedrich. Processing began in September 2002 and the finding aid was completed in February 2003.

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 University Relations Records
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