The PR Museum Digitization Project
The Museum of Public Relations is digitizing a century of #PRHistory
Since the start of the COVID-19 quarantine, the Museum of Public Relations has halted hosting guests, all live lectures and tours, and in-person events. All our overhead and expenses continue to be paid despite the severe loss of revenue so we will be prepared to reopen once it's safe to do so.
What it will take to go virtual
We continue to provide the international PR community with resources unavailable elsewhere. Since the start of the pandemic, the Museum has taken our shows online, producing four diversity-themed events and a dozen lectures in the US, Europe, LatAm and Asia. We’ve partnered with various universities throughout the academic year—Elon, UGA, and San Diego State University among them—for educational activities, and lectured frequently to PRSSA chapters. We have also conducted and presented new research on current crisis topics along with our academic partner, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
While the Museum has enjoyed the support of members of the PR community over its 25-plus years, the bulk of the funding continues to be provided by its founders, Shelley and Barry Spector. And we are indebted to the many individuals, agencies, corporations, universities, and organizations who have so generously provided funding in the past.
Become part of our community
Today we are asking for your support of our initiative to digitize the more than 2,500 rare artifacts, books, film, and papers—the only such collection in the world, from such pioneers as Edward Bernays, Ivy Lee, Doris Fleischman, Inez Kaiser, Ofield Dukes, and Harold Burson, to name a few. These priceless artifacts, many over a century old, tell the intriguing history of our profession, and also demonstrate how PR itself has impacted history.
By digitizing these historical holdings, we'll not only be able to preserve them; we'll be able to make them available to you and the growing PR community around the world electronically, until it is safe for you to visit us in person again.
Help us bring the Museum to you
By making a donation to the Museum today, you will be providing the invaluable support we need as a 501c3 charitable organization to keep our history alive for you, for students, educators, researchers and professionals for generations to come.
We sincerely thank you in advance for your help in allowing us to bring this museum to you.
—The Museum of Public Relations