Guide to the Abby Williams Hill Collection
1850-1985

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Creator: Hill, Abby Williams, 1861-1943
Title: Abby Williams Hill Collection
Dates: 1890-1943 ( bulk )
1850-1985 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 20.0 linear feet (35 boxes)
Collection Number: Mss.011
Summary: Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter who worked primarily in the American West. She is known for her commissioned works for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads, which were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905, the Jamestown Centennial in 1907, and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. The Abby Williams Hill Collection contains approximately 150 paintings and drawings and includes letters, diaries, daybooks, postcards, news clippings, ephemera, and artifacts documenting the life of Hill and her family. The Hill Collection documents her travels across the nation and in Europe, her relationship with her husband and four children, her experiences hiking and painting in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, and her passion for social causes including her work with the Congress of Mothers.
Repository: University of Puget Sound, Archives & Special Collections
Contact Information: University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections
Collins Memorial Library
1500 N. Warner St.
CMB1021
Tacoma, WA
98416-1021
Telephone: 253-879-2669
archives@pugetsound.edu
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943) was a landscape painter who worked primarily in the American West. She is known for her commissioned works for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads, which were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland in 1905, the Jamestown Centennial in 1907, and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.

Abby Rhoda Williams was born in 1861, in Grinnell, Iowa. She studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and with William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York. In 1888 she married Frank Hill, a homeopathic doctor. The couple moved to Tacoma, Washington, in 1889. Soon after, Hill gave birth to a son, Romayne, her only biological child. The Hill’s would later adopt three daughters, Iona, Ina, and Eulalie.

In 1894 Hill spent weekends and summers on nearby Vashon Island. The following year she joined expeditions to Mt. Rainier and Hood Canal. These trips contributed to her interest in hiking, camping, and working en plein air, and led to a brief career as a professional landscape painter for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads.

In addition to her work as a painter, Hill was active in the Congress of Mothers, currently known as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She was a founder and the first president of the Washington state chapter and advocated for services for recent immigrants and disadvantaged families.

Later in life, Hill was concerned with the threat that commercial and tourist interests posed to the natural environment. She noted that several of the landscapes that she had painted earlier in her career no longer existed in the state in which she had observed them. In response she embarked on a series of paintings of the western National Parks, which she considered her legacy to future generations.

Abby Williams Hill died in 1943 in Laguna Beach, California.

Content Description

The Abby Williams Hill Collection contains approximately 150 paintings and drawings and includes letters, diaries, daybooks, postcards, news clippings, ephemera, and artifacts documenting the life of Hill and her family. The Hill Collection documents her travels across the nation and in Europe, her relationship with her husband and four children, her experiences hiking and painting in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, and her passion for social causes including her work with the Congress of Mothers. Other topics covered by the collection include Tacoma and Washington State history, the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways, the westward movement, various world’s fairs, Native American tribes in Montana and Washington, the National Park system, tuberculosis, early childhood education, and African American rights.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Restrictions on Use :  

Collins Memorial Library provides access to its collections in order to support research and education. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the use or reproduction of some items may be restricted by the terms of the gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, or university policy. It is the user's responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or any other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise disseminating materials found in the collections.

Preferred Citation :  

[Name of document, date.] Abby Williams Hill Collection, Mss.011. University of Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections. Tacoma, Washington.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is arranged by subject.


Detailed Description of the Collection

I:  Correspondence, 1861-1945

The Correspondence Series contains material related to members of the Hill family. The series has been arranged alphabetically by author, then by recipient, then chronologically within each folder. The bulk of the correspondence is to and from Abby Williams Hill, but other Hill family members are also prominently represented, including Frank Hill, Romayne Hill, Ione Hill, Eulalie Hill, and Ina Hill. Of note in this series, in addition to the Hill family letters, there are letters written by Abby Hill to Horace Albright at the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding the deteriorating condition of our national parks and two folders of letters written by Abby Hill to various correspondents detailing her idea to create federal sanitariums in Arizona for tuberculosis patients. Also, Box 23, which is included in this series, contains postcards that have been inscribed by the Hill family and their friends. Two boxes of collected postcards that were never written on appear in the Ephemera Series.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Pablo Abeita letters to Abby Hill 1926-1927
1 2 A.H. Abbott & Co. letter to Abby Hill May 6, 1890
1 3 Andrew letters to Abby Hill 1940
1 4 The Angola League of NYC letters to Abby Hill March 23, 1908
1 5 Annie letter to Abby Hill
Letter discusses the death of Abby's husband, Frank Hill.
January 14, 1938
1 6 Association of Community Chests and Councils letter to Abby Hill February 18, 1933
1 7 Aunt Laura letters to the Hill family 1905, 1932, and undated
1 8 Lolit Banerji letter to Abby Hill May 27, 1930
1 9 Isabella Beaton letter to Abby Hill
Isabelle Beaton is a cousin of Abby Hill.
1905, 1918
1 10 Mark Bennitt letters to Abby Hill
Letters regarding the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
1904
1 11 Frederick Billings letter to Frank Hill March 6, 1924
1 12 Shirl Blalock letter to Eulalie Hill undated
1 13 William Brainerd letters to Abby Hill 1938 and undated
1 15 Mr. Buckley letter to Abby and Nettie Williams
Mr. Buckley is Nettie's future husband. Nettie (Jeannette) is Abby's sister.
September 7, 1881
1 14 Charles Bucker letter to Abby Hill May 7, 1934
1 16 Clifford Burbridge letters to Abby Hill
Includes two photographs of Burbridge family.
1930-1931, 1936, 1941
1 17 Dorothy Capsine letter to Abby Hill April 26, 1938
1 18 Mollie McKittrick Chevrier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Mollie Chevrier is Ina and Eulalie's biological aunt - their biological mother's sister.
1929-1935
1 19 Lenora Chew letter to Abby Hill May 7, 1934
1 20 Brigadier General Hiram M. Chittenden letters to Abby Hill
Includes newsclipping titled "Chittenden, Seattle's Own General, Urges Government Development of Alaska's Mines"
1907-1912
1 21 Spyridon Chrudas letters to Abby Hill
Chrudas was a tuberculosis patient that Abby corresponded with.
1931, 1938, and undated
1 22 Arthur Collins letters to Abby Hill
Letters discuss Eulalie Hill's adoption.
1898
1 23 J.M. Crow letter to Abby Williams
Fragments, very fragile.
August 30,1888
1 24 Department of Botany, Iowa State College letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding receipt of two paintings.
March 12, 1907
1 25 Department of the Interior letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding naming of Mount Booker.
January 26, 1904
1 26 Adeline DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Adeline is the wife of Clifford DeRosier, Ina and Eulalie's biological brother.
1928-1937
1 27 Bette Lee DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Bette Lee is the daughter of Clifford and Adeline DeRosier, and the biological niece of Ina and Eulalie Hill.
1929-1938
1 28 Clifford DeRosier Hill letters to Abby Hill
Clifford, biological brother of Ina and Eulalie Hill, was informally adopted by the Hill family.
1909-1910, 1912
1 29 Clifford DeRosier Hill letters to Frank Hill
Clifford, the biological brother of Ina and Eulalie Hill, was informally adopted by the Hill family.
1907-1909
1 30 Clifford DeRosier Hill letters to Ina Hill
Clifford is Ina's biological brother.
1908-1909, 1924
1 31 Clifford DeRosier Hill letter to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Clifford is the biological brother of Ina and Eulalie, informally adopted by the Hill family.
March 25, 1933
1 32 Dolly DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Includes a letter regarding Dolly's marriage to Paul Sandegren in Tacoma.
1938 and undated
1 33 Donald DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill 1929-1930, 1933
1 34 Guy DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Guy is the biological brother of Ina and Eulalie Hill.
1898, 1909, 1923-1932
1 35 Phil DeRosier letter to Ina and Eulalie Hill
Phil DeRosier is the biological brother of Ina and Eulalie Hill.
October 20, 1932
1 36 Phyllis DeRosier letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill 1930-1939
1 37 Alfred Drahold letters to Abby Hill 1932
1 38 Lincoln Dudley letter to Abby Hill August 20, 1935
1 39 Jane Dument letters to Abby Hill 1939
1 40 James A. Elliott letters to Abby Hill 1886
1 41 O.F. Emerson letters to Abby Hill 1882 and undated
1 42 Bill Evans letters to Abby Hill 1937-1939
1 43 Annie Fletcher letter to Abby Hill November 21, 1931
1 44 Arno Gaebelein letters to Abby Hill 1934-1940
1 45 John Goff letters to Abby Hill
Letters regarding the California Pacific Exhibition.
1935
1 46 Charlotte Goldscheider letter to Abby Hill undated
1 47 Grinnell College letter to Ina Hill
Letter regarding donation by Ina to Grinnell College following Abby's death.
February 9. 1945
1 48 Hermann Haase letters to Abby Hill
Hermann Haase was a well known German illustrator. Abby studied painting and drawing under him while she was living in Germany with Frank Hill. Includes several newsclippings in German.
1902, 1923-1935
1 49 Clara Hart letter to Abby Hill June 16, 1934
2 1 Abby Hill letters to Horace Albright 1929-1932
2 2 Abby Hill letter to Mrs. Ball March 20, 1905
2 3 Abby Hill letter to A.C. Bartlett August 17, 1934
2 4 Abby Hill letter to Mrs. Bogle
Regarding "gold medal pictures", mentions various Native American paintings, Mt. Booker, etc.
c. 1940
2 6 Abby Hill letters to Congress of Mothers 1925, 1932, 1936
2 7 Abby Hill letter to Museum Director in Arles, France c. 1908
2 8 Abby Hill letter to Julian Dupuis October 30, 1929
2 9 Abby Hill letter to Mrs. Edwards Undated
2 10 Abby Hill letter to Douglas Fairbanks
Letter to actor Douglas Fairbanks regarding sale of Laguna Beach property.
Undated
2 11 Abby Hill letter to Grace
Letter regarding Frank Hill's medical history.
November 4, 1932
2 12 Abby Hill letter to Helen Undated
2 13 Abby Hill letters to Eulalie Hill Undated
2 14 Abby Hill letters to Eulalie Hill 1900-1907
2 15 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill November 1897 - December 1897
2 16 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill January - February 1898
2 17 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill February - March 1898
2 18 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1901
2 19 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill February - April 1902
2 20 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill May - September 1902
2 21 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1903-1904
2 22 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill January - March 1905
2 23 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill April - May 1905
2 24 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill June - July 1905
2 25 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill August - December 1905
2 26 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1906
2 27 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1907
2 28 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1908
2 29 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1908
3 1 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1909
3 2 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1910
3 3 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill
Letters written from Yosemite National Park.
1921
3 4 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1923-1935
3 5 Abby Hill letters to Hill children 1901, 1904, 1906-1907, 1909
3 6 Abby Hill letters to Hill children 1923, 1928
3 7 Abby Hill letters to Ina Hill 1901-1902
3 8 Abby Hill letters to Ina Hill 1906-1910
3 9 Abby Hill letters to Ina Hill 1922 - 1930s
3 10 Abby Hill letters to Ione Hill 1905 - 1920
3 11 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) November 14, 1895
