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University Communications and Marketing fonds Sub-series
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Two early issues of Takkali were distributed in 1965 before the university opened and were described as a "report to convocation." In 1968, the Information Office used the same name, Takkali, for a new monthly bulletin to faculty and staff about Board of Governors and Senate activities. In addition to official announcements, Takkali contained news of scholarly and academic activities such as appointments, and promotions, awarding of tenure, resignations, publications, papers presented at conferences, and research grants received. "Takkali" was one of the early names for the Carrier Indians with whom explorer Simon Fraser wintered on Fraser Lake. The word was also translated as "Navigator." The final three issues of Takkali were not distributed independently, but appeared as inserts in The Peak in September, October and November of 1974.


The Information Office published Comment twice a semester as a feature magazine about members of the SFU community. It was mailed to the homes of all students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public who asked to be on the mailing list. Comment ceased publication in 1981.

SF Week, SFU News

SFU Newsletter and News Bulletin appeared for 38 issues from January 1966 to October 1966, when they were superceded by SFU Week as Issue No. 39. It functioned as a weekly calendar of events on campus. In February 1975 SFU Week adopted a new format combining the old weekly calendar of events and some features of the monthly Takkali. SFU Week also included feature articles about people and events.

SFU Week became Simon Fraser News in 1994. On September 21, 2000, Simon Fraser News became Simon Fraser University News.

Press releases

Sub-series consists of paper press releases created by Communications and Marketing and its predecessors. SFU discontinued producing the paper versions of its news releases around 2003. For the successor records in digital format, see sub-series F-61-5-3.

Files are arranged chronologically.

Media reports

Sub-series consists of Media Reports, semesterly compilations of press articles about SFU. The Information Office (as the unit was then known) began producing the reports in 1970. Articles were photocopied on to legal-size paper and bound into booklets. Records are arranged chronologically.

Web news releases

Sub-series consists of news releases created and disseminated online by Communications and Marketing and its predecessors. Media and Public Relations (as the department was then known) began posting university news releases on the SFU website in 2002, and by 2003 only the web version was retained as paper copies were discontinued. This sub-series consists of pdf copies of the web news releases. For the earlier paper records, see series 5-1; for the early years there is some duplication between paper and digital versions.

For the years up to and including part of 2011, only the text of the new releases survives, without formatting, photographs or links; from 2011 on, the pdf captures formatted text, images and links, though many of the links have become obsolete with the passage of time ("dead links"). For more information about the transfer process (and its effect on the form and content of the records), see the note below on Availability of other formats.

Contact sheets and negatives

Sub-series consists of analog photographs taken by SFU photographers working in University News Service (UNS) and Media and Public Relations (MPR) from 1972 to 1999. In 2000, photographers switched over to digital photography, discontinuing the creation of contact sheets and negatives.

Contact sheets were used to facilitate browsing and final selection of images. Photographers cut their film roll into a number of small strips that were exposed and developed as a set of thumbnail images on a single page. Contact sheets and negatives were stored in a separate series of binders, but were both organized by contact sheet number, with different numbering schemes in use at different times (see note on Arrangement below for more information on the numbering systems).

Descriptive data about the images were created by the photographers in the form of labels and annotations added to contact sheets. This data was later captured in a photo index database and appears in the Scope and content note for individual contact sheets at the file level (see the note on Finding aids below for more information on the Archives' legacy photo index).