Guide to the Hill Military Academy Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hill Military Academy (Portland, Or.)
Title: Hill Military Academy Records
Dates: 1881-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: .4 cubic feet (1 document case)
Collection Number: Mss 81
Summary: Records relating to the Hill Military Academy, a private boys secondary school in Portland, Oregon. Most material was created by the school's director, Joseph W. Hill, and includes a small amount of correspondence, drawings of the school building, scrapbook, and lists of students. Some materials relate to the Bishop Scott Academy in Portland, for which Hill was director prior to 1901.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Languages: The collection is in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Established in northwest Portland, Oregon, in 1901 as a private military school for young boys, Hill Military Academy built a solid reputation for developing the mind, body, and morals of its students for nearly 60 years. Joseph W. Hill, long-time headmaster of the Bishop Scott Academy (earlier the Bishop Scott Grammar School), founded the military school and served as its first headmaster until his retirement in the early 1920s. Under Hill's leadership the school grew in both size and prestige. After retiring, Hill's sons, Joseph A. Hill and Benjamin W. Hill continued the operation of the military academy and in 1929 moved the school to a larger facility in the Rocky Butte area of Portland, where it remained until its closure in 1959.

Content Description

Records include: correspondence and other files (1911-1932) regarding Hill Military Academy students and finances; list of students (n.d.) arranged by hometown; student's autograph album from the Bishop Scott Grammar School (1881) signed by classmates; scrapbook of Joseph W. Hill; blueprint (n.d.) of second and third floor of Hill Military Academy; and reproductions of drawings of the building. Also includes one bound index of students at Bishop Scott Academy (1899), including names and hometowns. The collection contains materials formerly designated as Mss 81-1.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Hill Military Academy Records, Mss 81, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in one series.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Wood Hill, 1982 Jan., Library Accession 15763. Autograph book gift of Mrs. Ivan W. Clark, 1979 June 7, Library Accession 14815.

Related Materials :  

Additional records of the Hill Military Academy and papers of Joseph W. Hill available as Mss 827, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Photographs relating to the Hill Military Academy can be found in the Photograph Collection of the Oregon Historical Society.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1 Autograph book from Bishop Scott Grammar School 1881
2 Correspondence and miscellany 1891-1973, undated
3 Drawings of the Hill Military Academy (reproductions) undated
4 General materials
Includes "Rules and Regulations" of the Hill Military Academy, 1922-1923; blueprint of second floor plan; booklet and menu from Bishop Scott Academy; recipes; and luggage stickers from Long Beach, Washington.
1902-1923, undated
5 Index of students at the Bishop Scott Academy 1887-1900
6 Scrapbook of Joseph W. Hill 1901-1902
7 Student list, historical circa 1917
8 Student names, A-G 1949-1959
9 Student names, H-N 1949-1959
10 Student names, O-Z 1949-1959


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Hill Military Academy (Portland, Or.)--Archives
  • Hill, Benjamin W.
  • Hill, Joseph A.
  • Hill, Joseph W., 1856-1930--Correspondence  ( creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Bishop Scott Academy--Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • Military education--Oregon--Portland
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Autograph albums
    • Letters
    • Scrapbooks

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