Scope and Content
Title: Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1885-1955
Collection number: Mss116
Birdella Hill Laughlin
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers, Mss116, Holt-Atherton Department
of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Andrew P. Hill, Jr. (1886-1973), son of a well-known 19th century California
photographer, was trained in industrial arts education at San Jose State College and in
architecture at Stanford University. Following graduation he worked as a draftsman and
taught wood and metal crafts in the School of Education at San Jose State College
(1910-1917). After working at other industrial arts teaching positions in the San
Francisco Bay Area (1918-1922), Hill became Assistant Superintendent of the San Jose city
In 1927 he was appointed head of the newly-created Division of Schoolhouse Planning in
the State Department of Education. Due partly to personality conflicts with a new
superior, Hill left this job in 1933 for a position with a Los Angeles architectural firm
which expected to receive federal contracts to restore earthquake-damaged schools in the
area. When these appropriations were not forthcoming, he accepted the Superintendentship
of the Santa Maria City Schools (1935-1940).
In 1940 Andrew Hill became Superintendent of the Stockton Unified School District. He
served in this capacity until retiring in 1950. Hill was responsible for the
establishment of a strong shop curriculum in the Stockton schools. During his years in
Stockton, Hill taught summer courses in school administration and school design at the
College of the Pacific. After his retirement from the Superintendency of the Stockton
City Schools, Hill sold mutual funds for a few years during the late 1950s.
Scope and Content
The Andrew P. Hill, Jr. Papers consist of biographical materials, memoirs,
correspondence, speeches, course outlines and teaching notes, building designs,
California Dept. of Education, Div. of Schoolhouse Planning surveys of district buildings
(1927-1930) and draft chapters of at least one book on school design and construction.
The Papers are arranged in series which are partly chronological (in accord with the
various positions Mr. Hill held when he created or collected them), and partly based upon
the types of materials involved: