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Notre Dame: Department of Information Services Records

Identifier: DIS

Scope and Contents

The folders in this record group comprise the non-current portion of the Department of Information Services' large holdings of background information on persons and subjects associated with the university. In addition, there is a file of coding sheets from a comprehensive biographical survey of of the recipients of university honorary degrees and the Laetare Medal.

The SUBJECT AND EVENTS FILES and the BIOGRAPHICAL FILES comprise the bulk of the records. Each is arranged alphabetically -- by subject and by name, respectively. The file for each subject or individual typically contains printed or distributed materials such as press releases, magazine articles and newspaper clippings, brochures and programs, announcements, texts of speeches, copies of publications, etc. The Biographical Files also often contain questionaires requesting personal information that were filled in and returned by the individuals.

In 1983, Information Services undertook to create a computer data base containing biographical information on all the recipients of university honorary degrees and the Laetare Medal. The DATA BASE FILES contain the coding sheets used in entering this information onto the Archives' IBM 5280 computer. These sheets are arranged by type of award (degree or medal) and then alphabetically by name. The first folder in this series contains summary statistical data derived from the data base as well as a coded printout describing all the recipients.

Besides arranging the folders of this record group into series, the processing archivist has refoldered some of them, titled many of them more correctly or more accurately, divided very large folders into up to four new ones, removed photographs to the collateral Information Services Photograph Collection (GDIS), weeded out all duplicate and near duplicate material, and discarded certain publications (such as university directories and football annuals) that are easily accessible elsewhere.


  • Creation: 1930s-[ongoing].


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Conditions Governing Access

Access to university records in any format (paper, digital, photographic, or audiovisual) is governed by state and federal laws, University of Notre Dame policy, and the University of Notre Dame Archives Access Guidelines and is subject to review under the supervision of the Head of the University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or publicly disseminate reproductions of any material obtained from the University Archives must be secured from the University Archives and any additional copyright owners prior to such use. Please see Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use of Material for additional information.

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Information Services managed publicity (news and information) for the University of Notre Dame.


300 cubic feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Files came from the Department of Information Services and the later Notre Dame agencies under various names that have handled public relations and information dissemination.

Legal Status


Notre Dame: Department of Information Services Records
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
(574) 631-6448