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A Guide to the Richard H. Hiers Papers

Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2004


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hiers, Richard H.
Title: Richard H. Hiers Papers
Dates: 1960-2003
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, teaching materials and other papers of University of Florida professor Richard H. Hiers.
Extent: 5 Linear feet. 13 Boxes.
Identification: Ms Coll. 32
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard H. Hiers was born in Pennsylvania in 1932. He earned a Ph.D. in religious studies and ethics from Yale University in 1961 and a J.D. from the University of Florida in 1983. He was employed at the University of Florida for a span of forty-two years beginning in 1961 and ending in 2003 at the time of his retirement. He is the author of several publications in the field of Biblical studies, particularly related to the "historical Jesus," Biblical ethics, and religion and law. In addition, he has authored several works on legal issues such as free speech, discrimination in employment, and academic freedom. Throughout his career, he served as a local and regional officer in several organizations and honor societies including the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, Phi Kappa Phi, and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In his capacity as a member of the University of Florida Chapter of the AAUP he worked towards university collegial governance and improved relations in academic institutions.


Scope and Content

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, publications, newsletters, and notes. The collection documents several aspects of his academic, professional, and social activities from 1960 to 2003. A majority of materials pertains to his involvement in the University of Florida Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. The collection also includes material related to several University committees, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religion, faculty-administration relations and governance in academic institutions. Several files are related to the University College and its merger with the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978 to become the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Also covered are his activities with the Citizens' Action Committee of the Gainesville City Commission.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard H. Hiers Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Series 1 - American Association of University Professors, 1962-1987

Although the majority of the material pertains to the University of Florida Chapter, this series contains files relating to the AAUP at the local, state, and national levels. The correspondence, minutes, newsletters, memoranda, reports, and other papers document the activities of Hiers and the organization through his roles as chapter president, as legislative liaison, and as a member of several committees. A number of files pertain to the relationship between the administration and faculty at the University of Florida, including issues such as termination, censure, shared governance, promotion and tenure, and education at UF and in the State of Florida. In addition, the papers reveal the relationship between AAUP and organizations such as the American Federation of Teachers and the United Faculty of Florida. This series is arranged alphabetically.


Box
1 American Federation of Teachers 1972-1974
1 American Federation of Teachers 1982-1985
1 American Federation of Teachers vs. AAUP claims 1971-1972
1 Bedell, George - Conversations and Correspondence 1973-1975
1 Bedell, George - General 1972-1987
1 Blye Case 1972-1975
1 Campus Mail and Mailing Labels 1973-1974
1 Censure 1970-1975
1 Censure Removal 1974-1975
1 Chancellor's Office Correspondence 1974-1975
1 Chapter Constitution 1974
1 Collective Bargaining 1973-1976
1 Committee F (Membership) 1973-1975
1 Committee T Study (Campus Affairs) 1973-1974
1 Committee W Concerns: Chapter, Conference and National 1973-1974
2 Cornwell Case 1972-1976
2 Executive Committee 1967-1969
2 Executive Committee 1972-1977
2 A Faculty Declaration (University of Florida) 1962
2 Financial Exigency Terminations 1975
2 Financial Matters 1972-1975
2 Flagler College 1973-1974
2 Flagler College 1973-1982
2 Flagler College 1973-1982
2 Flagler College Correspondence 1973-1976
2 Flagler College Correspondence 1973-1976
2 General File 1968-1975
3 General File 1973-1974
3 General File 1974-1977
3 General File 1974-1980
3 General File 1978-1987
3 HB 3909 - Retirement Program 1974
3 Hiring Policy, University of Florida 1974
3 Kammerer Memorial 1971-1973
3 Legislative Liaison 1973-1975
3 Legislative Liaison Letters 1974-1975
3 Legislative, National Conference 1974
3 Lobbying 1974-1979
3 Megill Case 1972-1975
3 National Council 1973-1974
3 National Nominating Committee 1976-1978
3 "News Digest" (Newsletter) 1963-1979
3 Professional Relations Cases 1972-1975
4 Resolutions Committee 1973-1974
4 Section 1202 - Education Commissions 1974
4 Smith, David Correspondence 1974-1975
4 State Conference Correspondence 1973-1977
4 State Conference Meetings 1973-1975
4 State System (Florida) 1973-1977
4 Tenure Cases and Policies 1972-1975
4 University of Florida and AAUP Political Activities Committee 1967-1969
4 University Structure Proposals 1967-1968
4 Vogel Case (Interim Appointments) 1972-1975


