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Ray Hiebert papers

 Collection 0275-MDHC

Ray E. Hiebert, a faculty member and dean in the College of Journalism, wrote a book on Ivy Lee, publicity agent for the Pennsylvania Railroad, entitled Courier to the Crowd: the Story of Ivy Lee and the Development of Public Relations. The book was published in 1966 by Iowa State University Press. During the drafting of that book, Hiebert obtained control over a collection of official press releases of the Pennsylvania Railroad during the first fifty years of its existence. These press releases, known as "Matter sent out," are arranged chronologically in scrapbooks and range in date from 1910 until 1960. Gaps in this collection of Pennsylvania Railroad press releases may be filled by consultation with other archival institutions, including Hagley Museum and Library (Greenville, DE). Other unprocessed items in the Hiebert papers include personal and professional correspondence.


  • 1910-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1993

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection contains restricted material, please check the series and folder listings for additional information.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


35.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Ray E. Hiebert papers cover the period from 1910-1995; the bulk of the materials date from 1970-1993. The collection consists of Public Relations Review administrative files and Pennsylvania Railroad publicity files (scrapbooks) used by Hiebert while writing Courtier to the Crowd: the story of Ivy Lee and the Development of Public Relations. The Hiebert papers also include professional correspondence related to Hiebert's activities as a faculty member and dean in the College of Journalism and personal correspondence.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Ray E. Hiebert on April 22, 1999.

Guide to the Ray Hiebert papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742