Knute Hill Papers, 1909-1963

Overview of the Collection

Hill, Knute
Knute Hill Papers
1909-1963 (inclusive)
16 containers., (8 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 194
Correspondence and printed material relating to Hill's activities as school teacher, administrator, legislator; United States Representative, speaker to secular and religious groups, author of "Letters to the Editor" in diverse newspapers, Indian agency superintendent, Radio Farm Program reporter and commentator, and consulting appraiser for the Columbia Basin Project.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In a very real sense this collection is one of personal papers insofar as the bulk of the items is concerned with Mr. Hill and his friends without having the status of working papers or office records. The items are those that were meaningful to Mr. Hill over the years and express his selection of the papers he wished to preserve.

Here is correspondence to and from Mr. Hill interfiled and combined with other printed materials used during his tenure as school teacher and administrator, politician, Representative in the Washington State Legislature and in the U.S. Congress, speaker and lecturer to secular and religious audiences, author of "Letters to the Editor" in diverse newspaper, Indian Agency Superintendent, Radio Farm Program reporter and commentator, and Consulting Appraiser for the Columbia River Project.

The collection consists of: Letters sent and received. Here are personal and/or business or official letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt, James A. Farley, Harold L. Ickes, Henry M. Jackson, Warren G. Magnusson, William L. La Follette, William O. Douglas, Hamilton Fish, Albert Gore, Walt Disney, Henry Dvorshak, Estes Kefauver, Clarence C. Dill, Sam Rayburn, John W. McCormack, Clarence D. Martin, Adlai E. Stevenson, Linus Pauling, Roland H. Hartley, Robert Ripley, Ted Malone, and others; Speech and lecture manuscripts; Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine clippings that served as a source-file for speeches and writings; Newsletters and press releases while a member of Congress; Pamphlets relating to scenic, economic, and agricultural Washington State and the Columbia River Project; Campaign and personal newspaper clippings; Pictures, both personal and official; and Miscellaneous items, including a manuscript of an extended essay entitled "Why I Broke with Roosevelt."

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 194, Knute Hill Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The content of containers numbered 1 through 8 consists of correspondence, speech and lecture manuscripts and outlines, and "Letters to the Editor" interfiled and arranged chronologically by years. The content of the remaining containers is described for each.

Acquisition Information

The papers of Knute Hill, Representative in Congress from the 4th District of the State of Washington, were given in part to the Washington State University Library in 1961-1962 by Mr. Hill. The remainder was received in 1965 after probate of his estate.

Processing Note

The papers were processed by Earle Connette in 1965 and 1966.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Correspondence; Speech and lecture manuscripts and outlines; and "Letters to the Editor"Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates

Newsletters and Press Releases, 1939-1940Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Newspaper clippings and Campaign MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Radio Scripts, 1944-1945Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11-12

Grand Coulee pamphlets and materialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Washington State and Pacific Northwest pamphlets and materialsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Picture fileReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 15

"Why I Broke with Roosevelt" and miscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 16

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.)--Archives

Personal Names

  • Hill, Knute, 1876-1963 --Archives (creator)

Corporate Names

  • Columbia Basin Project (U.S.)
  • United States--Politics and government--1933-1945 -- Sources
  • United States. President (1933-1945 : Roosevelt)
  • United States. Congress. House


  • Legislators--United States--Archives
  • Legislators--United States--Correspondence