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Hill, Katharine Louisa Smith, 1847-1935. Papers of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, 1800-1967: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 80-M240–81-M27
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, 1847-1935
Title: Papers of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, 1800-1967
Date(s): 1800-1967
Quantity: 2.42 linear feet (2 cartons, 1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, financial materials, writings, etc.,, of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, a teacher, and other members of the Hill, Childs, Ledyard, and Smith families.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession nos: 80-M240, 81-M27
This collection was given to the Schlesinger Library in November 1980 and January 1981 by Katharine Hill Ostrander through the kind offices of Ellen NicKenzie Lawson.

Processing Information:

By: Sharon M. Vardamis
February 1981

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Katharine Louisa Smith Hill is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Katharine Louisa Smith Hill Papers, 1800-1967; item description, dates. 80-M240–81-M27, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Katharine Louisa (Smith) Hill was the daughter of Augustus William Smith (1802-1866) and Catharine Rachel (Childs) Smith. Her father was the professor of mathematics of the founding faculty of Wesleyan University and became the fifth president of Wesleyan in 1852. Katharine Louisa Smith Hill married Walter Nickerson Hill, a civilian research chemist for the United States Navy, in 1877; he was killed in an explosion in New Jersey in 1884. As a widow with three small children, Hill settled in Newport, Rhode Island, where she had relatives, where she taught private school, and was an active church member and director of the Newport Historical Society.


The bulk of this collection consists of papers of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, mainly family correspondence, with some business and other correspondence as well as writings, drawings, diary pages, and notes. The collection also includes earlier family papers, most of them of the Ledyard, Childs and related families, from whom Hill was descended through her mother. These include personal and business correspondence, legal and financial documents, biographical materials, and writings. These are numerous letters between female friends and relatives dating from the first half of the 19th century.



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Family records
New Englanders--Family relationships
New York (State)--Social life and customs
Newport (R.I.)--Social life and customs
Childs, Catharine Ledyard, 1789-
Childs family
Childs, Perry G., 1779-1835
Hill family
Hill, Katharine Ledyard
Hill, Walter Nickerson, 1846-1884
Ledyard family
Ledyard, Lewis Cass, 1851-1932
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Smith, Augustus William, 1802-1866
Smith family
Smith, Helen Fairchild
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
Wells College
Wesleyan University--History