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New York State Thruway Authority Department of Information and Commercial Affairs Public Relations Planning and Publications Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of correspondence, memoranda, itineraries, reports, news releases, photographs, promotional brochures and pamphlets concerning public relations activities conducted by the Thruway Authority. The files mostly relate to opening ceremonies for each newly completed section of the Thruway, and inspection tours conducted for groups interested in the Thruway. From its establishment in 1950, the Authority exercised an active public relations program designed to distribute information to the public and to promote support for and use of the Thruway.
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3 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Inclusive Dates:
1950-1969
Series Number:
B0589

Arrangement

Arranged by major subject or type of record (Thruway openings, inspection tours, publications).

Administrative History

From its establishment in 1950 (Chapter 143), the Authority exercised an active public relations program designed to distribute information to the public and to promote support for and use of the Thruway. This function has been carried out by a succession of administrative units: Public Relations (1950-1953), Department of Public Information and Business Promotion (1954-1958, 1967), Department of Public Information (1959-1966, 1968), Department of Information and Commercial Affairs (1969-1978), and Department of Information (1979-1985).

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, itineraries, reports, news releases, occasional photographs, and promotional brochures and pamphlets concerning public relations activities conducted by the Authority to promote public awareness and support for the Thruway.

The bulk of these files relates to two subjects: opening ceremonies for each newly completed section of the Thruway, and inspection tours conducted for groups interested in the Thruway. The files on openings contain itineraries of activities, copies of press releases and speeches or statements made at the opening, sample press kits, and notes and correspondence concerning plans for the ceremonies. Inspection tours were conducted for groups of foreign and domestic visitors, particularly highway engineers. The files contain correspondence, press releases, sample promotional materials, itineraries, and lists of participants. The series also contains a number of publications produced by and about the Authority for public distribution.

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There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Acquistion Information

This series was transferred from the Thruway Authority's Department of Information.

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