3 12 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) c. December 1895
3 13 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) January 24, 1896
3 14 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) February 15, 1896
3 15 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) c. March 1896
3 16 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) c. March 1896
3 17 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) March 8, 1896
3 18 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) March 26, 1896
3 19 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) April 1896
3 20 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) May 25, 1896
3 21 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill May 30, 1896
3 22 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) June 20, 1896
3 23 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) July 19, 1896
3 24 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) September 2, 1896
3 25 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) September 30, 1896
3 26 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill November 1, 1896
3 27 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) November 22, 1896
3 28 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) December 25, 1896
3 29 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) January 19, 1897
3 30 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) Undated
3 31 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) March 2, 1897
3 32 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill March 18/23, 1897
3 33 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill April 7, 1897
3 34 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) April 22-30, 1897
3 35 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) June 23/27, July 18, 1897
3 36 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) August 12, 1897
3 37 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) August 22, 1897
3 38 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) September 21, 1897
3 39 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) October 10, 1897
3 40 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill (envelopes) 1895-1896
3 41 Abby Hill letters to Romayne Hill (transcriptions)
Transcriptions of letters written by Abby Hill to Romayne Hill between 1895-1897 while Frank and Abby were traveling in Europe and Romayne was left home with relatives in the United States. Transcriptions are also included in each individual folder with the original letter.
1895-1897
4 1 Abby Hill letters to Romayne Hill 1906
4 2 Abby Hill letters to Romayne Hill 1907-1908
4 3 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill
Postcard from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
1909
4 4 Abby Hill letters to Romayne and Ina Hill 1923
4 5 Abby Hill letter to Ruth Hubbard
Ruth Hubbard is Abby's maternal aunt.
July 14, 1906
4 6 Abby Hill letter to Mrs. Reath 1908
4 7 Abby Hill letter to Sadie and Ella May 14, 1908
4 8 Abby Hill letters to Jerome Shaffer
Letters regarding money owed to Abby by Jerome Shaffer, a musician and tuberculosis patient whom Abby informally "adopted".
1923
4 9 Abby Hill letter to her stepmother August 12, 1902
4 10 Abby Hill letter to unknown recipient c. 1905
4 11 Abby Hill letter to Jack West
Letter regarding Jerome Shaffer's estate.
Undated
4 12 Abby Hill letter to Mrs. C.W. Weyer
Letter regarding "gold medal paintings".
c. 1940
4 13 Abby Hill letter to Will and wife
Letter regarding "gold medal pictures".
c. 1940
4 14 Abby Hill letters to various recipients (tuberculosis)
Letters regarding Abby's ideas on handling tuberculosis patients.
1929-1930
4 15 Abby Hill letters to various recipients (tuberculosis)
Letters regarding Abby's ideas on handling tuberculosis patients.
1931-1934
4 16 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1901-1902
4 17 Eulalie, Ina, and Ione Hill letter to Abby Hill December 25, 1903
4 18 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1906
4 19 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1907
4 20 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1909-1910
4 21 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill January - June 1911
4 22 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill July - December 1911
4 23 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill January - June 1912
4 24 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill July - December 1912
4 25 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1913-1914
4 26 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill 1923-1934
4 27 Eulalie Hill letters to Abby Hill Undated
5 1 Eulalie Hill letters to Frank Hill 1902-1907
5 2 Eulalie Hill letters to Frank Hill 1908-1913
5 3 Eulalie Hill letters to Ina Hill 1907-1924
5 4 Eulalie Hill letters to Ina Hill 1928-1938
5 5 Eulalie Hill letters to Ina Hill 1941, undated
5 6 Eulalie Hill letters to Ione Hill 1901, 1904
5 7 Eulalie Hill letter to Romayne Hill 1938
5 8 Eulalie Hill letter to her sisters 1907
5 9 Eulalie Hill letter to unknown recipient 1906
5 10 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1880s
5 11 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1890s
5 12 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1900 - June 1902
5 13 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill July 1902 - December 1902
5 14 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1903 - May 1905
6 1 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill June 1905 - August 1906
6 2 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill September 1906 - 1907
6 3 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1908
6 4 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1909-1913
6 5 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1920-1923
6 6 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1924
6 7 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1926-1928
7 1 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill 1931-1932, 1935
7 2 Frank Hill letters to Abby Hill Undated
7 3 Frank Hill letter to C.A. Snowden
C.A. Snowden (editor, Tacoma Ledger). Includes newsclipping titled "Wheeling Through Europe" which details the Hill's trip bicycling through Europe.
1897
7 4 Frank Hill letters to Eulalie Hill Undated
7 5 Frank Hill letter to Ione Hill August 8, 1902
7 6 Frank Hill letter to Romayne Hill November 1, 1896
7 7 Frank Hill letter to Romayne Hill 1897
7 8 Frank Hill letters to Romayne Hill 1898, 1907, 1915, 1928, 1931, undated
7 9 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill 1901-1902, 1906
7 10 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill 1907
7 11 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill 1908-1911
7 12 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill January - April 1912
7 13 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill May - December 1912
7 14 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill 1920, 1926-1928
7 15 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill 1931
7 16 Ina Hill letters to Abby Hill Undated
8 1 Ina Hill letter to Cousin Ada
Letter regarding the death of Abby Williams Hill.
June 6, 1943
8 2 Ina Hill letters to Eulalie Hill 1909, undated
8 3 Ina Hill letters to Frank Hill 1902-1911, 1913, 1934
8 4 Ina Hill letters to Romayne Hill 1913, 1915, 1928, undated
8 5 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill 1904-1905
8 6 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill 1905
8 7 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill 1906-1908
8 8 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill 1909
8 9 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill 1910-1912
8 10 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill
Letters regarding Ione Hill's divorce.
8 11 Ione Hill letters to Abby Hill Undated
8 12 Ione Hill letters to Eulalie Hill 1909
8 13 Ione Hill letters to Frank Hill 1902-1908
8 14 Ione Hill letters to Ina Hill 1901-1909
8 15 Ione Hill letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill 1901, 1902, 1906
8 16 Ione Hill letter to Roger (boyfriend) Undated
8 17 Romayne Hill letters to Abby Hill 1904-1911
8 18 Romayne Hill letters to Abby Hill 1912
8 19 Romayne Hill letters to Abby Hill 1926-1928
8 20 Romayne Hill letters to Frank and Abby Hill 1911-1912
8 21 Romayne Hill letters to Frank Hill 1897-1904
8 22 Romayne Hill letters to Frank Hill 1905-1908, 1912, 1933
8 23 Romayne Hill letters to Ina Hill 1908, 1931
8 24 Romayne Hill letters to his sisters 1902, 1909
8 25 Hill family letters to various relatives 1898-1935
9 1 Howard (Eulalie's fiancee) letter to Eulalie Hill June 8, 1923
9 2 Harriet Porter Hubbard letter to Abby Hill
Harriet Porter Hubbard is Abby's biological mother. This letter is extremely fragile, in fragments, and illegible.
Undated
9 3 Ruth Hubbard letters to Abby Hill (illustrated)
Several of these letters include sketches by Ruth Hubbard, Abby's maternal aunt, who was a noted watercolorist.
1868-1907
9 4 Ruth Hubbard letters to Abby Hill 1908-1912
9 5 Ruth Hubbard letter to Romayne Hill (illustrated) Undated
9 6 J.M. Irvine letters to Abby Hill
Letter regarding Frank Hill's health.
1923
9 7 Jamie (Frank Hill's caretaker) letter to Abby Hill October 24, 1923
9 8 Erick Johanne letters to Abby Hill 1937
9 9 Esther Johnson letter to Abby Hill
9 10 Franklin Pierce Jolly letter to Abby Hill
Folder includes a one page advertisement for Jolly's entertainment and lecture services.
December 6, 1907
9 11 Senator Wesley Jones letter to Abby Hill June 5, 1930
9 12 Dr. Francis Kellogg letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding Abby's eyesight.
1928
9 13 Hans Kieff letters to the Hill family 1904-1938
9 14 Olive King letters to Abby Hill Undated
9 15 Olive King letters to Ina Hill c. 1920s
9 16 Ada Latimer letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding the death of Ruth Hubbard, Abby's maternal aunt.
1918
9 17 Laura (Abby's cousin) letter to Abby Hill 1934
9 18 Florence Lormer letter to Abby Hill October 18, 1931
9 19 Glenn Mackenzie letters to Abby Hill 1924-1938
9 20 Glenn Mackenzie letters to Ina Hill 1923-1924, undated
9 21 John Main (President, Grinnell College) letter to Abby Hill December 31, 1929
9 22 Cynthia Malone letter to Abby Hill January 1938
9 23 Kathryn Malstrom letter to Abby Hill Undated
9 24 Martha letters to Ina Hill
Folder contains a program titled "Conference Under Auspices League of the Southwest to Discuss Colorado River Problems and Indian Affairs of the Southwest, June 7-9, 1923". Program contains notations by "Martha".
Undated
9 25 Governor Clarence Martin letter to Abby Hill
Letter from Washington State Governor Clarence Martin regarding the Citizens Conference of Education
May 29, 1934
9 26 Ann McKay letter to Abby Hill 1912
9 27 Mrs. Roger McMeuller letter to Abby Hill Undated
9 28 Mary Grinnell Mears letters to Abby Hill 1908, 1924-1933
9 29 Miscellanous letters to Abby Hill, various correspondents 1899-1912
9 30 Miscellanous letters to Abby Hill, various correspondents Undated
9 31 Miscellanous letters to Abby Hill, various correspondents (in French) 1897-1935
10 1 Miscellaneous letters to Abby Hill, various correspondents (in German) 1906-1912
10 2 Miscellaneous letters to Abby Hill, from Native American friends
Various letters from friends Abby Hill made while visiting Native American reservations, including Andrew Nine Pipes and Laura Standing Bear. Letters from Chief White Bull have been separated.
1906-1910
10 3 Miscellaneous letters to Frank Hill, various correspondents 1904-1924
10 4 Miscellaneous letters to Ina and Eulalie Hill 1898-1902, 1922-1930s
10 5 Miscellaneous letters to Romayne Hill, various correspondents 1905, 1928
10 6 Dr. Weir Mitchell letter to Frank Hill
Letter regarding Romayne Hill's medical condition.
January 23, 1902
10 7 Mother letters to Abby Hill
Letters presumably from Abby's biological mother and/or stepmother.
1876, 1877, 1882-1888
10 8 Mother Hill letters to Frank and Abby Hill 1898-1899
10 9 Myrtle (Ione Hill's daughter) letter to Abby Hill
Folder includes a crayon drawing by Myrtle.
Undated
10 10 National Congress of Mothers letters to Abby Hill 1907, 1911-1912
10 11 Pastor R.S. Neal letter to Abby Hill March 31, 1933
10 12 Eva Buckley Newberry letters to Abby Hill
Eva is Abby's niece, the daughter of her sister, Jeannette (Nettie) Williams Buckley.
1906, 1908, undated
10 13 Northern Pacific Railway Co. letters to Abby Hill
Letters regarding Abby's contracts with Northern Pacific and her paintings for the Jamestown Exposition.
1904-1907
10 14 Johannes Oertel letters to Abby Hill 1905-1908
10 15 Pasadena Sanitarium letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding Frank Hill's medical condition.
December 16, 1919
10 16 E.S. Paxson letters to Abby Hill 1907-1909
10 17 Arlie Penelope letters to Ina Hill 1921-1938
10 18 Mary Perry letter to Abby Hill June 18, 1934
10 19 Peter letters to Abby Hill 1928
10 20 Peter Pichette letters to Abby Hill (in Braille, transcribed) 1907-1924
10 21 Anne Pietersgill letter to Abby Hill
Letter contains comments on Adolf Hitler.
December 22, 1939
10 22 Piney Woods Country Life School letter to Abby Hill
Folder includes a souvenir program of the Piney Woods School Singers.
April 19, 1935
10 23 W.G. Ray letter to Abby Hill September 20, 1882
10 24 Thurston Reynolds letters to Abby Hill October 8, 1923
10 25 Richard (Department of the Interior, Indian Service) letter to Abby Hill
Letter written from the Crow Agency, discusses Abby's desire to paint portraits of the Native Americans.
January 22, 1906
10 26 Annie Whitcomb Robbins letter to Abby Hill January 27, 1927
10 27 Mrs. Frederic Schoff letters to Abby Hill
Mrs. Schoff was involved with the Philadelphia Child Welfare Association and worked with Abby on Congress of Mothers issues.
1927, 1932
10 28 Jerome Shaffer letters to Abby Hill
Jerome Shaffer was a musician and tuberculosis patient who was informally "adopted" by Abby.
1921-1925
10 29 Jerome Shaffer (estate) letters to Abby Hill
Jerome Shaffer was a musician and tuberculosis patient who was informally "adopted" by Abby. This folder contains correspondence regarding his estate upon his death of tuberculosis.
1927-1928
10 30 Dr. Albert Shaw letters to Abby Hill 1884-1926
10 31 Helen Hill Sloane letters to Abby Hill 1905-1906
10 32 Ellen Stone letter to Abby Hill Undated
10 33 Donald Sutherland letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding the death of Donald Sutherland's mother, Mary Sutherland of Grinnell, Iowa. Newsclipping of the obituary is included.
March 2, 1935
11 1 Tacoma Art League letters to Abby Hill 1910, 1912
11 2 Harry Taggart letters to Abby Hill 1924
11 3 Texas Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute for Colored Youths letters to Abby Hill 1934, 1938
11 4 George Tomb letter to Abby Hill 1939
11 5 Dorothy Trujillo letter to Abby Hill March 21, 1924
11 6 Unknown sender letters to Abby Hill 1876
11 7 Unknown sender letter to Abby Hill c. 1890
11 8 Unknown sender (European) letter to Abby Hill January 13, 1937
11 9 Henry van Schravendyk letters to Abby Hill
Folder contains three photographs.
1904-1906
11 10 Ida S. Verbeck letter to Abby Hill February 12, 1898
11 11 Marie von Cranach letter to Abby Hill 1896
11 12 Agnes von Velton letter to Abby Hill 1897
11 13 Booker T. Washington letters to Abby Hill
Booker T. Washington was the principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. Abby visited the school and met with Mr. Washington during her travels with her children in the South.
1901-1902
11 14 G.M. Whicher letter to Abby Hill Undated
11 15 White Bull letters to Abby Hill
White Bull (nephew of Sitting Bull) was the chief of the Sioux Indian tribe. Abby befriended him during her time spent on the reservation in Montana. This folder includes a cotton pouch with a lock of White Bull's hair.
1905-1906
11 16 White Bull No. 2 letters to Abby Hill 1906-1907
11 17 Mrs. George (Esther) White letter to Abby Hill December 28, 1939
11 18 Leo White letter to Abby Hill December 4, 1880
11 19 F.C. Willey letters to Abby and Eulalie Hill 1901-1903
11 20 Annie M. Williams (Abby's stepmother) letter to Abby Hill
Letter regarding the estate of Abby's father with notations by Abby Hill.
August 20, 1906
11 21 H.W. Williams (Abby's father) letter to Frank Hill 1903
11 22 H.W. Williams (Abby's father) letter to Ruth Hubbard
Letter to Abby's maternal aunt, Ruth Hubbard, on the occassion of Abby's birth.
September 28, 1861
11 23 Jeannette (Nettie) Williams (Abby's sister) letters to Abby Hill 1877-1882
11 24 Jeannette (Nettie) Williams (Abby's sister) letters to Abby Hill 1883-1887
11 25 Herr Winckler letters to Abby and Eulalie Hill 1906
11 26 Melissa Wheeler Winegar letter to Abby Hill July 30, 1940
11 28 Malcolm Young letters to Abby Hill 1927-1928
23 Postcards, inscribed (U.S. and World)
Box contains inscribed postcards from various correspondents. Postcards that were collected but not inscribed are found in the Ephemera series.
1850-1940
33 Organic matter, removed from correspondence
Organic matter (locks of hair, pressed flowers, porcupine quills, etc.) has been removed from folders in the collection and boxed separately for preservation purposes. The original folder that the organic matter was removed from is noted.
Undated

