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EMU Division of Communications collection

Identifier: 02.DC

Scope and Contents

A broad collection of audio/visual material that contains material relating to athletics, EMU campus events, promotional materials, speeches, interviews, Eastern Michigan programming and performances, and material gifted to EMU by news companies. The primary formats of the materials are VHS, U-Matic, CD, DVD, Mini DV Cassette, and DV Cassette. The content that is covered ranges from 1941 to 2019. Content is usually geographically focused on Ypsilanti, but there are instances of items that contain photographs of outside areas either for collecting pictures for no specified reason or chronicling trips hosted by Eastern. The material was kept in the department of communications until the videographer position was eliminated, which resulted in the material being moved to the archives in 2016. The content is arranged into the following series': Athletics, Promos and Events, Speeches, Lectures, Interviews, EMU Programming, Material Given to EMU by Third Parties, Miscellaneous Material, Various Mini DV Cassettes and DV Cassettes, Integrated Content, and Banners.


  • 1941 - 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the University Archives.

Administrative History note

The basis of this collection originated from the position of University Videographer, and was kept by videographer and EMU Alum John Rice until the position was eliminated in 2016. After the elimination of the position, materials were transferred to the Eastern Michigan University Archives in multiple accessions between 2016-2017. Although the videographer position was removed, John Rice continued to teach in the Communications, Media and Theater Arts department as an adjunct lecturer.

Materials in this collection include banners use in the following marketing campaigns: Eagle Nation, Education First, and TRUEMU.


88.8 Linear Feet (1 Record Center Carton, 32 Disk boxes, 3 Flip-Top Boxes, 11 Oversized Flip-Top Boxes, 22 UMatic storage boxes, 34 VHS storage boxes, 4 archive boxes, 1 halfsize archive box, 8 objects)

Language of Materials



The Divisions of Communications collection contains materials related to the marketing and promotion of Eastern Michigan University. This includes athletics, academics, and programs.


EMU Division of Communications collection
Samuel Schmaltz, Brooke Boyst
2023 June 5
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197