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Collection Number: 05284

Collection Title: Lucius D. Hill Papers, 1894-2001

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract Lucius D. Hill Jr. was born in Sparta, Tenn., in 1889. His father, Lucius D. Hill Sr., was a speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and his grandfather, William Jasper Hill, was a lawyer and Confederate Army officer. After briefly attending the medical college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1906, and graduating from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1914, Hill was a medical resident at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1916, he served as an Army physician during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico with General John J. Pershing. From 1918 to 1920, he served in the 113th Machine Gun Battalion of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I, also as a physician. After returning to Bellevue Hospital and completing his residency, Hill moved to San Antonio, Tex., to practice medicine and was a founding member of the Texas Pediatric Society. He continued his medical practice until 1969 when he retired at age 80. He died on 4 June 1984 at age 95. Hill's first wife was Charlotte Mohr Hill, and together they had four children. His second wife was Dorothy Duerler Hill, and together they had one child. The collection consists primarily of original correspondence and scrapbook pages documenting Hill's college career at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., and Vanderbilt Medical School; his early employment in Birmingham, Ala., and Kansas City, Mo.; his service as an Army physician during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and later in France during World War I; and his medical residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. There are also genealogical materials pertaining to the Hill, Carnes, Young, and other families, and to family members including Lucius D. Hill III, physician of Seattle, Wash.; William Davis Carnes, University of Tennessee president, 1858-1860; and Franklin Carlton Spears, Texas Supreme Court justice.
Creator Hill, Lucius D., 1889-1984.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lucius D. Hill Papers #5284, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Eleanor Hill Lamb of Chapel Hill, N.C., in July 2006 (Acc. 100453)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Lucius D. Hill Jr. was born in Sparta, Tenn., in 1889. His father, Lucius D. Hill Sr. was a speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and his grandfather, William Jasper Hill, was a lawyer and Confederate Army officer. After briefly attending the medical college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1906, and graduating from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1914, Hill was a medical resident at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1916, he served as an Army physician during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico with General John J. Pershing. From 1918 to 1920, he served in the 113th Machine Gun Battalion of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I, also as a physician. After returning to Bellevue Hospital and completing his residency, Hill moved to San Antonio, Tex., to practice medicine and was a founding member of the Texas Pediatric Society. He continued his medical practice until 1969 when he retired at age 80. He died on 4 June 1984 at age 95. Hill's first wife was Charlotte Mohr Hill, and together they had four children. His second wife was Dorothy Duerler Hill, and together they had one child.

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The Lucius D. Hill Jr. collection consists primarily of original correspondence and scrapbook pages documenting Hill's college career at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., and Vanderbilt Medical School; his early employment in Birmingham, Ala., and Kansas City, Mo.; his service as an Army physician during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916 and later in France during World War I; and his medical residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. There are also genealogical materials pertaining to the Hill family, originally of Sparta, Tenn., and other family members including William Davis Carnes and Franklin Carleton Spears.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Lucius D. Hill Jr.: Correspondence and Scrapbook pages, 1894-1984.

About 200 items.

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About 150 items.

Material includes primarily letters from Lucius D. Hill Jr. to various family members regarding his college career at Sewanee and Vanderbilt Medical School, his job experiences in Alabama (1909-1910) and Kansas City, Mo. (1912), his medical residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City in 1915 and 1917, and his service as an Army physician during the punitive expedition into Mexico in 1916 and during World War I in France from 1918 to 1919.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1906-1908 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1909-1913 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1914-1915 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1916-1917 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 4

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1917-1937 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 5

Folder 6

Photocopies of selected correspondence, 1908-1918 #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 6

Folder 7

Other materials #05284, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1906-1937." Folder 7

Family photographs, clippings, certificates, and a wallet containing photographs carried by Hill in France during World War I.

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About 50 items.

Scrapbook pages include photographs, clippings, certificates, awards, and other items related to the life of Lucius D. Hill Jr. Also included are annotations describing the photographs and other items.

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Folder 9

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Folder 11

Scrapbook pages, 1894-1984 #05284, Subseries: "1.2. Scrapbook Pages, 1894-1984." Folder 8-11

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About 100 items.

Includes family histories, memoirs, family trees, clippings, photographs, certificates, photocopies of correspondence, and other materials pertaining to the Hill family, originally of Sparta, Tenn., and related families.

Folder 12

William Jasper Hill #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 12

William Jasper Hill of Sparta, Tenn., was the grandfather of Lucius D. Hill Jr. and a lawyer and Confederate soldier. He died of typhoid fever during the Civil War. Materials include transcribed correspondence between Hill and his wife Mary (Carnes) Hill (1853-1884), and other biographical information on Hill.

Folder 13

Bettie Young and Lucius D. Hill Sr. #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 13

Includes photographs of Lucius D. Hill Sr., photocopies of wedding certificates and excerpts from a family bible, an original 3 December 1913 letter from Hill to his daughter, a 1933 cartoon of Hill, and other biographical information.

Folder 14

Lucius D. Hill III #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 14

Lucius D. Hill III was a prominent surgeon in Seattle, Wash., specializing in esophogeal surgery. Material includes clippings, photocopies of correspondence, awards, obituaries, and medical information related to Hill and his work. Most material dates from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Folder 15

Joe Hill family: "A Family History" #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 15

A family history compiled in 1966 including a typewritten memoir by Joe Meredith Hill.

Folder 16

Hill family lineages #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 16

Various family trees and genealogical charts of the Hill family.

Folder 17

Hill family: Miscellany #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 17

Includes a book titled, "Mountain Coal; Black Gold: A Visual Journey through the Coal Fields of Bon Air, Ravenscroft, Clifty, and Eastland, Tennessee."

Folder 18

Paul Hill: "As I Remember It" #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 18

Folder 19

Young family lineage #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 19

Folder 20

William Davis Carnes #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 20

William Davis Carnes was the great-grandfather of Lucius D. Hill Jr. and the seventh president of the University of Tennessee (1858-1860). Material includes a memoir of Carnes published by Joseph Malcolm Carnes in 1926 that includes photographs of family members and a genealogy of the Carnes family. Also included is a photocopy of an 1861 letter from W. D. Carnes to his daughter.

Folder 21

Franklin Carleton Spears (1931-1996) #05284, Series: "2. Hill Family and Related Families Genealogical and Other Materials." Folder 21

Franklin Carleton Spears was the great-grandson of Lucius D. Hill Sr.. and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. Material includes primarily clippings and other biographical information about Spears.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Noah Huffman, September 2006

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, September 2006

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