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Abby Williams Hill Collection, 1890-1943

Overview of the Collection

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
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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

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 InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Correspondence, 1861-1945Return to Top

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

II:  Journals, Sketchbooks, and Notes, 1877-1930Return to Top

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

III:  Newsclippings, 1903-1950Return to Top

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

IV:  Printed Material, 1882-1985Return to Top

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

V:  Ephemera, 1850-1945Return to Top

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

VI:  Biographical Information, 1943-1951Return to Top

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

VII:  PhotographsReturn to Top

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)

VIII:  Artifacts, UndatedReturn to Top

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

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

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

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

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