Scope and Content
Title: Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1885-1955
Collection number: Mss116
Birdella Hill Laughlin
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Hill (Andrew P., Jr.) Papers, Mss116,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific
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