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Hills Family Papers, 1785-1957 (Bulk: 1853-1910)
20 archives boxes, 3 1/2 archives boxes, 11 records storage boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 flat boxes, 2 flat files (24 linear ft.)

Abstract:
The Hills Family Papers contain correspondence, deeds, personal financial records, photographs and memorabilia of several generations of this prominent Amherst family during the second half of the 19th century. As a record of a wealthy 19th century family, this collection is important because of its size, time span and completeness.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Hills Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

The Hills Family Papers (1830-1948) document the lives of several generations of Hills family members. Leonard Mariner Hills (1803-1872) and his wife, Amelia Gay, moved to Amherst in 1829. At that time, Leonard opened a small shop in East Amherst for the manufacture of straw hats. With the advent of industrialization, Leonard moved his shop to Amherst, and opened a factory, one of the first in Amherst. (Photographs and a description of the factory circa 1909 can be found in the collection.) Although it was based in Amherst, the company did most of its business in New York City where Leonard's son Henry Francis Hill (1833-1896) served as the company's sales agent. Although the business was ostensibly profitable, the New York office went bankrupt in 1870, and the company itself was dissolved in 1935.

Both Leonard Mariner Hills and Henry F. Hills were prominent citizens in the town of Amherst and were responsible for many civic improvements. Leonard Mariner Hills was president of the Amherst & Belchertown railway company, the first railroad company to come to Amherst. He also established and served as president of the First National Bank of Amherst. With his son Henry, he provided the original endowment for the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Henry F. Hills was one of the first directors of the Massachusetts Central Railway Company, the Amherst Gas Company and the Amherst Water Company. Henry was also an active church member and participated in the movement for the improvement of the grounds of Wildwood Cemetery. His wife, Adelaide Spencer Hills, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Henry F. Hills married Mary Adelaide Spencer of South Manchester, Connecticut in 1863. (For a genealogy of Mary AdelaIde Spencer, see genealogies of the Pitkin family [her mother's family], p. 120, and the Hollister family [her grandmother's family].) Their home, fondly referred to as "The Homestead," on Main Street in Amherst, first served as a summer home before becoming a permanent residence. They lived in New York City during the winter. Henry's father, Leonard M. Hills, built an almost identical home next door on the comer of Triangle and Main Street. The houses are still standing today, and currently house the Amherst Woman's Club (L.M. Hills House) and the Amherst Boys and Girls Club (H.F. Hills House.) Henry F. Hills and Adelaide Spencer Hills had five children: Leonard, Mary, Emily, Caroline and Susan. Leonard, and Mary's husband, Frank Whitman, joined the Hills Company.

Biographical sketches of chief members represented in the Hills Family Papers:

LEONARD MARINER HILLS (1803-1872)Leonard Mariner Hills was considered a "major pioneer of industry and prominent citizen of Amherst." He was the first to systemize and develop hat manufacturing as an industry in the U.S. He came to Amherst in 1827 and worked for two years at the carriage making firm of Knowles & Thayer. In 1829, he married Amelia Gay from Connecticut and established a small hat manufacturing shop in East Amherst.

Accomplishments:
- developed the hat making industry from the piecemeal/cottage industry method, through having women bring the finished hats to the factory, to the hats being completely made in the factory.
- established and was president of the First National Bank.
- president of the Amherst and Belchertown Railway Co., the first in Amherst.
- instrumental in getting the railroad to run its tracks through upper Amherst, rather than along East Street.
- gave, with his son, Henry, $10,000 for the maintenance of the Botanical Gardens at Massachusetts Agricultural College (now the University of Massachusetts).
- worked with Austin Dickinson on a town beautification program (planted trees).
- gave a fund for the poor working women of Amherst.
HENRY F. HILLS (1833-1896)For more than 40 years, Henry F. Hills was identified with manufacturing and business enterprises in Amherst, and was a prominent town figure. He believed in progress, was a man of action, and was responsible for bringing many public improvements to the town.

Accomplishments:
- one of the first directors of the Massachusetts Central Railway company induced the Town of Amherst to subscribe for stock.
- one of the original stockholders in the Amherst Gas Company - prominent in its organization, and president.
- assisted in the organization of the Amherst Water Company. friend of Massachusetts Agricultural College in Amherst (forerunner of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
- helped secure the $50,000 appropriation from the town.
- with his father, Leonard M., contributed $10,000 toward a fund for the Durfee plant house and established the Hills botanical prizes at Massachusetts Agricultural College.
- aided In the purchase and Improvement of Wildwood Cemetery. member of the East Congregational church; then member of the Village Church member of the building committee which built the present building in 1867.
- member of the Union League Club and the New England Society of New York City.
- served as Superintendent of Amherst Schools.
- moved to South Carolina to improve health; returned to Amherst.

HILLS COMPANY CHRONOLOGY

The Hills Co., which manufactured palm leaf hats, was in fact two companies. The first one, the L.M. Hills Co., started by Leonard Mariner Hills in 1829, was based in Amherst, Mass. Business was also conducted in a New York City office. The New York City office went bankrupt in 1870 and the entire company was sold in 1872 to H.D. Fearing, Leonard M.'s son-in-law, and became the H.D. Fearing Co., which continued the business of manufacturing hats in Amherst. In 1877, the Hills Co. was reorganized and incorporated by Henry F. Hills, Leonard M.'s son, who built his factory across the railroad tracks from the H.D. Fearing Co. factories. The Hills Co. was dissolved in 1935, after more than 100 years.