Series 2 - University of Florida Committees, 1960-1999

This series consists of material pertaining to committees on which Hiers served during his tenure as a faculty member at the University of Florida. Primarily correspondence, memoranda, and reports, the files document the activities and thoughts of the committees and their members. Of particular interest are the committee that worked on the University constitution, the various committees dealing with professional relations and standards, a committee that investigated the role of women at the University, and the Committee on Curriculum Structure and Grading Practices in the University College. The files in this series are arranged alphabetically.


Box
5 Ad Hoc Committee on Curriculum Structure and Grading Practices in the University College 1965-1966
5 Ad Hoc Committee on Space Utilization 1970
5 Ad Hoc Committee on Trees, Plantings and Open Spaces 1976-1989
5 Committee on Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials 1979-1996
5 Committee on Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials 1992-1994
5 Committee on Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus Awards and Memorials 1994-1996
5 Committee on Professional Relations and Standards 1973-1974
5 Committee on Professional Standards, Academic Freedom and Tenure and Professional Relations 1997-1999
6 Committee on the Status of Women 1975-1980
6 Constitution 1960-1968
6 Constitution 1969
6 Constitution 1969
6 Constitution 1970
6 Constitution 1971-1973
6 Curriculum Committee 1981
7 Intergroup Relations Committee 1992-1994
7 Intergroup Relations Committee 1991-1999
7 Professional Relations and Standards Committee and Constitution Committee 1983-1986
7 Schedule and Calendar Committee 1967-1969


Series 3 - University of Florida General Files, 1963-2003

This small series contains material pertaining to the University of Florida, but not specifically related to committees or the Religion Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Several files pertain to the American Civilization Seminar, a group of faculty at UF who met once monthly for socializing and presentations by members on scholarly or personal topics of interest. Of particular interest are the files pertaining to the University College, which merged with the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978 to become the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A prominent correspondent in this series is John Lombardi, former president of the University. The files in this series are arranged alphabetically.


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8 Academic Freedom and Shared Governance Task Force 2001-2003
8 American Civilization Seminar 1991-1995
8 American Civilization Seminar 1993-1994
8 American Civilization Seminar 1993-1995
8 American Civilization Seminar 1994-1995
8 American Civilization Seminar 1994-1999
8 American Civilization Seminar 1996-1997
8 American Civilization Seminar 1997-1999
8 Black Students 1963-1995
8 Division of Sponsored Research - Research Development Award 1995-1996
8 Grievance Procedures 1979-1985
8 Hawkins, Virgil - Stephen C. O'Connell 1994-1999
8 "Law Review" 1976-1983
9 Lombardi, John 1990-1998
9 Patent Policy 1982
9 Presidential Search Process 1989
9 Search Committees, Chairs and Deans 1985
9 Search Committees, Chairs and Deans 1986-1989
9 Summa Cum Laude and A+ Grades 1968-1995
9 Tenure Procedures 1973-1975
9 Tenure and Promotion Procedures 1997
9 University College 1970
9 University College 1970
9 University College 1972-1973
9 University Senate 2000-2002


Series 4 - Department of Religion, 1977-1999

This series primarily consists of departmental correspondence, memoranda, and reports. The majority of the files are simply general files, but a few deal with specific topics such as search committees, discussion about a graduate program for the department, and a history of the department written at the time of its fiftieth anniversary in 1996 but revised by Hiers in 1999. This series is arranged alphabetically.


