The Hill family papers were donated to the University Archives in 1999 by Joleen J. Hill who acquired the collection from the home of Opal Hill after her death in 1997. They include family papers of Randall C. Hill, Maurice L. Hill, and Opal B. Hill, along with a collection of documents and printed material related to the establishment of an art museum at Kansas State University. All three members of the Hill family were educated at Kansas State and remained involved with KSU after graduating.
The papers are contained in two boxes spanning the years 1929 to the early 1980's. The Randall C. Hill and the Maurice L. Hill series are arranged chronologically while the Opal B. Hill and the museum series are arranged by subject and format.
The Randall Hill series concerns his association with Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, while the Maurice Hill series is related to his activities with Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. The Opal Hill series is a collection of personal files that belonged to her while she was an art instructor at Kansas State. The museum collection concerns attempts to establish an art museum at Kansas State University and includes printed material on museums collected by Patricia O'Brien, professor of Sociology Anthropology and Social Work.
The collection includes photographs associated with Maurice L. Hill, and a couple related to Opal B. Hill. The Maurice L. Hill photos are members of Phi Sigma Kappa. Opal B. Hill's photos are of tapestry material.
Also, there are six artifacts in the collection related to Phi Delta Tau and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternities.
The papers were processed in the fall of 2000 by David Arends, Kansas State University Historical Society volunteer. The accession number is U1995.15.
Randall C. Hill was born Sept. 30, 1901. He lived in Manhattan from 1917 to 1979, and attended Kansas State from 1919 to 1924, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. He later became the financial advisor of the fraternity. After completion of his bachelors degree in social sciences in 1924, and his masters degree in sociology in 1927, he was hired to teach at Manhattan High School. Hill decided to further his education by attending the University of Missouri where he completed his doctorate in sociology and rural sociology in 1929. After returning to Manhattan, he became an associate professor in the Department of Economics and Sociology at Kansas State, and began service as the Kansas Supervisor of Rural Research for the Federal Emergency Relief Association in October of 1934. He was promoted to a full professor at K-State in 1935. Hill was elected secretary-treasurer of the National Rural Sociological Society in 1949. In July of 1956 he became a Rural Sociologist on the International Cooperation Administration-India-Kansas State College Team to Poona, India. Hill had a special interest in India thus he spent much of his time and research there. He retired from Kansas State in 1969, and died February 9, 1995.
Maurice Hill, the younger brother of Randall Hill, was born on November 7, 1904. He also was a Manhattan resident and attended Kansas State from 1923 to 1925. While at the college, Hill was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa, and he later served as a financial advisor for the fraternity. After his time at Kansas State, Hill worked as a banker at Union National Bank of Manhattan for 22 years. In 1947 he took a position at Home Building & Loan Association, where he worked for 35 years. Hill was very active in the financial affairs of the Manhattan community. He met Opal and the two were married on December 22, 1928. Maurice Hill died on March 18, 1982.
Opal Brown Hill, wife of Maurice Hill, was born September 23, 1903. She attended Kansas State and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1944. She was employed as a clerk in the business office at Kansas State for seven years when she resigned to pursue a masters degree in art, which she received from Kansas State in 1950. Mrs. Hill taught interior decorating, along with other subjects, in the art department as an associate professor. At that time, subjects such as interior decorating and architecture, were part of the art department. Hill retired from the university in 1969, and in 1983 she received the Art Department Recognition Award. She died August 14, 1997.
The collection was created by three members of the Hill family --Randall C. Hill, Maurice L. Hill, and Opal B. Hill. The earliest document in the collection is a contract from 1929, and the manuscripts continue into the 1980's.
The collection is arranged chronologically whenever possible. However, the bulk of Opal B. Hill's collection is her personal files that pertain to fabric and fabric history, and they are divided by subject. Also, the museum material is divided by subject for convenience and accessability.
The first series in the collection pertains to Randall Hill and concerns his involvement with Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at Kansas State. The first five folders deal with the early years, starting with the house contract in 1929. The theme of his collection centers around financial responsibilities and dues that former members owed to the house. The correspondence from 1932 to 1942 is mainly letters to former members reminding them of their obligations and dues.
The next series, that of Maurice Hill, is very similar to Randall Hill's papers. Maurice Hill was also involved with a fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa, although his collection is smaller. In this series, however, there are a variety of formats; photos of former members, a newsletter, two fraternity songbooks, letterheads and envelopes, a gavel, and a large metal ring. There is a folder with a few letters from Hill to former members pertaining to dues owed to the fraternity.
The third series, and the largest of the Hill Family Papers, is that of Opal Hill. The first folder pertains to a dinner recognition for Hill and her involvement with the establishment of a museum at Kansas State University, and her contributions to Kansas State. Since she was an art instructor, the rest of her collection relates to fabrics and tapestries, including Peruvian, Irish, Persian, and Japanese. The collection contains mostly printed material on various subjects in the form of news articles, essays, pamphlets, and booklets.
The fourth series, part of Opal Hill's papers, deals extensively with the proposal of a museum at Kansas State University. There are six folders, 1) letters, 2) proposals, 3) information about a curator, 4) grant information, 5) printed material about other university museums, and 6) articles about the museum. Another person who was heavily involved with the museum and is frequently mentioned throughout all six folders is Patricia O'Brian, who was a friend and fellow professor at Kansas State University.