1829
L.M. Hills Company established Leonard M. opened a straw hat manufacturing shop in East Amherst - receipts for that year totalled $5,000.
Leonard M. sold half of land in Tolland, Connecticut to his brother, Samuel Hills (see Samuel Hills deeds, College Archives).
1845
317,236 palm leaf hats manufactured.
Business expanded to include "Shaker hoods," a popular hat at the time.
1856
Mills were built at Factory Hollow.
Company followed hat manufacturing process: the palm leaf was bleached, split and dyed at the mill. Prepared palm leaf was sent out to women's homes to be braided into hats and woven into webs for the shaker hoods. Hats were returned to the mill, bleached again, pressed, trimmed and packed for sale.
Hats were also imported from Spain and Italy to be finished in Amherst.
1860Building for splitting palm leaf burned.
1862200 employees. 250 hats made daily.
1863
Mill buildings washed away by flood.
Buildings rebuilt on same site with "more ambitious ideas."
1865Stock of palm leaf valued at $50,000.
1868Leonard M. issued a patent for a loom for weaving palm leaf by power -- diminished use of home industry.
1869
Hills Co. was the largest hat manufacturing concern in the U.S.
Company imported palm leaf direct from Cuba; supplied many smaller establishments.
Made 100-200,000 dozen palm leaf hats per year and 30-40,000 dozen shaker hoods per year.
1870New York City office went bankrupt.
1871Massachusetts the only state manufacturing palm leaf hats.
1872
L.M. Hills Co. - largest hat factory in the U.S. - receipts $300,000.
Death of Leonard M. Hills
Company sold to H.D. Fearing (Leonard M.'s son- in-law), and name changed to the H.D. Fearing Co. - continued to manufacture hats.
1877
Hills Co. reorganized and incorporated by Henry F. (Leonard M.'s son) - built factory across railroad tracks from H.D. Fearing Co.
Newspaper report states that the Fearing Co. sent more than 13,000 straw hats to New York in one week.
1880
Fire destroyed both Hills Co. and H.D. Fearing Co. factories.
Fearing rebuilt at a cost of $100,000.
1880sHenry retired; son Leonard took over.
1892H.D. Fearing Co. bought by G.B. Burnett Co., a New York commission house, which continued business until 1936 (the Burnett Co. operated a store on West 4th St. in New York which showed samples of straw hats and obtained orders to be filled by hat factories).
1935Hills Co. dissolved.
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hills Family Papers contain correspondence, deeds, personal financial records, photographs and memorabilia of several generations of this prominent Amherst family during the second half of the 19th century. As a record of a wealthy 19th century family, this collection is important because of its size, time span and completeness.

The correspondence provides a social, civic, economic, political and religious overview of the general state of society as well as daily observations about local matters and family life.

Note: Oversize material from all series are filed in Oversize Box 27


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Hills Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Hills Family Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The Hills Family Papers were donated to the Amherst College Archives on March 16, 1992. The Papers were originally deposited on extended loan in the Amherst College Archives in June 1982 by Hills Skillings (AC 1938).


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
English.
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Correspondence,
1830-1953 (bulk 1853-1910)


SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1830-1953, numbers well over one thousand pieces. The bulk of the correspondence falls between 1853 and 1910. The material is arranged in subseries by writer or recipient. The major subseries is correspondence from Henry F. Hills to his wife, Adelaide Spencer Hills. Henry's frequent absences from home on business trips as Purchasing/Sales Agent for the Hills Company account for his steady correspondence. Despite his warm conclusions, his letters have a general, newsy quality. Another significant subseries is correspondence to Adelaide Spencer Hills from Mary Hollister Pitkin, her grandmother, by whom she was raised. Grandma Pitkin, as she was commonly called, wrote poignantly to her granddaughter about aging (she lived to be almost 100) and her failing health. Mary (Mamie) and Emily, Henry and Adelaide's daughters, wrote numerous letters home while attending boarding school in New York.

There is also some correspondence from Henry F. Hills to his father, Leonard M. Hills and to other members of his family, and letters to Henry from various correspondents, including Austin Dickinson; several folders of correspondence to Adelaide Spencer Hills from other family members and friends; a small amount of Gay Family correspondence (Henry F. Hills' mother, Amelia Gay Hills' Family); and correspondence to Susan Clapp Hills (Skillings), about her engagement to David Skillings and her wedding.

Gay Family to Hills Family: transcripts


Box 1: folder 1
Original letters in Box No. 12, Folder
1830-31

Box 1: folder 1
Folder No. 10
1836-37

Box 1: folder 1
Henry F. Hills to Adelaide Spencer Hills



1853-59, n.d.


Box 1: folder 2
1860-61


Box 1: folder 3
1862


Box 1: folder 4
1863


Box 1: folder 5
1864-66


Box 1: folder 6
1867-68


Box 1: folder 7
1869 Jan-May


Box 2: folder 1
1869 Jun-Dec, n.d.


Box 2: folder 2
1870


Box 2: folder 3
1871 Apr-May


Box 2: folder 4
1871 Jun-Dec


Box 2: folder 5
1872-76, n.d.


Box 2: folder 6
1877 Jan-Jun


Box 2: folder 7
1877 Jul-Dec


Box 3: folder 1
1878 Feb-Jul


Box 3: folder 2
1878 Aug-Oct


Box 3: folder 3
1878 Nov-Dec


Box 3: folder 4
1879 Jan-Feb


Box 3: folder 5
1879 Mar-Apr


Box 3: folder 6
1879 May-Oct, n.d.


Box 4: folder 1
1880


Box 4: folder 2
1881 Jan-Jun


Box 4: folder 3
1881 Aug-Dec


Box 4: folder 4
1882 Jan-Feb


Box 4: folder 5
1882 Mar-Apr


Box 5: folder 1
1882 May-Jul


Box 5: folder 2
1882 Aug-Nov


Box 5: folder 3
1883


Box 5: folder 4
1884


Box 5: folder 5
1885


Box 5: folder 6
1886


Box 5: folder 7
1887-88


Box 6: folder 1
1889


Box 6: folder 2
1983-94


Box 6: folder 3
Transcripts
1855-60, 1862, 1878-79, 1882, 1884-85, 1889, n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Henry F. Hills to:



Leonard M. Hills (his father): business travels
1869-70

Box 6: folder 5
Leonard M. Hills (his father) from Europe: includes letter to the Hills children
1871

Box 6: folder 6
[Leonard Dwight Hills] (his brother)
1871

Box 6: folder 7
Leonard M. Hills and Mary (Mamie) Hills Whitman
1871

Box 6: folder 8
Susan C. Hills (Skillings): includes1 letter addressed to Caroline Hills (Allen) and Susan C. Hills (Skillings)
1886, 1888, 1890-91, 1893-95

Box 6: folder 9
To Henry F. Hills from his father, Leonard M. Hills
1871

Box 6: folder 10
To Henry F. Hills from his sister, Mary Hills
1896

Box 6: folder 11
Miscellaneous correspondence to Henry F. Hills: includes 1 letter from Austin Dickinson; 1 letter from Henry F. Hills with reference to town meeting and construction
1865, 1878-1880, 1883, 1885, 1887, n.d., 1880, n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
To Adelaide Spencer Hills from Mary Hollister Pitkin (Grandma Pitkin)



1879, 1885,-86


Box 7: folder 1
1887


Box 7: folder 2
1889


Box 7: folder 3
1890-91


Box 7: folder 4
1892-93


Box 7: folder 5
1894-97


Box 7: folder 6
Fragments
n.d.

Box 7: folder 7
Transcripts
n.d.

Box 7: folder 8
To Adelaide Spencer Hills from:



Jane C. Cheney: includes 1 letter to Henry F. Hills
1860-63, 1876, 1878-80, 1884-85, n.d.

