A Guide to the International Association of Business Communicators Records, 1938-1994
Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a worldwide professional association dedicated to the use of strategic communication to improve the effectiveness of professionals, businesses, and organizations. Members of the IABC work in fields such as public relations, government relations, corporate communications, public affairs, community relations, writing, editing, and human resources, to name a few. The association provides assistance to members in job searching and placement as well as skill enhancement, and forms a network for the sharing of ideas and solving of problems. The IABC, active in over 80 countries, is split into districts and facilitates the networks of approximately 15,000 working professionals. United States District 5 includes cities in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, and Kansas.
International Association of Business Communicators. "About IABC." International Association of Business Communicators (accessed July 22, 2010).
The International Association of Business Communicators Records, 1938-1994, contain organizational records and classified files related to chapter membership, officers, conferences and board meetings, committee and chapter activities, evaluation and awards programs, and organizational finances. Additionally, the records include correspondence, minutes, reports, bylaws and a constitution, surveys, lists, financial records, brochures, programs, manuals, trade newsletters and magazines, scrapbooks, audio and video materials, and photographs.
Contained in the collection are organizational records and classified files pertaining to the association’s chapters in District Five, including San Antonio, Texas; South Colorado; Topeka, Kansas; Tucson, Arizona; Wichita, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Phoenix, Arizona; New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Austin, Texas; the Brazos Valley, Texas; Central Oklahoma; Colorado; Dallas, Texas; and Fort Worth, Texas. Furthermore, the records are comprised of materials pertaining to budgets, finances, goals, dues, itineraries and meetings, mailing lists, membership, committees, other districts, resolutions, and responsibilities. Various correspondence, newsletters, awards, and committee materials also document the day-to-day activities and dealings of the association, particularly within District Five.
The collection is open for research.
International Association of Business Communicators Records, 1938-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Karen Schoenfeld, September 1987. Subsequent revisions were made by Deborah Bloys, January 1994.
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