Box
10 Compression Inversion Process and Formula 1994
10 Fiftieth Anniversary (1996) Newsletter and History of Department by Hiers 1996-1999
10 General 1977-1979
10 General 1980-1984
10 General 1984-1993
10 General 1988-1992
10 General 1989-1995
10 General 1992-1993
10 General 1993-1996
10 General 1996-1999
10 Graduate Program Discussions 1995-1996
10 Search Committees and Tenure and Promotion 1994
10 Steering Committee (Compression-Inversion) 1995-1996


Series 5 - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1969-1998

This series contains material related to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including correspondence, memoranda, reports, and information on special programs such as "Focus on Teaching" and "Frontiers of the Mind." Several files pertain to the College Assembly, which is comprised of the faculty and several students of the College and through which its members may act on matters affecting the entire College. Also of interest are files relating to the role of the college in providing general education, as well as a self-study of the College completed by all departments in 1971. The files in this series are arranged alphabetically.


Box
11 College Assembly 1984-1988
11 College Assembly Minutes and Correspondence 1978-1982
11 College Assembly (Secretary) 1980-1982
11 College Assembly (Secretary) 1982-1984
11 Committee on the Role of the College of Arts and Sciences 1970-1971
11 Council on General Education 1978-1982
11 "Focus on Teaching" 1990-1991
11 Frontiers of the Mind 1977
11 General 1969-1975
11 General Materials and Memoranda 1985-1990
11 Parliamentarian 1997-1998
11 Self-Study Committee on the College of Arts and Sciences (Feb-March) 1971
11 Self-Study Committee on the College of Arts and Sciences (April-) 1971
11 Tenure and Promotion Committee 1984-1985
11 Undergraduate Committee 1980-1981


Series 6 - Citizens' Action Committee (Gainesville), 1964-1972

This series includes correspondence and reports created by the Citizens' Action Committee, a body through which "active citizen participation is provided to aid and support the development and carrying out of the Workable program for Community Improvement," according to a 1969 annual report. The activities of this group primarily involved housing and development in Gainesville, and a few files specifically pertain to the committee's business with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Several documents also pertain to the Citizens Safety Council. The files are arranged alphabetically.


Box
12 Annual Reports 1969-1971
12 Bowman, Norman - Correspondence 1969-1971
12 Concentrated Code Enforcement 1971
12 Gainesville Department of Community Development "Outlook" 1969-1972
12 Gainesville Housing 1969-1971
12 General 1964-1972
12 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Correspondence 1969-1972
12 Housing and Urban Development, land use plan, workable program 1969-1971
12 Minutes 1968-1971
12 Minutes, Notices, Reports 1969-1971


Series 7 - Miscellaneous, 1960-2002

This small series includes general correspondence, curriculum vita for Hiers, and files pertaining to organizations such as the American Academy of Religion - Society of Biblical Literature, Phi Kappa Phi, and the University Religious Association. Also included are files related to the revision of the Florida constitution and a manuscript draft of Hiers' publication on "Historical Jesus." The files in this series are arranged alphabetically.


Box
13 American Academy of Religion - Society of Biblical Literature UF Meeting 1981-1982
13 Bent Card Coffee House Ministry 1965-1966
13 Curriculum Vitae 1988-2000
13 Faculty Christian Fellowship 1960-1965
13 Florida Constitution Revision Conference 1978
13 General Correspondence 1963-1978
13 General Correspondence 1974-1982
13 General Correspondence 1980-1989
13 General Correspondence 1990-2001
13 Memorabilia Letters 1970-1977
13 "Historical Jesus" (ms. draft) n.d.
13 Phi Beta Kappa 1965-2001
13 Phi Kappa Phi 1985-1996
13 Phi Kappa Phi 1996-2002
13 University Religious Association - "Religion in Life" 1960-1967
13 Yale Club of Gainesville 1971-1984


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

American Association of University Professors. University of Florida Chapter.
City planning--Florida--Gainesville.
College Teachers
Religion--Study and teaching (Higher).
University of Florida.
University of Florida. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences--History.



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