Box 7: folder 9
Jane C. Cheney: transcripts
1860, 1863, 1879-80, n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
Dickinson family: includes an invitation to and clipping about the wedding of Martha Gilbert Dickinson; and hand-written transcript of the letters
1878-80, 1895, 1903, n.d.

Box 7: folder 11
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Hills (in-laws)
1869, n.d.

Box 7: folder 12
Susan Clapp Hills (Skillings)
1904, 1907

Box 7: folder 13
[Emily Hills Perry]
1909

Box 7: folder 13A
Leonard Dwight Hills
1908

Box 7: folder 14
Helen Spencer (her sister): includes 1 letter to Nellie from Henry Hills, re: birth of baby, and 1 letter to Nellie [from Adelaide Spencer Hills?]
1879, 1891, 1909, 1866, n.d.

Box 7: folder 15
"Mary": correspondence concerns the Hills children; includes 1 letter from Emily Hills (Perry)
1879, 1881, n.d.

Box 7: folder 16
Frank E. Whitman: includes some transcripts
1907-09

Box 7: folder 17
Miscellaneous: regarding the marriage of Emily Hills (Perry)
1894

Box 7: folder 18
Miscellaneous: regarding the death of Henry F. Hills
1896 Apr-May

Box 8: folder 1-2
Massachusetts Court of Probate and Insolvency: re appointment as executrix of the will of Henry F. Hills
1896 Jul 11

Box 8: folder 3
Miscellaneous: regarding the death of Mary Hollister Pitkin
1897 Nov

Box 8: folder 4
Miscellaneous transcripts: regarding the death of Mary Hollister Pitkin
1897

Box 8: folder 5
Daughters of the American Revolution
1897

Box 8: folder 6
Miscellaneous
1882, 1884-86, 1891,1896-98

Box 8: folder 7
Miscellaneous: includes letters regarding death of baby
1866, 1869, 1873, 1876, 1878-81, 1879 Feb 25

Box 8: folder 8
Miscellaneous
1903-09, 1917, n.d.

Box 8: folder 9
Transcripts of miscellaneous correspondence
1878-79, n.d.

Box 8: folder 10
Correspondence to Leonard M. and Adelaide S. Hills from their children



(includes 1 letter to the children from Mrs. Hills, 1870)
1880-81, 1890, n.d.

Box 8: folder 11
1874, 1879, 1884-86, 1889, n.d.


Box 8: folder 12
Correspondence from Leonard M. Hills



To Adelaide Spencer Hills
1903-09, 1905-09

Box 8: folder 13-14
To Susan Clapp Hills (Skillings)
1904-05

Box 8: folder 15
Correspondence to Leonard M. Hills



From Mr. and Mrs. Leonard M. Hills (grandparents): includes letters addressed to Mary (Mamie) Hills, and 3 transcripts
1869-70

Box 8: folder 16
1906: folder includes letter from Leonard,1877


Box 8: folder 17
Correspondence from Mary (Mamie) Hills



To Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. (Adelaide) Hills
1886

Box 9: folder 1
includes 1 letter to Caroline Hills and 1 letter from Henry F. Hills
1887

Box 9: folder 2-4
1888


Box 9: folder 5
To Adelaide Spencer Hills
1904

Box 9: folder 6
To Susan Clapp Hills (Skillings)
n.d.

Box 9: folder 7
To her aunt
1877

Box 9: folder 8
Correspondence from Mary Hollister Pitkin (Grandma Pitkin): to Leonard, Emily, Caroline (Carrie) and Susan Hills
1885, 1887, 1889-90, 1892-96, n.d.

Box 9: folder 9
Transcripts: correspondence from Mary Hollister from (Grandma Pitkin) to Leonard, Emily, Caroline (Carrie) and Susan Hills
n.d.

Box 9: folder 10
Correspondence from Emily Hills (Perry),
1884, 1886-87


To Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. (Adelaide) Hills
1888-89

Box 10: folder 1-2
To Susan C. Hills (Skillings)
1894

Box 10: folder 3
Correspondence from Emily Hills (Perry) and Dr. Herbert Perry to Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. (Adelaide) Hills
1894

Box 10: folder 4
Transcripts
1894

Box 10: folder 5
Skillings, David Nelson: calling cards and business cards
n.d.

Box 10: folder 6
Correspondence to David Nelson Skillings, aka "Pete" regarding his engagement to Susan Clapp Hills (Skillings)
1909 Sep

Box 10: folder 7
David Nelson Skillings and Susan Clapp Hills



Wedding invitations
1910 Jun 22

Box 10: folder 8
Wedding congratulations
1910 Jun

Box 10: folder 9
Marriage certificate
1910 Jun 22

Box 10: folder 10
Correspondence to Susan C. Hills (Skillings)



Regarding her engagement to David Nelson Skillings
1909 Sep 8-18; 1909 Sep 19-30

Box 10: folder 11-12
Regarding her engagement to David Nelson Skillings
1909 Oct-Nov

Box 11: folder 1
Cards congratulating her on her engagement to David Nelson Skillings
1909

Box 11: folder 2
From Adelaide Spencer Hills
1887, 1898, 1901, 1903-05

Box 11: folder 3
From Adelaide Spencer Hills
1906, 1908, 1910, n.d.

Box 11: folder 3A
From Harry Hills Skillings (her son)
1952-53

Box 11: folder 4
From Leonard D. Hills (her uncle)
1894-95

Box 11: folder 5
From Mary Hills (her aunt)
1892, 1895

Box 11: folder 6
From P.F.C. Anthony W. Russo
1952

Box 11: folder 7
From David Nelson Skillings
1909

Box 11: folder 8
From Frank Whitman (brother-in-law), Barrett Whitman (nephew), and Caroline Hills Allen (sister)
1909

Box 11: folder 9
Miscellaneous



Miscellaneous
1892-93, 1895, 1901, 1903-06

Box 11: folder 10
Miscellaneous
1909-10, n.d.

Box 11: folder 10A
Miscellaneous
1952-53

Box 11: folder 11
Valentines
n.d.

Box 11: folder 12
Letterhead and calling cards
n.d.

Box 11: folder 13
Correspondence: Mary Adams from her mother
1879 Oct 8

Box 11: folder 14
Calling cards: Leonard M. Hills
n.d.

Box 11: folder 15
Calling cards: Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 11: folder 16
Wedding Invitations



John Weston Allen and Caroline Cheney Hills
1901 Jun 12

Box 11: folder 17
Leonard Mariner Hills and Edith Mane
Oct 17[?]

Box 11: folder 18
Miscellaneous
1883, 1888, 1904, n.d.

