Brigham Young University. News Bureau

Established around 1952, the News Bureau was responsible for overseeing university news publications. In 1978 Press Relations was renamed Public Communications. Directors for the News Bureau included Edwin J. Butterworth (1952-1978).


Established: 1952

Abolished: 1978

Location: Provo, Utah (1952-1978)


Press Relations’ main function was to serve the university in dispersing school news to the outside world. It also prepares news releases and dissemination of the same to press, radio, television, magazine, and wire services. Within it there were four main divisions: news operations, information service, publications, and advertising. Press Relations was responsible for publishing president ‘s letter to the parents, special editions of the Daily Universe, and BYU Today, the alumni magazine.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The director of News Bureau reported to the director of University Relations.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. University Relations Division (1973-1983)

Earlier unit: Brigham Young University. Press Relations (1973)

Later unit: Brigham Young University. Public Communications (1978)

Associated Archival Materials

Records of the Public Communications Department, 1951-1979 (UA 586)

Faculty Biographical File, 1900-2000 (UA 909)


Brigham Young University Annual Catalog 1952-1953 p. 9 (first mention of Ed Butterworth and something resembling the News Bureau)

Brigham Young University Annual School Catalog, 1983-1984: p. 353 (Public Communications)

Faculty Biographical File, 1900-2000, Edwin J. Betterworth (functions to oversee newspaper, TV and Radio Stations, and National Wire Service)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2010-00355

Creator: ANG/ARC