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Guide to the Dorothy J. Hill Ethnological and Historical Photo Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Background
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dorothy J. Hill Ethnological and Historical Photo Collection
    Collection number: MS 160
    Creator: Hill, Dorothy J.
    Extent: 2,622 photographs, 2,817 negative images and 589 slides
    Repository: Meriam Library

    California State University, Chico
    Chico, California 95929-0295
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property .

    Preferred Citation

    [Name of Collection], Dorothy J. Hill Ethnological and Historical Photo Collection, MS 160, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.


    This collection is the result of over 30 years of research and development. The images were collected to support Dorothy Hill's work as a student (Master of Science Degree in Anthropology, completed in 1969 at CSU,Chico) and teacher (Butte College -Anthropology and Geography. In addition to collecting photographs, Ms. Hill was deeply involved in collecting oral histories, interviewing many Native Americans for ethnographic and cultural data. Because of many years of personal relationships, she was allowed or, in some cases, was given many family photographs. The collection of photographs was given to Meriam Library Special Collections to make them "available to serious researchers" and "to reconstruct the genealogy and history of Native Americans of Northern California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains 2,622 black and white photographic prints, 2,817 negative images and 589 slides. Subject matter includes individuals, families, reservations, houses, artifacts, dances and other cultural aspects of Native American life in Northern California. An index provides access to tribe, family name and subject.