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American Association of Industrial Editors (AAIE) Records

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 6 May 2010

Biographical History

The American Association of Industrial Editors (AAIE) was formed in 1938 by a small group of industrial publication editors. Within the first year of their association's operation they had memebers from 17 states and were producing their own publications. In 1941 the AAIE joined the National Council of Industrial Editors Association (NCIEA), which later became the International Council of Industrial Editors (ICIE). However, in 1946 the AAIE withdrew from the LCIE as a result of organizational differences. In 1970 the AAIE would again join the LCIE and together they formed the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Several months after this merger several former members of the AAIE laid aside materials pertaining to the early years of the AAIE. These materials were gifted, in 1976, to Syracuse University's School of Public Communication. The University had worked closely with the AAIE throughout the 1950's and 1960's. These records were later moved to the University's Special Collections Research Center in 1980.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The American Association of Industrial Editors Records consists of correspondence, minutes and reports, printed material, and historical material.

Correspondence contains corporate and personal correspondences from 1939-1969.

Minutes and reports contains minutes of AAIE meetings and reports from the years 1939-1969.

Printed material contains issues of the AAIE newsletter, Editors Notebook, from 1939-1969 and general printed material from 1939-1967.

Historical materials consists of material specifically laid aside by the AAIE for preservation, from 1943-1963. This series contains photographs, newpaper clippings, and printed materials, including conference programs and the organization's constitution and bylaws.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged by alphabetically by type or topic, with the exception of historical material which is placed at the end of the collection. Within that, material is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

American Association of Industrial Editors.
International Association of Business Communicators.
International Council of Industrial Editors.
National Council of Industrial Editors Association.


Advertising, Industrial.
Business enterprises -- United States -- History.
Business travel.
House organs.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Corporation reports.
Minutes (administrative records)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

American Association of Industrial Editors (AAIE) Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Samuel V. Kennedy, 1980.

Table of Contents


Minutes and reports

Printed material

Historical material