Portrait of Hays, Howard H

Hays, Howard H

July 29, 1998

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Tim Hays, nationally respected journalist and publisher, discusses the relationship among a community, a university and a newspaper. He was one of a group of community leaders responsible for the establishment of a campus of the University of California at Riverside.
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Erickson: Would you talk about your interest in the CMP, the California Museum of Photography?

Hays: I liked the concept and was supportive and tried to be helpful in raising money for a location downtown. I became good friends with Charles Demaris.

Erickson: Yes.

Hays: I was a good friend of Charles Demaris at the time he was taking it over. But I was interested in it in earlier days. Incidentally, Ivan Hinderaker was really the key guy there.

Erickson: Is that right?

Hays: There was a fellow from Sacramento

Erickson: Oh, yes. Mead Kibbey.

Hays: Mead Kibbey was very instrumental. Between them, they landed the big collection.

Erickson: The Keystone Mast?

Hays: Yes. The Keystone Mast Collection. They were responsible for that. But I was sticking my toe in lots of things, meddling in lots of things and I did get into that. I became a partner of Mead Kibbey in some of the early purchases that were made. I can remember that we (pause) the very famous photographer that lived up in northern California

Erickson: You mean Ansel Adams?

Hays: Ansel Adams. We got some Ansel Adams stuff at a great bargain because he knew that we were going to be passing it along to the school.

Questions Regarding this Oral History Project should be directed to Jan Erickson at jan.erickson@ucr.edu.