Finding Aid to the Robert T. Hill Papers MS.649
Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library2012 October 29
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
Title: Robert T. Hill Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.649
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date: 1930 April 28-1930 May 30
Abstract: This collection contains one piece of typed correspondence and one hand-drawn and colored map by Robert T. Hill, illustrating Coronado's route through Texas and Oklahoma, both dated 1930.
creator: Hill, Robert Thomas, 1858-1941
This collection contains one piece of typed correspondence and one hand-drawn and colored map by Robert T. Hill, illustrating Coronado's route through Texas and Oklahoma, both dated 1930.
Robert Thomas Hill (1858-1941) was a significant figure in the development of American geology during the late nineteenth century and in the early part of the twentieth century. As a pioneer Texas geologist, Hill discovered and named the Comanche Series of the Lower Cretaceous, and was a lifelong student of the structure and stratigraphy of the Cretaceous deposits of Central Texas and neighboring regions.
He settled in the frontier town of Comanche, Texas, located 140 km to the west of Waco, where he joined his brother, Joe, the editor of The Comanche Chief newspaper. Robert worked as a printer for the newspaper and performed various other duties including writing, bookbinding, and eventually became co-editor of the paper.
Hill began studying geology in his free time, and it soon became his main profession. In 1887, Hill published a 95-page report titled The Present Condition of Knowledge of the Geology of Texas. He later joined the United States Geological Survey, mapping the Texas and Oklahoma region.
Robert T. Hill Papers, 1930, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.649.
Processed by Library staff, after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 29, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
Gift of Frederick Webb Hodge to the Eva Scott Fenyes Collection, 1936 September.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Coronado, Francisco Vásquez de, 1510-1554
Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Alvar, 16th cent.
Oklahoma -- Discovery and exploration
Texas -- Description and travel
Texas -- Discovery and exploration