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7 School of Arts and Sciences: Department of Communication

Records of the Department of Communication

I. Overview of the Collection

Title: Records of Department of Communication

Dates: 1940--

Location: 07/8

Extent: 1 boxes (0.5 linear ft.)

Language: English


II. Historical note

The first catalog for Barry College (1940-41) lists eight courses for the "Speech Department" in the division of Language and Literature. At least one speech class was required of all students preparing to teach. Sister Trinita Flood was sent to Barry in 1946 specifically to be "the speech teacher." In the 50s, "Speech Arts" included several classes in dramatics; subsequently the Speech and Drama Department was born, and Barry's dramatic productions under the direction of Sister Marie Carol Hurley (1954-74) became highly popular and well attended by the community.

The Department of Communication, as such, was formally introduced in 1983 within the Department of Telecommunication, after university status had been established. Sister Vivien Jennings, a Dominican Sister from Caldwell, New Jersey, developed the original curriculum and ordered the first television studio equipment which became the David Brinkley Studio. Undergraduate and graduate degrees were offered.


III. The Collection

The collection includes a brief history of the department up to 1990, annual report for 1991, flyers for different majors in communication, and folders featuring the David Brinkley Studio.

IV. Container list:

Box     Title

8          Department of Communication, 1984-

            Academic Programs

            David Brinkley Studio           



V. Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Transfer, Dept. of Communication; 2001 Aug

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research

Processed by: Sister Arnold Benedetto, O.P., revised by Ximena Valdivia, 2012

Preferred Citation: Records of Department of Communication, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, Miami Shores, Florida

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