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Richard H. Hiers Papers

Identifier: Ms Coll. 032

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.


  • Creation: 1960-2003



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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.


5 Linear feet (13 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, writings, teaching materials and other papers of University of Florida professor Richard H. Hiers.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

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Related Materials

A Guide to the Richard H. Hiers Papers
Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers
March 2004
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America