Guide to the Homer M. Hill Papers 1877-1934
Cage 118

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Hill, Homer M., 1855-1935.
Title
Homer M. Hill Papers
ID
Cage 118
Date [inclusive]
1877-1934
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1.5 Linear feet of shelf space
Location note
(MASC STAFF USE) The oversize item (folder 37) is in boxed oversize.
Language
English
Abstract
Homer M. Hill moved to Seattle in 1884 where be began publishing the True Tone and subsequently the Daily Press (combining the Evening Call and the Evening Chronicle which he had purchased). He maintained the Press until August, 1889 when he sold it to Hunt and Bailey. His political and civic activities were numerous and varied. He was a Seattle city councilman, 1898-1900, a deputy county commissioner, executive secretary of the Rainier Heights Improvement Club and the Federated Improvement Clubs of Seattle, and in 1910 he helped organize the Taxpayers' League of Seattle and served as its executive secretary. This collection consists of papers and photographs related to Homer Hill's business, civic, and political activities.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Homer M. Hill papers, 1877-1934

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Homer M. Hill was born in Senecaville, Ohio, November 28, 1855. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1882 and became a teacher in the Minneapolis Academy. The following year he entered the newspaper business as Mandan correspondent of the Bismarck Tribune and subsequently business manager of the Brainerd (MN) Tribune. In April of 1884 he purchased an interest in the Helena (MT) Independent. In May of that year he married Carrie M. Lovell of Nevada, Iowa. The following year he sold out his Helena interests and moved to Seattle where be began publishing the True Tone and subsequently the Daily Press (combining the Evening Call and the Evening Chronicle which he had purchased). He maintained the Press until August, 1889 when he sold it to Hunt and Bailey.

In 1892 he, with two partners, purchased the Morning Telegraph. It was the Telegraph which installed the first Mergenthaler typesetting machines west of the Rockies in 1893. In addition, Hill was President of the Washington State Press Association, 1893-1894.

His political and civic activities were numerous and varied. He was a Seattle city councilman, 1898-1900, a deputy county commissioner, executive secretary of the Rainier Heights Improvement Club and the Federated Improvement Clubs of Seattle, and in 1910 he helped organize the Taxpayers' League of Seattle and served as its executive secretary. Hill died in January of 1935; his obituary appeared in the Seattle Times (a successor to the Daily Press) January 23, 1935; 13:3.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers and photographs related to Homer Hill's business, civic, and political activities. Sone notable items are a telegram from C. S. Voorhees announcing passage of statehood for Washington, a map of "proposed saloon limits" for the City of Seattle; correspondence and ephemera related to the Mergenthaler typesetting machine Hill acquired, membership and mailing lists for civic clubs and other organizations in Washington, and photographs of Helena, MT and Seattle, WA from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: Scrapbooks and commonplace book, 1898-1900 and undated

Series 2: Papers, 1877-1934 and undated. This series consists of correspondence, ephemera, clippings, notebooks, manuscript notes and drafts, legal documents, minute books, organization membership lists, by-laws, resolutions, reports, and miscellaneous items. The series is divided into four sequences: personal papers, newspaper records, improvement association papers, and Taxpayers' League of Seattle records.

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1910

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Mrs. Libby Hoag donated the papers of Homer M. Hill to the Washington State University Libraries in the 1940s (MS 70-1395).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Terry Abraham in 1973, and additional processing was done by Cheryl Gunselman in 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Federated Improvement Clubs of Seattle (Wash.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Seattle (Wash.) -- Politics and government.

Subject(s)

  • Newspaper publishing -- History -- Sources.
  • Politics and Politicians
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Seattle
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Scrapbooks and commonplace book, 1898-1900 and undated 

 

Box Folder

[not used] 

1 1

Scrapbooks: Seattle politics, 1898 

1 2-3

Scrapbooks: Seattle politics, 1899 

1 4-8

Scrapbook: Seattle politics, 1900 

1 9-10

Scrapbook: Republican Party politics and the Civil War 

1 11

Commonplace book 

1 12

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Series 2: Papers, 1877-1934 and undated 

Personal papers 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

Undated 

2 13

1877-1879 

2 14

1880-1889 

2 15

1890-1910 

2 16

1911-1933 

2 17

Newspaper records 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

Undated 

2 18

1884-1889 

2 19

1890-1895 

2 20

1896-1930 

2 21

Ledger, 1893-1896 

2 22

Improvement association papers 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

Minute and clipping books, 1901-1916 

2 23

Undated 

2 24

1901-1903 

2 25

1904-1906 

2 26

1907-1915 

2 27

Taxpayers' League of Seattle 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

Undated 

3 28

1910-1915 

3 29

1916-1934 

3 30

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Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1910 

 

Box Folder

Photograph album. Photographs taken by Wilse Photo. Most images depict the installation of a water supply system for Seattle (25 prints); also ships carrying returning Volunteers in 1899, and the unveiling of the Pioneer Square totem pole, 1899-1900 

3 31

Composite panorama view of Seattle, circa 1880 

3 32

News photographs of men injured in Seattle during anti-Chinese riots (3 items), circa 1890 

Steamships 

Box
Folder
Box Folder

"City of Seattle," circa 1890 

3 33

"Olympian," undated 

3 33

 

Box Folder

Woodland Park gate, undated 

3 33

Unidentified group photograph. Includes a list of the individuals pictured, all from Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Silver Beach, WA, circa 1900-1910 

3 34

Seattle fire (3 items). One image shows a view of the city on fire; the other two show the Seattle Daily Press, Hill's paper, temporarily operating from a tent; 1899 July 

Composite of views of Seattle buildings, circa 1900-1910 

3 35

Lake Washington, undated 

Interior view of unidentified store, undated 

Helena, MT (9 items), circa 1883 

3 36

Unidentified Montana railroad trestle, circa 1880s 

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Oversize 

 

Box Folder

"Map of Seattle showing proposed saloon limits in Charter Amendment no. 11," circa 1902-1914 (note: separated from Improvement association papers, folder 24) 

O/S 37

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