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James J. Hill and Family Collection M/A 1994.19.01

James J. Hill and Family Collection M/A 1994.19.01

Title: James J. Hill and Family Collection
Dates:1916-1996
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

Biography Louis Warren Hill

Louis Warren Hill was born in 1872, the third son of James J. Hill. He was educated at Exeter Academy and Yale University. On graduating from Yale, he began to work for his father at the Great Northern Railway. In 1901, he married Maud Van Cortlandt Taylor a member of a well known New York family. He was groomed to succeed his father, becoming the board chairman in 1912 and assuming full control on his father's death in 1916. Like his father, he had wide-ranging business and personal interests beyond the railroad business. He had interests in the auto and oil business and large investments in iron mining on Minnesota's Iron Range. He enthusiastically promoted tourism within the U.S. and was a major force in the creation of Glacier National Park. He died in 1948.


Biography Jerome Hill

Jerome Hill, born in 1905 was the third child of Louis W. Hill. Educated at Yale, he pursued a career as a painter. In 1938 he produced his first film, a documentary/instructional film about downhill skiing. A second documentary was about companion animals. His film career was interruped by World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he continued to produce documentaries. His film portrait of Grandma Moses was nominated for an Academy Award, and his documentary on Albert Schweitzer won as Best Documentary Feature of 1957. His films "The Sand Castle" and "Open The Door and See All the People" were inspired by his interest in the theories of Carl Jung. As with his father and grandfather, Hill was involved in numerous philanthropic activites, founding the Jerome Foundation to promote new artists in Minnesota and New York and helping with the founding of the Anthology Film Archives, dedicated to the preservation of independent film. Hill died of cancer in 1972.


Biography James J. Hill

James Jerome Hill was born in Southern Ontario in 1838. He moved to Kentucky as a young boy and settled in St. Paul at the age of 18. His aptitude for business was quickly apparent as he gained success in coal and steamboats. In 1879, Hill teamed with a group of investors to buy the Saint Paul and Pacific Railroad Company. He began expanding and buying other railroad companies. In January 1893, his Great Northern Railroad from St. Paul to Seattle was completed. It was the first trans-continental railroad to be built without public money. Hill continued his practice of buying bankrupt railroads and expanded his holdings, buying the Northern Pacific and the Colorado and Southern, and building the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway. A renaissance man, in addition to his business holdings, Hill amassed a large art collection, largely donated to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He designed and oversaw the construction of his 36,000 square foot home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. He kept a working farm in North Oaks, MN on which he experimented with livestock and crop breeding. His philantropic beneficiaries included the Archdiocese of St. Paul, St. Paul Theological Seminary, Macalester College, Hamline University, the College of St. Thomas, Carleton College, and other educational, religious and charitable organizations. He died in 1916 with a net worth of $53 million, roughly $2.5 billion in 2010 money.


Collection Description

One box. Includes some commemorative program materials, newspapers clippings on Hill and family members. Also includes information concerning house in St. Paul, art collection, and the Hill family foundation annual reports (1965-1972). Family members include Samuel, Jerome, Clara, Louis, Maude, Erasmus C. Lindley and Maud Hill Schroll


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The dutiful son, Louis W. Hill : life in the shadow of the empire builder, James J. HillHE2754.H53 Y68 2010 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

James J. Hill's legacy to railway operationsHE1621 .C87 2007 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

James J. Hill : empire builder of the NorthwestHE2754.H5M35 1996 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

James J. Hill and the opening of the NorthwestHE2754.H5M37 1991 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

James J. Hill's Saint Paul : a guide to historic sitesHE2754.H5 F72 1988 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

Memoirs of three railroad pioneersHE2752 .M45 1981 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

Land of the giants : a history of Minnesota businessHF3161.M6L37 Minneapolis Central Business and Science (2nd Floor)

James J. Hill, a great life in brief.385.09 H638H Minneapolis Central (4th Floor)

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Homecoming : the art collection of James J. HillN6450.H298 1991 Minneapolis Central Central Arts & Literature(3rd Floor)


Subject Headings

Persons

Hill, James Jerome, 1838-1916
Hill, Jerome, 1905-1972
Hill, Louis Warren, d. 1948

Subjects

Businessmen -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Charities -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Documentary Films -- United States
Railroads -- Minnesota.

Table of Contents


Miscellaneous newspaper clippings referring to James J.Hill, his family and descendants, the James J. Hill Library, and Hill properties, including the Hill House and paintings and collections. 1916-1996 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Miscellaneous biographical newspaper and magazine articles about James J. Hill 1907-1958 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about the life and career of Louis Warren Hill, son of James J. Hill; 1975 Ramsey County History Journal with brief biography of James J. Hill. 1913-1975 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings from the life of Samuel Hill, son-in-law of James J. Hill 1916-1940 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles about James J. Hill; text of address given about hill by Great Northern Railway executive. 1900-1956 -- Box 1, Folder 5
Newspaper clippings about legal fight over the Northwest Area Foundation, a Hill family trust 1992-1993 -- Box 1, Folder 6
Brochure for "The Sand Castle," a short film produced by Jerome Hill, grandson of James J. Hill undated -- Box 1, Folder 7
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about Clara and Erasmus C. Lindley, daughter and son-in-law of James J. Hill. 1927-1932 -- Box 1, Folder 8
Two programs and menus of dinners honoring James J. Hill 1893-1905 -- Box 1, Drawer 9
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about the death of Mary Theresa Hill, wife of James J. Hill, the Hill estate, and family business dealings; family business correspondence. 1916-1935 -- Box 1, Folder 10
Booklet from series "Little Journeys into the Homes of Great Business Men." volume 25. James J. Hill 1909 -- Box 1, Folder 11
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1964 to March 1, 1965 1965 -- Box 1, Folder 12
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1966 to March 1, 1967 1967 -- Box 1, Folder 13
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1967 to March 1, 1968 1968 -- Box 1, Folder 14
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1968 to March 1, 1969 1969 -- Box 1, Folder 15
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1969 to March 1, 1970 1970 -- Box 1, Folder 16
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1970 to March 1, 1971 1971 -- Box 1, Folder 17
Louis and Maud Hill Family Foundation Report for the Fiscal year March 1, 1971 to March 1, 1972 1972 -- Box 1, Folder 17


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