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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Irving Hill Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1930-1998
    Bulk dates: 1960-1998
    Collection Number: mssHill Irving papers
    Creator: Hill, Irving, 1915-1998.
    Extent: 16,617 pieces in 58 boxes and 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Judge Irving Hill (1915-1998), who served as a United States District Judge in California, chiefly dating from 1960 to 1998. The vast majority of the professional papers originated from Hill's tenure as a U.S. District Court judge.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.
    Box 27 contains miscellaneous documents that are sealed due to the personal nature of information present in the documents.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Irving Hill Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of the Hill 1982 Trust, April 26, 2002.

    Biographical Note

    Irving Hill (February 6, 1915-March 18, 1998) was a United States federal judge based in Los Angeles, California. Hill was born on February 6, 1915 in Lincoln, Nebraska, eight years after his parents had immigrated to the U.S. from Russia in 1907. After his graduation from Lincoln High School in 1932, Hill spent the next four years (1932-36) at the University of Nebraska. In his senior year Hill was named the state’s sole nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship. In 1936 Hill entered Harvard Law School and graduated cum laude in 1939. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and president of his graduating class. Hill married his college sweetheart Maydee Taylor in 1939.
    From 1939 to 1944, Hill worked for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., including assignments in the Anti-Trust (1939-40) and the Criminal (1942-44) division. From 1940-1942, Hill was on the legal staff of the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, at Portland, Oregon. In 1944, Hill volunteered for combat service as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to sea duty in the Armed Guard Branch of the Navy which placed Navy personnel aboard merchant chips to operate their guns and communication equipments.
    Following his U.S. Navy duties, Hill returned in 1946 to the Justice Department in the Office of the Assistant Solicitor General. He retired from the Justice Department in the Fall of 1946, moved to California, and became associated with the firm Pacht, Warne, Ross and Bernhard. In 1947 Hill and his partners formed their own legal firm, originally named Hill, Jones, and Attias and later renamed Hill, Greenberg and Glusker. In 1961 Hill was appointed to the California Superior Court by Governor Pat Brown. He was appointed in 1965 by California Chief Justice Roger Traynor to the Appellate Department of the Superior Court. In late 1965, Hill received from President Lyndon Johnson an appointment to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California. He was reassigned to the newly-authorized U.S. District Court, Central District of California in 1966. From 1979-1981 Hill served as Chief Judge for the Central District Court. He achieved senior status in 1980 but chose to remain on the bench.
    Hill died in his chamber on May 18, 1998. Irving and Maydee Hill had three sons: Lawrence, Steven, and Richard.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Judge Irving Hill (1915-1998), chiefly dating from 1960 to 1998. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera, committee files, legal case files and trial notes, and color slides.
    The Correspondence, Manuscripts, and Ephemera Series contains Irving Hill’s personal and professional papers, including correspondence, dockets, court instructions and orders, newspaper clippings, photos, and speeches. The vast majority of the professional papers originated from Hill’s tenure as a U.S. District Court judge. This series is arranged alphabetically by genre.
    The Committees Series includes papers related to Hill’s involvement in various committees of the U.S. District Court and civic organizations. This series is organized alphabetically by committee names.
    Legal Cases and Trial Notes make up the entirety of the third series. Legal case files are subject files of U.S. District Court cases presided by Judge Hill. The legal case files are organized alphabetically by name. Trial notes are handwritten notes kept by Judge Hill in his courtroom. Most of the trial notes are individually labeled with the case name and the date of the trial. Trial notes are organized by date, per original order.
    The Color Slides Series documents Irving and Maydee Hill’s personal travel narratives. As avid photographers and travelers, the Hills have traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. They have also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. This series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
    The Oversize Series contains items that need special housing. They include card files, certificates, large photos, commemorative plaques and gavel, and resolutions.


    The Irving Hill papers are organized into five series:
    • 1) Correspondence, Manuscripts, and Ephemera
    • 2) Committees
    • 3) Legal cases and Trial Notes
    • 4) Color Slides
    • 5) Oversize

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal and Corporate Names

    Hill, Irving, 1915-1998
    Alaimo, Anthony A.
    American Bar Association
    American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Jewish Committee
    Anti-defamation League
    Arizona State University. College of Law
    Arnold, Kenneth James
    Baird, Lourdes Gillespie, 1935-
    Benamou, Jean-Pierre
    Boldt, George H. (George Hugo), 1903-1984
    Boy Scouts of America
    Braun, Jerome I.
    Brookings Institution
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996
    Browning, James R., 1918-2012
    Burger, Warren E., 1907-1995
    Burris, Donald S., 1943-
    California. Office of the Attorney General
    California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County)
    California Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Carter, Gene, 1935-
    Chandler, Otis, 1927-2006
    Christopher, Warren
    Clark, Ramsey, 1927-
    Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977
    Clarke, Thurmond, 1902-1971
    Coffin, Frank M. (Frank Morey), 1919-2009
    Conti, Samuel, 1922-
    Corman, James C. (James Charles), 1920-2000
    Cranston, Alan, 1914-2000
    Cyr, Conrad K. (Conrad Keefe), 1931-
    Danielson, George E.
    Debs, Ernest E., 1904-2002
    Democratic National Committee (U.S.)
    Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980
    Federal Judicial Center
    Feikens, John, 1917-2011
    Firth, Robert, 1918-1984
    Fletcher, Betty Binns, 1923-
    Fowler Museum at UCLA
    Gadbois, Richard A. (Richard Arthur), 1932-1996
    Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher
    Guy, Ralph B., 1929-
    Hall, Peirson M. (Peirson Mitchell), 1894-1979
    Hatter, Terry J., 1933-
    Hauk, A. Andrew, 1912-2004
    Holifield, Chet, 1903-
    Howard University. School of Law
    Hug, Procter, 1931-
    Idaho State Bar
    Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986
    Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
    Jonathan Club
    Judicial Conference of the United States
    King, Cecil R. (Cecil Rhodes), 1898-1974
    Kirkpatrick and Lockhart
    Kuchel, Thomas H.
    Lay, Donald P., 1926-2007
    Legge, Charles A., 1930-
    Letts, J. Spencer, 1934-
    Lord, Joseph S.
    Los Angeles County Bar Association
    Lucas, Malcolm M.
    Magnin, Edgar F. (Edgar Fogel), 1890-1984
    McKusick, Vincent L. (Vincent Lee), 1921-
    McLaughlin, Linda Lee Hodge, 1942-
    Mecham, Leonidas Ralph
    Mikva, Abner J.
    Mosk, Stanley, 1912-2001
    Muravchik, Emanuel
    Murphy, Diana E.
    Nies, Helen Wilson, 1925-1996
    Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
    Nussbaum, Max, 1908-1974
    O'Brien, Lawrence F.
    O'Connor, Earl E., 1922-
    O'Melveny and Myers
    Orloff, Chet, 1949-
    Pan American World Airways, Inc.
    Penne, James J.
    Pepperdine University. School of Law
    Perkins Coie LLP
    Quackenbush, Justin L., 1929-
    Rafeedie, Edward, 1929-2008
    Raskind, Leo J.
    Real, Manuel L.
    Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
    Renfrew, Charles B.
    Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991
    Rosenn, Max, 1910-2006
    Rozelle, Pete
    Rymer, Pamela Ann, 1941-2011
    Schwartz, Milton Lewis, 1920-2005
    Schwarzer, William W.
    Selya, Bruce M. (Bruce Marshall), 1934-
    Seymour, Stephanie K., 1940-
    South Africa. Consulate General (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
    State Bar of California
    Stotler, Alicemarie H., 1942-
    Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer
    Tacha, Deanell Reece, 1946-
    Tashima, A. Wallace
    Times Mirror Company
    Trask, Benjamin H.
    Traynor, Roger J.
    Trott, Stephen S.
    Tulane Law School
    Tunney, John V. (John Varick), 1934-
    United States. Administrative Office of the United States Courts
    United States. Bankruptcy Court (California : Central District)
    United States. Bureau of Prisons
    United States. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit)
    United States. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
    United States. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
    United States. Court of Appeals (10th Circuit)
    United States. Court of Claims
    United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services
    United States. Dept. of Justice
    United States. District Court (California : Central District)
    United States. District Court (Hawaii)
    United States. District Court (Louisiana : Western District)
    United States. District Court (Pennsylvania : Eastern District)
    United States. District Court (Virginia : Eastern District)
    United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    United States. Marshals Service
    United States. Tax Court
    United States Attorney's Office
    United States Postal Service
    University of California, Los Angeles
    University of California, Los Angeles. School of Law
    University of California, San Diego
    University of Judaism
    University of Kansas
    University of Kansas. School of Law
    University of South Carolina
    University of Southern California
    Van de Kamp, John K.
    Wallace, J. Clifford (John Clifford), 1928-
    Watson, W. Marvin (William Marvin), 1924-
    Weinstein, James, 1953-
    Wilkenfeld, Harold C.
    Williams and Connolly
    Wolff, Michael A., 1945-
    Wright, Donald R. (Donald Richard), 1907-1985
    Younger, Evelle J.
    Zeitlin and Ver Brugge (Los Angeles, Calif.)


    Bankruptcy--United States
    California--History--20th century--Sources
    Clubs--California--Los Angeles
    Habeas corpus--United States
    Jews--United States
    Judges--Salaries, etc.--United States
    Judges--United States--Archives
    Private clubs
    Religious discrimination--United States

    Geographic Areas

    California--History--20th century--Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)


    Letters (correspondence)--United States
    Personal papers--United States--20th century.
    Professional papers--United States--20th century.