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II:  Journals, Sketchbooks, and Notes, 1877-1930

The Journals, Sketchbooks, and Notes Series contains books belonging to the Hill family, as well as notes and sketches kept by Abby Hill and her children. The series is arranged by format, alphabetically by author and then chronologically. Journals belonging to Abby Hill date from 1884 when she was teaching at Berthier-en-Haut, a girl’s seminary in Quebec, to 1908, when she was abroad in Europe with her four children. The journals detail the daily life and travels of Hill and her children and along with the Hill family correspondence provide insight into Abby Hill's thoughts and activities. There are also several medical journals belonging to Frank Hill from his post graduate studies in Germany and several journals belonging to the children, mostly containing schoolwork. The notes contained in this series are generally fragments and are difficult to piece together.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
11 29 Journal: Abby Hill, Berthier-en-Haut, Quebec and Washington
The first part of this journal is in French and was written while Abby was at Berthier-en-Haut in Quebec. There are sporadic entries after that from her time in Washington (written in English) from 1900, 1901, 1904, 1906, and 1907.
1885-1887, 1900-1907
11 30 Journal: Abby Hill, Washington
Journal includes travels to Mt. Rainier, Burton on Vashon Island, Hood Canal, and back to the Midwest to visit relatives in Ohio.
1895
11 31 Transcription: Washington 1895
11 32 Journal: Abby Hill, Germany
Journal begins in Tacoma and covers part of Abby and Frank Hill's trip to Germany, where they lived for two years while he studied medicine. Their son, Romayne, was left home in Ohio with relatives.
1895-1896
11 33 Transcription: Germany 1895-1896
12 1 Journal: Abby Hill, Germany c. 1896
12 2 Journal: Abby Hill, Italy c. 1896
12 3 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe (with sketches) c. 1897
12 4 Sketchbook: Abby Hill, New York 1887-1888
12 5 Journal: Abby Hill, Vashon Island 1900, 1907
12 6 Transcription: Vashon Island 1900, 1907
12 7 Journal: Abby Hill, U.S. Tour (I) 1901-1902
12 8 Journal: Abby Hill, U.S. Tour (II) 1901-1902
12 9 Journal: Abby Hill, U.S. Tour (III) 1901-1902
12 10 Journal: Abby Hill, October - August 1901-1902
12 11 Journal: Abby Hill, May - September 1903
12 12 Journal: Abby Hill, July - November 1904
12 13 Journal: Abby Hill, July - October 1904
12 14 Transcription: July - October 1904
12 15 Journal: Abby Hill, United States (I) 1905-1906
12 16 Journal: Abby Hill, United States (II) 1905-1906
12 17 Transcription: United States (partial)
Partial transcription of the 1905-1906 journal covering Abby's time spent in Yellowstone National Park.
1905-1906
12 18 Journal: Abby Hill (loose pages)
Loose pages describing Northern Pacific views, a trip to New York City, etc.
c. 1906
13 1 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe (I) 1908
13 2 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe (II) 1908
13 3 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe (with sketches) 1908
13 4 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe (with sketches) 1908
13 5 Transcription: Abby Hill, Europe (partial) 1908
13 6 Journal: Abby Hill, Europe 1909
13 7 Journal: Abby Hill 1922, 1923
13 8 Transcription: Abby Hill journals, miscellaneous
Transcriptions from various Hill journals.
Undated
13 9 Notebook: Eulalie Hill, school notebooks 1900
13 10 Journal: Eulalie Hill, and school notes 1900-1902
13 11 Sketchbook: Eulalie Hill 1900
13 12 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Tacoma to California
Journal regarding trip from Tacoma to California
1902
13 13 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Hood Canal and Trout Lake 1902
14 1 Journal: Eulalie Hill 1904
14 2 Journal: Eulalie Hill (loose pages) 1904
14 3 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Midwest and East Coast 1905
14 5 Journal: Eulalie Hill 1905
14 6 Journal: Eulalie Hill, November November 1905
14 7 Journal: Eulalie Hill 1905
14 8 Journal: Eulalie and Ina Hill, museums and travel 1905
14 9 Journal: Eulalie Hill (loose pages) 1906
14 10 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Yellowstone National Park August 17 - October 21, 1906
14 11 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Montana (loose pages) 1907
14 12 Journal: Eulalie Hill 1907-1908
14 13 Journal: Eulalie Hill 1907
14 14 Journal: Eulalie Hill, Europe (with sketches) 1908
14 15 Journal: Eulalie and Ina Hill, San Diego 1923
14 16 Notebook: Eulalie Hill, undated Undated
14 17 Sketchbook: Hill children Undated
15 1 Journal: Frank Hill 1877
15 2 Notebook: Frank Hill, medical school notebook 1883
15 3 Notebook: Ina Hill, school notebook 1901
15 4 Sketchbook: Ina Hill, Trout Lake 1902
15 5 Journal: Ina Hill (fragile) 1902
15 6 Notebook: Ina Hill, school notebooks 1902, 1904-1905
15 7 Journal: Ina Hill 1904
15 8 Journal: Ina Hill (loose pages) 1904
15 9 Notebook: Ina Hill 1905
15 10 Journal: Ina Hill, Yellowstone National Park, Montana 1906
15 11 Journal: Ina Hill 1907
15 12 Notebook: Ina Hill 1908
15 13 Notebook: Ina Hill 1924
15 14 Notebook: Ina Hill, undated Undated
15 15 Notebook: Ina Hill, Tacoma Bible Institute Undated
16 1 Notebook: Ina Hill, undated (fragile) Undated
16 2 Notebook: Ina Hill, music compositions Undated
16 3 Notebook: Ina Hill, undated Undated
16 4 Notebook: Ina Hill, undated Undated
16 5 Notebook: Romayne Hill 1904
16 6 Journal: Romayne Hill 1905
16 7 Journal: Romayne Hill, Europe 1908
16 8 Sketchbook: Romayne Hill, school notebook Undated
16 9 Notes: Abby Hill, fragmented notes c. 1905
16 10 Notes: Abby Hill, regarding Andrew Nine Pipes 1906
16 11 Notes: Abby Hill, fragmented notes Undated
16 12 Notes: Abby Hill, "Birds Around Prospect Hill, Tacoma" Undated
16 13 Notes: Abby Hill, on air quality conditions for factory workers Undated
16 14 Notes: Hill family, notes and fragments Undated
27 Notes: Abby Hill, miscellaneous
Box contains notes and fragments from the Hill family, seemingly from a type of filing system.
Undated
16 15 Sketch: Abby Hill, with notes, on a "telescope valise" Undated
16 16 Sketch: Abby Hill, of dog, Larry August 1930
16 17 Sketch: Abby Hill, of unidentified man Undated
16 18 Sketch: Abby Hill, of unidentified female Undated
16 19 Sketch: Ina Hill, maps Undatd
16 20 Sketch: Ina Hill, "Visit of children...to the Hill place" Undated
16 21 Sketch: Reproduction of grapes, artist unknown Undated
16 22 Sketch: "Prospecting", artist unknown Undated

