Hill Military Academy Records, 1881-1973  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hill Military Academy (Portland, Or.)
Hill Military Academy Records
1881-1973 (inclusive)
.4 cubic feet, (1 document case)
Collection Number
Mss 81
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.
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

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 InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Container(s) Description Dates
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

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Military education--Oregon--Portland
  • 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
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autograph albums
  • Letters
  • Scrapbooks