The Public Relations files were created by the former Directors, mainly Jan Kingaard, and staff of Public Relations. Although the dates of the collection span 1944 to 2008, the majority of the records are from the mid-1990s to 2002. The bulk of the collection is the administrative files in Series 1 which document the varied responsibilities of the department, from internal meetings to media outreach.
The files in Series 2 (Academic Departments) and Series 5 (People) contain information collected on Art Center faculty and departments to be used in publicizing Art Center accomplishments. Series 3 (Art Center Campuses) contains publicity about the physical plant, including the move to Pasadena and the acquisition of South Campus.
The Events files in Series 4 document on and off-campus events that the department publicized, especially Super Thursdays. Related to those files are the Sponsored Projects files in Series 7, which contain information on the corporations, projects and students involved for publicity purposes.
The media outreach efforts of the Public Relations Department can be seen in Series 6 (Press Kits and Releases) and Series 8 (Clippings), the latter containing hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles related to Art Center, its students, and their work. The Media Summaries in Series 9 are packets of clippings compiled by Public Relations to be distributed to other administrative departments on campus. These packets are arranged chronologically, following departmental practice.
Series 10 contains the internal communication component of Public Relations. Notable in this series are the Third Thursday Newsbriefs that are distributed to the Art Center community every month and spotlight Art Center news and events.
Printed materials, such as letterhead, business cards, and brochures, some dating back to the 1950s, make up Series 11. Series 12 consists of computer files, almost all of which are on compact disc.
Although part of the Clippings series, several oversized copies of news articles are filed separately, including a reprint of a 1954 Saturday Evening Post article profiling Art Center. Also filed separately are three scrapbooks of clippings that duplicate and supplement the photocopied and filed clippings that were collected by the department from 1971-1985. The oversized items are housed in Boxes 31, 32, and 33.