The donation includes a collection of photographs associated with Maurice Hill and members of Phi Sigma Kappa. They are of members who were involved with K-State athletics including football, baseball, and track. Also, there are some photos of the Phi Sigma Kappa members who participated in the military training program, and a few group photographs of the fraternity members. The photographs have been removed and filed in the Photograph Collection, Vertical File-People, and in flat storage boxes. An inventory can be found following the container list in this register.
Also, there are six artifacts associated with the Hills that have been stored with the artifacts collection in the University Archives. These artifacts include 1) Phi Sigma Kappa metal name plate, 2) Phi Delta Tau metal name plate, 3) metal ring, 4) Gavel and base with Phi Delta Tau insignia, 5) Metals and ribbons with Phi Delta Tau insignia, and 6) Lighted sign with Phi Delta Tau in Greek letters.
Box Folder Randall C. Hill (1929-1942; n.d.) Phi Kappa Tau 01 01 Contract, 1929 02 Financial Notes, 1931-1934 03 Information, 1931 04 Correspondence, 1932 05 Financial Information, 1932 06 Correspondence, 1933 07 1934 08 1935 09 1936 10 1937 11 1938 12 1939 13 1940 14 1941 15 1942 16 Letter, n.d. 17 Letter, n.d. 18 Miscellaneous, n.d. Maurice Hill (1930-1940; n.d.) Phi Sigma Kappa 19 Newsletter, 1930 20 Correspondence, 1931 21 Alumni Association Letterheads and Envelopes, n.d. 22 Membership Certificate, 1933 23 Songbook, 1940 24 Songbook, n.d. Opal Brown Hill (1936-1983; n.d.) Personal Files 25 Letters - Recognition Award Dinners, 1983 26 Notes- Fabric and Silk, n.d. 27 Notes - French Material, n.d. 28 French Topic Essays, n.d. (historic decorative styles) 29 Chinese Symbols Essay, n.d. (historic textile design) 30 Itinerary for trip, n.d. 31 Architecture Book Reviews by students, n.d. Printed Material 32 China, 1945, 1958 33 China, 1944 34 Tapestry, 1948,1963, n.d. 02 01 American Colonial Textiles Essay, 1937, 1946, 1949, n.d. 02 Silk Article, 1968, n.d. 03 Motif, n.d. 04 Fabric, 1964 05 Scalamandr‚ Fabric, 1936, 1944,1958, 1963, n.d. 06 Irish Linen, 1945 07 Article - Symbols Interior, 1951, n.d. 08 Article, 1951 09 Article - Peruvian Fabric Material,1963, 1964, 1966 10 Article - Persian Fabric Material, 1944, 1964, 1966, 1967 11 Map - Southwest United States, 1955 Art Museum Collection (1979-1987; n.d.) 12 Letters, 1984-1987 13 Proposals, 1992, n.d. 14 Information Regarding hiring the Curator, 1983 15 Grant Information, n.d. 16 Printed Material, 1980, 1982, 1988 17 Articles, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987 Photographs Maurice Hill The following have been filed alphabetically in University Archives Photograph Collection: Vertical File-People Auker, Elden Barrece, Henry J Black, Elmer Brokway, Stanley Buchman, C. W. Champagne, E. Dimitt, Herbert Dring, Arthur Gilbert, ("Pinky") Gump, R. Haraba, Adolph Holmberg, Stanley Jones, ? Meyers, Alfred Myers, Robert Parrish, Monte Pearson, (Bert) Rutherford, W. Weller, Herold Whiteford, R. Wiggins, George Wilson, Jerry Wood, H. Unidentified Phi Sigma Kappa group photo-National Confrence Flat box Folder 01 01 Phi Sigma Kappa group photo 02 PSK group photo 03 Group photo 04-05 Unidentified 06-08 Unidentified group photo 09 Unidentified group photo, 1926 10 Phi Sigma Kappa group photo 11 Unidentified group photo, 1927 Opal Brown Hill 12 Fabrics Artifacts Randall Hill 01 01 Phi Delta Tau metal name plate 02 Metals and ribbons of Phi Delta Tau 03 Large Metal Ring Maurice Hill 04 Phi Sigma Kappa metal name plate 05 Gravel and base with the insignia of Phi Sigma Kappa 06 Lighted sign with Phi Sigma Kappa in Greek letters Opal Hill 07 Japanese Fabrics
The following files were donated to the University Archives of Kansas State University by Joleen Hill in August, 2008. They are an addition to the Hill Family Papers that she donated in 1999 (U1995.15).
1. Correspondence, 1923-1939 2. Correspondence, 1930-1946 3. Correspondence and biographical information, 1950; 1955; 1964-1970 4. Council of Deans. Minutes, 1927-1935 5. School of Community Leadership, 1931 6. Department of Economics and Sociology: Twenty Year Plan. 1934 7. Upper Division-Lower Division Plan of Organization Committee: Twenty Year Program, 1934 8. Babcock, Rodney: Dean, General Science Division. Appointment of Randall Hill as acting chair of Department of Economics and Sociology, 1936 9. Post-War Planning Committee, 1944 10. Project 195: Factors Affecting the Social Well-Being of Rural People in Kansas, 1951-1954