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Ray C. Hillam papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1643

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials created in Hillam's work as a faculty member at Brigham Young University (BYU) between 1955 and 2008, with the bulk of the material from 1960 to 1993. The collection includes class schedules; lists and syllabi; notes for various classes, lectures, research classes, or on articles and books; correspondence and memos; items collected during or about conferences, trips, sabbaticals, and study abroad trips, including photographs and scrapbooks. Also includes information on the founding of the Kennedy Center for International Studies collected while Hilliam was director, and documentation regarding BYU's "spy scandal".


  • 1955-2008


Language of Materials

Materials are mostly in English with some materials in Chinese.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ray C. Hillam papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ray C. Hillam (1928-2009) was an American intelligence analyst and political science professor.

Ray Cole Hillam was born in July 25, 1928 in Carlin, Nevada to James and Mabel (formerly Cole) Hillam. He served a mission to Sweden from November 1948 to July 1951. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Utah in 1954. In 1956 he was married to Carolyn Sanders. Ray received an MA degree from George Washington University and a PhD in Political Science from American University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending his time in Tokyo, Japan as an intelligence analyst.

In 1960 Ray joined the political science faculty at Brigham Young University where he taught for 33 years. He assisted in the establishment of the International Relations program and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He served as chairman of the Political Science Department. He was the recipient of three Fulbright Scholar Awards to Vietnam, Taiwan and Beijing, China. He died on August 10, 2009.


14 cartons (14 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)


Arranged into eight series: 1. Faculty papers, date of production not identified. 2. Class papers, 1958-1993. 3. Lecture papers, 1970-1990. 4. Research papers, 1945-2005. 5. Correspondence, 1965-2000. 6. Conference, sabbatical, and study abroad papers, 1961-2002. 7. Photographs and scrapbooks, 1966-1996. 8. BYU spy scandal papers, 1965-1985.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed inventory is available in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Ray C. Hillam in September 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ray C. Hillam; September 2008.


Faculty papers (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Cynthia Ann Smith; December 2008.

Processed; Erin Owens; June 2015.

Register of Ray C. Hillam papers
Cynthia Ann Smith
2008 December
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States