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III:  Newsclippings, 1903-1950

The Newsclippings Series contains news clippings collected by Abby Hill and her family. Newsclippings relate to various topics including articles about the Hill family members themselves, Abby Hill's work with the Congress of Mothers, and general subjects such as medicine, Native Americans, Tacoma, and love. Obituaries for Abby Hill, Frank Hill, and other family members are also included. This series includes several articles authored by Frank and Abby Hill. Several of the clippings contain handwritten notations by Abby or Ina Hill.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
17 1 Abby Hill Exhibit Announcements Undated
17 2 "Artist Says Tucson Should Wake Up Before It Is Too Late to Save Scenery", Tucson Daily Citizen May 12, 1929
17 3 Booker T. Washington, miscellaneous clippings 1904, undated
17 4 California Illustrated Review (clippings of wildflowers) May 1924
17 5 "Chinese Viceroy and Chief of Revenue"
Annotated by Abby Hill, "Rode with on the Great Northern to Wenatchee".
Undated
17 6 "The College and the Man: A Little Chaper in the Winning of the West", Grinnell College, Iowa Undated
17 7 Congress of Mothers, miscellaneous clippings c. 1905 - 1950
17 8 "Facing Death Daily in China", Seattle Sunday Times January 26, 1930
17 9 Governor Roland Hartley (Washington Governor) recall, miscellaneous clippings
These clippings were sent from Frank Hill to Abby Hill in 1926.
1926
17 10 "Grinnell Had Music and Art from the Beginning", Grinnell Herald October 18, 1929
17 11 Hill family, miscellaneous clippings Undated
17 12 "Immigrant Mothers Needs to Learn English", by Abby Hill, The Washington Parent-Teacher December 1916
17 13 "Interracial Relations", Union Tribune of San Diego
Article contains extensive quotes from Abby Hill on the naming of Mt. Booker and on race relations.
July 3, 1943
17 14 Jerome Shaffer, miscellaneous clippings c. 1920s
17 15 Naming of Mt. Booker, miscellaneous clippings
Contains miscellaneous newsclippings on the naming of Mt. Booker, which Abby Hill had the honor of naming after Booker T. Washington.
1904, 1930, undated
17 16 "Painting Edelweiss on Mount Tacoma", The Tacoma News Tribune Undated
17 17 "Our Prize Picture", The Washington Parent-Teacher September 1924
17 18 "Remember the Sick", by Abby Hill, Tacoma News Tribune
This folder also contains a list of paintings loaned to the Fannie Paddock Hospital in Tacoma.
Undated
17 19 "Senate OKs Chittenden's Rise in Rank" (Brigadier-General Hiram M. Chittenden) Undated
17 20 St. Louis World's Fair, miscellaneous clippings 1903-1904, undated
17 21 William Merritt Chase (painter), reproduction in St. Louis Post-Dispatch February 7, 1926
17 22 Williams family history, miscellaneous clippings c. 1910
17 23 Obituary: Isabella Beaton January 24, 1929
17 24 Obituary: Nettie Williams Buckley Undated
17 25 Obituaries: Abby Williams Hill 1943
17 26 Obituaries: Dr. Frank Hill 1938
17 27 Obituary: William McKittrick (biological father of Ina and Eulalie) Undated
17 28 Newsclippings sent by Abby Hill to Frank Hill 1905
17 29 Newsclippings sent by Abby Hill to Frank Hill 1906
17 30 Newsclippings sent by Clifford DeRosier Hill to Ina Hill c. 1908
17 31 Newsclippings sent by Ina Hill to Frank Hill 1903
17 32 Miscellaneous newsclippings, art Undated
17 33 Miscellaneous newsclippings, California and nature Undated
17 34 Miscellaneous newsclippings, marriage and love Undated
17 35 Miscellaneous newsclippings, medicine
17 36 Miscellaneous newsclippings, Native Americans Undated
17 37 Miscellaneous newsclippings, Tacoma Undated

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IV:  Printed Material, 1882-1985

