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COLLECTION Identifier: 80-M240--81-M27

Papers of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, 1800-1967


Correspondence, financial materials, writings, etc.,, of Katharine Louisa Smith Hill, a teacher, and other members of the Hill, Childs, Ledyard, and Smith families.


  • 1800-1967

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


2.42 linear feet (2 cartons, 1 file box)

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.


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.

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.


  1. CLC: Catharine Ledyard Childs
  2. CRCS: Catharine Rachel (Childs) Smith
  3. HFS: Helen Fairchild Smith
  4. KLH: Katharine Louisa (Smith) Hill
  5. PCH: Perry Childs Hill
  6. PGC: Perry G Childs
  7. WNH: Walter Nickerson Hill


  1. Carton 1: Folders 1-64
  2. Carton 2: Folders 65-114
  3. Carton 3: Folders 115-130

Processing Information

By: Sharon M. Vardamis

February 1981

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
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Repository Details

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