Guide to the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers, 1860-1986

Guide prepared by Erin M. Louthen
Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History
San José State University
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San José, CA 95192-0147
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Guide to the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers, 1860-1986

Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

San José State University

Contact Information:

  • Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History
  • San José State University
  • One Washington Square
  • San José, CA 95192-0147
  • Email: research@sourisseauacademy.org
  • URL: http://www.sourisseauacademy.org/
Collection processed and guide prepared and encoded by:
Erin M. Louthen
Date Completed:
September 2007
©2007. Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1860-1986
Collection Number: 01.05
Creator: Hill, Andrew Putnam, Jr., 1886-1973
Extent: Containers: 7 boxes

Volume: 2.14 cubic feet Selected online items available
Repository: Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San José State University
San José, California
Abstract: The bulk of the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers chronicles the training and career of a professional educator and architect over the course of sixty years, from approximately 1910-1975. The collection includes professional and personal correspondence, photographs, academic documents, architectural renderings, newspaper clippings, biographical and family memoirs, and an oral interview of Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. in 1972. The extent of the collection spans nearly 130 years, including materials and photographs created by Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr., as well as family memoirs written in the 1970s by Birdella Hill Laughlin, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.’s daughter.
Language: English
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Sourisseau Academy. Neither the original photographs nor the digital images held by the Sourisseau Academy may be reproduced, published, or used on the Internet without the expressed, written permission of the Executive Secretary. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sourisseau Academy as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher. The credit line, "Courtesy of the Edith C. Smith Trust Collection, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History" must accompany any such use.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers, 01.05, [Box number]: [Folder number], Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San José State University, San José, California

Administrative Information

Related Collections

  • Register of the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers , 1885-1955. This collection is located at the University of the Pacific. The finding aid for this collection can be found on the Online Archive of California website. 

Acquisition Information

The Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers were donated to the Sourisseau Academy by Birdella (Hill) Laughlin in 1986.

Biographical Note

Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. was born June 4, 1886 in San José, California, the son of Andrew Putnam Hill and Florence Watkins Hill. Raised at 1350 Sherman Street in San Jose, California, he graduated from San José High School in 1906, received his teaching certificate from the San José State Normal School in 1920, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in June 1922. He married Ruth Mary McKenney on August 24, 1910. The couple had two children; however, only one child, Birdella, survived to adulthood.
Dedicating much of his adult life to the educational school system, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.’s professional career spanned over fifty years. During this time, he served as Department Head of Manual Arts at San José High School (located on the grounds of the San José State Normal School) from 1911 to 1913; worked as the Director of Schoolhouse Planning for the California State School Department from 1927 to 1933; and was the District Superintendent of Santa Maria High School and Junior College from 1935 to 1942. His last major appointment was in 1943, when he accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Stockton Unified School District, a job he held until his retirement from the profession in 1947.
In addition to his adept leadership in the California educational system, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. was also a skilled architect, recognized for his ability to design residential and commercial structures particularly attuned to the needs of their future inhabitants. For example, residential homes were designed to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional – such as a home offering an abundance of windows and attractive outdoor landscaping, complemented by such features as spacious living quarters, bedroom areas which doubled as sleeping porches for hot summer evenings, an efficient and utilitarian kitchen layout, and detached garage areas.
Throughout his life, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. was active in conservationist movements. His commitment to conserving the earth’s natural resources and open space could actually be considered a family trait. His father, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. – a noted photographer and artist – was also the co-founder and president of the Sempervirens Club of California, a conservationist organization noted for preserving the Ancient Coast Redwood trees located in what is now known as Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. died August 2, 1973, in Stockton, California.

Indexing Terms

The following terms may be used to index this collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Architecture
Conservationists
Education – United States
Environmentalism
Hill, Andrew Putnam, 1853-1922
Hill, Andrew Putnam, Jr., 1886-1973
Hill, Frank Ernest, 1888-1969
Hill, Florence Watkins, 1858-1936
Laughlin, Birdella Hill, 1911-2003
San José (Calif.)

Scope and Content

The bulk of the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers chronicle the training and career of a professional educator and architect over the course of sixty years, from approximately 1910-1975. Included in the collection are professional and personal correspondence, photographs, academic documents, architectural renderings, newspaper clippings, biographical and family memoirs, and an oral interview of Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. in 1972. The extent of the collection spans nearly 130 years, including notebooks created by his father, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr., during the years 1909-1922, as well as family memoirs written in the 1970s by Birdella Hill Laughlin, Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.’s daughter.
The photographs in the collection cover approximately 110 years of California history, from 1860 to 1970. Architectural photographs include interior and exterior shots of houses designed by Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr., offering an excellent overview of residential architecture and interior design techniques of the early twentieth century. Additional photographs in the collection include images of Hill family members throughout the generations; Hill family gatherings in Big Basin Redwoods State Park; and carte de visite images of the San José Normal School’s graduating class of 1875, of which Andrew Putnam Hill Jr.’s mother, Florence Watkins Hill, was a member.

Arrangement of the Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. Papers

The papers are arranged into four series:
  • I. Personal Papers
  • II. Professional Papers
  • III. Project Records
  • III. Photographs

Series Description

 

 SERIES I. Personal Papers, 1875-1975

Physical Description: 30 folders, 14 envelopes

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged by subject. The series contains biographical materials such as an oral interview with Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. in 1972, and selected letters written by Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. and Birdella Hill Laughlin; ephemeral items such as commencement programs, landscaping notes, fraternal membership cards, and Christmas cards designed by Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.; newspaper clippings chronicling Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.'s marriage to Ruth Mary McKenney; newspaper clippings pertaining to a variety of educational and conservationist topics; a selection of Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr.’s datebooks; a 1913 California Legislature Handbook; and Florence Watkins Hill’s Autograph Book from the San José Normal School’s Class of 1875. Note: Copies of the newspaper articles are in Box 1, and the originals can be found in Box 4.
 