The Printed Material Series includes published pamphlets, souvenir books collected by Abby Hill during her travels, and several art books used by Hill for reference purposes. This series is arranged alphabetically by the title of each publication. Of particular interest to researchers may be the pamphlets relating to the Congress of Mothers or Eulalie Hill's memoir about her studies under Maria Montessori. In addition, the pamphlet titled "Scenic Washington Along the Great Northern Line" contains images and descriptions of Abby's paintings for the Great Northern commission completed in 1903.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
17 38 "Can Slums Be Abolished", by J.J. Kelso Undated
17 39 "Child Confidence Rewarded", by Mary Wood Allen Undated
17 40 "Cigarettes in Public Schools", Presbyterian Board of Temperance and Moral Welfare Undated
17 41 "Compendium and Question Book of Parliamentary Law", by Lilian Cole-Bethel 1892
17 42 "Eulalie's Letters: Studying Under Madam Montessori in Rome, 1914", compiled by Doris Sandegren 1985
17 43 "Home Tours Around the World", by John L. Stoddard Undated
17 44 "Lake Chelan and the Valley of the Stehekin", Mazamas Club 1899
17 45 "Les Precieuses Ridicules", by Moliere 1882
17 46 National Congress of Parents and Teachers Handbook 1926
17 47 National Park publications (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park) c. 1925
18 1 "Outline of Work and Plans for Road Cadets", Congress of Mothers Undate
18 2 "Potato Culture on the Island of Jersey", by Rev. Charles D. Merrill 1896
18 3 "The Power of a Surrendered Life", by Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman 1901
18 4 Puget Sound Realty Associates (with Tacoma home values) Undated
18 5 Rand McNally Guide to the World's Fair (St. Louis), Louisiana Purchase Exposition 1904
18 6 "Report of the Acting Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park" 1903
18 7 "Scenic Hot Springs of Washington", Great Northern Railway c. 1906
18 8 "Scenic Washington Along the Great Northern Railway"
All paintings included as illustrations in this pamphlet were done by Abby Hill as part of her Great Northern Railway commission. She did not write the text for this pamphlet.
c. 1904
18 9 Souvenir of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, "Address of President Roosevelt" 1904
18 10 "Teaching the Tenant", by Johanna von Wagner, National Housing Association 1911
18 11 "Thrift: Ideas and Quotations Concerning Thrift", by Mrs. J.L. Van der Veer, Congress of Mothers Undated
18 12 "Uncle Tom's Trail", brochure from Grand Canyon National Park Undated
18 13 Vashon Island Real Estate, brochure Undated
18 14-17 Various souvenirs and guidebooks
Spokane, Washington, Luray Caverns, Virginia, San Francisco and Portland Steamship Company, Eighty Views of Washington DC, Southern Pacific Railway: New Orleans to San Francisco Line, Bruges, Belgium, Courmayer and Carcassonne, France, Nuremberg, Germany, London, England, The British Museum Guide, Versailles, France, Quebec, Ile de France, Montreal.
Undated
Box
32 31 Collected art books
Selections from "Picturesque California", published by J. Dewing, 1888; selections from "The Rocky Mountains and The Pacific Slope", published by J. Dewing; selections from "The Art of the World Illustrated in the Painting, Statuary and Architecture of the World’s Columbian Exposition", published by D. Appleton, 1893; selections from "One Hundred Crowned Masterpieces", published by Gebbie & Co.; selections from "One Hundred Crowned Masterpieces of Modern Pieces", Edition De Luxe, published by William Finley & Co., Philadelphia, 1893.
Late 1800s

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V:  Ephemera, 1850-1945

The Ephemera Series consists of material collected and received by members of the Hill family, including calling cards, receipts, postcards, certificates, lists, and other items. Blank postcards collected by the Hill family are included here (inscribed postcards are found in the Correspondence Series) as well as bound and mounted "art appreciation" photographs and reproductions, including stereoscopic views of various subjects.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
19 1 Address book, Abby Hill c. 1897
19 2 "Address to a Dead Bird", by Eulalie Hill Undated
19 3 Advertisement, Encyclopedia Brittanica 1926
19 4 American Line Passenger List (to England) 1908
19 5 Annotated frame samples, Pacific Picture Frame Co., Tacoma 1925
19 6 Annotated map of the United States Undated
19 7 Announcement, Philadelphia Carnival Undated
19 8 Article, "Report of the Conference in Los Angeles", National Congress of Mothers 1907
19 9 Bank Book (Laguna Beach), Abby Hill 1921
19 10 Birth announcement, Myrtle Adelaide Ward
Ione Hill's daughter.
October 27, 1911
19 11 Blank prescription pad, Dr. Frank Hill Undated
19 12 Bridal Souvenir book with handwritten certificate, Frank and Abby Hill 1888
19 13 Certificate (in German) 1896
19 14 Certificate of Registration of American Citizens, Hill family 1909
19 15 Certificates from WA Governor appointing Abby Hill as delegate, National Congress of Mothers 1910-1911
19 16 Chore list, Eulalie Hill Undated
19 17 Church program, First Baptist Church, Tacoma April 15, 1906
19 18 Contract, Great Northern Railroad (Abby Hill) 1903
19 19 Cyclist Touring Club, Special Customs Tickets 1909
19 20 Daily Consular & Trade Reports June 28, 1911
19 21 Dedication of Community Presbytarian Church, California (program) March 18, 1928
19 22 Exhibition card, Abby Hill, Tacoma 1907
19 23 Financial notebook, Congress of Mothers c. 1920
19 24 Fragment, Hermann Haase signature Undated
19 25 Fragment, John Muir quotation Undated
19 26 Fragment, Seattle Fine Arts Society letterhead Undated
19 27 Fragments and notes collected by Abby Hill Undated
19 28 Gallery card, Italy 1897
19 29 Handwritten manuscript regarding children, Abby Hill for Congress of Mothers Undated
19 30 Handwritten manuscript regarding Native Americans, Abby Hill (partial) Undated
19 31 Inauguration program and souvenir cards, President Theodore Roosevelt 1905
19 32 Journal of Hans Kieff, written for the Hill family
Journal by Hans Kieff for the Hill family - an account of his trip from Tacoma to London in 1904.
1904
19 33 M.A. Degree, Abby Hill, from Iowa College
Diploma also included in the collection. Oversized.
1907
19 34 Materials from Abby Hill's residency at Berthier-en-Haut, Quebec 1885-1886
19 35 Meeting minutes, National Congress of Mothers May 1906
19 36 Memorial card, Hellen Grinnell Mears and "Mother's Hymn" music c. 1913
19 37 Memorial pamphlet, Elizabeth Earle Magoun 1897
19 38 "The Motoring Tourist", essay by Abby Hill Undated
19 39 National Congress of Mothers, Tacoma Chapter Board of Directors c. 1912
19 40 National Congress of Parents and Teachers, By-Laws May 1924
19 41 National Park passes
National Park passes for Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Glacier, Zion, and Mesa Verde.
1920s
19 42 Notebook, Abby Hill (Germany) c. 1890s
19 43 Orchard Home School / Bethesda Society Financial Statement 1938
19 44 Pacific Monthly Magazine (review of Lewis and Clark Exposition) January 1906
19 45 Paintings loaned to First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma (list) 1929
19 46 Pamphlets and publications re: Prohibition and alcohol use Undated
20 1 Pierce County Property Taxes (payment receipts) 1903
20 2 Postcard, illustration by Abby Hill Undated
20 3 Postcards from Lewiston, Maine, souvenir set Undated
20 4 Postcards, souvenir set from Mount Rainier 1913
20 5 Postcards, Native American subjects Undated
20 6 Prescription for burns and scalds, Dr. Curtis Undated
20 7 Receipt from H.H. Williams (Abby's father) for Excelsior Gas Burner 1898
20 8 Receipt for donation to American Baptist Publication Society 1899
20 9 Receipt for donation to Grinnell College 1945
20 10 Receipt for donation to Near East Relief 1921
20 11 Receipt for donation to Serbian Child Welfare Association 1921
20 12 Recommendation letter for Abby Hill to teach French 1888
20 13 Reproduction of Hermann Haase drawing 1893
20 14 St. Louis World's Fair, list of Hill paintings and values 1904
20 15 Ticket for "President's Visit to Tacoma" October 10, 1911
20 16 Translations: Squaxadub to English, by Jay Dinsmore Undated
20 17 University of Bonn, certificate in political economy, Abby Hill 1896
20 18 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Special Use Permit 1916
20 19 Valley Fair Association Tag 1911
20 20 Various calling cards (some with notations) Undated
20 21 Various musical programs Undated
20 22 Various religious pamphlets, church programs, Book of Psalms, etc. Undated
20 23 Various reproductions, postcards, commercial photographs, etc. Undated
20 24 Washington State Congress of Mothers Convention, program 1911-1912, 1923
20 25 White Bluffs Irrigation Company Statement (Frank Hill, President) 1908
20 26 Will of Ruth Hubbard (Abby Hill's aunt) 1918
24 Postcards, blank (U.S. and World)
Box contains blank postcards collected by the Hill family from the U.S. and abroad. Inscribed postcards can be found in the Correspondence series.
1850-1940
25 Postcards, blank (U.S. and World) Stereocards, various subjects
Box contains blank postcards collected by the Hill family from the U.S. and abroad. Inscribed postcards can be found in the Correspondence series. Stereocards with various subjects can also be found in this box. A stereograph is required for proper viewing.
1850-1940
26 Collected illustrations: "The Perry Pictures"
Box contains various illustrations collected from a publication known as "The Perry Pictures". There are no notations on these prints.
Undated
Box
30 29 Collected prints, various subjects Undated