Box 11: folder 19
Unidentifiable correspondence and fragments (includes one fragment from Barrett Whitman)
[c.1850's-90's], 1918 Aug 26

Box 11: folder 20
Series 2: DIARIES, COMPOSITIONS, ESSAYS, EXAMINATIONS,
1852-1920


SERIES 2: DIARIES, COMPOSITIONS, ESSAYS AND EXAMINATIONS, 1852-1920, contains a partial diary for 1871 and compositions written while at Monson Academy by Henry F. Hills; compositions written at Monson Academy by Leonard M. Hills, Henry's son; mechanical drawings by an unidentified Hills; essays and examinations for International Correspondence School; and an original comedy by Barrett Whitman. Material is arranged by creator and then by type.

Henry F. Hills



Diary: partial
1871

Box 12: folder 1
Compositions written at Monson Academy
1852-53

Box 12: folder 2
Transcripts


Box 12: folder 3
Leonard M. Hills: Compositions written at Monson Academy
1885 Sep

Box 12: folder 4
Hills, ?: Mechanical drawing sketches
n.d.

Box 12: folder 5
Barrett Whitman



Essays, International correspondence schools, and examinations
1919 Sep-Nov, 1919 Dec, 1920, n.d.

Box 12: folder 6-8
"In England," a comedy in one act
n.d.

Box 12: folder 9
Correspondence: original letters Gay family to Hills family; Gay family to Hills family
1830-31, 1836-37

Box 12: folder 10
Note:
Series 3: LEGAL PAPERS,
1785-1948 (bulk 1840-1890)


SERIES 3: LEGAL PAPERS, 1785-1948 (bulk 1840-1890), is arranged in three subseries: Deeds, Estate Papers and General. Deeds contains primarily deeds and correspondence which document the exchange of numerous tracts of land in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, arranged alphabetically by state. Estate Papers includes wills and papers relating to the estates of several Hills family members and others, arranged alphabetically by person. The General subseries includes papers relating to the founding and finances of Massachusetts Agricultural College; letters; contracts; wills; and miscellaneous documents arranged by type.

Deeds



Connecticut (includes transcripts)
1794-95, 1797, 1808-09, 1811-14, 1816, 1819-27, 1833-34, 1837, 1839, n.d.

Box 13: folder 1-2
Illinois
1858

Box 13: folder 3
Massachusetts
1834, 1837, 1843-45,1847-53, 1856-59

Box 13: folder 4
Massachusetts
1860-69, 1870-72, 1874-79, 1880-89

Box 13: folder 5-8
Massachusetts
1890-91, 1896, 1897, 1910, n.d.

Box 14: folder 1
Massachusetts, re: telephone co. and electric
1948

Box 14: folder 2
Massachusetts
1840, 1844-49, 1859, 1896

Box 14: folder 3
New York
1875, 1887, 1890-91

Box 14: folder 4
Rhode Island
1856

Box 14: folder 5
Missouri: land purchase correspondence and registry
1857

Box 14: folder 6
Estate Papers



Hills, Adelaide Spencer (Massachusetts): estate
1912, 1937

Box 14: folder 7
Hills, Elijah (Connecticut): will and estate
1813

Box 14: folder 8
Hills, Leonard M. (Massachusetts): estate
1849, 1852, n.d.

Box 14: folder 9
[Lade], Samuel: estate
n.d.

Box 14: folder 10
Stiles, Isaac (Connecticut): will and estate
1785

Box 14: folder 11
Thayer, Samuel: papers relating to the estate of Samuel Thayer
1853, 1855

Box 14: folder 12
General



Letter patent: Kinsman, Samuel A. and Leonard M. Hills
1857 Aug 26

Box 14: folder 13
Papers regarding the founding and finances of Massachusetts Agricultural College
1865-66, 1868, 1872, 1877

Box 14: folder 14
Roper Repeating Rifle: contract
1868

Box 14: folder 15
Miscellaneous legal documents
1838, 1843, 1846-47, 1849, 1855, 1865, 1871-72, n.d.

Box 14: folder 16
Wills: blank forms
n.d.

Box 14: folder 17
Series 4: FINANCIAL RECORDS,
[1818]-1956


SERIES 4: FINANCIAL RECORDS, [1818]-1956, contains predominantly personal records arranged in two sequences: General Financial Records and Susan Hills Skillings Records. The General Financial Records Subseries is arranged by type or individual and includes stocks, bonds, bills, receipts, checks, promisory notes, insurance papers, notary public papers. This subseries also contains two folders of financial papers for the Henry Hills Company, which document Hills' frequent loans from Amherst College. The Susan Hills Skillings Records subseries contains personal financial records including bank statements, cancelled checks, deposit slips, promissory notes, trust fund and tax material, arranged by type.

General Financial Records



Checks: Adelaide S. Hills, Mary Pitkin
1895

Box 15: folder 1
Hills Company



Financial agreements with Smith College and Amherst
1882, 1886, 1888-96, n.d.

Box 15: folder 2-3
College and other papers



Insurance papers
1886-87, 1892-95, 1897-98, 1903, n.d.

Box 15: folder 4
Debt to Samuel and Leonard Hills in Tolland, Connecticut
[1818-29?]

Box 15: folder 5
Promisory Notes
1866, 1869-70, 1873-74, 1876-80, 1888-89,1909

Box 15: folder 6
Papers of protest from Notary Public
1876-77, 1879

Box 15: folder 7
Stocks: Hills Co. and others
1888-89, 1896, 1903-04, 1906, 1934

Box 15: folder 8
Bonds
1866, 1868, 1904

Box 15: folder 9
Bills
1866, 1881, 1886-87, 1890-93, 1894, 1895,1896, n.d., 1908

Box 15: folder 10-15
Transcripts of bills
1891, 1894-95

Box 15: folder 16
Receipts
1866, 1876, 1882

Box 15: folder 17
Miscellaneous financial records
[1880's-1930's]

Box 15: folder 18
Susan Clapp Hills Skillings Records



General financial records
1910, 1912, 1931-35, 1950-51, 1954-56, n.d.

Box 15: folder 19
Promissory notes
1930 Jan 27, 1957 Jul 3

Box 15: folder 20
Trust funds and tax material
1912, 1930,1933-37, 1952-53

Box 15: folder 21
Depositor's book for Amherst SavingsBank
1890-1905

Box 15: folder 22
Bank statement, cancelled checks and deposit slips: includes 1 statement for D.N. Skillings, Jr. (1927)
1926, 1933

Box 15: folder 23
1952 Nov-Dec


Box 15: folder 24
1953 Jan-Feb, Apr


Box 15: folder 25
1954 Jul-Oct, Dec


Box 15: folder 26
1955 Jan-Apr


Box 15: folder 27
1955 May-Jul


Box 15: folder 28
1955 Aug-Nov


Box 15: folder 29
1956 [Apr]-Jun


Box 15: folder 30
1956 Jul-Oct


Box 15: folder 31
Check register



1952 Feb-1953 Mar


Box 15: folder 32
1955 Jan-Jun


Box 15: folder 33
1955 Jul-Nov


Box 15: folder 34
Series 5: MEMORIALS AND OBITUARIES,
1861-1909


SERIES 5: MEMORIALS AND OBITUARIES, 1861-1909, contains printed memorial volumes, poems and obituaries of Hills family members and friends, which are arranged alphabetically by name.

