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Ray Scherer papers

 Collection 0556-MMC

Ray Scherer (1919-2000) was chief White House correspondent for NBC News through six presidential administrations, from Harry S. Truman to Gerald S. Ford. He was one of the first journalists to report live from the White House. In addition to the White House, Scherer covered the Pentagon and Congress. He became the network's London correspondent in 1969, returning to Washington after four years to report on the Watergate scandal. Scherer continued as senior reporter until 1975, when he was named a vice-president of RCA, then NBC's parent corporation. He retired in 1986.


  • 1910-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1989

Conditions Governing Access

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 is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


37.00 Linear Feet

Content Description

The Ray Scherer papers consist of correspondence, speeches and transcripts, scripts, press releases, newspaper clippings, images, and memorabilia.

Custodial History

The Ray Scherer papers were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries in May 2004 by his wife, Barbara Scherer.

Guide to the Ray Scherer papers
Joanne Archer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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