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VI:  Biographical Information, 1943-1951

The Biographical Information Series contains the biographical information of Abby Williams Hill, including a lengthy essay on her life titled "Peaceable Fruit". There is also a folder containing genealogical information about the Hill and Williams families.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
20 27 Biographical information, Abby Hill, by William Frothingham 1943
20 28 Biographical sketch on Abby Hill, by Ina Hill Undated
20 29 "Peaceable Fruit", biographical sketch of Abby Hill, by E.M. Stetson 1951
20 30 Geneology, Williams and Hill families Undated

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VII:  Photographs

The Photographs Series contains Hill family photographs. Box 21 contains photographs that have been identified and are arranged by subject and Box 22 contains miscellaneous and/or unidentified photographs that have not been arranged. The identified photographs include formal studio portraits of Abby Williams Hill and her family, as well as candid shots of the family during trips and other activities.

Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
21 Photographs (organized by subject)
22 Photographs (miscellaneous, unidentified)

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VIII:  Artifacts, Undated

The Artifacts Series contains items collected by Abby Williams Hill. Native American artifacts include one beaded belt, three pair of moccasins, one quiver with ten arrows, and a parfleche. The one box remaining in the library contains three small artifacts: 1) Homemade papoose trinket 2) Small oval framed portrait of Romayne Hill by Abby Williams Hill 3) Gold medal inscribed with Abby R. Hill from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Beaded Belt
Quiver
Ten arrows
Three pairs of moccasins
Parfleche
Box
28 Homemade papoose trinket
28 Small oval framed portrait of Romayne Hill by Abby Williams Hill
28 Gold medal inscribed with Abby R. Hill from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition 1909

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IX:  Bonnie Smolenski Collection on Abby Williams Hill, 1870-1943

The materials in this series were donated to the University of Puget Sound in 2014 by Bonnie Smolenski. This series was added to the Abby Williams Hill Collection after processing was completed, and the materials were kept separate because they were not donated by a Hill family member. This series contains 2 boxes of miscellaneous materials relating to the Hill family, including correspondence, journals, news clippings, and photographs.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
34 1 Clifford Burbridge letters to Abby Hill Undated
34 2 Abby Hill letters to Eulalie Hill Aug. 30, 1935
34 3 Abby Hill letters to Frank Hill 1933-1937
34 4 Abby Hill letters to Miscellaneous Recipients 1929, 1936
34 5 Abby Hill letter to Romayne Hill Nov. 14, 1918
34 6 Ruth Hubbard ("Aunt Ruth") letter to Abby Hill c. 1910
34 7 Miscellaneous letters to Frank and Abby Hill undated
34 8 Autograph Book, Abby Hill 1870s - 1880s
34 9 Bible, Eulalie Hill 1923
34 10 Daybook, Abby Hill (Europe) 1909
34 11 Diary: Possibly Belonging to "Cousin Laura" 1923-1927
34 12 Diary: Possibly Belonging to Ina Hill 1929-1932
35 1 Diary: Owner Unknown 1896-1897
35 2 Newclippings, miscellaneous undated
35 3 Reprints of Abby Hill paintings undated
35 4 Biographical Sketch, Abby Williams Hill undated
35 5 Obituary, Abby Hill, Tacoma News-Tribune 1943
35 6 Photographs, Hill family (identified) undated
35 7 Photographs, unidentified undated

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X:  Tom Kress Collection on Abby Williams Hill, 1890-1926

The materials in this series were donated to the University of Puget Sound in 2014 by Tom Kress, who found them in an old desk. Kress is not related to the Hill family. This series was added to the Abby Williams Hill Collection after processing was completed, and the materials were kept separate because they were not donated by a Hill family member. This series contains 4 folders of miscellaneous material relating to the Hill family, including two sketchbooks and a certificate for Frank Hill from the California State Homeopathic Medical Society.

Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
35 8 Sketchbook: Hill children 1905-1906
35 9 Sketchbook: Abby Hill 1890-1926
35 10 California State Homeopathic Medical Society, Frank Hill 1901

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Subjects

  • Corporate Names :
  • Great Northern Railway Company. (U.S.)
  • National PTA. (U.S.)
  • Northern Pacific Railway Company.
  • United States. National Park Service.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific
  • Washington (State)
  • West (U.S.)--Description and travel
  • Subject Terms :
  • African Americans--Education
  • Railroads
  • Tuberculosis
  • Women painters--Washington (State)--Tacoma
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Drawings (visual works)
    • Landscape painting

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