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Guide to the Andrew Putnam Hill Photographs
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
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  • Overview

    Call Number: PC0004
    Creator: Hill & Yard
    Title: Andrew Putnam Hill photographs
    Dates: 1853-1922
    Physical Description: 2 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

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    Andrew Putnam Hill Photographs (PC0004). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Andrew Putnam Hill (1853-1922) was born in Porter County, Indiana. In 1867 at the age of 14, he moved to California with an uncle, coming to Santa Clara County in 1868. He attended high school at Santa Clara College, and then studied art in San Francisco.
    Hill became professionally involved in photography in 1889, opening a studio in San Jose with Sidney J. Yard. Several photographs from this studio were part of the Santa Clara County display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
    Hill came to the new campus of Stanford University in 1891 to photograph the campus buildings, student life, particularly group portraits and settings, as well as activity on the Palo Alto Stock Farm. His interest in Stanford continued throughout the 1890s.
    By 1900, Hill had become extensively involved in the effort to save the Felton Big Trees Grove of redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Working with other members of the newly founded Sempervirens Club (which included many Stanford and Berkeley faculty), Hill lobbied in Sacramento against commercial use of the area and for its designation as a State Park.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection consists of mounted albumen prints commercially produced by A. P. Hill and his two studios, Hill and Yard and Hill and Watkins. Subjects include views of the Stanford University campus, interior and exterior shots of major buildings, events such as the university’s opening day and the funeral of Leland Stanford, student groups, and the Palo Alto Stock Farm and horses. Photographs were taken primarily between 1890 and 1895.

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