Bagot, James Hamilton: poetry and obituary
1908, 1909

Box 16: folder 1
Cheney, Mary
[1897] Dec 27

Box 16: folder 2
Clapp, Caroline Frances: memorial volume after her death on Jan. 2, 1878; birth announcement
1878

Box 16: folder 3
Clapp, Susan Penniman Tainturp (Mrs.Henry L. Clapp): memorial volume after her death Oct. 31, 1881
1881

Box 16: folder 4
Comstock, Georgiana Ives (Mrs.):memorial poem by L.H. Sigourney
1861 May 2

Box 16: folder 5
Ives, Antoinette S. (Miss): memorial poem by L.H. Sigourney
[1864]

Box 16: folder 6
Hills, Henry F.: Obituary in Springfield Republican and others
1896 Apr 26

Box 16: folder 7
Pitkin, Mary Hollister: Obituary
1897 Nov 14

Box 16: folder 8
Whitman, Mary Pitkin Hills: memorial volume after her death Feb. 14, 1907, and newspaper transcription
1907

Box 16: folder 9
Whitman, Mary Hills: duplicate made by Frank Whitman of her annotated volume, "Daily Strengths for Daily Needs": includes annotated birth and death dates
n.d.

Box 16: folder 10
Miscellaneous obituaries and memorials
1888, 1895, 1905, n.d.

Box 16: folder 11
Series 6: MEMORABILIA,
1850-1957


SERIES 6: MEMORABILIA, 1850-1957, contains miscellaneous materials created or kept by members of the Hills' extended family, which reflect their interests and activities. This material has been organized in four sub-series: Personal Material, Subject Material, Hills Company, and Hills Homestead.

Personal Material, arranged alphabetically by person, includes Adelaide Spencer Hills' cookbooks; Henry F. Hills' passport; David Nelson Skillings, Jr.'s phrenograph and the Pitkin coat of arms. Subject Material, arranged alphabetically by name or type, includes address books, cemetery maps, cookbooks and travel guides. The Hills Company subseris includes a description of the hat factory (c. 1909) and forms. The L.M. Hills Homestead subseries includes building specifications and blueprints.

Sub-series A: Personal Material



Adelaide Spencer Hills



Cookbook and recipes
1879+

Box 16: folder 12-13
Cookbook
[c. 1900]

Box 16: folder 12-13
Cookbook and recipes: transcript
n.d.

Box 16: folder 14
Daughters of the American Revolution certificate.
1889 Jun 7

Box 27: folder 1
Note:
Map of England


Box 16: folder 15
Henry F. Hills



Invitation to the opening ceremonies of the Brooklyn Bridge
[1883] May 24

Box 16: folder 16
Passport (unsigned). See Oversize Box 27, Folder 2
1887 Jun 22

Box 27: folder 2
Hills, Samuel: East Hampshire Agricultural Society life membership certificate
1850 Sep 1

Box 16: folder 17
Lincoln, Sarah A.: Autograph book
1870's-80's

Box 16: folder 18
Pitkin coat of arms. See also Oversize Box 27, Folder 3 for illustration
n.d.

Box 16: folder 19
David Nelson Skillings, Jr.



Baptism certificate, Unitarian Church
1886 Oct 10

Box 16: folder 20
Phrenograph
1895 Jul 28

Box 16: folder 21
Susan Clapp Hills Skillings



Amherst High School graduation exercises program
1900 Jun 20

Box 16: folder 22
Book of shapes
[1900?]

Box 16: folder 23
Williams, Barrett
1919-20

Box 16: folder 24
Sub-series B: Subject Material



Address books: 2 volumes
n.d.

Box 16: folder 25
Amherst College: Class of 1902, 55th reunion
1957 Jun

Box 16: folder 26
Amherst Club: Constitution and by-laws
1891

Box 16: folder 27
Cords: various, unused
n.d.

Box 16: folder 28
Cemetery maps: Wildwood, Amherst, MA
n.d.

Box 16: folder 29
Mt. Auburn, Cambridge, MA


Box 16: folder 29
Sub-series C: Cookbooks and recipes



Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 16: folder 30
"Lunch at Annie Soule's," St. Louis
1901 Mar 25

Box 16: folder 31
Restaurant and dinner menus.
1878 Apr 16

Box 16: folder 32
Note:
Spencer Hills: Cookbooks and recipes, Box 16, Folder 12-14
1906 Nov 4

Box 16: folder 32
Programs and invitations: miscellaneous
1880's-1910

Box 16: folder 33
Sampler pattern book
n.d.

Box 16: folder 34
Versailles, Vienna
[c.1900]

Box 16: folder 35
Adirondacks, Lake George, NY; Williamstown, MA; Washington, DC
n.d.

Box 16: folder 36
Sub-series D: Hills Company



Blank forms
[191?]

Box 16: folder 37
Description of the Hat Factory and transcripts
[c. 1909?]

Box 16: folder 38
Sub-series E: L. M. Hills Homestead



Building specifications and 2 sketches for the frame cottage built for L. M. Hills and son: W. F. Pratt, Architect
1866 Aug 7

Box 16: folder 39
Stables: additions and alterations of the stables; specs of architect: James A. Clough, Architect. See also Flat File for blueprints
1902 May 12

Box 16: folder 40
Spencer Coat of Arms
n.d

Box 27: folder 18
Series 7: PRINTED MATERIAL,
1864-1955


SERIES 7: PRINTED MATERIAL, 1864-1955 includes books, pamphlets and speeches, arranged alphabetically by author or title; newsclippings about Amherst town or Hills family business, arranged alphabetically; and clippings about weddings and engagements arranged alphabetically.

"Fifty Years of Winchester Savings Bank"
1921

Box 16: folder 41
Fisher, Rev. George, "Historical Discourse at the Second Congregational Church, Amherst," Centennial Anniversary
1882 Nov 12

Box 16: folder 42
Kinsolving, Rev. Arthur B., "The Voices of Christ"
n.d.

Box 16: folder 43
"1905 Proof Sheet"
1955 Jun 1

Box 16: folder 44
"Pure Gold for the Sunday School" (song book)
n.d.

Box 16: folder 45
Summer, Hon. Charles: speech, "Rights of Sovereignty and Rights of War: Two Sources of Power Against the Rebellion"
1862 May 19

Box 16: folder 46
Webster, Noah, "The Elementary Spelling Book," presented to Baby Hills, son of Henry F. and Adelaide Hills by J. E. Cheney
1865 Mar 1

Box 16: folder 47
Williams, Hon. Thomas: speech, "Restoration of the Union"
1864 Apr 28

Box 16: folder 48
Newsclippings: General



Amherst College
[c. 1900-05], n.d.

Box 16: folder 49
Amherst town and citizens
[c. 1900], n.d.

Box 16: folder 50
Hills Hat Factory
1959 Oct 22

Box 16: folder 51
Hills, Leonard Mariner: biography
[1871 Mar 29?]

Box 16: folder 52
D. N. Skillings estate in Winchester
1958

Box 16: folder 53
South Carolina
[c. 1900-10], n.d.

Box 16: folder 54
Poems, stories and quotations: includes typescript
c. 1898-1908, n.d.

Box 16: folder 55
Miscellaneous
[c. 1885-1910]

Box 16: folder 56-56A
Miscellaneous
1916, 1918, 1936, [1951?], 1955

Box 16: folder 57
Newsclippings: Weddings/engagements



Allen, John Weston and Caroline Cheney Hills
1901 Jun 12

Box 16: folder 58
Clutia, Harry Howard and Martha Dickinson
n.d.

Box 16: folder 59
Perry, Dr. Herbert and Emily A. Hills
n.d.

Box 16: folder 60
Skillings, David Nelson and Susan Clapp Hills
1909 Sep 19, 1910, 1886-90

Box 16: folder 61
Series 8: SCRAPBOOKS,
1883-1932


SERIES 8: SCRAPBOOKS, 1883-1932, contains scrapbooks compiled by Leonard M. Hills, Susan Clapp Hills Skillings and [Henry Hills Skillings], arranged by person. For photographs removed from scrapbooks, see Series 9.

Hills, Leonard Mariner: includes MIT memorabilia
1883-98, bulk

Box 27: folder 4
[Skillings, Henry Hills] from Deerfield Academy
c. 1932

Box 27: folder 5
Susan Clapp Hills Skillings



South Carolina and related memorabilia
1902

Box 17: folder 1
Loose materials from scrapbooks
1902

Box 17: folder 2-3
Series 9: PHOTOGRAPHS,
c. 1873-1930


SERIES 9: PHOTOGRAPHS, c. 1873-1930, n.d. contain a wealth of visual information about the Hills family and friends. Many of the photographs, however, remain unidentified or undated. Forms include glassplates, metal plate and paper prints, and one folder of miscellaneous negatives. The photographs have been arranged into four subseries: Portraits, Group Photographs, Subjects and Scrapbook Photographs. Portraits have been divided into identified photographs, including many members of the Hills family, and arranged alphabetically by person; and unidentified photographs organized into three sub-subseries: Children, Female and Male portraits. Group Photographs have been divided as follows: Identified and Partially Identified photographs, arranged alphabetically Identified Persons; and Unidentified Photographs, divided into Children, Couples, Females, Males and Activities, including picnics and winter scenes, all arranged alphabetically. The Subjects subseries contains both identified and unidentified photographs arranged alphabetically by name of subject including animals, buildings, Hills Hat Factory, houses, views and miscellaneous photographs arranged by type, including commercial photographs, postcards and stereographs. Scrapbook Photographs include loose photographs from Leonard M. Hills' and Susan Clapp Hills Skillings' scrapbooks, divided by person.

Abbott, L.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 1
Abbott, M. P.
1891 Jan

Box 18: folder 2
Adams, Maude
n.d.

Box 18: folder 3
Allen, Caroline Cheney Hills (aka Carrie)
1876, 1881, 1885, 1890, 1898, 1909

Box 18: folder 4
Allen, Grace.


Box 18: folder 4
Note:
Armis, George
1887

Box 18: folder 5
Bango, Dr. R. C.: dentist
n.d.

Box 18: folder 6
Bayley, Harriet
n.d.

Box 18: folder 7
Burr, Edna
1889 Jan 1

Box 18: folder 8
Butterworth, Mr.
[1887?]

Box 18: folder 9
Carlton, Anna Newmann
n.d.

Box 18: folder 10
Chamberlin, Perley
1889

Box 18: folder 11
Chapin, Sam
[1882]

Box 18: folder 12
Cheney, Elsie
1883

Box 18: folder 13
Cheney, Mary
1885, n.d.

Box 18: folder 14
Clapp, Henry L.
c. 1898, n.d.

Box 18: folder 15
Clark, William S.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 16
Dean, Mrs.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 17
Dickey, Dwight Charlie
1884 Apr 25

Box 18: folder 18
Dickey, Frank
n.d.

Box 18: folder 19
Durfee, Nathan
1889

Box 18: folder 20
Eaton, Mary
n.d.

Box 18: folder 21
Edwards, Louise Dean
n.d.

Box 18: folder 22
[Fearing, Amelia?]
n.d.

Box 18: folder 23
Fearing, B. D.: engraving
n.d.

Box 18: folder 24
Fearing, Henry
n.d.

Box 18: folder 24a
Fearing, Laura Gay
1884, n.d.

Box 18: folder 25
Fellows, Edward
n.d.

Box 18: folder 26
Fisher, Sean
1889

Box 18: folder 27
Forbes, Mrs.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 28
Gates, Winnifred Carpenter
1894 Sep, n.d.

Box 18: folder 29
Goodrich, Harry
[1882]

Box 18: folder 30
Grant, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 31
Harris, Frank P.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 32
Herrick, Isabel
n.d.

Box 18: folder 33
Herrick, Katherine
n.d.

Box 18: folder 34
Herriot, Randolph
n.d.

Box 18: folder 35
Hill, Clara Pearl
1898

Box 18: folder 36
Hills, Adelaide Spencer
n.d.

Box 18: folder 37
Hills, Harry A.
1898

Box 18: folder 38
Hills, Henry F.
n.d.

Box 18: folder 39
Hills, Leonard Dwight
n.d.

Box 18: folder 40
Hills, Leonard M



As a child and youth
1873, 1882, n.d.

Box 19: folder 1
As an adult
n.d.

Box 19: folder 2
As an adult
n.d.

Box 19: folder 3-4
At Hills Homestead and in Hat Factory
n.d.

Box 19: folder 5
Silhouette
n.d.

Box 19: folder 6
Hollister, Harriet
1898

Box 19: folder 7
Hoppin
1895

Box 19: folder 8
Huntington, Ellery Channing, Jr.
n.d.

Box 19: folder 9
Isaacs, A. F. (Mrs.)
n.d.

Box 19: folder 10
Isaacs, Mr.
n.d.

Box 19: folder 11
Ives, Mrs.
n.d.

Box 19: folder 12
Johnson (Baby)
1885

Box 19: folder 13
Johnson, Andrew: from painting
n.d.

Box 19: folder 14
Kenney, Hannah Hollister
n.d.

Box 19: folder 15
Leach, Ida Maud
1899

Box 19: folder 16
Levalley, Nellie Spencer
n.d.

Box 19: folder 17
Mitchell, Donald G.: engraving from newspaper
n.d.

Box 19: folder 18
Molony, Dr. A. A.
1875

Box 19: folder 19
Moore, Robert London
n.d.

Box 19: folder 20
Naret, Charlotte
n.d.

Box 19: folder 21
Oswald, Olivia
1896

Box 19: folder 22
[Panfit]: San Francisco
1869 Jul 9

Box 19: folder 23
Perry, Dorothy
n.d.

Box 19: folder 24
Perry, Emily Hills
1880s

Box 19: folder 25
Perry, Dr. Herbert R.
1895

Box 19: folder 26
Phillips, Robert S.
1895

Box 19: folder 27
[Pitkin, Emily?]: glass
n.d.

Box 19: folder 28
Pitkin, Mary
n.d.

Box 19: folder 29
Platt, John
n.d.

Box 19: folder 30
Polley, Ida B.
1896 Jun

Box 20: folder 1
Powers, H.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 2
Rand, Wilberforce Judson
1889 Apr

Box 20: folder 3
Richards, John
n.d.

Box 20: folder 4
Richardson, Harry S.
1899

Box 20: folder 5
Skillings, David Nelson, Jr.
1902, n.d.

Box 20: folder 6
Skillings, Susan Clapp Hills
1895-96, 1900, 1908-09, n.d.

Box 20: folder 7-10
Spencer, Roger Miner
1886 Nov 23

Box 20: folder 11
Strong, Grace
n.d.

Box 20: folder 12
Sweetser, Mr.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 13
Sweetser, Mrs.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 14
Sweetser, [Nextie]
1882

Box 20: folder 15
Waite, H. W.
1888 Feb

Box 20: folder 16
Wallis, Gladys
n.d.

Box 20: folder 17
Warburton, Mr. A. F.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 18
Warburton, Kate E.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 19
Ward, Ruth P.
1898

Box 20: folder 20
Wheeler, Mary E.
1895 Nov, n.d.

Box 20: folder 21
Whipple, Mrs. George A.
1915

Box 20: folder 22
Whitman, Mary Pitkin Hills.
1869, 1885 Aug, 1891, Jun 17, n.d.

Box 20: folder 23
Whitman, Mary Pitkin Hills.
n.d.

Box 20: folder 23
Note:
Zimmerman, Marguerite


Box 20: folder 24
Portraits: Unidentified



Children



Babies
n.d.

Box 21: folder 1-2
Girls
1868-69, n.d.

Box 21: folder 3-10
[ ], Doris Jeanette
1897 Aug 9

Box 21: folder 11
[ ], Rita C.
n.d.

Box 21: folder 12
Boys
n.d.

Box 21: folder 13-15
Women
1890, 1896, n.d.

Box 22: folder 1-28
[ ], Alice
1882 Oct 29

Box 22: folder 29
Women from Granada
[1887]

Box 22: folder 30
Silhouette
n.d.

Box 22: folder 31
Drawing of unidentified female in Oversize Box 27
n.d.

Box 27: folder 31
Men
n.d.

Box 22: folder 32-47
Men from Granada
[1898]

Box 22: folder 48
Group Photographs: Identified and Partially Identified



Allen, John Weston and Caroline C. Hills: wedding portrait
[c. 1905]

Box 27: folder 7
Hills, Henry family portraits
c. 1878, c. 1887, n.d.

Box 23: folder 1-2
Hills, Henry and Adelaide Spencer Hills and unidentified man in Granada
1886

Box 23: folder 3
Hills, Leonard M. and Emily Hills
n.d.

Box 23: folder 4
Hills, Leonard M. and Mary Pitkin as children
n.d.

Box 23: folder 5
Hills, Leonard M.: member of unidentified group
n.d.

Box 23: folder 6
Hills, Leonard M.: member of unidentified group
n.d.

Box 27: folder 9
Hills, Leonard M.: nine men dining
n.d.

Box 27: folder 10
Jenkins, Rev. J. L., Salley [Dirkley?]
n.d.

Box 23: folder 7
Jenkins, and McGregor Jenkins


Box 23: folder 7
Skillings, David N. and Susan Clapp Hills Skillings
n.d.

Box 23: folder 8
Skillings, Susan Clapp Hills (age 16) and Barrett Whitman
n.d.

Box 23: folder 9
Skillings, Susan Clapp Hills: [High School Graduation?]
[c. 1900?]

Box 23: folder 10
Skillings, Susan Clapp Hills: member of unidentified groups
n.d.

Box 23: folder 11
Group including Millicent Todd, [F. E. Charten]
n.d.

Box 23: folder 12
Group including Gay Swift, Mary Nashville and Sadie Nashville at Battle Creek
1892 Sep 3

Box 23: folder 13
Picnic including Sweetsers, Hills, Abbotts, Chapins, Chases and Blisses
1881

Box 23: folder 14
Mission House: including Miss Smith
n.d.

Box 23: folder 15
Scott, Edgar T., Photographer: photographs taken by him


Box 23: folder 16
Group Photographs: Unidentified



Children



Baby and nurse
n.d.

Box 23: folder 17
Two girls and a baby
1888

Box 23: folder 18
Two girls and baby at tea
n.d.

Box 23: folder 19
Two girls
n.d.

Box 23: folder 20
[Sister and brother]
n.d.

Box 23: folder 21
Groups of children
n.d.

Box 23: folder 22
Couples
n.d.

Box 23: folder 23-24
Females
n.d.

Box 23: folder 25-26
Mother and children
n.d.

Box 23: folder 27
Men in formal dress
n.d.

Box 23: folder 28
Oriental and western men
n.d.

Box 23: folder 29
[Chain Belt Co., Office in Milwaukee]


Box 23: folder 30
Activities



Boating and picnic scenes
n.d.

Box 23: folder 31
Ceremony: men on horseback
n.d.

Box 23: folder 32
Horses and carriages
n.d.

Box 23: folder 33
Hunting
n.d.

Box 23: folder 34
Picnic scenes
n.d.

Box 23: folder 35
Shipboard
n.d.

Box 23: folder 36
General unidentified groups


Box 24: folder 1-6
Subjects: Identified and Unidentified



Amherst: South Prospect St., after the fire
1879

Box 24: folder 7
Animals
n.d.

Box 24: folder 8
Barns
n.d.

Box 24: folder 9
Buildings: including Clock Tower and Town Hall in Leicester, England and unidentified
n.d.

Box 24: folder 10
Carriages
n.d.

Box 24: folder 11
Castle and landscape
n.d.

Box 24: folder 12
Churches: including Christ Church; College Church, Amherst; St. Mary's and unidentified
n.d.

Box 24: folder 13
Hills Hat Factory
n.d.

Box 24: folder 14
Note:
Houses



Cheney (Ward) House, So. Manchester, CT
[1874?]

Box 24: folder 15
Hills, Leonard M. House, Triangle Street
n.d.

Box 24: folder 16
Note:
Hills, Henry House: Main Street
pre-1938, n.d.

Box 24: folder 17
Exteriors
n.d.

Box 24: folder 18
Note:
Interiors
n.d.

Box 24: folder 19
Japan, Sapporo
[1872]

Box 24: folder 20
Landscapes



"The Brook" Shutesbury
n.d.

Box 24: folder 21
Redgate Farm: views from
[c. 1907-30]

Box 27: folder 17
Unidentified
n.d.

Box 24: folder 22
Views: including Milwaukee and Harbor in British Columbia and unidentified
1902 Jul, n.d.

Box 24: folder 23
Miscellaneous Photographs by Type



Art work: commercial
n.d.

Box 25: folder 1
People



General: commercial
n.d.

Box 25: folder 2
Indians: commercial
n.d.

Box 25: folder 3
Amherst
n.d.

Box 25: folder 4
Cuba
n.d.

Box 25: folder 5
Foreign
n.d.

Box 25: folder 6
United States
n.d.

Box 25: folder 7
Stereoscopic views: commercial
n.d.

Box 25: folder 8-10
Travel photographs: commercial
n.d.

Box 25: folder 11-12
Hills, Leonard M.
n.d.

Box 25: folder 13
Skillings, Susan Clapp Hills: [cyanotypes] from 1904 Smith Class Book and others
[1904], n.d.

Box 25: folder 14-15
Negatives: miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 25: folder 16
Series 10: REALIA



SERIES 10: REALIA, contains an unusual variety of objects owned by the Hills family. These objects are identified and arranged by type. Some of the more interesting objects include: Henry F. Hills' calling card plates, a "pince-nez," jet beads, a "sewing bird," and a leather bridle for horses.

Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Hills calling card plate: copper


Box 26: folder 1
Boot pull


Box 26: folder 2
Box: wooden inlay


Box 26: folder 3
Fan: black cloth


Box 26: folder 4
Figurine: rabbit, painted plaster, broken


Box 26: folder 5
Hinge: brass [for a trunk]


Box 26: folder 6
Letter opener: brass and enamel, made in China; broken


Box 26: folder 7
Carte de visite case: leather (removed photo of child said to be Mary Hills Whitman)


Box 26: folder 8
Handkerchief: linen


Box 26: folder 9
Handkerchiefs: linen, black edged


Box 26: folder 10
Doorplate: brass, with clock


Box 26: folder 11
Man's wallet: leather, Leonard M. Hills


Box 26: folder 12
Religious statue: brass with case - St. Christopher


Box 26: folder 13
Embroidery scissors: silver, made in Germany


Box 26: folder 14
Pencil: silver case


Box 26: folder 15
Pince-nez


Box 26: folder 16
Necklace: jet beads


Box 26: folder 17
Bar pin: black enamel


Box 26: folder 18
Knob: white enamel and brass (dangerous)


Box 26: folder 19
Dental floss: waxed


Box 26: folder 20
Table cloth: damask


Box 26: folder 21
Dresser scarf: linen, embroidery unfinished; 2 skeins cotton embroidery floss


Box 26: folder 22
Bridle for horse: leather with brass trim


Box 26: folder 23
"Sewing bird": wooden


Box 26: folder 24
Newell post top


Box 26: folder 25
Dime: silver, 1859


Box 26: folder 26
Shoe button: black, n.d., found with letter from Henry to Adelaide Hills, 1881 Nov 22 - no reference in the letter


Box 26: folder 26
Series 11: Oversize Material (Appendix)



Hills, Adelaide Spencer: Daughters of the American Revolution certificate
1899 Oct 23

Box 27: folder 1
Hills, Henry F.: Passport, unsigned
1887 Jun 22

Box 27: folder 2
Pitkin Coat-of-Arms
n.d.

Box 27: folder 3
Hills, Leonard M.: scrapbook, includes MIT memorabilia
1883-98, bulk 1886-90

Box 27: folder 4
[Skillings, Henry Hills]: scrapbook from Deerfield Academy
c. 1932

Box 27: folder 5
Sub-series A: Photographs



Whitman, Mary Pitkin Hills
n.d.

Box 27: folder 6
Unidentified female


Box 27: folder 7
Allen, John Weston and Caroline C. Hills: wedding portrait
[c. 1905]

Box 27: folder 8
Hills, Leonard M.: member of unidentified group
n.d.

Box 27: folder 9
Hills, Leonard M.: nine men dining
n.d.

Box 27: folder 10
Hills Hat Factory: print
n.d.

Box 27: folder 11
Sub-series B: Houses



Hills, Leonard M. House: Triangle Street
n.d.

Box 27: folder 12
Hills, Henry House: Main Street
n.d.

Box 27: folder 13
Lowell, L. L. House: Calais, Maine
n.d.

Box 27: folder 14
Exteriors: Unidentified
n.d.

Box 27: folder 15-16
Sub-series C: Landscapes



Redgate Farm: views from
[c. 1907-30]

Box 27: folder 17
Spencer Coat-of-Arms
n.d.

Box 27: folder 18

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Subjects
  • Amherst (Mass.)--History--Photographs.
  • Amherst (Mass.)--History--Sources.
  • Dickinson, Austin, d. 1895.
  • Hat trade--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Hat trade--New York (State)--New York.
  • Hill family.
  • Hills, Adelaide Spencer.
  • Hills, Henry F., 1833-1896.
  • Hills, Leonard Mariner, 1803-1872.
  • Pitkin, Mary Hollister.

Contributors
  • Dickinson, Austin, d. 1895.
  • Hills, Adelaide Spencer.
  • Hills, Henry F., 1833-1896.
  • Hills, Leonard Mariner, 1803-1872.
  • L.M. Hills Company.
  • Pitkin, Mary Hollister.

Genre terms
  • Cookbooks.
  • Photographs.


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