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Register of the Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers, 1885-1955
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1955
    Collection number: Mss116
    Creator: Birdella Hill Laughlin
    Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [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 schools (1923-1927).
    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: