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News/Information Office records

 Record Group
Identifier: AC-32

Scope and Content Note

The records of the News Office / Public Information Office / Media Relations Office contain administrative and project records related to various activities of the three offices. The majority of the records were maintained by Shelley Lauzon, Victoria Kaharl and Vicky Cullen, and consist of administrative records, publications, photographs, correspondence, news clippings, obituaries, memoranda, agenda, minutes and press releases.


  • 1947-2006

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open/Restricted: most materials in the collection are available for research; some materials may only be viewed by the Office of Origin or with permission of the Archivist.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Historical Information

The News/Information Office has gone through several name changes since early 1960, although its primary public affairs responsibilities remained largely the same until its segmentation in 1994. The Information Office & Exhibit Center, Media Relations, Communications, and Graphic Services are now individually responsible for different aspects of the original office’s variety of duties.


36 boxes plus photographs and electronic records (35.25 linear feet)


The News/Information Office records consists of correspondence, press releases, publicity material, subject files and administrative records relating to the activities of the WHOI News Office, Public Information Office and Media Office.

Custodial History

See the accessions log for more information on the custodial history.

Acquisitions Information

Received in several accessions, including acc. 1998-20, 2006-38, 2007-01 and 2010-26.

Related Material

See also the Office of Communications Records (AC-03), Titanic Discovery Records (AC-21) and Graphic Services and Publications Records (AC-43) for related material.

Processing Information

First-level processing completed in 2004 by Marisa Hudspeth. Processing of accessions 2006-38, 2007-01 and 2010-26 completed in January 2014 by David Sherman.

A Guide to the News/Information Office records, 1947-2006
Marisa Hudspeth
January 16, 2004, updated June 12, 2007 and January 10, 2014
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository