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A collection of magazines and scrapbooks from PSU alumnus Ray Heady.

Raymond Alex Heady (1908-1991) was born in Pittsburg, Kansas and was one of America's most respected outdoor writers. Heady graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) in 1930. He also received an M.A. from the school in 1938. Heady taught journalism for nine years in several Kansas high schools. He then taught for two years each at the University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma before joining the Kansas City Star in 1942. Serving as the outdoors editor from 1958-1973, he won several awards, including the Outdoor Writers of America Association's coveted Jade Award, and the Sears Foundation National Wildlife Federation Award. He also received the Alumni Meritorious Achievement Award from PSU in 1966. In 1980 Heady published the book Hard Head I and Other Stories about the outdoors. Ray Heady was married to Eleanor Wilson Heady and they had three children. Mr. Heady passed away in 1991.

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Science and Technology, Languages and Literature, Social Life and Customs


Arts and Humanities | Education | Life Sciences

Size of Collection

3 linear feet

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0309

Heady, Ray, Collection, 1958-1988



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