Baruch College Library Exhibits
Collection from PR Museum
Collection on Loan for Two Years; Items include Historical Artifacts from PR Pioneers
NEW YORK, NY- September 17, 2014 –Baruch College hosts a new collection of artifacts celebrating the field of public relations and its pioneers.
Shelley and Barry Spector, founders of Spector & Associates, Inc. and the Museum of Public Relations, have created the collection of historical artifacts, books, papers and videos documenting the evolution of the modern public relations field. The collection is on loan for two years and will be housed in Baruch College’s William and Anita Newman Library and will be a source of research for students, faculty, and local and international scholars. The collection may be viewed by appointment only.
Assembled by Shelley and Barry Spector in 1997, the collection includes original documents, first edition books and original artifacts documenting the first 100 years of the PR field, representing the careers of Ivy Lee, Doris Fleischman, Edward Bernays, Chet Burger, and others. Items include an oil portrait of Edward Bernays, a light bulb from Edison’s 1929 “Lights Golden Jubilee,” letters and documents from Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Henry Luce, Arthur W. Page and more than 50 hours of video footage including interviews with Edward Bernays, Dan Edelman, Harold Burson, Muriel Fox, Chester Burger and Herb Schmertz.
Shelley Spector, who will join Baruch College’s Corporate Communications program in January 2015 as an adjunct professor, said the collection has been accessible online for many years and has continued to attract the interest of national and international students, researchers and practitioners. She said the collection’s books, journals, letters, posters and other artifacts chronicling the public relations field and its online review of pioneers and campaigns, have been cited in hundreds of academic papers over the years.
“We are finding that more people around the world are studying public relations,” says Shelley Spector. “Now that a century has passed since the birth of the profession as a recognized discipline, we are pleased that Baruch College has adapted the collection as the home of public relations’ living institutional memory. We selected Baruch College because of its diversity and its ongoing mission to offer students access, value and excellence in higher education.”
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.