Hill Family–Biographical Information, 1917-1972

Box 1, Folder 1

Hill, Andrew Putnam, Jr.: Interview 1972

Box 1, Folder 2

Hill, Andrew Putnam, Jr.

Box 1, Folder 3

Hill, Andrew Putnam, Sr.

Box 1, Folder 4

Hill, Frank Ernest

Box 1, Folder 5

Hill Family Ancestor Chart

Box 1, Folder 6

Laughlin, Birdella Hill: Recollections

 

Letters, 1896-1972

Box 1, Folder 7

Hill, Andrew Putnam, Sr.

Box 1, Folder 8

Hill, Ruth Mary McKenney

Box 1, Folder 9

Laughlin, Birdella Hill

 

Ephemera, 1904-1942

Box 1, Folder 10

Ames Alliance Cookbook

Box 1, Folder 11

Birthday Book – Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.

Box 1, Folder 12

Button Photograph circa 1896

Box 1, Folder 13

Christmas Cards

Box 1, Folder 14

Interior Design

Box 1, Folder 15

Hill & McKenney Wedding

Box 1, Folder 16

Kiwanis Club

Box 1, Folder 17

Landscaping Notes

Box 1, Folder 18

Leland Stanford, Jr. University

Box 1, Folder 19

Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity

Box 1, Folder 20

Programs

Box 1, Folder 21

Redwood Tree (poem)

Box 1, Folder 22

San José High School

Box 1, Folder 23

San José State College

Box 1, Folder 24

Sketch of a Woman

 

Newspaper Clippings, 1910-1975

Box 1, Folder 25

Andrew Putnam Hill,Jr.

Box 1, Folder 26

Environmental Conservation

Box 1, Folder 27

Hill and McKenney Wedding 1910

Box 4, Folder 1

Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.

Box 4, Folder 2

Environmental Conservation

Box 4, Folder 3

Hill and McKenney Wedding 1910

 

Datebooks, 1909-1949

Box 2, Envelope 1

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1909

Box 2 , Envelope 2

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1910

Box 2 , Envelope 3

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1911

Box 2 , Envelope 4

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1911

Box 2 , Envelope 5

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1912

Box 2 , Envelope 6

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1913

Box 2 , Envelope 7

Address Book, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1913

Box 2 , Envelope 8

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1919

Box 2 , Envelope 9

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1920

Box 2 , Envelope 10

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1921

Box 2 , Envelope 11

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. 1923

Box 2 , Envelope 12

Datebook, Andrew Putnam Hill, Sr. n.d.

Box 2 , Envelope 13

Autograph Book, Florence Watkins Hill 1875

Box 2 , Envelope 14

Handbook, California Legislature 1913

 

 SERIES II. Professional Papers, 1909-1949

Physical Description: 6 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged by subject. Materials in this series include professional correspondence regarding Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.'s appointment as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Stockton, California in 1942; credentials such as a certificate from the California State Board of Education granting Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. permission to teach secondary grade Manual and Fine Arts; diplomas from the State Teachers College of San Jose in 1920 and from Leland Stanford, Jr. University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922; and transcripts of speeches given by Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. in the late 1940s on the subject of residential architecture, such as The House Designed for More Than One Level, given in 1949.
Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence

Box 3, Folder 2

Course Materials: Grammar Grade Problems in Mechanical Drawing 1916

Box 3, Folder 3

Credentials

Box 3, Folder 4

Diplomas

Box 3, Folder 5

Publications

Box 3, Folder 6

Speeches: Architecture

 

 SERIES III. Project Records, circa 1921

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged by subject. The series includes such materials as Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.'s architectural renderings and floorplans, which provide an excellent example of his aesthetic skill in creating homes incorporating such features as large, gracious living spaces, kitchen and laundry areas designed for efficiency and practicality, and attractive outdoor landscaping. In addition, the series contains the book Art Principles on House, Furniture and Village Building (1921), in which a few of Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr.'s architectural designs are prominently featured. Note: the oversized folder, "Architectural Plans," can be found in Box 4.
Box 3, Folder 7

Architectural Plans

Box 3, Folder 8

Blueprint of the Vista de Loma Tract

Box 3, Folder 9

Art Principles on House, Furniture and Village Building 1921

Box 4, Folder 4

Architectural Plans, oversized

 

 SERIES IV. Photographs, 1860-1935

Physical Description: 329 photographs

Scope and Content Note

This series is arranged by subject. The series contains photographs chronicling approximately 110 years of California history, from 1860 to 1970. Architectural photographs include interior and exterior shots of homes designed by Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr., offering an excellent overview of residential architecture in the early twentieth century. Additional photographs in the collection include images of Hill family members throughout the generations; Hill family gatherings in Big Basin Redwoods State Park; and carte de visite images of the San José Normal School’s graduating class of 1875, of which Andrew Putnam Hill Jr.’s mother, Florence Watkins Hill, was a part. Note: the majority of the images in Binder 1, "Buildings, Interior & Exterior – San José, Santa Cruz, & Agnews State Hospital, California," are Tucker photos. Note: the photographs of houses designed by Andrew Putnam Hill, Jr. can be found in Box 4.